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Friday, October 19, 2018
Expand Satellite image of Jail Ogaden May 2016.  © CNES 2018 - Airbus DS 2018; Source Google Earth The government of Ethiopia should commit to undertaking criminal investigations and prosecutions following many years of rights abuses in Jail Ogaden, a detention facility in eastern Ethiopia’s Somali region, Human Rights Watch said today. A video released today by Human Rights Watch features victims’ accounts, using footage filmed inside the prison in September. On August 22, 2018, Somali Regional State officials formally closed Jail Ogaden and announced that it will be converted into a museum.… (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
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Friday, October 19, 2018
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of five journalists who were arrested arbitrarily early this morning in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in connection with their investigative report on alleged corruption within the police. According to the information obtained by RSF, the five journalists – Octave Mukendi, Bruce Landu, Roddy Bosakwa, Dan Luyila and Laurent Omba – were arrested be (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
A gleaming new $3.2 billion railway cuts in half the travel time from Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, to the coast. Major investments in transportation, energy and maritime infrastructure are turning Pakistan into a major economic corridor. A new industrial zone in Thailand boasts solar, rubber and industrial manufacturing plants and is slated to host 500 companies by 2021. All are parts of China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, featuring billions of dollars in infrastructure... (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
A gap is growing between Washington and Seoul over an inter-Korean military pact that Washington worries might weaken South Korea’s defenses against a North Korea attack. South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed discontent when she spoke to him after Seoul outlined plans to sign a military agreement with Pyongyang at the third inter-Korean summit in September. Pompeo’s concern over Seoul’s military agreement with Pyongyang comes as... (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
The Vatican ambassador who accused Pope Francis of rehabilitating a disgraced ex-American cardinal is doubling down on his claims, asserting that the "scourge of homosexuality" in the priesthood is responsible for sex abuse and that the Vatican is being hypocritical in refusing to acknowledge it. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano issued a third installment Friday in the war of words over the cover-up of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. He was responding to a Vatican cardinal who had... (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
A radical Islamic preacher was released Friday from a British prison after serving less than half of a 5-1/2-year prison sentence for encouraging support for the Islamic State group. Anjem Choudary, 51, left the high security Belmarsh prison in southeast London but will be subject to strict supervision. Prime Minister Theresa May says authorities are equipped to supervise Choudary. Choudary, from Ilford in east London, is expected to wear an electronic tag, face a nighttime curfew and... (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
Turkish police are looking for the remains of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a forest near Istanbul and at a rural location about 90 kilometers south of the city. Turkish officials said Friday police are conducting searches for the missing journalist in Belgrad Forest and in the city of Yalova. In another development, Turkish authorities are denying that they have shared an audio recording of Khashoggi's murder with U.S. officials. Media reports said U.S. Secretary of State... (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
A summit between the leaders of Turkey, France, Germany and Russia will be held in Istanbul this month to discuss the conflict in Syria and efforts for a lasting solution to the war in the Arab country, a Turkish official said Friday. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, in a written statement said the summit will take place on October 27. Russia and Turkey reached an agreement last month to set up a demilitarized zone around the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib preventing a... (Full Story)
Friday, October 19, 2018
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says that there are more than 1 million Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh. Among the Muslim-majority ethnic group, there are approximately 450 Hindus living in the city of Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. VOA's Muazzem Hossain Shakil visited these Hindus as they were observing their first-ever Hindu festival called Durga Puja and filed this report, narrated by Bezhan Hamdard. (Full Story)
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