- Middle East Syria Regime Raids on Islamic State 'Capital' Kill 95 Syrian regime air strikes on Islamic State group stronghold Raqa killed at least 95 people as a government delegation held talks with key ally Russ... 26 November 2014, 11:19 16
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The U.S. Senate will hold a public hearing on civil and human rights after a grand jury's decision to not indict a policeman who killed an unarmed black youth triggered violent protests.
The case of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was shot during an altercation with a Ferguson, Missouri police officer, sparked a national debate about race, police-community relations and civil rights in America.Full Story
Russia said on Tuesday that the racial unrest in the U.S. town of Ferguson highlighted "massive" domestic problems in America that stemmed from Washington's failure to respect human rights.
"The latest events in Ferguson are another and very worrying signal to the American authorities indicating that it is finally time for them to focus on massive domestic problems in the field of ensuring human rights," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.Full Story
The jihadist Islamic State group on Tuesday said it beheaded a member of the minority Ismaili community, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, accusing him of "apostasy".
"Yesterday (Monday) the Islamic police in Homs province carried out the punishment for apostasy against on an Ismaili apostate... The punishment was carried out before a group of Muslims," IS said in a statement distributed on jihadist forums.Full Story
An armed group on Tuesday kidnapped a retired army first adjutant from the Bekaa border town of Arsal before taking him to the area's outskirts.
“Retired army first adjutant Mohammed Ahmed al-Hujeiri was abducted by an armed group from his grocery shop in Arsal's Ras al-Sarj,” LBCI television reported.Full Story
Togo leader Faure Gnassingbe on Tuesday rejected opposition calls for limiting the number of presidential mandates and gave a strong signal that he would seek re-election next year.
The head of state has come under mounting pressure to change the constitution to limit a president to a maximum two, five-year terms of office from the current provision of no limit.Full Story
Search teams in Nicaragua on Tuesday recovered the bodies of at least four men killed in a cave-in at an old gold mine in the country's northwest, authorities said.
The cave-in occurred Monday night at the Rincon de Los Garcia mine in the town of Villanueva, 132 kilometers (80 miles) northwest of Managua after heavy rains in the area, the town's mayor told Radio Ya.Full Story
A global advocacy group on Tuesday urged Morocco to speed up reform and remove "barriers to exercising freedoms" on the eve of an international human rights summit in the kingdom.
This week's forum in Marrakech "should be an opportunity for the Moroccan authorities to move from words to deeds" on rights reform, the head of the International Federation for Human Rights, Karim Lehidji, said in a statement.Full Story
Pope Francis on Tuesday slammed "state terrorism" that "kills the innocent at the same time as terrorists".
It was not clear whom the pontiff was referring to in the remarks made on his plane returning to the Vatican from a visit to the European Parliament and Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France.Full Story
South Sudan told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that imposing sanctions on warring sides would harden positions and complicate efforts to end nearly a year of fighting.
The United States has said it plans to present a draft resolution setting up a sanctions regime for South Sudan which has been engulfed in violence that has left tens of thousands dead.Full Story
The U.N. on Tuesday urged the United States to investigate racial discrimination within its law enforcement and judicial systems, after a white officer who killed an unarmed black teen walked free.
"I am deeply concerned at the disproportionate number of young African Americans who die in encounters with police officers, as well as the disproportionate number of African Americans in U.S. prisons and the disproportionate number of African Americans on Death Row," U.N. rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said in a statement.Full Story