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  • Syria reporters flee as jihadists adopt regime tactics

    24 January 2014 4:57 AM 22

    Syrian journalists who braved snipers and shelling to cover the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad are now on the run from jihadists who have kidnapped and killed their colleagues. Reporters say the kidnapping, torture and murder of journalists and media workers by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in rebel-held parts of northern

  • Syrian opposition demands a future without Assad

    24 January 2014 12:24 AM 20

    GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria's opposition leader laid out his demands for talks on ending his country's civil war, calling for the creation of a transitional government that does not include President Bashar al-Assad. Ahmed Jarba told reporters in Geneva, where rival sides in the Syrian conflict are on Friday due to begin several days of negotiations under

  • United Nations Pursues Legal Action Over Malawi’s Anti-Gay Laws

    23 January 2014 5:45 PM 20

    The United Nations AIDS task force has announced its plan to legally challenge Malawi over the country’s laws criminalizing homosexuality, according to The Christian Post. On March 17, UNAIDS, the Malawi Law Society and local human rights organizations, will petition a high court to overturn the southern African country’s law on homosexuality by ruling

  • Twitter suspends Hamas' armed wing

    23 January 2014 2:15 PM 22

    A Twitter account of Hamas's armed wing has been suspended by administrators, the Palestinian Islamist movement said Thursday, accusing the social media site of censorship. The account of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, @AlqassamBrigade, appeared to have been suspended several times over the past week, and was still inaccessible with a "suspended" notice

  • Pope: Internet ‘a gift from God’

    23 January 2014 1:55 PM 21

    January 23 2014 at 03:53pm Pope Francis described the Internet on Thursday as “a gift from God” and called on Catholics to “boldly become citizens of the digital world”. “The internet... offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God,” the Argentine pontiff said in his first World Communication

  • No justice for Nepal’s slave girls

    23 January 2014 8:13 AM 109

    January 23 2014 at 10:09am By Ammu Kannampilly Nine-year-old Manjita Chaudhary had never spent a night away from her parents when her father sold her to a Nepalese policeman for $25. She left her family in western Nepal and travelled about 200km to her employer's home near the Indian border. Her harsh new life began at 4am, the start of a daily routine

  • Africa takes centre stage in Davos

    22 January 2014 6:28 PM 16

    Sheldon Morais | Today, 18:05 JOHANNESBURG – African issues are no longer deemed a ‘sideshow' at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, South African Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Wednesday. Davies is part of a South African delegation, which includes Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim

  • Putin orders lower borrowing costs for 'productive' Russian companies

    21 January 2014 6:25 AM 37

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has instructed Russia's central bank to reduce borrowing costs for "productive" companies, the Kremlin said on its website on Monday. The directive may increase the pressure on central bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina to soften the bank's tough anti-inflationary policy. The bank has resisted cuts in its key policy

  • UN to release report on South Sudan conflict

    21 January 2014 6:01 AM 28

    Tuesday 21 January 2014 06:50 A senior United Nations (UN) human rights official says the Office of the High Commissioner will issue a report on the internal armed conflict in South Sudan in the coming weeks. The Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic spent four days in the country speaking to political and military leaders and the victims

  • Frenchman may face death for Bali drugs smuggling

    20 January 2014 1:47 PM 45

    Frenchman arrested for trying to smuggle more than $500,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine into the Indonesian resort island of Bali DENPASAR: A Frenchman has been arrested for trying to smuggle more than $500,000 worth of crystal methamphetamine into the Indonesian resort island of Bali, an offence punishable by death. Francois Giuily, 48, was detained