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VOA News | June 29, 2011

 

Syrian rights activists say government troops have attacked several villages in the country’s northwest, killing at least four civilians as part of a months-long crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

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Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty | Shaheen Buneri | June 28, 2011

MINGORA, Pakistan — The worn-out burqa covering her from head to toe fails to conceal Rekhmina’s sense of loss and uncertainty.
This mother of four has come to the Khpal Kor Foundation, an orphanage located in Swat District’s largest city, Mingora, in the belief that it offers the best chance of keeping her children off the streets.

To gain admission for her three daughters and one son, however, she must answer the very question she has spent months trying to answer herself: “Where is your husband?”

Muhammad Ali, principal of the Khpal Kor Foundation, poses the question. The orphanage, supported by local philanthropists and organizations, has become a lifeline for hundreds of children orphaned or separated from their parents when the Pakistani government launched a massive military operation in Swat Valley in the spring of 2009.

The operation was intended to sweep militants loyal to Pakistani Taliban commander Mullah Fazlullah from the scenic but restive region of northwest Pakistan. But as Ali notes, there were many innocent victims. (more…)

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The New York Times | Liam Stack | June 25, 2011

 

Syrian security forces arrested scores of people across the country on Saturday as mourners took part in the funerals of six protesters killed Friday outside of Damascus, continuing a grim pattern of protest, death, mourning and repression that has been repeated week after week as the uprising in Syria enters its fourth month.

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Der Speigel | Der Spiegel Staff |  June 22, 2011

In the Syrian city of Ariha, the cherry trees are covered with deep red fruit. It is harvest time and the cherries are sweet, but no one comes to pick them. Two weeks ago, after the regime’s elite troops had transformed peaceful demonstrations in the nearby provincial capital Idlib into bloodbaths, two young men tried to save the cherry harvest. They loaded their small truck full of cherries and took off for the port  city of Latakia in western Syria. They didn’t make it very far. A military patrol stopped the two men in front of a sugar refinery and shot them dead.

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Reuters | Saif Tawfiq | June 20, 2011

The Libyan government said on Monday 19 civilians were killed in a NATO air strike on the home of one of Muammar Gaddafi’s top officials, a day after NATO admitted killing civilians in a separate aerial attack.

Libyan officials took reporters to Surman, 70 km (45 miles) west of Tripoli, to the site of what they said was a NATO air strike on the home of Khouildi Hamidi, a member of Libya’s 12-strong Revolutionary Command Council, led by Gaddafi. (more…)

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AFP

18 May, 2011

MOGADISHU — Shells fired in battles between insurgent militant Islamists and African Union forces at a Mogadishu market on Wednesday left at least 14 civilian dead, witnesses said.

“Nine victims died in two separate areas inside Bakara market, most of them women,” witness Idriss Ali told AFP. (more…)

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Mareeg Online

18 May, 2011

MOGADISHU (Mareeg) – Clashes erupted between Somali forces backed by AMSIOM and Al shabaab fighters inMogadishuon Wednesday killing at least 15 people and hurting 80 others. (more…)

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