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QUOTED: “The situation is terrible. We know the risks of waterborne
diseases … but there is really no choice.”
— War veteran Savious Muromba on the lack of basic services following Zimbabwe’s massive farm resettlement program (story #10, below).
[o1] “Kashmir earthquake refugees driven back to village of rubble”
[o2] “Patients warned over Chinese organ transplants”
[o3] “Remains of dozens of Pinochet-era victims misidentified”
[o4] “Gay Iraqis face death threats, kidnapping”
[o5] “Smuggled Hamas arms came from Syria: Jordan”
[o6] “Swiss embassy officials’ hand seen in human smuggling racket”
[o7] “Muslim students ‘being taught to despise unbelievers as filth'”
[o8] “Two held over German race attack”
[o9] “Uganda: interpreter breaks down in Besigye trial”
 “Rural Zimbabweans hit by health crisis”
 “Sudan backs Chad, Central Africa rebels to destabilize region”
 “Bali bomber says torture used to convict cleric”
 “Fishermen warn of suit over dioxin”
 “Livestock ID program rankles”
 “Guards say non-disclosure agreements hid DHS security flaws”
 “Middle of nowhere is a center of conflict”
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“Kashmir earthquake refugees driven back to village of rubble”
Telegraph (U.K.), April 23, 2006
Pakistan has closed its aid camps, forcing people to return to ruined homes without money, cattle, schools or work.
“Patients warned over Chinese organ transplants”
Agence France-Presse, April 21, 2006
Chinese officials allegedly get first dibs on organs harvested from executions; transplants for foreigners have gone awry.
“Remains of dozens of Pinochet-era victims misidentified”
EFENEWS (Spain), April 22, 2006
Relatives of 48 people previously thought killed by the Pinochet regime demanded to know why the government had lied to them.
MIDDLE EAST | top
“Gay Iraqis face death threats, kidnapping”
PlanetOut Network, April 21, 2006
Shiite death squads have killed 12 gay Iraqis under a religious edict issued after Saddam Hussein was toppled, activists say.
“Smuggled Hamas arms came from Syria: Jordan”
Reuters, April 2, 2006
Jordanian Islamists say claims that Hamas seeks to destabilize the kingdom is a ploy to sever ties with the group.
EUROPE | top
“Swiss embassy officials’ hand seen in human smuggling racket”
Internews, April 20, 2006
A Swiss official and five travel agents were arrested in Islamabad for faking visas to get Pakistanis into Europe.
“Muslim students ‘being taught to despise unbelievers as filth'”
The Times (U.K.), April 20, 2006
Religious students at a London school backed by Iran decried a medieval text comparing ‘disbelievers’ to dogs and pigs.
“Two held over German race attack”
BBC (U.K.), April 21, 2006
Two German neo-Nazis are accused of beating an Ethiopian man, raising fears of unrest during the World Cup in June.
AFRICA | top
“Uganda: interpreter breaks down in Besigye trial”
The Monitor (Uganda), April 22, 2006
Court proceedings were disrupted when an interpreter walked out on gruesome testimony by a Lord’s Resistance Army member.
“Rural Zimbabweans hit by health crisis”
Institute for War and Peace Reporting, April 21, 2006
Race-based farm resettlements lack public services; hundreds of thousands of families and workers use open fields for toilets.
“Sudan backs Chad, Central Africa rebels to destabilize the region”
Sudan Tribune/Associated Press, April 23, 2006
Sudan denies backing a rebel militia in Chad that killed over 350 people this month and claims kinship with Darfur rebels.
ASIA | top
“Bali bomber says torture used to convict cleric”
Agence France-Presse, April 20, 2006
The accused spiritual leader of al Qaeda-affiliated group Jemaah Islamiyah is trying to have his bombing sentence overturned.
“Fishermen warn of suit over dioxin”
The Australian, April 21, 2006
Commercial fishermen in Sydney say the government failed to warn them about dioxin in their catch and in their bodies.
UNITED STATES | top
“Livestock ID program rankles”
Scripps Howard News Service, April 21, 2006
Small livestock farmers are upset over being forced to register each animal in an effort to prevent the spread of disease.
“Guards say non-disclosure agreements were used to hide security flaws at DHS”
CQ Homeland Security, April 19, 2006
After a whistleblower went public, contracted security guards say they were coerced into participating in a cover-up.
“Middle of nowhere is a center of conflict”
Los Angeles Times, April 19, 2006
A swath of Arizona largely undisturbed for 12,000 years is a trove of human and natural history — and valuable oil, gas and uranium.
Editor: Julia Scott. Intern: David Agrell
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