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Three journalists killed in January 

There are 334 jailed, mostly in China, Egypt, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Syria.  

Reporters Without Borders has asked the authorities of Mexico to investigate if the killing of Rafael Murúa Manríquez, 34, was connected with his work as a radio journalist. All the evidences are pointing to that connection, because Murúa had had death threats linked to his journalistic work and his criticism of the mayor of Mulegé, […]

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More than 3 million Syrian refugees

The UN refugee agency says that Syrians have become the second largest refugee population in the world after the Palestinians, overtaking Afghans, who had held that place for more than three decades. According to a report about the situation on mid year 2014, there were more than 3 million Syrian refugees in June which represents […]

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Obama and the end of the war in Afghanistan

“The Longest war in American history is coming to a responsible cosnclusion”, said US president Barack Obama in a statement on Afghanistan. The statement was released after a ceremony in Kabul marking the end of the NATO combat operations there. A milestone for the US, according to Obama.

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Link: Health workers, patients under attack - Human Rights Watch

(Geneva) – Hundreds of attacks on health workers have occurred in dozens of countries around the world since 2012, Human Rights Watch and the Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition said in a joint report released today. The report, released in advance of a meeting on May 19 to 24, 2014, of health ministers from around the world, called on governments […]

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Military spending falls in the West, rises everywhere else

World military expenditure totalled $1.75 trillion in 2013, a fall of 1.9 per cent in real terms since 2012. The fall comes from decreases in Western countries, led by the United States, and despite increases in all other regions. In fact, military spending in the rest of the world excluding the USA increased by 1.8 per cent, according to SIPRI.

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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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US captures a leader of the Pakistani Taliban

The US has captured in Afghanistan the second in command of the Pakistani Taliban, Latif Mehsud in a military operation.

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Five years blogging!

Five years blogging from this spot! Since my first post about the US presidential campaign, the first one for Obama, to this day, hundreds of stories have found a place in this blog. Comments, links, selected news about topics I considered interesting and I hope my readers and followers too.

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Sahar Gul's case again in the news

Sold into marriage at 12 for $5,000, Sahar Gul lived in a house of horrors. Her in-laws chained her in the basement, beat her with red-hot iron pipes, starved her and pulled out all her fingernails when she refused to prostitute herself for them in Afghanistan. Now her case is again in the news.

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The bad heritage of the border of Pakistan

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