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China executed 2,400 people in 2013: report — The world's top executioner China put 2,400 people to death last year, a US-based rights group said, shedding rare light on a statistic Beijing tries to keep a state secret.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @AJENews: China executed 2,400 people last year, report says. That's 3 times every other nation combined

Cuba to send more Ebola medics to W Africa — Latin American leaders fear their nations could be threatened by Ebola, so they have held a meeting in Havana, to discuss how to protect thier countries from the outbreak. President Raul Castro announced on Monday that 200 medics will be sent, on top of the 165 already in West Africa.

In Pictures: Paralympics in Palestine — Access to sports facilities continues to be a major challenge for disabled athletes in Palestine. Although the basketball court in Nablus is accessible, the equipment storeroom is down a flight of stairs behind an often locked gate. Goalball players are classified according to medical guidelines that measure the severity of their visual impairment.

Malaysia investigates 'dog patting' event — Islamic authorities in Malaysia are conducting a probe into a controversial "dog patting" event aimed at removing the stigma regarding the animal in the multi-ethnic Muslim-majority country. The event, titled "I want to touch a dog" and held in a park on the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, encouraged patting dogs, widely considered to be unclean in Islam, and reportedly drew hundreds of Muslims, raising the ire of religious leaders.
Oct 21, 2014

Islamic authorities in Malaysia are "investigating" KL dog-petting event for being "opposite to Islam". Good grief.

Brazil's version of 'Sex and the City' receives backlash for racist stereotypes — Viewers argue the show demeans black women and demand its cancellation.

Third UN employee dies of Ebola — A UN staff member in Sierra Leone has died of Ebola, the third employee to succumb to the deadly virus, the organisation has said. A statement by UN Women said Edmund Bangura-Sesay, a local driver for their office in Sierra Leone, died on Saturday.

Hong Kong protesters to attend crunch talks — Senior Hong Kong government officials will meet student leaders for the first time in an attempt to defuse more than three weeks of protests which have brought parts of the Asian financial centre to a standstill.
Oct 21, 2014

RT @AJENews: Hong Kong's leader has said free elections would risk giving the poor too dominant a voice.

Gunning down the taxmen of Somalia — Mogadishu, Somalia - Feysal Mohamed Ahmed is a man living in fear. He is tasked with the unenviable job of collecting taxes in a city awash with small arms and where people aren't accustomed to paying government taxes. Ahmed works for the local government in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.
Oct 21, 2014

Why i work for Al Jazeera MT @AJENews: With all eyes on a Pretoria court, other things happened in Africa (too)

Oct 21, 2014

RT @AJENews: With all eyes on a Pretoria court, other things happened in Africa. We've been to Mogadishu

Oct 21, 2014

'To be a tax collector in Mogadishu is to live on borrowed time'

Oct 21, 2014

RT @AJENews: Since 2012, almost 20% of Mogadishu's tax collectors have been murdered. @Hamza_Africa shadowed one on his rounds

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Soldiers killed in Afghan bomb blast — At least four Afghan soldiers were killed, and about a dozen people, including six civilians, wounded after a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban exploded in the Afghan capital, officials said. The blast on Tuesday, caused by a remote-controlled bomb, targeted an Afghan army bus at around 06.45am (0215 GMT) in the western part of Kabul, the defence ministry said.
Oct 21, 2014

Soldiers killed in Afghan bomb blast: At least four Afghan soldiers killed and dozens, including civilians, in...

Total CEO killed in Moscow airport accident — Christophe de Margerie, chief executive officer of the French oil company Total, has been killed in an accident at Moscow's Vnukovo airport, according to official sources. Total was not immediately reachable for confirmation of the news, which was also reported by Russian media citing aviation and law-enforcement sources on Tuesday.

Cuba punches above its weight in Ebola fight — Cuba offered to collaborate with the United States to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa as the island nation sends an additional 460 doctors and nurses to the region - an example of how the Cuban government uses medical personnel to flex its soft power throughout the world, experts say.

Women murdered with impunity in Juarez, activists and families say — Hundreds of young women have been murdered with impunity since 1993 just across the U.S.-Mexico border in the city of Juarez - a place known for brutal cartel violence and rampant corruption. Many activists say authorities are failing to protect women or pursue their killers.
Oct 21, 2014

Hip-hop and street art activists raise awareness about the ongoing and overlooked violence against women in Mexico

Report: 21 US cities restrict sharing food with homeless people — A total of 21 cities have restricted sharing food with homeless people through legislation or community pressure since January 2013, and about 10 other cities are in the process of doing so, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) said in a report released Monday.

Photos: Fighters of the PKK — Female fighters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) sit down for lunch in the group's mountain stronghold of Qandil. Unlike the peshmerga in socially conservative Iraqi Kurdistan, the PKK includes female fighters. Ayman Oghanna for Al Jazeera America
Oct 20, 2014

I like these pics bec they don't fetishize Kurdish women fighters. They're at war. not out to titillate you

Yemen's Southerners see hope in Houthis' rise — Yemen's southern secessionists will revive plans for independence amid internal divisions and Houthi ascendency. Sanaa - Overshadowed in recent years by the rise of Houthi rebels in the north of the country, Yemen's southern secessionists revealed plans to rejuvenate their push to secession.

The rival ideological narratives in Tunisia — Tunis - Nobody would have ever believed that the famous Habib Bourguiba Avenue in the heart of the Tunisian capital, that used to symbolise modern and secular communal city life, would be adorned with symbols of the once-banned conservative forms of religious dress code.
Oct 20, 2014

Elections in Tunisia are around the corner. Here's an excellent piece on the rival ideological narratives there:

Nigeria officially declared Ebola free — The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Nigeria Ebola free, after a 42 day period with no new cases. "Nigeria is now free of Ebola," WHO representative Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in the capital Abuja on Monday. "The virus is gone for now. The outbreak in Nigeria has been defeated.

Pakistan’s complex relationship with Malala — In 2009, when she was 11 years old, Malala Yousafzai took up the cause of the right to education for girls in Pakistan's Swat Valley. Over the next two years, as she grew into a teenager, her ideas also gained influence.
Oct 20, 2014

Pakistan's ambiguous views of #Malala say more about Pakistan than about her