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August 20, 2019

“Bubbly Bob”, a modern day African and Caribbean success story

Kenyan leaders and members of the public are mourning the passing of Africa’s top CEO, as Marc Wadsworth, a regular visitor to the country, reports. Guyanese-born British businessman Bob...

UN troops must go say Hiatians after rape scandal

Alice BackerA disturbing video has been circulating online, showing four United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) peacekeepers from Uruguay allegedly raping a 19 year-old man at a military base in Port-Salut, a Southern Haiti ...

Is internet access a basic human right?

A United Nations report blasts European laws that boot illegal downloaders off the web arguing that internet access has become an essential part of life.French and British legislators are considering punishing repeat illegal-downloading offenders by taking ...

Lying media paved the way for military attacks

 Lying media is paving the way for military intervention Western media organisations are proving to be the propaganda mouth-pieces of their governments in encouraging foreign intervention in Libya. These agencies rely on their "credibility" (or l ...

China to close gaps in mental health care

Shan JuanAbout half of urban psychiatric patients on the Chinese mainland who need hospitalisation cannot afford it, said a veteran mental health expert.Citing national research, Zhang Mingyuan, vice-chairman of the China Disabled Persons' Federation, also ...

Journalists under fire across the Middle East

An independent organisation set up to promote press freedom and defend the rights of journalists worldwide has said it’s alarmed by the ongoing deterioration of conditions for the media in the Middle East. Most recently the Committee to Protect Journalists ...

Online journalists killed in 2010

This week, the Committee to Protect Journalists published its year-end analysis of work-related fatalities among journalists. Six of the 42 victims worked online. Danny O’Brien, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Internet Advocacy Co-ordinator highligh ...

Military accused of cover-up in 'murder for sport' outrage

With five US soldiers accused of murdering unarmed Afghan civilians, the army is "scrambling to locate dozens of digital photographs" allegedly showing the defendants posing next to the victims' corpses. Military commanders worry that if the images are lea ...

Mental illness affects one in nine US soldiers

 The number of soldiers forced to leave the US Army solely because of a mental disorder has increased by 64 per cent from 2005 to 2009 and accounts for one in nine medical discharges, according to Army statistics writes Gregg Zoroya. Last year, 1,224 ...

Accusations of child witchcraft on the rise in Africa

Ricci ShryockThe United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says an increasing number of children in West and Central Africa are being accused of practicing witchcraft.The UN agency says such accusations often lead to physical abuse and the abandonment of vul ...

UN calls for help to resettle refugees

The United Nations refugee agency is seeking more places in third world countries to resettle some 172,300 refugees next year, calling the resettlement "a tool for saving lives". The already large number of refugees seeking asylum in foreign countries is o ...

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