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Ukraine - Journalists banned from covering fighting in Donetsk region
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Reporters without borders
Rebel decree is fuelling arbitrary arrests of reporters Reporters Without Borders condemns a decree by the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk drastically restricting media coverage of fighting in the region. Signed on 21 July by PRD “defence minister” Igor Strelkov and released yesterday, it is fuelling arbitrary arrests of journalists operating in the region. Citing the need to protect the “safety of media workers” and the “information security” of the PRD's “armed forces,” the (...) (Full Story)

Belarus - Blogger's son sentenced to three years of confinement
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Reporters without borders
Sentence seen as latest act of harassment of his father, an outspoken critic of the local police Reporters Without Borders condemns the three-year confinement sentence that the authorities in Babruysk (160 km east of Minsk) imposed on Alyaksei Zhalnou on 21 July in their continuing judicial harassment of his father, Aleh Zhalnou, a blogger who is very critical of the local police. If the sentence is confirmed on appeal, Alyaksei Zhalnou will have to spend three years in a detention centre (...) (Full Story)

Libya: ICC Judges Reject Sanussi Appeal
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Email An International Criminal Court (ICC) decision approving Libya’s bid to prosecute former intelligence chief Abdullah Sanussi comes down amid a near breakdown of Libya’s judicial system. Sanussi is currently on trial in Libya for, among other charges, serious crimes related to his alleged role in trying to suppress the country’s 2011 uprising, though the proceeding against him raises serious due process concerns. An International Criminal Court (ICC) decision approving Libya’s bid to prosecute former intelligence chief Abdullah Sanussi comes down amid a near breakdown of Libya’s… (Full Story)

At Least 12 Killed After Indian Train Collides With School Bus
Thursday, July 24, 2014
At least 12 children were killed when their school bus was hit by a train in southern India. Police officials said the children were on their way to school when the accident happened at an unmanned railroad crossing in Telangana state Thursday.   The bus driver was also killed. At least 12 children were injured. (Full Story)

Iraq Militants Kill 60 in Convoy Attack
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Iraqi officials say militants have killed at least 51 prisoners and eight policemen in an attack on a convoy north of Baghdad. The attack Thursday happened as the convoy was carrying prisoners from a military base in the town of Taji, about 20 kilometers from the capital.  The convoy struck roadside bombs and then militants opened fire. Iraq has been dealing with a surge in violence, particularly in the north where Sunni militants have seized large areas in a bid to establish an... (Full Story)

Sudanese Woman Convicted of Apostasy Arrives in Italy
Thursday, July 24, 2014
A woman who received a death sentence in Sudan for refusing to recant her Christian faith has arrived in Italy, along with her family. Meriam Yahya Ibrahim arrived in Rome on Thursday, joined by her husband and two young children. One is an infant who was born while she was in prison. Italy joined with the United States in helping to free Ibrahim, and the country's vice minister of foreign affairs accompanied her on the flight from Khartoum. Ibrahim's case had drawn... (Full Story)

Air Algerie Flight Goes Missing Over Mali
Thursday, July 24, 2014
An Air Algeria flight carrying at least 116 people has disappeared during a trip from Burkina Faso's capital to Algiers. Algeria's official APS news agency reports the plane was last seen on radar as it flew over the town of Gao in northern Mali (at 155 UTC) on Thursday, about 38 minutes after it took off from Ouagadougou. There was no immediate word on what happened to the plane, which was chartered by Air Algeria from a Spanish airline, Swiftair.   Reuters news agency... (Full Story)

Health Advocates Urge Better Education to Curb China’s AIDS Infections
Thursday, July 24, 2014
China has a relatively low prevalence of HIV positive citizens, with fewer than point-one (0.1) percent of adults infected. But the number of AIDS cases continues to rise, and health advocates blame a lack of education and prevention.  The number of people with HIV in China is fairly low given the size of the population.  According to official statistics, 800,000 Chinese are living with HIV, but health officials are concerned about a rise in HIV transmission, particularly among... (Full Story)

Gaza Violence Continues as Officials Search for Cease-Fire
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Israel's military continues to hit the Gaza Strip with airstrikes and tank fire, while Hamas rockets fly into Israel amid efforts to secure a cease-fire to end the fighting. Palestinian health officials said the Israeli attacks killed at least 20 people early Thursday.  They put the total death toll at 718 people since Israel began its campaign to halt Hamas rocket fire on July 8.  Thirty-two Israeli soldiers have died. The Israeli military reported multiple rockets being... (Full Story)

Ugandan Promotes ‘Slow Food’ Ideals to Feed Africa
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Next to a small wooden house in this town just east of Kampala, 10-year-old Solomon Walusimbi plucks pea pods from a lush green tangle of creepers. "This is my garden,” he says. “I plant so many things, like peas, carrots and maize." Rows of cabbages wind beneath passion fruit vines, and tiny red eggplants rub shoulders with the spikes of a rare type of leek. If it looks more colorful than an ordinary farm, Solomon says, this is because he understands the importance of... (Full Story)

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