In Race to Develop Myanmar, Government Grabs Farmland for Factories - PBS Newshour, July 17, 2013
Myanmar's government has entered into a major development agreement with a consortium of Japanese companies to build tech, food and textile factories. For many, this means more jobs, trade and revenue. But to make room, some farmers are being evicted and losing their livelihood. Special correspondent Kira Kay reports.
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New Pussy Riot Video Asks Where Russia's Oil Wealth Goes - The New York Times, July 16, 2013
There have been signs of division between the women in the past, and the music video was uploaded Tuesday to a new YouTube channel registered in the group's name. As the American-financed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, the liner notes also claim that Russia's oil revenues amounted to 7 trillion rubles (about $215 billion) in 2012, "but only Putin and several of his friends see this 7 trillion." To focus attention on this, the group said, "We therefore decided to independently look into oil production and sing our new song about the red prison to oil and gas workers."
Russian Orthodox Church video game lets you slay Pussy Riot members - The Daily Caller, July 17, 2013
At a Russian Orthodox Church-sponsored youth festival in Moscow last week, organizers showcased a video game that allows players to snuff out a continuous stream of members of the feminist punk rock protest group Pussy Riot. The game is called "Don't Let Pussy Riot into the Cathedral," reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Minor scuffles in Cairo as Morsi supporters protest new Cabinet - UPI, July 17, 2013
Deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's supporters protested Wednesday against the formation of a new Cabinet that includes no Islamist parties' members. Demonstrators outside Cairo's main government buildings demanded Morsi be returned to power, Voice of America reported.
Deputy terror leader in Yemen reported killed in U.S. drone strike - UPI, July 17, 2013
The deputy commander of al-Qaida's branch in Yemen has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, the organization announced Wednesday in an online video message. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said Said al-Shihri was dead, but did not say when the alleged strike took place, Voice of America reported.
Brotherhood calls for renewed protests as new cabinet begins work - UPI, July 17, 2013
The Muslim Brotherhood called for renewed protests Wednesday as a new government led by interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi began work, officials said. El-Beblawi's newly formed cabinet includes liberals and technocrats, including seven members of the previous government, Voice of America reported.
Navalny Heads to Prison, Czech Bribery Probe Ends - Transitions Online, July 18, 2013
A recent alleged gang rape has prompted hundreds of Ukrainians to take to the streets in protest against abuse and corruption in the country's police forces, Radio Free Europe writes. Angry residents of the town of Vradiyevka south of Kyiv attacked a police station there in early July after authorities tried to protect two police officers who, together with another man, are accused of carjacking, beating, and raping a young woman.
Syrian Kurds to Declare Autonomy From Damascus - Times of Israel, July 17, 2013
A PYD spokesperson told Radio Sawa anchor Zaid Benjamin that "Islamist brigades started the provocations in Ras al-Ayn and the other Kurdish areas" and that the battles against them was "our chance to root out the Islamists from the Kurdish areas. Despite the brief flare up on the Syria-Turkey border, there is little chance of a major escalation by Ankara, Aaron Stein, PhD candidate and a researcher at the Istanbul-based Center for Economic and Foreign Policy Studies.
Macedonia: Who is not willing of name issue decision? - Focus Information Agency, July 18, 2013
Macedonian authorities are silent about the answer of Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to the letter of Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, Radio Free Europe announced. According to information Samaras has rejected the proposal for a summit on the name issue. The main opposition party in Macedonia stated they will announce their position later.
Guinea: Death Toll Mounts in Guinea Clashes - allAfrica, July 17, 2013
Authorities imposed a curfew in the area, the Voice of America reported. The VOA report said there were at least 20 dead and dozens wounded. Quoting journalist Mamadou Dian Balde of the Independent and Democrat newspapers in Guinea, it said the violence started when members of the Guerze, or Kpelle, tribe beat to death an ethnic Konianke, or Mandingo, youth after accusing him of stealing gasoline.
Kerry Discusses Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks With Arab League - Hispanic Business, July 17, 2013
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and senior Arab League officials Wednesday discussed efforts to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, aides said. The diplomats also discussed rising tensions in Egypt during their meeting in Amman, Jordan, where Kerry also was scheduled to meet with Jordan's King Abdullah, Voice of America reported.
U.N. to send US$6 mln in emergency aid to N. Korea - Yonhap News Agency, July 17, 2013
The United Nations has decided to provide North Korea with US$6 million in emergency aid by the end of this year, a report said Thursday, in a bid to relieve fund shortages at U.N. agencies operating in the isolated country. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) told the Washington-based Voice of America that U.N. bodies operating in the North will receive this aid through a pool of reserve funding known as the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).