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Chinese newspaper shakeups raise fears of media crackdown

Abrupt reshuffles at two outspoken Chinese newspapers have raised fears of growing pressure on the media in the run-up to Beijing’s once-a-decade change of leadership this autumn. Lu Fumin, the editor-in-chief of Guangzhou’s New Express, has been moved sideways to its parent paper and national and international news coverage has…

Mexico admits to 67 journalist murders since 2006

Mexico’s special prosecutor for crimes against journalists says 67 journalists have been killed and 14 have disappeared in the country since 2006. But Laura Angelina Borbolla, while testifying at a congressional hearing, said she was aware of only one case involving the murder of a journalist that resulted in someone…

Nelson Mandela gets birthday wishes from South Africa’s schoolchildren

South Africa’s schoolchildren sang happy birthday to Nelson Mandela as he turned 94 on Wednesday, a day when he asks the world to honour his legacy by performing community service. The nation’s 12 million schoolchildren began their day with a special birthday song, ringing with the line: “We love you…

India suspends doctors over banned fetal ‘sex tests’

Twelve Indian doctors have been suspended for allegedly conducting prenatal sex tests, a practice banned to stop the abortion of female fetuses that has widened India’s gender gap, officials said Tuesday. The physicians were suspended on Monday from practicing medicine following a court order, said Archana Johri, an official of…

Syrian defense minister killed in suicide bombing

Syria’s defense minister General Daoud Rajha was killed on Wednesday in a suicide bombing targeting the National Security headquarters in central Damascus, state television reported. Security officials told AFP that several other participants attending a high-level meeting were wounded in the blast and taken to Al-Shami hospital in the capital…

Tetra Pak heir charged after wife’s death: police

LONDON — Billionaire Hans Kristian Rausing, the heir to the Tetra Pak fortune, was on Tuesday charged with preventing the lawful and decent burial of his US-born wife Eva, British police said. Police discovered the body of Eva Rausing at the couple’s home in London’s upscale Belgravia district last week…

Nazi war criminal revelation stokes Hungary fears

BUDAPEST — News that the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s most-wanted Nazi war criminal is living freely in Hungary is the latest incident to spark fears that the country is veering alarmingly to the right. In particular, there are concerns that anti-Semitism, largely dormant under Hungary’s communist era that ended two decades…

EU delivers harsh verdict on Romania’s respect for democracy

BRUSSELS — The EU executive delivered a harsh verdict on Romania’s respect for democratic values and threatened tighter policing to ensure respect for the rule of law, in a report seen by AFP on Tuesday. “A well functioning, independent judicial system, and respect for democratic institutions are indispensable for mutual…

Olympic security chief admits London games in ‘humiliating shambles’

Chef executive of the private security company in charge of the London Olympics Nick Buckles admitted that he oversold his company’s capabilities and conceded that efforts to secure the games are in a “humiliating shambles.” According to CNN, the admission comes just days after Buckles signed a contract promising some…

Pentagon plans missile defense station in Qatar

The Pentagon is building a missile defense radar station at a covert location in Qatar, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. The site will be part of a system intended to defend the interests of the United States and its allies against Iranian rockets, unnamed US officials told the newspaper.…

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