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Death toll in new Syria violence hits 33: NGO

The death toll from a new surge of violence in Syrian flashpoints has risen to at least 33, activists said Wednesday, adding that among the dead are six children and teenagers and five army defectors. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a statement received in Nicosia that 28 civilians were…

UK elderly’s human rights ‘being breached’: study

Poor treatment of many elderly people in their own homes is breaching their human rights, says a study of England’s home care services. The Equality and Human Rights Commission report into council-operated home care said there is evidence of a “systematic failure” in the way care is given. Home care services are used…

Turkey bombs Iraq provinces

Turkey has bombed the Sulaimaniyah and Arbil provinces of Iraq’s autonomous northern Kurdish region, wounding one civilian, Kurdish officials said on Wednesday. “The Turkish aerial bombardment was renewed on Tuesday night and the civilian Ismail Baz Hamed, 20, was wounded during this bombing,” said Hassan Abdullah, the mayor of the Qalat Dizah area in Sulaimaniyah. “The bombing caused…

Opposition MP shot dead in DR. Congo: police

Gunmen shot dead an opposition lawmaker in Kinshasa in the latest violent episode ahead of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s weekend elections, police said Wednesday. Marius Gangale of the Movement for the Liberation of Congo was attacked as he was stuck in a traffic jam late Tuesday, Kinshasa police chief Jean de Dieu Oleko told AFP. “We have opened…

Clashes in Bahrain ahead of crackdown report

Bahraini police clashed with protesters in at least two Shiite villages as tensions escalated ahead of Wednesday’s release of a report on alleged rights abuses during a protest crackdown, activists said. Protests erupted early morning in Aali village on the outskirts of the capital Manama, where rights activists and an AFP correspondentsaid police…

Three Americans arrested amid Egypt protests

WASHINGTON — Three Americans have been arrested in Egypt in connection with the anti-military rallies that have rocked the country in recent days, the US State Department said Tuesday. When asked if the three US nationals were believed to be safe, department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the government had “no…

U.S. restates N.Korea nuclear demands

The United States will consider holding further talks with North Korea but Pyongyang must halt its uranium enrichment programme before full disarmament negotiations resume, a senior US official said Tuesday. “They have not yet made all of the commitments they need to, including on ending their uranium enrichment programme,” Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman told…

Turkish PM calls on Assad to step down

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday called on his former ally Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad to step down. “Quit power before more blood is shed … for the peace of your people, your region and your country,” Erdogan said in parliament. After weeks of mounting criticism of the Syrian leader, it was…

Crisis-hit Greeks leave the cities for rural life

Uprooted by a national debt crisis and a deepening recession that has eaten up their jobs, incomes and pensions, many Greeks are now returning to their families’ rural past in search of a future. Just as young graduates are moving abroad rather than risk joining the 18 percent of Greeks who are…

Egyptians swarm for rally against military rule

Thousands of protesters swarmed Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Tuesday to demand an end to military rule, heightening tension after days of deadly clashes that threaten to derail next week’s legislative polls. The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) began crisis talks with a number of political forces in a bid to defuse…

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