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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Armed looters are targeting homes and businesses that remain without electricity after being ravaged by Hurricane Michael a week ago. Sheriff's Maj. Jimmy Stanford said deputies have arrested about 10 looters each night since Florida's Bay County took a direct hit from the strong Category 4 storm last Wednesday. In some parts of the county, residents have spray-painted signs warning that “looters will be shot.” Callaway resident Victoria Smith told the News Herald that thieves... (Full Story)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Activists in Malawi are protesting construction of a statue of India’s independence leader Mahatma Gandhi.  The statue in the commercial capital Blantyre is being erected as part of a deal for India to construct a $10 million convention center.  A group of protesters says the statue is an insult to Malawians and Africa because of racial slurs Ghandi made as a young man.   An online campaign in Malawi has collected nearly 4,000 signatures against erecting a statue of India’s... (Full Story)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Family size is closely linked to reproductive rights, according to the State of World Population 2018 report. The U.N. report says people in developed countries tend to have lower fertility rates because of greater access to family planning services, modern contraceptives and age-appropriate sex education. The director of the U.N. Population Fund office in Geneva, Monica Ferro, says in places where reproductive rights are constrained, either due to lack of resources or government... (Full Story)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Somali intelligence officials say the largest U.S. military airstrike against al-Shabab extremists in Somalia in nearly a year largely destroyed a training camp where recruits were preparing to graduate and killed more fighters than the U.S. announced. Two officials tell The Associated Press that several missiles were fired on Friday by two unmanned U.S. drones. Some of the freshly trained al-Shabab recruits were "burnt beyond recognition" and the death toll exceeds 75, one... (Full Story)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
A South Carolina Boy Scout troop discovered its trailer holding thousands of dollars' worth of camping gear was stolen, and the Louisiana Cajun Navy stepped in to help. WLTX-TV reports an assistant scoutmaster with Gilbert Troop 60, Rocky Sharpe, says it was devastating to learn the trailer was stolen over the weekend. A Facebook video posted Tuesday by the Cajun Navy says "God has put us in a position to rectify this situation."   The video says the Cajun Navy met up... (Full Story)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
A new Thai political party says it will resume accepting political donations despite being ordered to stop by election officials after it racked up more than half a million dollars on the first day of its launch. Future Forward, led by young, charismatic billionaire entrepreneur Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, is emerging as a powerful new party ahead of overdue elections expected next year. More than $615,000 went to the party in the form of donations, membership fees and merchandise... (Full Story)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Hundreds of people protested on the streets of Haiti's capital Wednesday, demanding an investigation into the alleged diversion of $3.8 billion (US dollars) of funds from a Venezuelan oil agreement with Haiti and other Caribbean countries. Police officers fired live ammunition at unarmed protesters. Protesters burned tires at makeshift barricades throughout Port-au-Prince as many called for President Jovenel Moise to step down. Moise and his wife Michele attended a ceremony... (Full Story)
Amnesty International - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Journalists, priests and civil society leaders are facing death threats and intimidation following local government elections at the weekend, Amnesty International said today. (Full Story)
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday’s murder of a young Pakistani newspaper reporter who dared to violate the code of silence surrounding drug trafficking, and calls on the country’s authorities to create a mechanism for protecting journalists. Sohail Khan was gunned down by two men in Haripur district, 60 km north of Islamabad in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, shortly after filing a request for protection at the Haripur district po (Full Story)
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