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Guinea - Reporter fatally shot while covering opposition party meeting
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply shocked by the death of El Hadj Mohamed Diallo, a reporter for the Guinee7.com news website, who was fatally injured when shots were fired during the general assembly of Guinea's main opposition party, the Union of Guinean Democratic Forces (UFDG), on 5 February. It is still not known who fired the shot that struck Diallo in the chest while he was covering the meeting. He died of the injury shortly after being admitted to Conakry's Donka Hospital. (...) (Full Story)
Uganda - Ugandan authorities gag media in run-up to presidential election
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the government's intimidation of the media in the run-up to the 18 February presidential election. What with threats, arrests, media closures and seizure of equipment, covering the election is becoming almost impossible for news media that do not kowtow to the ruling party. In the latest incident, a BBC crew was held for four hours at a police station in the northern town of Abim on 6 February after filming a public hospital from the road. The police (...) (Full Story)
Uganda - Ugandan authorities gag media in run-up to presidential election
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the government's intimidation of the media in the run-up to the 18 February presidential election. What with threats, arrests, media closures and seizure of equipment, covering the election is becoming almost impossible for news media that do not kowtow to the ruling party. In the latest incident, a BBC crew was held for four hours at a police station in the northern town of Abim on 6 February after filming a public hospital from the road. The police (...) (Full Story)
At Least 9 Dead in German Train Crash
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Police say a head-on train crash Tuesday in southern Germany has killed at least nine people and injured more than 100 others. Rail company Meridian said two of its trains were involved in a "serious collision" between Kolbermoor and Bad Aibling, about 60 kilometers southeast of Munich. A statement on the company's website said it was deeply shaken by the crash. Police said more than 50 of those hurt in the crash were seriously injured. The speed of the trains at the... (Full Story)
Brother Of Dublin Crime Boss Killed In Growing Gangland Feud
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Ireland's justice minister urged gang members to seek police protection Tuesday after gunmen shot to death the brother of a Dublin crime kingpin in apparent retaliation for last week's attack on a boxing weigh-in ceremony. Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald spoke hours after the most brazen assault yet on the authority of Gerry "The Monk" Hutch, the Dublin crime figure behind many of Ireland's most daring bank heists. His faction has been blamed for Friday's... (Full Story)
India Sets Strict New Net Neutrality Rules
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
In India, advocates of net neutrality have welcomed new rules by the telecom regulator that have blocked efforts by Facebook to offer free but limited access to the web in the country’s fast growing Internet market. In a widely awaited ruling, the Telecom Regulator Authority of India (TRAI) said on Monday that “no service provider shall charge differential pricing on the basis of application, platforms or websites or sources." It will impose penalties of $735 a day if the regulations... (Full Story)
UN Warns of Crisis as Syrian Forces Squeeze Aleppo
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
The United Nations warned Tuesday that if pro-government forces in Syria succeed in encircling the strategic city of Aleppo then up to 300,000 people could be cut off from humanitarian aid. In an assessment of the situation in Aleppo, the U.N. said the Aleppo offensive has already cut rebel supply lines between the eastern part of the city and the Bab al-Salam crossing on the Turkish border. Further advances into the city could send another 100,000 to 150,000 civilians fleeing... (Full Story)
Thai Health Policy Seen as Model for Emerging Economies
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
The President of the World Medical Association said Thailand’s universal health program is a model for other emerging economies in Asia, including India, in providing health services to low income workers. There are growing tensions within the Thai health system amid pressures for co-payments to cope with rising costs. Thailand’s universal health program, introduced in 2002, has been seen as a model for comprehensive health systems in Asia, especially in India and Myanmar, where the... (Full Story)
Iraq: Troops Have Fully Recaptured Ramadi
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Iraq says its forces have completely recaptured the city of Ramadi and surrounding areas from Islamic State fighters. The military and interior ministry said Tuesday that Iraqi troops finished retaking several areas to the east of Ramadi, and had reopened a road that links the city to Baghdad. Islamic State took control of Ramadi last May in what was a huge blow to the government and military. After an offensive that began on the outskirts of the city, government forces pushed the... (Full Story)
US Embassy Warns of Attacks Targeting Foreigners in Kabul
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
The United States has warned its citizens in Afghanistan that insurgents are planning to attack foreign guest houses in the capital city of Kabul as of early this month. A U.S. Embassy statement issued early Tuesday says the warning is based on reports it has received, adding there is no further information regarding the timing, target, location, or method of any planned attack. “Unidentified insurgents are planning to attack unidentified foreign guest houses in Kabul City, possibly... (Full Story)
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