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UN chief set to nominate new special envoy to Yemen

April 17, 2015
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Statesville Record & Landmark    

"Yemen's ambassador to the U.N. says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday is expected to nominate the head of the U.N. Ebola mission as the new special envoy to Yemen. The ambassador told The Associated Press that Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed is the only candidate for the post after Jamal Benomar on Thursday announced his intention to step down." (04/16/15)

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Man indicted in US for drug deal elected senator in Nigeria

April 16, 2015
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Winona Daily News    

"A man indicted in the United States for allegedly smuggling heroin, in a case that was the basis for the TV hit 'Orange Is The New Black,' has been elected a senator in Nigeria. Buruji Kashamu was little known before he returned home in 2003 from Britain, where he beat a U.S. extradition order, to become a major financier of President Goodluck Jonathan's party." (04/16/15)

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Chile: Students protest corruption, demand education reform

April 16, 2015
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ABC News    

"Thousands of students marched through the streets of Chile's capital Thursday to protest recent corruption scandals and to complain about delays in a promised education overhaul. Police said about 20,000 people took part, while student organizers estimated the crowd at about 150,000. The gathering was largely peaceful, but violence broke out at the end when small bands of hooded protesters threw rocks and gasoline bombs at police." (04/16/15)

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US assails “unprofessional” Russian intercept of reconnaissance plane

April 15, 2015
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Knoxville Times    

"The US has said it will complain to Russia about the 'unsafe and unprofessional manner' in which an American reconnaissance plane was intercepted by a Russian fighter jet over the Baltic Sea last week. On April 7, a US RC-135U was intercepted by a Russian SU-27 Flanker when it was flying over the Baltic Sea." (04/14/15)

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Australia to deploy 300 additional troops to Iraq

April 15, 2015
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Omaha World    

"Australia's government says it has completed preparations to send about 300 additional troops to Iraq and will deploy them over the coming weeks. The troops will work alongside about 100 New Zealand troops at the Taji base north of Baghdad. Australia's government says the combined force isn't being deployed in a combat role but rather to train Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State group." (04/14/15)

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Canada sending military trainers to train Ukrainian troops

April 15, 2015
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Greenfield Daily Reporter    

"Canada is sending 200 military trainers to Ukraine, joining the U.S. and Britain an effort to bolster the country's forces against Russian aggression [sic]. Defense Minister Jason Kenney said about 150 trainers will be housed at a NATO training center in Yavoriv, near the Polish border. He said the troops will be more than 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) away from the conflict zone." (04/14/15)

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South Africa: Looters target foreign-owned shops, five killed

April 15, 2015
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Idaho Press-Tribune    

"At least five people in South Africa have died in attacks on immigrant-owned shops and hundreds of people have fled their homes since last week, authorities said Tuesday as they struggled to stem one of the worst outbreaks of violence in years against foreigners, many of them from other African countries. Most of the recent unrest occurred in and around the coastal city of Durban, where police said two foreigners and three South Africans were killed." (04/14/15)

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Colombia modifies bill to judge killings in military courts

April 15, 2015
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ABC News    

"Under pressure from human rights groups, Colombia's government has backtracked on wording in proposed legislation that critics said could deny justice for the families of thousands of victims of extrajudicial killings at the hands of the country's U.S.-backed military. President Juan Manuel Santos introduced the legislation in 2013 to strengthen the military justice system as prosecutors were closing in on army officers accused of trying to present civilians as guerrillas killed in combat to inflate body counts and receive promotions and bonuses." (04/14/15)

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Nigerian opposition wins key states, shores up victory

April 14, 2015
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"Nigeria's opposition is winning key states from the party of defeated President Goodluck Jonathan, with results still coming in Monday from weekend elections marred by killings, low turnouts and the snatching of ballot boxes. The party of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari won a tight contest for Lagos, Nigeria's financial hub. And it won landslides in northern Kaduna, Sokoto and Katsina states, which Jonathan's party had governed since decades of military rule ended in 1999." (04/13/15)

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Russia, Ukraine agree on withdrawal of smaller caliber arms

April 14, 2015
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Billings Gazette    

"Russia and Ukraine agreed Monday to call for the pullback of smaller caliber weapons from the front lines in [the Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics] as part of a fresh push to end the region's yearlong conflict. Foreign ministers from the two countries -- meeting with their French and German counterparts in Berlin -- also agreed to support international monitors and establish four working groups to address the most pressing issues faced by people in the embattled region, where Russian-backed separatists are fighting Ukrainian government forces." (04/13/15)

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Low turnout in Sudan vote set to extend al-Bashir’s rule

April 14, 2015
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Tuscaloosa News    

"Sudan began voting Monday in an election expected to be won by President Omar al-Bashir, the world's only sitting leader wanted on genocide charges. Voters slowly began arriving to polling places in Sudan's capital, Khartoum. Opposition parties, citing a lack of freedom of speech and assembly in the African country, are boycotting the vote, which includes electing candidates for the country's legislative council." (04/13/15)

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Yemen: Embattled leader names new vice president

April 13, 2015
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Redding Record Searchlight    

"Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled the country in the face of a rebel advance last month, has tapped his former Prime Minister Khaled Bahah to be vice president in a move aimed at strengthening the embattled executive branch, an official close to Hadi said. The Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, had demanded the formation of a presidential council instead. Along with military units allied with former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, they control the capital, Sanaa, and much of the country's north, and have advanced despite more than two weeks of Saudi-led airstrikes." (04/12/15)

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Syria: Government airstrikes hit school, kill at least nine in Aleppo

April 13, 2015
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Epoch Times    

"A Syrian government air raid struck near a school in an opposition-held neighborhood in the northern city of Aleppo on Sunday, killing at least nine people, including five children, activists said. The Aleppo Media Center and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air raid hit the opposition-held Ansari neighborhood." (04/12/15)

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US journalist held in Iran is accused of espionage

April 13, 2015
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Los Angeles Times    

"A Washington Post journalist detained in Iran for more than eight months is accused of 'espionage' and 'acting against national security,' the semiofficial Fars news agency reported Sunday. The report did not elaborate on the source of the information, but the agency is regarded as close to Iran's hard-liners." (04/12/15)

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Brazil: Protests seek ouster of president

April 13, 2015
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ABC News    

"Nationwide demonstrations calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff swept Brazil for the second day in less than a month, though turnout at Sunday's protests appeared down, prompting questions about the future of the movement. A poll published over the weekend suggested the majority of Brazilians support opening impeachment proceedings against Rousseff, whose second term in office has been buffeted by a corruption scandal at Brazil's largest company, oil giant Petrobras, as well as a stalled economy, a sliding currency and political infighting." (04/12/15)

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Egypt: Court sentences US-Egyptian citizen to life in prison

April 13, 2015
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Seattle Times    

"An Egyptian criminal court sentenced a dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen on a months-long hunger strike to life in prison Saturday on charges of financing an anti-government sit-in and spreading false news. Mohamed Soltan, the son of a prominent member of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested in August 2013, when security forces came looking for his father at his house." (04/11/15)

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Australia: Government will stop paying welfare for unvaccinated children

April 13, 2015
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Phoenix Herald    

"The Australian government has announced that a new proposed law will stop welfare payments to parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. The 'no jab, no pay' policy is expected to cost parents more than US $8,500 a year per child in lost benefit payments." (04/13/15)

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Yemen: Rebels capture city; Iran condemns Saudi air campaign

April 10, 2015
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Watertown Public Opinion    

"Shiite rebels and allied troops overran the capital of an oil-rich Yemeni province in a heavily Sunni area on Thursday, making significant territorial gains despite Saudi-led airstrikes, now entering their third week. Iran, which is trying to garner international support to stop the bombing, stepped up its condemnation, with the supreme leader calling the air campaign 'genocide.'" (04/09/15)

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Number of slaves found on Indonesian island at almost 550

April 10, 2015
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ABC News    

"The number of enslaved fishermen found on a remote Indonesian island has now reached nearly 550, after a fact-finding team returned for a single day to make sure no one had been left behind nearly a week after more than half of the men were removed in a dramatic rescue. Many of the 210 identified Thursday were Burmese who wanted to leave, but there were a few holdouts — men who claimed they were owed years of back pay from their bosses, said Steve Hamilton, deputy chief of mission at the International Organization for Migration in Jakarta." (04/09/15)

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Italy: Gunman kills three in Milan court, raising security concerns

April 10, 2015
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Roanoke Times World    

"A real estate developer on trial for fraudulent bankruptcy fired 13 shots inside the Milan Tribunal on Thursday, killing his lawyer, a co-defendant and a judge, eluding court security before being captured 25 kilometers away. The shooting raised concerns about security at Italy's courthouses, where much of the surveillance has been outsourced to private contractors, and about Italy's ability to protect visitors during the Milan Expo 2015 world's fair, which opens May 1 and is expected to attract 20 million visitors over six months." (04/09/15)

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Amsterdam prostitutes protest closure of their windows

April 10, 2015
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Killeen Daily Herald    

"Scores of prostitutes took to the streets of Amsterdam on Thursday to protest moves to rejuvenate the city's famed Red Light District by shuttering windows where scantily-clad sex workers pose to attract clients.  About 200 people -- prostitutes and their supporters who wore masks to protect their identities -- marched through the Red Light District carrying red umbrellas and banners including one that read: 'Don't save us, save our windows!'" (04/09/15)

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US deports Salvadoran ex-general tied to 1980s rights abuses

April 9, 2015
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ABC News    

"A former general linked to human rights abuses during El Salvador's civil war in the 1980s was deported by the U.S. on Wednesday and flown to his home country, where officials said he faces no charges or restrictions on his movements. Ex-Gen. Eugenio Vides Casanova arrived at San Salvador's international airport on a federal flight along with 120 other deportees, Salvadoran immigration spokesman Mauricio Silva told The Associated Press." (04/08/15)

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Cubans expect US detente to improve economic lives

April 9, 2015
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Wheeling News-Register    

"Cubans overwhelmingly expect detente with the United States to alter their widely disliked economic system, according to a rare poll of 1,200 people across the island. The poll released Wednesday found less optimism about Cuba's political future, with 54 percent saying the single-party government would not change as a result of closer ties." (04/08/15)

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North Korea says Mexico holding ship; kept under sanctions

April 9, 2015
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Tacoma NewsTribune    

"North Korea said Wednesday that Mexico has 'forcibly detained' one of its ships months after it ran aground off Mexico's Gulf coast last year, and Pyongyang blames the United States for preventing the ship's release. The head of a U.N. panel of experts, however, said the ship, the Mu Du Bong, is owned by a North Korean company that is under U.N. sanctions and should be 'frozen,' and that the panel has received excellent cooperation from Mexico in tracking the company and its assets." (04/08/15)

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Yemen: 560 dead amid fears of humanitarian collapse

April 8, 2015
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Seattle Times    

"As tons of desperately needed medical supplies await clearance to be flown into Yemen, aid workers warned Tuesday of an unfolding humanitarian crisis, saying at least 560 people, including dozens of children, have been killed, mostly in a Saudi-led air campaign and battles between Shiite rebels and forces loyal to the embattled president. More than 1,700 people have been wounded and another 100,000 have fled their homes as fighting intensified over the past three weeks, the World Health Organization said." (04/07/15)

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