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NATO Allies Launch Naval Mission to Crackdown on Asylum Seeker Smugglers
Last edited 11th February 2016

NATO will send military vessels to the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece crack down on criminal networks smuggling migrants and refugees into Europe, NATO's allied defence ministers say.


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Pope Francis Grieves Over Victims of Taiwan Earthquake
Last edited 9th February 2016

Pope Francis sent his condolences to those affected by a deadly earthquake which struck the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan on Saturday, causing a building collapse that has killed dozens of people.


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Syria 'Exterminating Detainees': UN Report
Last edited 8th February 2016

Detainees held by the Syrian government are dying on a massive scale, amounting to a state policy of "extermination" of the civilian population, a crime against humanity, United Nations investigators say. The UN commission of inquiry on Monday called on the Security Council to impose "targeted sanctions" on Syrian officials in the civilian and military hierarchy responsible for or complicit in deaths, torture and disappearances in custody, but stopped short of naming them. The report, Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Deaths in Detention, covers the period from March 10, 2011 to November 30, 2015. It is based on interviews with 621 survivors and witnesses, and evidence gathered by the team led by chairman Paulo Pinheiro.

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We Cannot Ignore this Genocide
Last edited 7th February 2016

Until the murderous persecution of Christians by ISIS is recognised for what it is, its perpetrators cannot be brought to international justice.


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European Parliament Recognises ISIS Killing of Christians As Genocide
Last edited 4th February 2016

The European Parliament has passed a resolution recognising the Islamic State’s killing of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East as genocide.


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It's Time to Put the Heat on South Sudan's Leaders, Bishop Says
Last edited 28th January 2016

Rome, Italy, Jan 28, 2016 / 12:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).-


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Housing a Key Obstacle For Newly Arrived Refugees in Australia
Last edited 27th January 2016

Few refugees arriving in Australia experience racism.


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Christian Persecution in 2015
Last edited 24th January 2016

The very minimum number of Christians killed for directly faith-related reasons throughout the world has more than tripled between 2013 and 2015: from 2,123 to 7,100 Although the Charity listed North Korea as the worst country for the persecution of Christians in 2015 (again), the largest number of Christians killed was in Nigeria.


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Killed in Mexico’s drug wars: Honest reporting
Last edited 18th January 2016

Recently, Marcus Roberts wrote about the violence associated with Mexico’s war on drugs. When media are afraid to report the news, there’s another casualty: Informed decision-making and voting. As Dana Priest put it at The Independent, “Readers are unaware of the life-and-death decisions editors make every day not to anger different local cartels”: As deadline descended on El Mañana’s newsroom and reporters rushed to file their stories, someone in the employ of a local drug cartel called with a demand from his crime boss. That “someone” was a journalist at another paper, who was known to be an enlace” (a link to the local cartel). The enlace demanded that El Mañana publish a story saying that the mayor had not, after all, paid the cartel $2 million in protection money, as was earlier (probably correctly) reported. And defiance of the cartel can mean death. The enlaces are part of the deeply institutionalized system of cartel censorship imposed on media outlets in northeastern Mexico abutting the border of Texas. How it works is an open secret in newsrooms here but not among readers.

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IS Claims Deadly Jakarta Attack
Last edited 14th January 2016

Islamic State said it was behind an attack by suicide bombers and gunmen in the heart of Jakarta on Thursday, the first time the radical group has targeted the world's most populous Muslim nation.


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