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December 31, 2020

How Nigeria's police used 'shoot to kill' at demo

World attention focused on Nigeria after mass Black Lives Matter-type protests erupted against police brutality by the notorious now disbanded special anti-robbery squad, known as SARS....

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 ...

Israel creates new Gaza 'blacklist'

Israel has eased restrictions on the import of consumer goods to the Gaza Strip, relaxing its blockade on the Palestinian territory while maintaining restrictions on the entry of construction materials.In a statement on Monday, Israel said all items would ...

Thousands join Facebook 'boycott BP' campaign

Alan ChernoffAn online movement to boycott BP for its role in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is growing at a rate of better than 25,000 names a day.    "I won't buy their gas any more. I won't patronise a company that's destroying our planet," ...

Human rights organisation condemns global abuses

Amnesty International has accused the US, Russia and China of ignoring human rights violations by allies and failing to open their own records to scrutiny in its annual survey.The human rights organisation took Washington to task for the failure of Barack ...

Haitians demand president resigns

Protesters in Haiti have demanded the resignation of the country's president, accusing him of using January's devastating earthquake as an excuse to remain in power. About 1,000 demonstrators took to the streets earlier this week to criticise Rene Preval a ...

Iranian leader demands investigation into 9/11 attacks

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written to United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon, asking him to launch an investigation into the September 11, 2001 attacks on America."The minimum expectation from your excellency is to set up an independent and trusted fact-f ...

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