Protestors in Eastern Libya set government building on fire

Protestors in the Libyan city of Benghazi set a government building on fire after the third straight day of protests condemning the living conditions and continued corruption within the country. The protests also began in Al-Bayda, where the government was previously based and in Sabha and for the first time in Al-Marj. Several hundred demonstrators gathered in Eastern towns to protest against the political elite and the lengthy power cuts and a severe banking crisis. Some of the demonstrators in Benghazi, were armed with guns and set fire to the government building leaving its white walls...

‘Like an experimental concentration camp’ – Nurse speaks out on conditions at US migrant detention centre

A nurse who worked at a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in Georgia came forward this week with reports of unsafe medical conditions and concerns over the high rate of hysterectomies performed on detainees. The complaint said that many women who were detained in the facility expressed concern about the high rate of hysterectomies performed in the facility. One woman in detention said, “When I met all these women who had had surgeries, I thought this was like an experimental concentration camp. It was like they’re experimenting with our bodies.” Nurse Dawn Wooten said that one gynecologist, who has now been identified as Mahendra Amin, was referred to as “the uterus collector.”

11-year-old girl killed in ‘unprovoked’ Indian attack claims Pakistan's miltiary

An 11-year-old Pakistani girl was killed, and four others critically injured after “unprovoked firing” by Indian troops along the line of control in Kashmir, reports Pakistan’s military. The military claim the Indian troops used long-range guns and artillery on Friday, targeting the disputed region of Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan claimed by both in its entirety. Among the four victims injured, one was a 75-year-old woman and two young boys, as reported by Pakistan’s army. Indian Army Spokesman, Lt Col Devender Anand, claimed Pakistani soldiers initiated the firing and...

Pakistan's Police chief ‘victim blames’ mother who was gang-raped 

Following a statement from Pakistan's lead police investigator, Chief Umar Sheikh, who suggested a mother was at fault for being gang-raped on one of Pakistan's most secure highways, several protests are planned across the country and there are calls for the police investigator's resignation and an apology. According to investigators, the victim was assaulted and gang-raped by several men in front of her two children after she ran out of petrol outside of Lahore. Sheikh blamed the mother for her assault on one of Pakistan’s most secure highways, claiming that she should have driven with a...

Mozambique denies 'beheading, torture and other ill-treatment'

Mozambique has denied alleged human rights abuses by the security forces and has insisted that abuses were committed solely by Islamist insurgents impersonating soldiers. According to Amnesty International, they have video footage and pictures of soldiers in the uniforms of the Mozambique Armed Defence Forces and the Mozambique Rapid Intervention Police committing atrocities in the Cabo Delgado province. These abuses include "beheading, torture and other ill-treatment of prisoners; the dismemberment of alleged opposition fighters; possible extrajudicial executions; and the transport and...

At least ten killed during Colombian protests against police brutality

At least ten people were killed after nationwide protests of police brutality in Colombia. The protests started after the killing of Javier Ordóñez, an unarmed lawyer who was pinned down by police as they shocked him with a taser for over two minutes. Police responded to protesters with teargas and beatings. It was reported by the government that 10 people were dead in the aftermath of protests, and hundreds of civilians were reported injured. Over sixty people had bullet injuries. Economic uncertainty related to COVID-19 has also contributed to the rise in protests, as has been seen...

Lebanon president named “tea thief” after misuse of donated Ceylon Tea

Lebanon President, Michael Aoun, has received backlash after it emerged that Ceylon tea donated by Sri Lanka for the victims of the Beirut blast was instead given to the families of his presidential guard. Sri Lanka donated 1,675 kilos of Ceylon tea in an effort to show support in the wake of the Beirut blast which killed more than 190 people, injuring 6,500 and leaving around 300,000 homeless. The president’s office released a picture of Aoun receiving the Sri Lankan ambassador saying Colombo had donated the Ceylon tea “to those affected by the Beirut blast.” After questioned about the use...

Sudan floods threaten ancient pyramids

Heavy rains in Sudan have caused the Nile River to reach record-breaking levels, threatening sites housing the royal pyramids of Meroe and Nuri, two of the country’s most important archaeological areas.

More than 80 migrants rescued in Sahara Desert

More than 80 African migrants have been rescued after being found in a remote stretch of the Sahara Desert after they were robbed and left to die by people they had paid to smuggle them to Libya, the International Organization for Migration said Tuesday. An IOM rescue team found four abandoned trucks carrying migrants from Nigeria, Togo, Mali and Ghana, left dehydrated, injured and in need of medical assistance. One of the migrants, aged 25, said that the group had been stranded for three days without food or water. He went on to tell IOM, “people were collapsing left and right. I started...

Pakistan Court sentences man to death for ‘blasphemous texts’

A court in Lahore Pakistan has sentenced a 37-year-old Christian man, Asif Pervaiz, to death for committing “blasphemy.” Pervaiz, a garment factory worker, has been in custody since 2013 when his supervisor accused him of sending derogatory remarks about the Muslim Prophet Muhammad in a text message. Pakistan, a predominantly Muslim country, has strict blasphemy laws which prescribe a mandatory death penalty for the crime of insulting the Prophet, and strict penalties for insulting Islam or the Quran. Speaking in his own defence in court, Pervaiz denied the charges but was found guilty and...

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