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Award-winning Cuban dissident ‘detained and beaten’

Guillermo Farinas, a leading Cuban dissident and winner of the European parliament’s top human rights prize, was arrested and for the first time beaten in detention, said his mother and activists. Farinas, who won the Sakharov rights prize in 2010 after going on a 135-day hunger strike to press for…

Bahrain forces block access to hospitals, prompt UN rebuke

MANAMA (AFP) – The United Nations warned on Thursday of “shocking and illegal” abuses in Bahrain after a bloody crackdown on Shiite-led protesters which has alarmed the United States and infuriated the Shiite world. Political dissidents were rounded up at gunpoint in midnight raids and police armed with shot-guns stood…