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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....

Depression, psychosis and 'earthquake shock' torment Haiti survivors

Deborah Sontag Port-au-Prince, HaitiInside this city’s earthquake-cracked psychiatric hospital, a schizophrenic man lay naked on a concrete floor, caked in dust. Other patients, padlocked in tiny concrete cells, clutched the bars and howled for attention.F ...

Argentina agrees chemical castration for rapists

Officials in Argentina's Mendoza province have authorised chemical castration for rapists after a significant increase in sexual assaults last year.Mendoza authorities convened a scientific legal committee and authorised the voluntary chemical castration b ...

Mugabe eyes shares in all foreign-owned firms

Andrew MeldrumJust in case you were thinking that Zimbabwe's power-sharing government is successfully returning the country to stability and normality, think again.A new law came into effect on Monday that requires all foreign-owned businesses to sell 51 p ...

Millions of aid money snatched back from Haiti dictator

Tim Edwards Switzerland's government stepped in this week to avert a public relations catastrophe after the country's highest court diverted money previously awarded to aid groups working in Haiti to its hated former dictator Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc' Duvali ...

War criminals: arrest warrants demanded

Timothy Bancroft-HincheyInternational arrest warrants have been requested for George W. Bush, Richard (Dick) Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleeza Rice and Alberto Gonzales at the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands.Professor o ...

US troops fight Taliban with secret 'Jesus rifles'

Jack BremerAmerican combat troops in Afghanistan are using rifle sights secretly inscribed with coded biblical references. The inscriptions are in direct contravention of military rules designed to prevent criticism that the US is embarked on a religious " ...

Campaigners demand complete debt cancellation for Haiti

In the wake of last weeks catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, which has left more than 200,000 people dead, the World Development Movement has joined the Jubilee Debt Campaign in calling for an urgent cancellation of all of Haiti's remaining debt."The povert ...

Obama's transgender appointment enrages hardline Christians

President Barack Obama has hired transgender Amanda Simpson as a top federal government advisor. Simpson, who has decades of experience in the aerospace and defence industry, will serve as a senior technical advisor to the US Commerce Department.In a state ...

Artwork draws attention to destruction of rain forests

Indigenous Brazilians blessed an art installation featuring giant tropical tree stumps in Trafalgar Square, London. The special work put on show in the UK is designed to symbolise the devastating effects of deforestation worldwide. Chief Tashka, of the Yaw ...

Cuban blogger fighting for freedom

Marina Watson PelaezHavana-born Yoani Sánchez has been listed by Time magazine as one of the world's 100 most influential people.  The journal commented that "under the nose of a regime that has never tolerated dissent, Sánchez has practiced what pape ...

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