GlobalPost, By Ioan Grillo, October 24
Mexico City — The fathers of the disappeared students took to the stage one by one. They spoke of their sons’ hopes of becoming teachers, of the last time they saw them, of their agony in going almost a month with no news after they vanished.
As one dad [...]
BBC, October 24
One of the suspects in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl has been set free by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan.
Qari Hashim was arrested in 2007 and held in jail in Hyderabad, a southern city in Pakistan, during his trial.
The court acquitted Mr Hashim because of a lack of [...]
BBC, October 24
The Mali government has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the country.
It said a two-year-old girl had tested positive for the haemorrhagic virus. She recently returned from neighbouring Guinea.
More than 4,800 people have died of Ebola – mainly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone – since March.
Meanwhile, an [...]
European Union leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and set renewable energy targets.
Al Jazeera, October 24
European Union leaders have reached what they described as the world’s most ambitious climate change targets for 2030, paving the way for a new UN-backed global treaty next year.
The 28 leaders [...]
By William Boardman – Reader Supported News
Police Go Nuts Over Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Remote Speech in Vermont How a non-event becomes an “event” that ends in anti-climax When Mumia Abu-Jamal was the pre-recorded speaker at a Goddard College commencement in Plainfield, Vermont, in 2008, almost no one outside the Goddard community [...]
Bloomberg News, By Vanessa Dezem, October 22
Sao Paulo, Brazil — Sao Paulo residents, half of whom are already complaining of hours-long water shortages, were warned by a top water regulator Tuesday to brace for more severe cutoffs.
“If the drought continues, residents will face more dramatic water shortages in the short term,” Vicente Andreu, [...]
Washington Post, By Spencer S. Hsu, Victoria St. Martin & Keith L. Alexander, October 22
A federal jury in Washington convicted four Blackwater Worldwide guards Wednesday in the fatal shooting of 14 unarmed Iraqis, seven years after the American security contractors fired machine guns and grenades into a Baghdad traffic circle in one of the [...]
BBC, October 22
The Syrian military has stepped up air strikes on rebel areas dramatically, carrying out more than 200 in recent days, opposition activists say.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the raids took place mostly in western areas between midnight on Sunday and noon on Tuesday.
The UK-based group said there were [...]
BBC, October 20 Joko Widodo, the charismatic outsider who won Indonesia’s presidency, made a call for national reconciliation and unity as he was sworn in.
Popularly known as Jokowi, the 53-year-old took the oath of office at a ceremony held at parliament in Jakarta.
He was then cheered through the streets as he made his [...]
Reuters, October 20
Abuja – The World Health Organisation declared Nigeria Ebola free on Monday after a 42 day period with no new cases, in a success story with lessons for countries still struggling to contain the deadly virus.
“Nigeria is now free of Ebola,” WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in [...]
The Voice of America, By Carolyn Presutti, October 18
Miami – Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion.
According to the organization whyIslam.org, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino.
And according to Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO), a group that promotes Latino conversions, a little more than [...]
The Voice of America, By Scott Bobb, October 19
Suruc, Turkey -The offensive by Islamic State militants against the northern Syrian city of Kobani has caused hundreds of thousands of residents to flee to Turkey. They receive help from Turkish authorities and individuals, but say much more is needed.
Morning in Suruc, southeastern Turkey. Rojava [...]
Washington Post, By Dan Lamothe, October 19
The Syrian border town of Kobane is still in danger of falling to the Islamic State, more than a week after the U.S. military began launching airstrikes on militants there regularly. Hundreds of fighters have been killed, the Pentagon’s press secretary said Wednesday, but even more are swarming [...]
Los Angeles Times, By Julie Westfall & James Queally, October 17
Same-sex couples in Arizona, Wyoming and Alaska will all be free to obtain marriage licenses by next week after federal judges struck down bans in two of those states Friday and the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request for a further stay in Alaska.
The (Mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon’s) Statesman Journal, By Tracy Loew, October 17
Radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster is approaching the West Coast, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is reporting.
A sample taken Aug. 2 about 1,200 kilometers west of Vancouver, B.C. tested positive for Cesium 134, the Fukushima “fingerprint” of Fukushima.
It also showed [...]