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14 Year Old Child Bride Facing Death Penalty for Murdering Husband -

Saturday, November 29, 2014

BREAKING: New Coal Disaster In West Virginia -

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

U.S. Hostage Freed by Colombia’s FARC Rebels (Video) -

Monday, October 28, 2013

Here’s Why The Zimmerman Verdict Matters -

Sunday, July 14, 2013

BREAKING! UK Government Spied On Allies At TWO G20 Summits (Video) -

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Swiss Support Tougher Asylum Legislation as Refugee Numbers Spike -

Monday, June 10, 2013

American Woman Killed in Syria Fighting for Terrorists, Syrian TV Claims (Video) -

Friday, May 31, 2013

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History -

Friday, May 10, 2013

Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet -

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Boston In Lockdown As Manhunt Intensifies -

Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Dead, Dozens Injured After Boston Marathon Bombing -

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fast Food Workers in New York Stage Surprise Strike -

Saturday, April 6, 2013

N. Korean Rhetoric Provokes Missile Shield Deployment -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eyewitness Accounts from Meiktila Massacre -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners -

Monday, April 1, 2013

A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cyprus Reaches Last-Minute Bailout Deal With EU -

Monday, March 25, 2013

Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide -

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Violence Grows in Guantanamo Bay as Inmates Continue Hunger Strike

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In Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prisoners were confronted with rubber bullets on Saturday in a clash against guards. The inmates were attacking guards in protest of an end to communal housing, several sources reported Monday. Prisoners have been on hunger strike against pillaging of personal items by guards since February, and the Pentagon recently named 11 inmates being force fed, in order to combat the ongoing strike. The striking inmates are also said to be starving themselves in order to draw attention to their indefinite confinement, lawyers said. Amnesty International has reported that approximately 60 inmates, many of whom have been hunger striking,…

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Venezuela Votes to Choose Chavez Successor

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Venezuelans were voting today to elect a president to complete the term of the late Hugo Chavez. The polls are indicating a victory for his handpicked successor, Nicolas Madura. Chavez designated his vice president, Maduro, to fill out the unexpired portion of his six-year term before losing his life to a battle with cancer at the age of 58 on March 5, 2013. Maduro has been the acting president since the Chavez’s death and had a 7-point lead over challenger Henrique Capriles in the most recent major polls. Maduro has said he would follow Chavez’s footsteps and further what he…

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Russia Outlaws USA Officials over Human Rights Violations

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Russia has banned 18 officials from the George W. Bush administration on Saturday from entering the country, accusing them of committing human rights violations. The move comes as retaliation after the US Treasury Department blacklisted 18 Russians, over a bill which was passed by the U.S. Congress in November–December 2012, called the Magnitsky Act. The bill, formally known as the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 (H.R. 4405), was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee in June 2012, and signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 14, 2012. Sponsored by Senator Ben Cardin, the…

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Could 3-D Printing Change the Society and the City?

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3-D printing combined with its increasing affordability could be an important element in accelerating the world away from the Post-Industrial to the Information Age.  3-D printing is the process of producing a physical object from a digital blue print or a scanned object. It is an additive process, not a subtractive process, as used in the machine tooling for a metal or plastic object. It relies on a mold that is inserted with a material (plastic, iron, copper etc.) to make a finished product. Using a digital schematic, the 3-D printer builds a series of layers using material such as:…

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Hamas Segregates Schools by Gender in Gaza

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Hamas which has been ruling the Gaza Strip of Palestine since 2007, passed a new law earlier this month to segregate boys and girls in different schools. The series of controversial steps that the Hamas has been taking also include barring male teachers and male staffers from working at girls’ schools. The mandate separates classes for boys and girls from the age of nine, and it will take effect starting this September. Ministry of Education’s legal adviser Walid Mezher told Al Jazeera that the Palestinian education system was “organized before by the Egyptian 1933 education law, which is very outdated….

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U.S. Boycotts U.N. Meeting Called by Former Serbian Foreign Minister

Yesterday, The United States has led a boycott of a UN General Assembly meeting and panel discussion that was set up by former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic. European and other Western countries have said that the session titled “international justice” was nothing but a thinly veiled attack on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The ICTY was established in 1993 and it has indicted 161 people for crimes against humanity committed during the wars that accompanied the breakup of the Yugoslav federation. Several dozen suspects remain on trial and 15 of them have been acquitted. Vuk…

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French President Hollande Wages War against Tax Evasion

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Trying to restore public trust after the resignation of Budget Minister Jérome Cahuzac, amid allegations of tax fraud, French President Francois Hollande announced today that he will work to eradicate “tax havens “ in Europe and the world, and he would step up the fight against corruption. Mr Hollande said there was “a need for a relentless battle against the excesses of money, greed and secret finance.” In order to increase transparency, French banks will be required to publish a list of all foreign subsidiaries every year, while ministers must disclose personal assets. As part of the effort, Hollande also…

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Britons Party as some ‘Rejoice’ at Thatcher’s Death

According to reports coming from Britain, not everyone was that heartbroken over the death of the Britain’s first and only female Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher. The former Prime Minister died from a stroke on Monday morning at the age of 87, at her suite in the Ritz Hotel in London. As the world leaders sent their condolences to the Britain, and the tributes poured in from many countries following the death of “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher, some Britons took to the streets to party and celebrated the passing of a woman they said had “ruined millions of lives”. The Conservative…

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Toothless International Arms Trade Treaty

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On April 2nd 2013, The United Nations General Assembly approved the first global arms trade treaty with 154 votes in favor, 3 against and 23 abstentions. The overwhelming approval comes one week after Iran, Syria and North Korea prevented a treaty-drafting conference at U.N. headquarters from reaching the required consensus to adopt the treaty. These same countries were the sole votes against the treaty last Tuesday. The text of this treaty carries the purpose of regulating the international trade in conventional arms. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon praised the treaty as a powerful new tool in preventing grave human rights abuses and…

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North Korea Pulls 53,000 Workers from Joint Factories With South

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In the North Korean town Kaesong, an industrial complex run by both North and South Korea has been operating for years despite military and political tensions between the two countries, including an artillery attack on South Korean island three years ago. But Kim Yang Gon, a secretary of the Central Committee of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, released the announcement  Monday that it would be withdrawing all 53,000 workers from Kaesong industrial complex, the latest news in deteriorating North-South relations. This was an unexpected move, considering the profit that the North gains from the complex. The North “will temporarily suspend the operations…

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The Secret Story of the World’s Oil Domination: Who Are the Seven Sisters?

Yesterday, Al Jazeera News Network aired the first episode of a four part documentary series titled “The Secret of the Seven Sisters”, which reveals how a secret pact was signed in 1928 to form a cartel that controls the world’s oil to this day. In 1928, three main global petroleum producers met in the Scottish castle named Achnacarry, to sign a secret contract in order to control and distribute the world’s oil and the profits from the oil business. The agreement is known as the Achnacarry Agreement, or “As-Is” Agreement, was signed on September 17th, 1928. Documentary depicts how the…

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What Does the Future Hold for Syria?

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The civil war in Syria continues to drag on tragically, nearing its third year. With thousands of lives lost and at least one million refugees fleeing to neighboring countries, Syria is no longer a viable country. There are common electricity outages, food shortages, half of the buildings destroyed, including many hospitals, massive dislocation of its population-internally and externally, and a civilian death toll of over 70,000, which continues to increase. One of the hardest hit cities has been Aleppo, the largest in Syria. Being a major battleground for both sides since the outset of the war, it continues to struggle…

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Secret Global Offshore Banking Scheme Exposed!

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Former chief economist, and a board member of the Tax Justice Network, James S. Henry’s research reveals that an estimated $21 trillion to $32 trillion in private financial wealth is tucked away in offshore havens, roughly equivalent to the size of the U.S. and Japanese economies combined. These offshore havens are managed by the world’s 50 largest “private banks” –considered legal and legitimate-, and their coffers grew from $5.4 trillion in 2005 to more than $12 trillion in 2010. Now, twelve diligent and patient journalists of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) organization, and 86 journalists from 46 countries, sifting…

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N. Korean Rhetoric Provokes Missile Shield Deployment

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Guam will soon be host to a U.S. missile defense system, as sabre rattling and war time rhetoric continue to spill from Pyongyang. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, will be deployed to the U.S. protectorate of Guam in the coming weeks, in an effort by the U.S. to buffer itself against any potential North Korean missile threats. Statements, made in a press release by the Pentagon today regarding the move, reflected Washington’s growing concern with the increasingly heated threats and actions made by North Korea in recent weeks. “The United States continues to urge the North…

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Eyewitness Accounts from Meiktila Massacre

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(From Assed Baig, Independent U.K. Reporter, on the ground in Burma.) Reports of what actually took place in the Central Myanmar town of Meiktila are still emerging. IDPs are beginning to speak out and tell the world of what they witnessed with their own eyes. “They beat them in front of me. I was watching. I can still see it.” Noor Bi, is crying as she describes the moment when she saw her husband and brother murdered in front of her eyes as she fled Meiktila. The mob out numbered the police and they were unable to protect the Muslim…

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Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners

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After the signing of recent agreements with South Sudan, Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has said that he will release all political detainees from his country. In a speech to open a new session of parliament, Al-Bashir said: “Today we announce a decision to free all the political prisoners and renew our commitment to all political powers about dialogue.” Al-Bashir, in power since 1989, did not say when and how many prisoners would be released. “We confirm we will continue our communication with all political and social powers without excluding anyone, including those who are armed, for a national dialogue which…

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Cypriot ‘Haircut’ Rattles International Community

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Cypriots with €100,000 euros or more in their accounts, will soon start feeling the pinch from coming bank levies, required under Cyprus’ new bailout restructuring plans. Once finalized, all depositors with accounts containing over €100,000 euros will find themselves subject to the “haircut,” with 22.5% of their account holdings being “taxed” to make up the down payment on the bailout. An additional 37.5% will be frozen for what E.U. and Cypriot officials are calling “liquidity reasons,” however unlike the previous “taxed” amount, these frozen assets will earn interest to the tune of ten percent, so long as the banks in question…

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“Bin Laden of Buddhism” Backpedals on Statements

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In what many are describing as a public relations ploy, radical monk Wirathu, the self described “Bin Laden of Buddhism,” has denied claims that his radical, often violent rhetoric was a condemnation of Muslims. In a statement to AFP (Agence France-Presse), the 45 year old monk went on to say that the “969” campaign, for which he has been the primary spokesman, was not responsible for the recent violence and rioting that has erupted in past weeks. “We just targeted Bengalis who are terrorizing ethnic Rakhine (Buddhists)” said Wirathu,” We are just preaching to prevent Bengalis entering the country and…

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Egyptians Brace for Austerity as Govt. Seeks IMF Loan

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Wednesday, representatives from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will arrive in Cairo to enter into new rounds of negotiations, regarding a proposed $4bn loan to the country. Egypt, which has continued to struggle with social and economic difficulties since the political unrest of 2011 that resulted in the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak, is seeking the IMF aid in the hopes of bolstering its rapidly deteriorating economy. Egypt’s current President Mohammed Morsi is reported to have initiated negotiations with IMF in November. However, he was forced to delay finalization of any potential initial deals until December, due to political…

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North Korea Says Time to Settle Accounts with USA

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Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s young leader, is not pleased about the UN sanctions imposed on his country after North Korea carried out another nuclear test in February. The country conducted two other tests before, one in 2006 and another in May 2009. Jong Un is not so happy about the annual South Korea-US military drills either, which are conducted each year and run until the end of April. Pyongyang is threatening dire consequences for both South Korea and the United States. North Korea’s official media, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), reported on Friday that Jong Un ordered military officials…

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