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Peace Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi Denounces The Arrest Of Her Sister

December 29, 2009 - Iranian authorities have arrested the sister of 2003 Peace Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi who accuses the government of trying to disrupt her activity as an advocate of democracy and Human Rights.

Nushin Ebadí was arrested yesterday during a deadly crackdown on anti-government protestswhat, already called the Iran’s bloody Sunday.

"They've arrested her to stop my work," said the well-known activist, 62, in a telephone call from London. "She was not doing anything wrong. She is not involved in the struggle for Human Rights and has never participated in any protest," she added.

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NATO Operation Killed 8 Children

December 28, 2009 - According to Afghan president Hamid Karzaï, ten civilians, including eight children, were killed last Saturday in an airstrike by NATO forces in the province of Kunar (a mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan).

On Sunday, a NATO spokesman affirmed that there were no reports of civilian deaths in the area.

But according to a senior Western military official (who did not want to be named), it could be an operation by the US Special Forces, conducted independently of NATO and coalition forces.

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NATO Will Send 7,000 Soldiers In Afghanistan

December 4, 2009 - While the U.S. President, Barack Obama, expected his NATO allies to send some 5,000 soldiers to reinforce the military strength, NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, has now guaranteed that more than 7,000 troops will be deployed to "finish the job" in Afghanistan.

At the today meeting of foreign ministers of NATO and other countries participating in ISAF mission (ISAF International Security Assistance), Rasmussen said: "The 44 countries of the ISAF have made clear that they are united in this mission. The nations are backing up their words with deeds. At least 25 countries will send additional troops. And I have been offered about 7,000 and more to come. "

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China Defends Internet Censorship After Obama Lauds Openness

November 17, 2009 - China on Tuesday defended its control of information on the Internet that it deems sensitive or harmful, one day after U.S. President Barack Obama told students in Shanghai that information should be free.

The remarks highlighted ongoing tensions between China and the U.S. over human rights, another ideal Obama extolled in China.

"For the Chinese government, we hope online communications can move smoothly, but at the same time we need to ensure that online communications do not affect our national security," Chinese Vice Foreign Minister He Yafei told reporters at a question-and-answer session in Beijing. China also aims to prevent "adverse content" online from harming children in the country, he said.

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Brutal Assault On A Journalist In Kurdistan

November 10, 2009 - Reporters Without Borders today called for police to do their utmost to find those responsible for a “cowardly” physical attack on leading Iraqi Kurdish investigative journalist Nabaz Goran, who has just left Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, to seek refugee in Sulaymaniyah to the east.

The 32-year-old editor of the independent Kurdish-language bi-monthly Jehan (World) was set upon by unknown assailants and brutally battered about the face and head as he was leaving his office in the Iskan district of the Erbil, on 29 October.

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North and South Korean Navies Exchange Fire Near Border

November 10, 2009 - North Korean ship reportedly suffers heavy damage as each side blames the other for violating disputed sea border (by Tania Branigan for guardian.co.uk).

Ships from the North and South Korean navies exchanged fire off the peninsula's west coast today, with each side blaming the other for violating the disputed sea border.

The clash was the first of its kind for seven years. Seoul said there were no casualties on its side and it is unclear if there were deaths on the North Korean vessel – suggesting this was less serious than the deadly naval skirmishes of 1999 and 2002.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Allowed To Leave House Arrest

November 4, 2009 - For the fist time in 14 years Aung San Suu Kyi has been allowed to leave house arrest to meet Kurt Campbell and Scot Marciel, the highest level US diplomats to visit Burma since 1995.

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, the leader of the opposition National League for Democracy party (NLD) has become an international symbol of resistance in the face of oppression.

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Scientologists Convicted Of Fraud By A French Court

Oct. 28, 2009 - A French court has convicted the Church of Scientology of fraud, but stopped short of banning the group from operating in France.

Two branches of the group's operations and several of its leaders in France have been fined.

The case came after complaints from two women, one of whom said she was manipulated into paying more than 20,000 euros (£18,100) in the 1990s.

A Scientology spokesman told the BBC the verdict was "all bark and no bite".

France regards Scientology as a sect, not a religion.

Prosecutors had asked for the group's French operations to be dissolved and more heavily fined, but a legal loophole prevented any ban.

Instead, a Paris judge ordered the Church's Celebrity Centre and a bookshop to pay a 600,000-euro fine.

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UK: Government Anti-Terrorism Strategy 'Spies' On Innocent

The government programme aimed at preventing Muslims from being lured into violent extremism is being used to gather intelligence about innocent people who are not suspected of involvement in terrorism, the Guardian has learned.

The information the authorities are trying to find out includes political and religious views, information on mental health, sexual activity and associates, and other sensitive information, according to documents seen by the Guardian. Other documents reveal that the intelligence and information can be stored until the people concerned reach the age of 100.

Tonight Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, branded it the biggest spying programme in Britain in modern times and an affront to civil liberties.

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Pakistan hit by another deadly bomb blast

Oct. 12, 2009 After a suicide attack against a UN building on last Monday, a bomb in central Peshawar that killed 53 people on Friday and an audacious assault on the Pakistani military headquarters in Rawalpindi this week-end, the Talibans struck again today when at least 41 people were killed in a suicide car bombing targeting an army vehicle in the north-western district of Shangla.

Shangla lies east of Swat, which has been the focus of an intense military offensive against the Taliban. The army says it has largely cleared the valley of the insurgents. Many of the Taliban are believed to have melted into the rural areas or gone to neighbouring districts.

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