Tibetan woman dies from self-immolation in China - Kyodo News Service, April 17, 2013
U.S.-based Radio Free Asia quoted a Tibetan living in India, Tsangyang Gyatso, as saying that Chugtso committed the act "in protest against China's repressive policies in Tibet." Local officials arrived at her home where the body was kept and forced the family to cremate her remains at night, while thousands of residents in the area were present in a show of solidarity, RFA reported.
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US asks China to engage in dialogue with Dalai Lama- Hindustan Times, April 16, 2013
The question of human rights was raised by US secretary of state John Kerry in his meeting with the Chinese leadership during his just concluded trip to China, he said. Meanwhile, Radio Free Asia said Chinese security forces have detained 21 Tibetans following clashes with police over the forced demolition of recently rebuilt homes in an earthquake-hit region of northwest China's Qinghai province. At least six Tibetans and four policemen were injured in the clashes today after a protest by over 100 area residents angered by the demolition of Tibetan homes in the town of Kyegudo in the Yulshul (in Chinese, Yushu) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, a local source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told RFA's Tibetan Service.
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Radio Free Asia: Refugees fear fighting, forced labor in Burma's Shan State- BurmaNet News, April 16, 2013
More than 400 ethnic refugees in Burma's northern Shan state are reluctant to leave the temporary camp where they have stayed for nearly two weeks for fear of clashes between rebels and government troops that broke out in late March, a relief worker said Friday. The refugees also fear that they would be forced to work for government soldiers or the ethnic Shan militia. Sai Kham Late, director of the refugee camp in Tangyan township's Lwese village told RFA's Burmese Service that 432 people from eight villages were staying at the camp to avoid what is believed to be the first major clashes since the government signed a ceasefire agreement in January 2012 with Shan State Army North (SSA-N). The refugees had fled their homes after the Burmese military ordered the SSA-N out of the west bank of the Salween River near the construction of a Chinese-backed megadam project, leading to intensified fighting.
After Boston bombing, swift help, comfort, and a resolve to keep running- Christian Science Monitor, April 16, 2013
As world leaders denounced the attack and offered condolences, Pope Francis said he prayed that all Bostonians "will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good," Voice of America reported Tuesday. Thousands of people in Boston offered to open their homes to any runners without a place to stay. They added their names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and short messages to a Google spreadsheet, letting people know what they had to offer. A woman staying at a hotel for work offered to share her colleague's room to make hers available. "It's not super fancy, but there's a clean king-sized bed and a hot shower," she wrote. "Happy to help anyone who needs a place to stay for the night."
Social Media in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict- Transitions Online, April 17, 2013
"The reason why the KGB wants you to join Facebook is because it allows them to, first of all, learn more about you from afar," Evgeny Morozov, author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in a 2011 interview , arguing that the Internet is just as important a tool for governments to engage in mass surveillance and political repression as well as for nationalists to spread extremist propaganda. "They don't have to [...] interrogate you, and obviously you disclose quite a bit. It allows them to identify certain social graphs and social connections between activists."
Powerful quake hits southeastern Iran- The Journal of Turkish Weekly, April 16, 2013
Iranian and U.S. authorities say a powerful earthquake has struck Iran near the Pakistani border, with reports of scores dead as rescuers mobilized and authorities began to assess the damage.The Iran Seismological Center said the quake had a magnitude of 7.5, while the U.S. Geological Survey put its strength at 7.8. The epicenter was reported to be 86 kilometers southeast of Khash, a city of more than 50,000 people in Iran's southeastern Sistan a Baluchistan Province, which abuts Pakistan. "People are scared," one resident told RFE/RL's Radio Farda within an hour or so of the quake. "They have left their homes because the tremors were very powerful. People are still staying outside their homes." Tremors were felt througout the Persian Gulf region and South Asia, including in the Indian capital, Delhi, causing people to rush out into the streets.