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Spain in crisis after police violence in Catalan vote

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IN PROTEST. People shout slogans as they wave Catalan pro-independence ‘Estelada’ flags during a protest in Barcelona on October 2, 2017 a day after hundreds were injured in a police crackdown during Catalonia’s banned independence referendum. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain comes under international pressure to resolve a spiraling crisis with its Catalan region after a banned independence referendum was marred by shocking scenes of police violence

MADRID, Spain (Oct. 3, 2017) — Spain came under international pressure Monday, October 2, to resolve a spiraling crisis with its Catalan region after a banned independence referendum was marred by shocking scenes of police violence. Continue reading Spain in crisis after police violence in Catalan vote

Iraq PM hails forces for securing Mosul ‘victory’

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‘VICTORY.’ Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi smiles during a meeting with military commanders in the al-Tayaran neighborhood of Mosul on July 9, 2017 after the government’s announcement of the ‘liberation’ of the embattled city. Photo by Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

‘Victory is certain, and what remains of Daesh is surrounded… and it is just a matter of time for us to announce the great victory to our people,’ says Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

MOSUL, Iraq (Jul. 10, 2017) — Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi visited Mosul on Sunday, July 9, hailing his forces for securing “victory” over the Islamic State group (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq), their biggest yet against the jihadists. Continue reading Iraq PM hails forces for securing Mosul ‘victory’

Gov’t-backed DR Congo militia shot babies, hacked toddlers – UN

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DISPLACED.This file photo taken on June 7, 2017 in Kikwit shows a volunteer bringing daily food rations for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), at a camp for IDPs fleeing the conflict in the Kasai region. John Wessels/AFP

The Catholic Church puts the death toll in the troubled Kasai region at more than 3,300

KINSHASA, DR Congo (Jun. 21, 2017)— The UN accused DR Congo on Tuesday, June 20, of backing a militia that has mutilated toddlers and hacked pregnant women in the troubled Kasai region as the Catholic Church put the death toll there at more than 3,300. Continue reading Gov’t-backed DR Congo militia shot babies, hacked toddlers – UN

Car bomb hits Thailand’s troubled south, injures 51

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The latest attack hit the town of Pattani around 2 pm, with two bombs going off outside the Big C, a busy supermarket near the town center

PATTANI, Thailand (May 9, 2017) — More than 50 people including children were injured on Tuesday, May 9, when a car bomb exploded outside a supermarket in Thailand’s insurgency-plagued south, police said, the largest attack for months on a civilian target there. Continue reading Car bomb hits Thailand’s troubled south, injures 51

Looting ravages Venezuela, unrest death toll hits 36

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LOOTING. View of damages in a supermarket in Valencia, Carabobo State, on May 5, 2017, the day after anti-government protesters looted stores, set fire to cars and clashed with police, leaving at least five people injured, and one dead after being hit in the head by a projectile. Photo by Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

Anger boils over in the western municipality of Rosario de Perija, where young protesters burned, pulled down and then smashed a statue of former president Hugo Chavez, Maduro’s late predecessor and mentor

VALENCIA,Venezuela (May 6, 2017) — A young man died Friday, May 5, after he was injured in violence as looting broke out in impoverished Venezuelan cities, an official said, bringing the toll from unrest in more than a month of anti-government protests to at least 36. Continue reading Looting ravages Venezuela, unrest death toll hits 36

Deadly unrest grips Venezuela as students rally

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UNREST. Students from the Central University of Venezuela run through a cloud of tear gas in clashes with the police during a protest against the government of Nicolas Maduro in Caracas on May 4, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

According to the latest toll provided by prosecutors, 35 people have been killed in just over a month of protests against President Nicolas Maduro

CARACAS, Venezuela (May 5, 2017) — A student leader was shot dead as protests raged on in the streets of Venezuela Thursday, May 4, in the latest spasm of anger aimed at removing President Nicolas Maduro from power. Continue reading Deadly unrest grips Venezuela as students rally

Flames, fatality at Venezuela demo over leader’s crisis maneuver

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VIOLENCE. Opposition demonstrators and riot police clash during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas on May 3, 2017. Carlos Becerra/AFP

Protesters were enraged by the socialist president’s launching of procedures by the electoral council to draw up a new constitution

CARACAS, Venezuela (May 4, 2017) — An 18-year-old man died Wednesday, May 3, in violent protests against embattled President Nicolas Maduro, prosecutors said. Continue reading Flames, fatality at Venezuela demo over leader’s crisis maneuver

Thousands Of Rohingya Muslims Flee Myanmar As Government Denies Abuse

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A woman carrying a baby walks among debris after fire destroyed shelters at a camp for internally displaced Rohingya Muslims in the western Rakhine State near Sittwe, Myanmar May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

Security forces may be committing crimes against humanity, the UN warns

January 26, 2017 — Devastating reports of growing violence against a Muslim minority group in western Myanmar have prompted humanitarian groups to call for urgent foreign intervention, even as Myanmar’s government denies the mounting allegations. Continue reading Thousands Of Rohingya Muslims Flee Myanmar As Government Denies Abuse

ISIS wreaks new destruction in Syria’s ancient Palmyra

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NEW DESTRUCTION. This handout picture provided on January 20, 2017 by UNITAR-UNOSAT and taken on December 26, 2016, shows a close-up of a satellite-detected image of the Roman amphitheater in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Handout photo by UNITAR-UNOSAT/AFP

The UN’s cultural agency has reacted with outrage, calling the fresh destruction a ‘war crime’ and ‘cultural cleansing’

DAMASCUS, Syria (Jan. 21, 2017) — The Islamic State group (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) has demolished more treasured monuments in Syria’s ancient Palmyra, a month after recapturing it from government forces, the country’s antiquities chief said Friday, January 20. Continue reading ISIS wreaks new destruction in Syria’s ancient Palmyra

80 dead as ISIS claims twin blasts during Kabul protest

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DEADLY ATTACK. People collect the belongings of the victims at the scene of a suicide bomb attack that targeted a demonstration of Hazara minority in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 23, 2016. Photo by Jawad Jalali/EPA

The attack represents a major escalation for the ISIS group, which so has largely been confined to the eastern province of Nangarhar

KABUL, Afghanistan (July 24, 2016) — Islamic State group jihadists (IS, formerly known as ISIS or the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq) claimed responsibility for twin explosions Saturday, July 23, that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and wounding 231 others in their first major attack in the Afghan capital.  Continue reading 80 dead as ISIS claims twin blasts during Kabul protest