Report: Journalists face deadliest time ‘in recent history’
Middle East

Report: Journalists face deadliest time ‘in recent history’

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Extremist groups and the governments that restrict liberties to combat those militants have created “the most deadly and dangerous period for journalists in recent history,” according to a new report released Monday. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists’ annual report on press freedom is a collection of essays that spotlight … Continue reading

Sudan’s al-Bashir re-elected with 94 percent of vote
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Sudan’s al-Bashir re-elected with 94 percent of vote

  KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir won re-election with 94 percent of the vote, according to official results announced Monday, extending his 25-year rule despite international war crimes charges and multiple insurgencies. The head of the Election Commission, Mokhtar al-Assam, announced the results to reporters. He said turnout was 46.4 percent, insisting … Continue reading

Amnesty says Bahrain reforms don’t end rights violations
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Amnesty says Bahrain reforms don’t end rights violations

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Government reforms put in place by Bahraini authorities in the wake of widespread anti-government protests four years ago have failed to end serious violations of human rights in the strategically important Gulf nation, Amnesty International said in a report released Thursday. The 79-page report documents what the London-based group … Continue reading

Bombings, including attack on US troops, kill 13 Afghans
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Bombings, including attack on US troops, kill 13 Afghans

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide car bomber targeting a convoy of U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan killed three Afghan civilians and wounded four on Friday, while in another eastern province, 10 people were killed when their minivan hit a roadside bomb, officials said. The international aid group Save the Children meanwhile said five of … Continue reading

Pakistani PM urges Iran to bring Yemen’s rebels to talks
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Pakistani PM urges Iran to bring Yemen’s rebels to talks

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s prime minister on Monday called on Iran to use its influence to help bring Yemen’s Shiite rebels to the negotiating table on the crisis roiling their country, where Saudi-led airstrikes have been targeting the rebels for over two weeks. The call came after the parliament in Sunni-majority Pakistan voted on Friday … Continue reading

Russia lifts ban on delivery of S-300 missiles to Iran
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Russia lifts ban on delivery of S-300 missiles to Iran

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Monday sanctioned the delivery of a highly capable Russian air defense missile system to Iran, a game changer move that would significantly bolster the Islamic republic’s military capability and fuel Israel’s concerns. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry objected to Moscow’s decision in a phone call to Russian … Continue reading

Push for cleaner stoves in poor countries to cut pollution
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Push for cleaner stoves in poor countries to cut pollution

NEW DELHI (AP) — Every evening, hundreds of millions of Indian women hover over crude stoves making dinner for their families. They feed the flames with polluting fuels like kerosene or cow dung, and breathe the acrid smoke wafting from the fires. The smoke, containing high concentrations of tiny particles known as black carbon, is … Continue reading