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Update: Libya death toll tops 173, says Human Rights Watch

Update: Death toll now at least 173, rights group says Human Rights Watch said Sunday that the countrywide death toll in Libya had reached 173. Local residents told Al Jazeera that 200 people had died in Benghazi alone. Original report continues below… TRIPOLI (AFP) – The death toll has topped…

Libyan crackdown on protesters kills 24: rights group

CAIRO — A “day of anger” against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi turned into a bloodbath when security forces gunned down at least 24 people in two of the country’s biggest cities, Human Rights Watch said on Friday. In a detailed account of the unrest in Benghazi and Al-Baida, the New…

Shocking video shows Egyptian police van running into crowd of protesters

A video broadcast by Al Jazeera Thursday apparently showed an Egyptian police van charging into a crowd of peaceful protesters. Egypt’s police have largely vanished as a visible presence in Cairo since protesters took over Tahrir Square, but many have accused them of simply going underground and working to lead…

Egypt’s undercover police behind museum looting, group claims

Egyptian security forces have been caught trying to loot priceless artifacts from the museum in Cairo and commit other acts of violence “in an attempt to stoke fear of instability,” a rights group claimed Tuesday. Human Rights Watch emergency director Peter Bouckaert told The Washington Post that police identification cards…

Guantanamo detainees stage peaceful protests daily

WASHINGTON – Guantanamo detainees have been holding daily peaceful protests against the jail’s continued existence, despite pledges from US President Barack Obama to shut it down, a lawyer said Friday. Lawyer Ramzi Kassem said he had learned from a client held at the US naval base that the protests had…

Key Republican calls UN Human Rights Council ‘a waste of taxpayer dollars’

WASHINGTON – As part of their efforts to cut the federal budget, numerous House Republicans have made moves to slash US funding for the United Nations. House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL.) has called for hearings to slash US funding for the United Nations’ Human Rights Council…

Army ‘revisiting’ ban on female soldiers in combat units, Gen. Casey announces

The Army’s top general said recently that a policy banning women from combat arms units could soon be revised. “We’re looking at revising the policy,” Gen. George W. Casey Jr. told a breakfast gathering of the Association of the U.S. Army in Arlington, Va. “We’ve had some work going on…

Tunisian gov’t website defaced in ‘Anonymous’ attack on Internet censorship

The website of the Tunisian government was defaced Tuesday with an open letter critical of the nation’s censorship of the web by those participating in “Anonymous.” “We will use this brief span of attention we’ve captured to deliver a clear and present message which we hope shall never be forgot,”…

UN confirms 173 killed in Ivory Coast this week

ABIDJAN – United Nations human rights officials said Thursday that at least 173 people have been killed in Ivory Coast in the past week, during the fragile West African state’s post-election crisis. The report to the UN Human Rights Council came as Ivorian strongman Laurent Gbagbo came under mounting pressure…

Civil groups band together to demand US protect press freedoms

Over two dozen civil organizations banded together on Wednesday to speak out against actions that would limit the free speech of journalists. In the wake of the disclosure of thousands of US diplomatic cables by secrets website WikiLeaks, some government officials have called for legal or military reprisals against the…

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