Flow of Refugees Out of Syria Passes Two Million
As the United States and its allies struggled for a course of action to punish the use of chemical weapons in Syria, the United Nations said the number of civilians who had fled to neighboring countries had surpassed two million — a new milestone in what it called “the great tragedy of this century, a disgraceful humanitarian calamity.”
“I thought I was dead,” Adam K. said, describing a mining accident the previous year, when he was 16 years-old. Adam, who started mining at age 12, was digging a horizontal mining shaft, deep in the ground. The tunnel collapsed in front of him, burying and killing two of his friends. “I was so scared,” he told me, “I just cried and despaired.”
Philippines: Mistreatment, Hostage-Taking in Zamboanga
Philippines security forces and Muslim rebels have committed serious abuses during fighting in the southern city of Zamboanga. After taking over five coastal villages on September 9, 2013, the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) took dozens of residents hostage, though many have since been released. The Philippine military and police have allegedly tortured or otherwise mistreated suspected rebels in custody.
‘Modern-day slavery’ in Qatar: There’s Bad and Good News
The Guardian’s findings that labourers in Qatar are falling victim to what it calls modern-day slavery are a depressing confirmation of the country’s dismal treatment of migrant workers. In November 2010, when Qatar won the bid to host the 2022 World Cup, it was clear that a failure to make basic reforms would result in the sort of brutal exploitation revealed in Pete Pattison’s outstanding investigative report.
Female rail workers lodge sex discrimination claim over mandatory urine testing
Female rail workers in New South Wales have lodged a claim of sex discrimination with the Human Rights Commission over mandatory urine testing.
U.N. Confirms Sarin Gas Killed Civilians in Damascus
A U.N. weapons inspectors’ report confirmed that rockets filled with sarin gas were responsible for killing a large number of civilians on Aug. 21 in Damascus, in an incident that brought the U.S. to the brink of war in Syria.
Gunmen open fire on sleeping college students in Nigeria
Under the cover of darkness, gunmen approached a college dormitory in a rural Nigerian town and opened fire on students who were sleeping.
Pakistan has just got three brand new islands — thanks to a major earthquake.
日本首相安倍晉三(ABE, Shinzo)26日在聯合國發言指出，日本國家利益和「開放的」海洋密切相關，在任何情況下都不會容忍其他國家使用武力或脅迫，改變海上秩序，並表示日本期望通過國際法對「全球公域」(global commons)加以保護。另外，安倍重申反對朝鮮核武立場，並承諾人道金援敘利亞6,000萬美金。
Poachers in Zimbabwe poison 87 elephants for ivory, official says
More than 80 elephants in Zimbabwe have been poisoned with cyanide — the latest victims of poachers keen to feed soaring global demand for illegally trafficked ivory.
In Fragmented Forests, Rapid Mammal Extinctions
In 1987, the government of Thailand launched a huge, unplanned experiment. They built a dam across the Khlong Saeng river, creating a 60-square-mile reservoir. As the Chiew Larn reservoir rose, it drowned the river valley, transforming 150 forested hilltops into islands, each with its own isolated menagerie of wildlife.
Pakistan earthquake island belching poisonous gas
A new island that popped up off the coast of Pakistan Wednesday following a deadly, 7.7-magnitude quake on Tuesday has been belching poisonous gas and killing fish.
Muslim Rebels Attack Philippine Towns
A deadly attack by a Muslim separatist group in Zamboanga City, on the Philippine island of Mindanao, has evolved into a tense hostage crisis, while two other Muslim rebel groups staged separate attacks in neighboring towns.
Kenyan Shopping Mall Attack by Al-Shabaab Leaves 68 Dead
Kenyan police cornered as many as 15 al-Qaeda-linked gunmen who’ve taken an unknown number of hostages at an upscale mall in the Kenyan capital after an attack yesterday in which at least 68 people died.
Attacks kill 30 in Iraqi cities of Baghdad, Mosul
Bombs and mortars shook the major Iraqi cities of Baghdad and Mosul on Thursday, killing at least 30 people and hurting nearly 100 others, police said.
Security Council OKs Syria resolution, warns of consequences
The U.N. Security Council, capping a dramatic month of diplomacy, voted unanimously late Friday to require Syria to eliminate its arsenal of chemical weapons — or face consequences.
Microsoft Wins Jury Ruling in Motorola Patent Case
Microsoft said on Wednesday that a jury in federal court had decided in its favor in a dispute over Motorola Mobility’s licensing of so-called standard, essential patents used in Microsoft products.
A Copyright Victory, 35 Years Later
In the lucrative world of music copyright, it may be something of a watershed moment: on Friday, after six years of legal wrangling and decades after he wrote the lyrics to the hit song “YMCA,” Victor Willis will gain control of his share of the copyright to that song and others he wrote when he was the lead singer of the 1970s disco group the Village People.
Judge in Brazilian ‘iPhone’ Trademark Lawsuit Rules in Apple’s Favor
Apple has won the right to legally use the “iPhone” name in Brazil after a judge ruled in favor of the Cupertino company in an ongoing lawsuit with IGB Electronica.
Yahoo agrees to pay damages to Singapore Press Holdings, ending copyright infringement lawsuit
Yahoo announced today that it has paid undisclosed damages and costs to a Singaporean media company after reaching an amicable settlement in a copyright infringement suit.
Judge dismisses trademark lawsuit filed by University of Alabama against artist Daniel A. Moore
A federal judge has dismissed the University of Alabama’s trademark lawsuit against artist Daniel A. Moore and his company New Life Art.