Journalists in Greece Are Becoming Targets

The Greek police on Saturday were looking for the people responsible for detonating makeshift bombs at the homes of five journalists in Athens, the latest in a series of actions taken against reporters in Greece that have raised questions about a deteriorating climate for media freedom. (Read Full Article Here)

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Rangers in Isolated Central Africa Uncover Grim Cost of Protecting Wildlife

Just before dawn, the rangers were hunched over in prayer, facing east. They pressed their foreheads into the dry earth and softly whispered Koranic verses, their lips barely moving. A cool wind bit at their faces.

All of a sudden, Djimet Seid, the cook, said he heard “one war whoop — or maybe it was a scream.”

And then: “K-k-k-k-k-k-k,” the angry bark of a Kalashnikov assault rifle, opening up on fully automatic. (Read Full Article Here)

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Syrian lawyers collect war-crimes testimony

The young man sitting before lawyer Musa Amhan pulled out a small red notebook filled with names he had compiled of neighbors who had spied on residents and reported suspicious acts to Syrian intelligence.

The bicycle repairman rode into the neighborhood on a tank when security forces came to arrest protesters. The egg merchant set up a checkpoint to search cars for weapons. One bully extorted money by threatening to identify his neighbors as anti-government rebels. (Read Full Article Here)

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Brazil: State to Make Addicts Get Help

The authorities in São Paulo, Brazil’s most populous state, said they would start detaining addicts of crack cocaine and sending them against their will to treatment centers. The new measure, which was announced Thursday and is set to be put into effect this month, is aimed at combating a crack epidemic visibly on display in blighted parts of the city of São Paulo, the state capital, where roving groups of addicts consume the drug in broad daylight. Officials across Brazil are searching for solutions to the problem, with Brazil ranking among the world’s largest cocaine markets. Security forces in Rio de Janeiro have been forcing crack addicts into treatment centers since 2011. On a federal level, President Dilma Rousseff’s government is moving forward with a $2 billion anti-crack initiative, including awareness campaigns and enhanced efforts to combat the trafficking of cocaine into Brazil from neighboring countries. (Read Full Article Here)

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Indian Women March: “That Girl Could Have Been Any One of Us”

Protesters say they and others like them will never fully take part in the promise of a more prosperous nation unless something fundamental changes. (Read Full Article Here)

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Under Pressure, India Fast Tracks Gang-Rape Case

Demonstrations in India continued for a second straight day after a young woman who was gang-raped on a public bus died of her injuries over the weekend. Police are awaiting forensic reports that would establish the presence of the men inside the bus that the young woman boarded with her companion, who was also brutally beaten in the attack. (Read Full Article Here)

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21 Pakistan Tribal Policemen Are Found Shot to Death

Twenty-one tribal policemen believed to have been kidnapped by the Taliban were found shot to death in Pakistan’s troubled northwest tribal region early Sunday, government officials said. (Read Full Article Here)

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In Mexico, a New Approach to Stanching Drug Violence

Mr. Peña Nieto’s six-point program includes better government planning; increased intergovernmental coordination; protection of human rights; more social investments and crime-prevention programs; additional evaluation of government programs; and institution building. It also proposes a 10,000-member force to secure municipalities and states where law enforcement is powerless against organized crime. The administration has said it will focus on street gangs and criminals employed by the cartels, a shift from former President Felipe Calderón’s emphasis on eliminating top drug trafficking bosses. (Read Full Article Here)

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Op-ed: China’s new hatchet man

Is the state serious about fighting corruption? (Read Full Article Here)

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News Analysis: Leaders’ Response Magnifies Outrage in India Rape Case

Now, though, the heat has turned up again, as the death early on Saturday of a young woman savagely assaulted and raped here in the national capital has mushroomed into a new and volatile moment of crisis that has touched a deep chord of discontent. Protests that began more than a week ago as anguished cries against sexual violence in Indian society have broadened into angry condemnations of a government whose response has seemed tone deaf and, at times, incompetent. (Read Full Article Here)

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