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Thursday, February 26, 2015
World leaders have proved “shameful and ineffective” in failing to protect civilians from groups like Islamic State (IS), Amnesty International said Wednesday, calling 2014 a “catastrophic” year.
Iran attacks mock US carrier in drills near strait
Iran's Revolutionary Guard launched large-scale naval and air defense drills near a strategic Gulf waterway on Wednesday in which dozens of speedboats swarmed a replica of a U.S. aircraft carrier.
Kurdish and Christian militiamen battled Islamic State militants on Wednesday in northeastern Syria, where the extremist group recently abducted at least 70 Christians after overrunning a cluster of villages.
More than one in three Afghans detained on conflict-related allegations say they were tortured or mistreated, according to a U.N. report released Wednesday based on interviews with nearly 800 detainees.
The Egyptian president has issued a law that broadens the state's definition of terrorism to include anyone who threatens public order “by any means,” and gives authorities powers to draw up lists of alleged terrorists with little judicial recourse.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Islamic State militants have abducted at least 70 Christians, including women and children, after overrunning a string of villages in northeastern Syria, activists and relatives said Tuesday.
A U.S. jury on Monday found Palestinian authorities liable for six attacks in Jerusalem that killed and injured Americans, awarding victims and their families more than US$218 million in damages.
A FIFA World Cup task force on Tuesday called for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to be shortened and held in November-December to avoid scorching summer temperatures.
Masked gunmen have abducted 30 Shiite Muslim men who were traveling by bus through southern Afghanistan after returning from Iran, officials and a witness said on Tuesday.
Egypt court sentences activist to 5 years in prison
A prominent Egyptian activist behind the 2011 uprising was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday over an unauthorized but peaceful protest, signaling authorities' determination to stifle dissent a day after President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi vowed to release “wrongly jailed youths.”
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