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Human Rights Observatory
Saturday, April 21, 2018
An incident on March 29, 2018, in which government workers removed about 80 bodies from a damaged house, raised suspicions of a cover-up of killings of possible Islamic State (also known as ISIS) suspects. Human Rights Watch observed the episode. Days later, the house had been burned.  Iraqi authorities at the site said they were the remains of ISIS suspects. Heath Ministry and Interior Intelligence Ministry officials at the site said they were not permitted to share information about where the bodies were taken. There has been no indication that the deaths are being investigated. (Full Story)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
The European Union has urged the Israeli military to "refrain from using lethal force against unarmed protesters," after four Palestinians, including a teen-age boy, were killed by army fire in protests along Gaza's border with Israel. In Saturday's statement, the European Union's diplomatic service called for a full investigation of Friday's shootings. Israeli soldiers firing Friday from across a border fence killed four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old... (Full Story)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
After laying out a dazzling Bastille Day parade and an Eiffel Tower dinner complete with stunning Paris vistas, French President Emmanuel Macron can expect return treatment when he heads to Washington Monday, for the first official state visit of Donald Trump's presidency. But along with dining at the historic landmark of Mount Vernon and a chance to address Congress, lie talks on serious transatlantic differences. Macron's three-day visit to the U.S. will test whether he can... (Full Story)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
The U.N. migration agency has measured an impressive drop in the number of migrants and refugees entering Europe by sea this year, compared to the same period the two previous years. Through mid-April of this year, data shows 18,575 migrants and refugees arrived in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain by crossing the Mediterranean Sea.  The International Organization for Migration says that is less than half of last year's pace.   More impressive is the steep decline this... (Full Story)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Several former U.S. presidents will be among the hundreds of mourners to pay their respects Saturday to former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at the age of 92. She was the wife of the 41st U.S. president, George H.W. Bush, and the mother of George W. Bush, the country's 43rd president. In addition to her husband and oldest son, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are expected to be among the former presidents to attend Bush's funeral at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in... (Full Story)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Human rights organization Amnesty International has honored former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with its Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018, lauding his peaceful protests against racial inequality. The former San Francisco 49ers star was handed the award at a ceremony Saturday in the Dutch capital by onetime teammate Eric Reid. Kaepernick first took a knee during the pre-game playing of the American national anthem when he was with the 49ers in 2016 to protest police... (Full Story)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Saturday, April 21, 2018
China has strongly refuted suggestions its multibillion-dollar economic corridor now under construction with Pakistan has "hidden" military designs as well.   Beijing has pledged to invest about $63 billion in Pakistan by 2030 to develop ports, highways, motorways, railways, airports, power plants and other infrastructure in the neighboring country, traditionally a strong ally.   The Chinese have also expanded and operationalized the Pakistani deep water port... (Full Story)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
The International Committee of the Red Cross says a staff member was killed Saturday in southern Yemen. "One of our colleagues was killed by an armed man in Taez city," Red Cross official Adnan Hizam said.    Security officials told the Associated Press that Hanna Lahoud of Lebanon was shot by the gunman who opened fire on a ICRC vehicle. If was not immediately clear how many people were in the vehicle and if there were any more casualties. More than two... (Full Story)
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Officials in Afghanistan confirmed Saturday that Islamic State militants have forcibly shut down telecommunications services in two districts of the eastern Kunar province. Provincial Director of Communications Sayed Ahmad Madad told VOA that Manogi and Chapidari districts have been without cell phone service for two weeks.   IS militants, he said, have threatened to destroy communication towers if Afghan companies running the operation in the area attempted to resume... (Full Story)
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