12 Aug 2014

Philippine Ex-General Wanted in Activists’ Disappearance Is Arrested

The Philippine military on Tuesday captured a former army general wanted in connection with the disappearance of two students in 2006, a case that human rights groups say has come to symbolize the country’s legacy of abductions and abuses of leftist activists by members of the security forces. Former Maj.

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12 Aug 2014

25 Sentenced for Terrorism in Western China

A court in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang has sentenced 25 people to prison for taking part in “terrorist” activities and “harboring criminals,” according to a report on Tuesday by People’s Court Daily, an official publication. via 25 Sentenced for Terrorism in Western China – NYTimes.com.

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12 Aug 2014

Pentagon Says Airstrikes Have Slowed but Not Stopped Sunni Militants

Four days of airstrikes have slowed the progress of Sunni militants laying siege to refugees on Mount Sinjar and advancing toward the Kurdish capital of Erbil, but the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria remains strong and on the offense, the Pentagon said Monday. via Pentagon Says Airstrikes Have Slowed

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12 Aug 2014

France Pushes Urgent EU Meeting on Military Assistance to Iraq’s Kurds

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Tuesday asked his colleagues in the European Union to return from vacation to discuss providing military assistance to Kurds fighting Islamic extremists in Iraq.”I already asked [EU foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton ] Mrs. Ashton to summon a council of foreign affairs, which includes

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12 Aug 2014

Pentagon Ordered to Better Track Threats to Taiwan

Several members of Congress have added language to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act aimed at better preparing the Pentagon to assess and confront Chinese military expansion and its implications for potential threats to Taiwan. via Pentagon Ordered to Better Track Threats to Taiwan | DoD Buzz.

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12 Aug 2014

Obama redirects $10M to help fight terrorists in Africa

The United States is redirecting $10 million in Pentagon spending to help France fight terrorists in northern Africa. via Obama redirects $10M to help fight terrorists in Africa.

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12 Aug 2014

Gaza conflict: South Africa’s Mbeki calls for Israeli goods boycott

South Africa’s ex-President Thabo Mbeki has called for a boycott of Israeli goods to show solidarity with Palestinians. The public should mobilise against Israel so that it “does pay a price for the position that it is taking”, Mr Mbeki said in the capital, Pretoria. via BBC News – Gaza

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12 Aug 2014

Egyptian security forces ‘planned massacre,’ says HRW

The killings of at least 817 people by Egyptian security forces last year probably amount to a crime against humanity, Human Rights Watch says. A report by the US-based group says 1,000 or more people probably died in one day around Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque. The deaths came during demonstrations broken

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12 Aug 2014

European stocks fall back as Ukraine tension grows

European shares fell on Tuesday, throwing a rally in the U.S. and Asia into reverse, and the euro dipped toward nine-month lows against the dollar as reports a Russian aid convoy was heading to Ukraine ratcheted up tension between Kiev and Moscow. via European stocks fall back as Ukraine tension

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12 Aug 2014

Gaza ceasefire talks ‘difficult’ but truce holds

Talks to end a month-long war between Israel and Gaza militants are “difficult”, Palestinian delegates said on Tuesday, while an Israeli official said no progress had been made so far. As a 72-hour ceasefire held for a second day, Palestinian negotiators began talks with Egyptian intelligence after a meeting on

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