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Death penalty 2013: Small number of countries trigger global spike in executions | Amnesty International

Death penalty 2013: Small number of countries trigger global spike in executions | Amnesty International.

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Zhang Yimou fined $1.23 million for having three children

Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou has been finned with $1.23 million for violating the one child policy. He has three children: two boys and a girl. a Chinese official on Friday justified the fine imposed for violating family planning rules as legal.

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Syria and the Journalists killed in 2013

Reporters Without Borders informs that 75 journalists were killed in 2013 because of their work, also 4 media assistants and 37 netizens and citizen-journalists were killed in the same period, most of them in Syria.

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Afghanistan considers to restore stoning in the new penal code

A working group led by the Afghan Justice Ministry that is assisting in drafting a new penal code has proposed provisions on “moral crimes” that call for stoning to death as punishment for adultery, Human Rights Watch said. The organisation is calling for the rejection of the proposal.

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Iran, the US and Israel

Iran and six world powers reached a deal on Tehran’s Uranium enrichment program. Obama praised the agreement as a first step that “achieves a great deal” in a peaceful way through diplomacy. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considers the deal “a historic mistake” that endangers his country.

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Desperate for aid in Philippines

The UN appealed for 301 million dollars to provide humanitarian assistance to typhoon hit regions of the Philippines where aid workers are labouring around the clock to get in urgently needed survival supplies, such as food, clean water, shelter and basic medicines.

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The scale of the disaster in the Philippines - In Pictures - Al Jazeera English

The scale of the disaster in the Philippines – In Pictures – Al Jazeera.

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Help for Philippines

The Philippines will need a lot of help to recover from the hit of Typhoon Haiyan if the death toll reach as expected 10,000 in Leyte province where there are hundreds of thousands of survivors most of them desperate without access to fresh water and food.

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Sharif urges Obama to end drone strikes in Pakistan

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged US President Barack Obama to end drone strikes in Pakistan during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday.
“I brought up the issue of drones in our meeting, emphasizing the need for an end to such strikes,” said Sharif.

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Today's slaves

Over 29 million people are living in slavery in the world today, says the Walk Free Foundation. Most of them in India (14 million) and China (2.9 Million). But Countries of the first world like the US or the UK are not free of modern forms of slavery above all affecting to foreign citizens forced into sex work, domestic servitude or coerced criminality.

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