Burmese Rohingya Massacred Hindus in Myanmar, Amnesty Says

Amnesty International is blaming armed Muslim Rohingya insurgents for massacring nearly 100 oHindus in Myanmar last year, at the same time Burmese security forces began their brutal assault on Rohingya civilians. The new Amnesty report is based on what the group calls “a careful review of evidence,” including testimony by witnesses, survivors and forensic pathologists….

DRC Prepares for Mass Ebola Vaccinationsj

Preparations are under way for a mass Ebola vaccination campaign in the Democratic Republic of Congo as the Ministry of Health and international aid agencies hold a second day of inoculations in northwestern Equateur Province. The latest World Health Organization estimates report 51 cases of Ebola, including 27 deaths. The World Health Organization said 33…

Syrian Army, Police Celebrate Recapturing All of Damascus

Syrian government forces raised their flag over the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus on Tuesday as state media promoted what it said was the “liberation” of the last quarters of the capital from rebels and Islamic State group militants. Police motorcycles flying the flag roared into what was left of the neighborhood in a show…

UN Condemns Collective Expulsions of Migrants From Algeria

The U.N. human rights office is calling on the government of Algeria to stop the collective expulsions of thousands of migrants, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa, condemning this practice as a violation of international human rights law. Between March 8 and April 19, the U.N. human rights office reports Algerian authorities carried out at least six…

Mexican Truckers Travel in Fear as Highway Robberies Bleed Economy

Glancing constantly at his rear view mirror, truck driver “El Flaco” journeys the highways of Mexico haunted by the memory of when he was kidnapped with his security detail by bandits disguised as police officers two years ago. Back then, El Flaco, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, was beaten, blindfolded…

MH370 Search Director Disagrees with Pilot Ditch Theory

The director of a seabed hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Tuesday disagreed with a new book’s conclusion that the pilot likely flew the plane beyond the search area to deliberately sink it in unexplored depths of the Indian Ocean. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau believes the airliner mostly likely ran out of fuel…

Indian Innovators Convert Diesel Exhaust Into Ink To Battle Air Pollution

Supervised by young engineers, workers at the start-up company Chakr Innovation in New Delhi cut and weld sheets of metal to make devices that will capture black plumes of smoke from diesel generators and convert it into ink. In a cabin, young engineers pore over drawings and hunch over computers as they explore more applications…

Social Media Under Microscope in Emotive Irish Abortion Vote

In homes and pubs, on leaflets and lampposts, debate is raging in Ireland over whether to lift the country’s decades-old ban on abortion. Pro-repeal banners declare: “Her choice: vote yes.” Anti-abortion placards warn against a “license to kill.” Online, the argument is just as charged — and more shadowy, as unregulated ads of uncertain origin battle…

Syria Denies Deal With IS to Evacuate Fighters

Nisan Ahmado The Syrian government denied on Monday it had entered an agreement with Islamic State to evacuate the last of the militant group’s fighters from one last area of resistance in southern Damascus. Syrian state media denied it had reached a deal with IS militants, and declared that its control of Al-Hajr al-Aswad and…

Texas Holds Moment of Silence for School Shooting Victims

A moment of silence was held acrosss the state of Texas Monday to honor the victims of the recent deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School. Investigators are still trying to determine what led a gunman to open fire at the school last Friday, killing at least 10 people. The suspected shooter, identified by law…

LGBT Community Cheers Pope’s ‘God Made You Like This’ Remark

Pope Francis’ reported comments to a gay man that “God made you like this” have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis’ desire to make gay people feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church. Juan Carlos Cruz, the main whistleblower in Chile’s clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal, said Monday…

Despite Fatwa, Transgender People in Iran Face Harassment

Nahal smokes yet another cigarette on her mother’s balcony overlooking Tehran, one of the few peaceful places the 19-year-old transgender woman has in Iran, where her identity can bring harassment and prying, judging eyes on the street. Nahal recalled how she had hardly started high school before being forced to leave over her classmates’ insistence…

Syrian Government Resumes Anti-IS Offensive in Damascus

Syrian government forces on monday resumed their offensive against the islamic state group in the south of damascus, after evacuating a group of civilians from the area, syrian state tv reported. The TV quoted an unnamed military official as saying a truce had been in place to evacuate women, children and elderly on Sunday night…

Remembering Slain Pakistani Student Sabika Sheikh

Elizabeth Lee One of Friday’s victims was 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student Sabika Sheikh who wanted to learn about the American culture and share her own. While in the United States, Sabika had two host families. “We did not have children. She was the first one who called us mom and dad. She was literally like…

Starbucks: No Purchase Necessary to Access Stores

Coffee giant Starbucks says anyone is welcome to sit in its cafes or use its restrooms, even if they don’t buy anything, according to a new policy announced over the weekend. Previously, it was left to individual store managers to decide whether people could access Starbucks premises without making a purchase. “We are committed to…

Human Rights Defenders Killed in Guatemala

The U.N. human rights office reports the recent killing of several human rights defenders in Guatemala shows an alarming deterioration in the rule of law as threats increase against those working on behalf of indigenous and minority rights. During the past 12 days, three human rights defenders working with indigenous and peasants rights organizations in…

Uncertainty Strains Ethiopian Refugees in a Kenya Camp

Dawit Gelmo Two months ago, Kote Adi fled Moyale, Ethiopia, after government soldiers there opened fire on civilians, killing at least nine. Kote and his pregnant wife found shelter in a tent in northeastern Kenya’s Dambala Fachana refugee camp, but weeks of heavy rain have displaced them again. “Our plastic shelters were flooded with water,”…

Santa Fe Students Cope in Wake of High School Shooting

Elizabeth Lee Brandy Kraft and Dylan Mittelsted have a few things in common. They’re both 17 years old, work as cashiers at Arlan’s market, and now they both share a trauma teenagers should never experience. “As soon as I get to work it’s head to the restroom bawl my eyes out until I’m ready to…

Markle Picks Simple, Sleek Dress by Givenchy Designer

Meghan Markle picked a sleek sculpted dress by the British designer of couture house Givenchy for her wedding to Prince Harry on Saturday, worn with a five-meter long veil and a sparkling diamond tiara lent by Queen Elizabeth. The pure white long-sleeved gown with a boat neck had been eagerly anticipated by royal fans around…

Japan’s ‘Shoplifters’ Takes Palme d’Or at Cannes

Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or at Cannes on Saturday for Shoplifters, a critically acclaimed family drama with unguessable plot twists. The award, to a director who has won prizes at the festival before, defied speculation that the Palme might go to a female director, with three strong contenders in a year when…

Taliban Vows to Protect Gas Pipeline as War Expands to West Afghanistan

The Taliban has dismissed concerns its recent battlefield gains in western Afghanistan threaten security of a multibillion-dollar gas pipeline being laid through the area to link Central and South Asia. The project, known as TAPI, is planned to move natural gas from the world’s fourth-largest reserves in Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to the growing economies of…

Wife of Malaysia’s Ex-Leader Slams ‘Public Trial’ of Family

The wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has slammed police raids on their properties, saying Saturday they appeared targeted at vilifying the family to provoke public anger. In her first statement since Najib’s long-ruling coalition was ousted in May 9 elections, Rosmah Mansor said authorities conducting a corruption and money-laundering investigation should avoid…

Harry, Meghan Become Husband, Wife in British Royal Ceremony

The big day finally arrived for Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, as the couple married Saturday in the town of Windsor, outside London. Prince Charles, Prince Harry’s father, walked the bride down the aisle. The American former actress confirmed earlier that her father would not attend the ceremony, owing to ill health, after days…

Congo: 3 New Ebola Cases Confirmed in City

Three new cases of the often lethal Ebola virus have been confirmed in a city of more than 1 million people, Congo’s health minister announced, as the spread of the hemorrhagic fever in an urban area raised alarm. The statement late Friday said the confirmed cases are in Mbandaka city, where a single case was…

Eastern Afghanistan Blasts Kill 8, Injure 40

A series of explosions killed at least eight civilians and wounded more than 40 others in eastern Afghanistan, provincial authorities told VOA. Attaullah Khogyanai, provincial spokesperson for eastern Nangarhar province, told VOA the explosions occurred in the provincial capital, Jalalabad, at night at a cricket stadium during a cricket match. Khogyanai said all three explosions…

Not Every Briton Caught Up in Royal Wedding

Jamie Dettmer With the round-the-clock British media coverage of the royal family in the days leading up to the big day for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, it would be hard not to conclude that this year’s wedding of weddings is a source of delight for every Briton. But not everyone in Britain remains as…

Senegal’s Trial of 31 Alleged Jihadists Nears Verdicts

Sofia Christensen Over the past month, many people in Senegal have been following the trial of 31 people accused of trying to set up a local jihadist network loyal to the Islamic State militant group. The verdicts in the case are expected as soon as early June. A Facebook post on July 7, 2015 caught…

UN Human Rights Chief: Gaza is a ‘Toxic Slum’

The United Nations human rights chief has slammed Israel for the systemic deprivation of Palestinian human rights. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said Friday at a special session of the U.N. Human Rights Council to discuss “the deteriorating situation in the occupied Palestinian territories” that 1.9 million people in Gaza are “caged in a toxic slum from…

Regional Court Takes Up Sierra Leone Ban on Pregnant Girls in School

A West African court is to examine a ban on pregnant girls going to school in Sierra Leone in a landmark case that campaigners say could strengthen girls’ rights across the region. Sierra Leone introduced the ban in 2015 after a rise in rape, abuse and poverty during the deadly Ebola outbreak fueled a spike…

Egypt Opens Gaza’s Rafah Crossing for Ramadan

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fatah el-Sissi says he has ordered the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Gaza for the entire Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the longest length of time since 2013. El-Sissi wrote on his official Twitter account late Thursday that the opening would “alleviate the burdens of the brothers in the Gaza Strip.”…

Rights Groups, UN, EU Call on Sudan to Spare Noura 

Salem Solomon When she was 18, Noura Hussein’s husband raped her. Now she faces the death penalty for attempting to protect herself, activists say. Hussein fatally stabbed her husband, Abdulrahman Mohamed Hammad, last year in what her lawyers say was an act of self-defense. Last week, a court in Sudan sentenced her to death by…

Amnesty to Shine Light on Women Activists

Fewer than 1 in 5 Wikipedia biographies are of women, and a tiny minority are human rights defenders, a situation Amnesty International hopes to remedy this weekend with a push to shine a light on those whom history has overlooked. Amnesty is teaming up with Wikimedia, the nonprofit branch of the online encyclopedia, which every…

Switzerland Seeks a Study of Starting Its Own Cryptocurrency

Switzerland’s government has requested a report into the risks and opportunities of launching its own cryptocurrency, a so-called “e-franc” that would use technology similar to privately launched coins like bitcoin but have backing of the state. Cryptocurrency Picture Courtesy: Pixabay The lower house of the Swiss parliament must now decide whether to back the Federal…

Gaza Mourns as Islamic Holy Month Begins

Heather Murdock As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan began in Gaza, markets opened for the first time in days. But business was sparse as locals mourned the dead and tended to the wounded from bloody demonstrations earlier in the week. “Ramadan is a good month and it brings blessings with it,” said 16-year-old Sadik,…

Meghan Markle Confirms Father Will Not Attend Her Wedding to Prince Harry

U.S. actress Meghan Markle finally confirmed on Thursday her father would not be attending her wedding to Britain’s Prince Harry, putting an end to days of speculation that marred the build-up to this weekend’s glittering ceremony. Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, and Markle, a star of TV drama “Suits”, will tie the knot on Saturday at…

Rebels With a Cause: Women Bikers Saving Lives in Nigeria

Whenever the all-female Nigerian biker group D’Angels hits the streets, people would stare in amazement at the sight of women on motorbikes. So they made up their minds to use the attention for a good cause. Enter the Female Bikers Initiative (FBI), which has provided free breast and cervical cancer screening to 500 women in…

Utah Man Jailed in Venezuela Pleas for Freedom in Video

A Utah man imprisoned in Venezuela for two years without a trial is making an emotional plea for Americans’ help getting out of a Caracas jail, saying Wednesday in a clandestinely shot video that his life was threatened during a riot in the country’s most-notorious prison. In two 20-second videos shot on a cellphone and…

Rescued Indian Children Sketch Life in Slavery

Menacing dogs, violent bosses and a house left empty because its inhabitants are always working, these are the grim images of family life created by Indian children raised in bonded labor. A series of drawings by children rescued from forced labor in brick kilns, rice mills and woodcutting units has given social workers a unique…

Oxygen Presence in Distant Galaxy Sheds Light on Early Universe

After detecting a whiff of oxygen, astronomers have determined that stars in a faraway galaxy formed 250 million years after the Big Bang — a rather short time in cosmic terms — in a finding that sheds light on conditions in the early universe. Their research, published on Wednesday, provides insight into star formation in…

Cups and Condoms: Vendors Offer up Array of Royal Wedding Memorabilia

From masks and mugs to tea-bags and even condoms, royal fans can get their hands on all sorts of memorabilia to commemorate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming wedding. The names and faces of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson and his American fiancé adorn merchandise in shops across the British town of Windsor, where the couple will…

Amnesty Offer to Muslim Rebels Brings Calm to Philippine Island

The Philippine president’s offer of work and possible amnesty to holdouts from a violent Muslim rebel group that battled troops last year may bring momentary calm to an embattled southern island, experts say. President Rodrigo Duterte visited that city, Marawi, on May 11 with pledges to provide shelter and “livelihood assistance” to 27 surrendered holdouts…

As Climate Risks Grow, Pakistani Kashmir Boosts Emergency Plans

When major floods hit Pakistan-controlled Kashmir in 2016, Jawad Hussain, a worker at the local government disaster agency, had to wait hours to receive updates on what kind of help was needed and where. The delays meant families were left without aid for days, he said, as flooding forced thousands from their homes and left…

Israel at 70: Images of Victory, Violence

Seventy years since the day of Israel’s founding, wildly contrasting images of victory and violence showcased the contradictions that bedevil the Jewish state. Deadly protests flared along the Gaza border, where troops killed dozens of Palestinians, while politicians feted the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as a symbol of ironclad alliance with Washington. And with…

Dutch Museums Publish 2 Hidden Pages from Anne Frank’s Diary

Dutch museums on Tuesday published two pages of Anne Frank’s diary that had previously been hidden behind a layer of sticky brown paper. Anne Frank House Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands Picture Courtesy:Dietmer Rabich/Wikimedia Commons The Anne Frank House Museum said at a presentation that it, and several Dutch historical institutes, were able to reproduce the…

Twitter Changes Strategy in Battle Against Internet ‘Trolls’

Twitter Inc on Tuesday revised its strategy for fighting abusive internet trolls,” saying it would use behavioral signals to identify harassers on the social network and then limit the visibility of their tweets. San Francisco-based Twitter, known for freewheeling discussions since it was founded in 2006, has been trying to rid itself of harassment out…

Family Photo Becomes New Picture of Militancy in Indonesia

In the photo, the mother rests one hand on her youngest son’s arm. Two little sisters in the front hold flowers against matching red head scarves. Dad stands in the back next to the oldest son who has already outgrown him. The six are dressed in happy prints and colors — a purple batik shirt,…

China Tech Giants Bet on Untangling Logistics of Indonesian E-commerce

In a warehouse on the outskirts of Indonesia’s capital, supervisors at e-commerce company Lazada use bikes or electric scooters to zip around a floor the size of four soccer fields, where up to 3,000 staff pack and dispatch goods around the clock. The warehouse is one of five that Lazada has opened across Indonesia to…

Soros Foundation Leaving Hungary

The foundation of U.S.-Hungarian billionaire George Soros said Tuesday it is closing its office in Budapest and shifting those operations to Berlin in response to what it called “an increasingly repressive political and legal environment in Hungary.” The Open Society Foundations released a statement in which it highlighted restrictions on nongovernmental organizations that are expected…

Deadly Protests Engulf Gaza as US Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

More protests are expected Tuesday along the Gaza border following a day of protests are expected Tuesday along the Gaza border following a day of clashes in which Israeli forces killed at least 58 Palestinians and wounded more than 2,700. Monday was the deadliest day of cross-border violence in Gaza since a 2014 war with…