30 Mar 2014

Egypt crisis: Young detainees allege torture

“Brutal beatings, sexual abuse, and electric shocks are being carried out on detainees, including teenage children, in Egypt, according to testimonies gathered by the BBC. As many 20,000 people are estimated to have been held since last July in a sweeping clampdown on dissent.” Source: BBC News – Egypt crisis:

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30 Mar 2014

Egyptian soldier killed, 3 police wounded in attack on bus

“An Egyptian soldier was killed on Sunday when militants attacked the bus he was driving in the town of Al-Arish in the Sinai Peninsula, the military said in a statement posted on Facebook.” Source: Egyptian soldier killed, 3 police wounded in attack on bus -army | Reuters

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29 Mar 2014

Afghanistan election HQ attack: Taliban militants killed

“Taliban militants who attacked Afghanistan’s election commission headquarters have all been killed, police say. Gunmen broke into a nearby building, disguised as women, and opened fire on the commission compound. Police said special forces killed four attackers, while the Interior Ministry put the number at five.” Source:BBC News – Afghanistan

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29 Mar 2014

Amnesty International reports that executions were up 15 percent worldwide in 2013

“The number of executions worldwide rose by almost 15 percent in 2013, according to a new report on the death penalty by the non-profit human rights group Amnesty International. “ Source: Amnesty International reports that executions were up 15 percent worldwide in 2013 – CBS News

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29 Mar 2014

PHL vessel evades China ‘blockade’ of disputed reef

“Filipino soldiers aboard a fishing vessel engaged Saturday in a dramatic stand-off with Chinese coastguard ships near a remote South China Sea reef claimed by both countries, an AFP journalist witnessed. The Philippine ship finally slipped past the Chinese blockade to reach Second Thomas Shoal, where a handful of Filipino

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29 Mar 2014

China’s Xi says Japan’s wartime atrocities ‘fresh in our memory’

“Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday during a visit to Berlin that Japan’s wartime atrocities were still ‘fresh in our memory’.” Source: China’s Xi says Japan’s wartime atrocities ‘fresh in our memory’ | Reuters

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29 Mar 2014

China takes no sides on Ukraine crisis, Xi tells Europe

“President Xi Jinping said on Friday China would not take sides with the West or Russia over Ukraine, disappointing any hopes Beijing might add its weight to international pressure on Moscow for annexing Crimea.” Source: China takes no sides on Ukraine crisis, Xi tells Europe | Reuters

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29 Mar 2014

Ukraine-Russia row over Crimea spreads to U.N. nuclear agency

“The U.N. atomic agency has got caught up in the diplomatic crossfire over Crimea as Russia insists its agreements with the Vienna-based watchdog now also cover the annexed Black Sea peninsula, a confidential exchange showed on Friday. Ukraine, for its part, urged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) ‘to avoid

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29 Mar 2014

Ukraine crisis could dent booming cybercrime

“Two US senators are hoping to use Ukraine’s new vulnerability to compel the Eastern European nation to clean up the rampant cybercrime within its borders. The Ukranian city of Odessa is said to be home to the world’s largest online stolen credit card data marketplace, and the country at large

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29 Mar 2014

Russia’s buildup near Ukraine may reach 40,000 troops: U.S. sources

“Russia’s reinforcement of troops near Ukraine has brought the total forces there to as many as 40,000, U.S. officials estimated on Friday, as the United States voiced anxiety over the buildup and called on Moscow to pull back its military.” Source: Russia’s buildup near Ukraine may reach 40,000 troops: U.S.

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