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Paraguay - Reporter killed in ambush after police protection withdrawn
Monday, October 20, 2014
Reporters without borders
Newspaper reporter Pablo Medina was shot dead in an ambush on the 16 october 2014 in the northeastern department Canindeyú, in a region notorious for trafficking in marijuana and timber. An assistant accompanying him was also fatally injured. Medina was returning from doing a report in the Ko'ê Porã indigenous community in Villa Ygatimí, 50 km north of Curuguaty, when two men stopped him and asked him to identify himself. They then shot him several times in the head and chest, killing him on (...) (Full Story)

Turkey to Allow Iraqi Kurds to Reinforce Kobani
Monday, October 20, 2014
Turkey said on Monday it is helping Iraqi Kurds cross into Syria to aid Kurdish fighters in Kobani as they battle to hold off an advance by Islamic State militants, while the U.S. airdropped arms and medical supplies for the first time to help the Kurdish defenders. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters on Monday, "We are assisting peshmerga forces to cross into Kobani," but did not provide additional details. The U.S. Central Command said three C-130... (Full Story)

WHO: Nigeria Is Ebola-free
Monday, October 20, 2014
The World Health Organization said Nigeria is free from Ebola after 42 days with no new cases reported. WHO representative Rui Gama said Monday the development is a "spectacular success story." Nigeria had 20 cases of Ebola and eight deaths as part of the worst-ever outbreak of the virus, which has killed more than 4,500 people. Last week, the WHO also declared Senegal Ebola-free. Meanwhile, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf called for long-term investment in the... (Full Story)

Hong Kong Pro-democracy Protests - Monday, October 20
Monday, October 20, 2014
A deepening sense of impasse gripped Hong Kong on Monday as pro-democracy protests entered their fourth week, with the government having limited options to end the crisis and demonstrators increasingly willing to confront police. (Full Story)

China Political Meeting Seeks to Improve Rule of Law
Monday, October 20, 2014
China’s communist leaders will host a top level political meeting this week, called the Fourth Plenum, and for the first time in the party’s history, rule of law will be a key item on the agenda. Analysts and Chinese media reports say the meetings could see the approval of long-awaited measures aimed at giving courts more independence and include steps to enhance an already aggressive and high-reaching anti-corruption drive. VOA’s Bill Ide has more from Beijing. (Full Story)

Amnesty International: South Korea Abuses Migrant Workers
Monday, October 20, 2014
Amnesty International says South Korea's farming industry is "rife with abuse," and called on the country to end its widespread use of forced labor migrant agricultural workers. A published report by the human rights group  called Bitter Harvest  documents widespread exploitation of migrant agricultural workers in South Korea. The report says the country's Employment Permit System, or EPS, is designed "to provide migrant labor to small and medium-sized... (Full Story)

Ukraine’s Euromaidan Reforms Reveal Deep Divisions
Monday, October 20, 2014
With eastern Ukraine crippled by conflict between government forces and pro-Russia separatists, many democratic activists in Kyiv paint the struggle as having given birth to a new unified state. They identify the call to resist what is widely perceived to be Russia’s aggression as having brought together a disparate mix of Ukrainian- and Russian-speakers, ardent nationalists, pro-Western reformers and even some who long for the old Soviet welfare state. “Before, everyone said Ukraine... (Full Story)

Indian Politicians Lash Out at Pakistan's Bhutto for Kashmir Rant
Monday, October 20, 2014
Indian politicians October 20 took a jibe at Pakistan Peoples Party's leader Bilawal Bhutto over his fresh rant against India. Bhutto, once again, vowed to wrest Kashmir from India. “When I raise Kashmir, the entire Hindustan screams. They know when a Bhutto speaks, they have no answer. We will take back Kashmir from India,” Bhutto said during his public rally. However, Indian leaders refused to pay any heed to the politician's remark, saying that it is far from... (Full Story)

Hong Kong Protest Leaders Reject 'Foreign Forces' Claim
Monday, October 20, 2014
Hong Kong's pro-democracy leaders have strongly denied claims by the city's chief executive that the weeks of mass rallies are being orchestrated by "foreign forces." The secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, Alex Chow, rejected Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's allegations Monday, saying the city chief is "just making it up." Chow challenged Leung to "put forward the evidence."  During a TV interview late... (Full Story)

US Military Airdrops Weapons, Medical Supplies to Kurds in Kobani
Monday, October 20, 2014
The U.S. military said it has airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurds defending the northern Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State militants. That could strain U.S.-Turkish relations. The “first-of-its-kind” supply mission came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Jakarta trying to enlist Southeast Asian leaders in what one U.S. official called the global "effort to combat violent extremism." The U.S. Central Command said three C-130 aircraft... (Full Story)

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