HRW: Prisoner Abuse in Vietnam Widespread

by VOA News on September 16, 2014

A top human rights group says Vietnamese police are engaged in widespread abuse of prisoners, and that many have been beaten, tortured and died while in detention. In a 96-page report released Tuesday, Human Rights Watch highlighted dozens of instances of police brutality it said are pervasive in jails across the country. The report said the prisoners were often being held for minor offenses, such as traffic violations or petty theft. In many cases, it said they were beaten to extract...

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The United States has expanded its air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militant group targets, hitting an IS fighting position near Baghdad firing on Iraqi security forces.  U.S. lawmakers Tuesday begin debating providing military assistance to rebels opposed to both IS militants and Syria’s government. Less than a week after President Barack Obama pledged a multi-step campaign to degrade and destroy IS militants, U.S. attack and fighter aircraft were used Sunday and Monday beyond...

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US Expands Air Strikes in Iraq as Congress Debates Aid to Syrian Opposition

September 16, 2014

The United States has expanded its air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militant group targets, hitting an IS fighting position near Baghdad firing on Iraqi security forces.  U.S. lawmakers Tuesday begin debating providing military assistance to reb…

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US Expands Air Strikes in Iraq as Congress Debates Aid to Syrian Opposition

September 16, 2014

The United States has expanded its air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militant group targets, hitting an IS fighting position near Baghdad firing on Iraqi security forces.  U.S. lawmakers Tuesday begin debating providing military assistance to reb…

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India Vows to Defend China Border after Standoff Ahead of Xi Visit

September 16, 2014

India said on Tuesday it would firmly defend its 2,200-mile border with China after domestic media reported a new face-off on the disputed frontier, just days ahead of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

More than 200 soldiers of the People’s Lib…

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Europe Follows Scottish Independence Vote with Wariness and Hope

September 16, 2014

Europeans are closely following the run-up to Scotland’s September 18 independence referendum with a mix of wariness and hope. Some European capitals fear a ‘yes’ vote may lead to demands for greater regional autonomy back home. There is also the ques…

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Suicide Bomber Kills 3 Foreign Troops in Kabul

September 16, 2014

A Taliban suicide bomber rammed an explosive-filled car into a NATO convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least three foreign troops and wounding five others.

NATO did not release the nationalities of the soldiers.

Afghan Interior Ministry …

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Liberian Police Chief Denies Vice President Being Investigated

September 16, 2014

The director of Liberia’s National Police said Vice President Joseph Boakai is not under investigation for being part of an alleged effort to form an interim government overseas. 

But, the publisher and managing editor of the Liberia National Chron…

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Philippines Warns Mount Mayon Could Erupt, Begins Evacuation

September 16, 2014

The Philippines has begun a forced evacuation of residents near the country’s most active volcano, which officials warn is glowing red and could soon erupt.

Authorities said Tuesday a recent increase in volcanic earthquakes and rockfalls at Mount Mayo…

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US Sending 3,000 Troops to Liberia in Expanded Ebola Effort

September 16, 2014

President Barack Obama is due to announce new measures Tuesday to help fight the worst-ever Ebola outbreak in West Africa, including sending 3,000 U.S. troops to the region.

A White House statement detailing the program said the troops will be sent to…

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