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Iran - Iran is world's leading jailer of female journalists and netizens
Monday, July 28, 2014
Reporters without borders
Ten women who work in the media are currently behind bars in the Islamic Republic The arrest on 22 July of two journalists and a photographer, including the Tehran correspondent of the Washington Post and his Iranian wife, brings to 65 the number of news providers behind bars in Iran. They include 10 women, of whom three are foreign nationals, making Iran the world's leading jailer of female journalists and netizens. Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned by this wave of (...) (Full Story)

Burundi: Fears mount amid escalating political violence and government crackdown
Amnesty International - Monday, July 28, 2014
Headline Title:  Burundi: Fears mount amid escalating political violence and government crackdown 29 July 2014 Burundi’s ruling party is perpetrating a relentless campaign of intimidation against government critics and its youth wing is carrying out crimes with impunity ahead of next year’s election, warns Amnesty International in a report published today.‘Locked down: A shrinking of political space’ explores a crackdown on freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly and a sharp increase in politicized violence in Burundi linked to the ruling National Council for the… (Full Story)

US: Respecting Religious Freedoms Safeguards Stability
Monday, July 28, 2014
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says countries that undermine religious freedoms ultimately threaten their own security. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on the annual U.S. report on international religious freedom. (Full Story)

US Health Agency Expects More Cases Of Ebola Before Outbreak Ends
Monday, July 28, 2014
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has so far claimed 670 lives and infected more than 1,200 people. An expert from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more cases can be expected in the coming weeks and months. Tealth agency is actively trying to stem the spread of the infection. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, downplays concerns that the Ebola virus could spread in the U.S., because of the practices already in place in most U.S. hospitals.  Two... (Full Story)

UN Commissioner: MH17 Downing Could Be A War Crime
Monday, July 28, 2014
The U.N. high commissioner for human rights says the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in rebel-held eastern Ukraine "may amount to a war crime." Commissioner Navi Pillay's assessment Monday came as an international team of investigators and police was again prevented from visiting the site after heavy fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from Kyiv. (Full Story)

Obama Holds Town Hall Meeting with Aspiring Young Africans
Monday, July 28, 2014
U.S. President Barack Obama says the future stability of the world depends on African nations' prosperity and self-reliance. Obama made the comment Monday to a group of 500 young people attending the first Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. As VOA's Mariama Diallo reports, the aspiring young African leaders have just finished a six-week program of academic study at 20 institutions across the United States. (Full Story)

House Passes Bill To Overhaul US International Broadcasting
Monday, July 28, 2014
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would overhaul U.S. international broadcasting, including this agency, the Voice of America, four other government-financed broadcasters and the Broadcasting Board of Governors that oversees all of them. Supporters of the bipartisan bill say the United States needs to fight back more effectively in the war of information against countries like Russia and China. But some opponents of the bill say they fear it would undermine... (Full Story)

US Loses Track of Arms Given to Afghan Security Forces
Monday, July 28, 2014
A new U.S. government report says the military has not effectively kept track of the light weapons it supplied to Afghanistan’s army and police. According to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, an independent watchdog group, the failure creates a danger that small arms such as machine guns will fall into the hands of insurgents. Its report found multiple databases maintained by the U.S. government missing information or with duplicate entries for weapons... (Full Story)

Argentina Seeks to Avoid 2nd Debt Default in 13 Years
Monday, July 28, 2014
Argentina says it will make another effort to reach a deal with a group of U.S. creditors to avoid a possible default on its debt, the second in 13 years. The Argentine government is sending a delegation to New York to meet Tuesday with a court-appointed mediator who is handling the dispute between Argentina and a group of New York hedge funds. Those hedge funds rejected Argentina's restructuring offers after its record $100 billion default in 2001, and are demanding payment in... (Full Story)

No safe place for children in Gaza
Monday, July 28, 2014
GAZA, State of Palestine, 28 July 2014 – As the hostilities enter their twenty-first day, the number of children dying is growing. More than 1,000 Palestinians have been reported killed so far, of whom around 230 were children – more than 10 a day. The youngest child killed was only 3 months old. (Full Story)

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