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Mass Rapes To Mass Protests: Violence Against Women In 2016

From historic convictions to impunity for gang rapes, 2016 has been a year of highs and lows when it comes to efforts to stem violence against women. November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It’s a day to reflect on the pain and resilience of survivors. And it’s a [...]

Prince Harry Helps U.S. Marine Make Poignant Tribute

As she travels Britain on a 1,000-mile trek with fellow wounded veterans, former U.S. Marine Kirstie Ennis is making her own quiet tribute to her fallen colleagues. At about every 40 miles, she leaves a memorial dog tag with the name of an armed forces member, along with a note and a poem. And on [...]

US House Speaker John Boehner To Resign

John Boehner, the Ohio Republican who steered his party to an overwhelming House majority in 2010, told colleagues Friday he’s stepping down as Speaker and will leave Congress at the end of October. The abrupt decision comes after he faced heavy pressure from conservatives to take a harder line on their causes, most recently over [...]

More Than 70 Feared Dead In Migrant Tragedy

The bodies of more than 70 dead migrants are thought to have been been inside a truck found on a highway in Austria on Thursday. The vehicle, which police initially believed contained between 20 and 50 bodies, was found on a parking strip off the highway in Burgenland state, police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil said [...]

Obama Tells Congress US Will Still Press Iran

In his most comprehensive effort to assure wavering Democrats, President Obama wrote in a letter to Congress that the United States would unilaterally maintain economic pressure and deploy military options if needed to deter Iranian aggression, both during and beyond the proposed nuclear accord. The Aug. 19 letter, obtained by ‘The New York Times’, is [...]

Myanmar’s Ruling Party Nominates 1,147 Candidates

Myanmar’s ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has nominated 1,147 candidates nationwide to contest the upcoming general election slated for Nov. 8, Party General Secretary U Maung Maung Thein told a meeting welcoming the candidates here on Wednesday. Of the candidates, 320 will compete for House of Representatives (Lower House), 166 for House of [...]

US Long Suspected Pakistan Of Sheltering Late Taliban Leader

U.S. intelligence officials suspected Pakistan of sheltering Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, one of the world’s most wanted men, for years before his death, according to a published report. On Wednesday, Afghan officials announced that they believed Omar had died in a Pakistan hospital sometime in 2013. On Thursday, the Taliban issued a statement confirming [...]

Amnesty International Demands Angola Release Activists

A leading rights group has called for the release of at least 13 people, including a rapper and an academic, held in Angola for allegedly plotting to oust the president. The detentions were a “ploy to suppress dissenting voices”, Amnesty International said. The group was arrested last month after attending a meeting to discuss the [...]

Australia Calls For UN To Form Criminal Tribunal To Investigate MH17 Disaster

CANBERRA, (Xinhua)  — Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop asked the United Nations Security Council to strongly consider forming a criminal tribunal to investigate the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 and bring those responsible to account. Two days before the one-year anniversary of the disaster, Bishop asked the UN to undertake an “independent criminal investigation” into [...]

Saud Al-Faisal, Saudi Foreign Minister For 40 Years, Dies

Former Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal died on Thursday, Saudi Arabian sources and media close to the kingdom’s ruling family reported, two months after he was replaced following four decades in the job. Prince Saud, who was 75, was the world’s longest-serving foreign minister when he was replaced on April 29 by Adel al-Jubeir, [...]

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