July 23, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej announced his support on Tuesday for an interim constitution that would grant extensive authority to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the military junta currently in power. King Bhumibol announced his endorsement during a routine royal news ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed concern Wednesday over the widespread lack of transparency in governmental digital surveillance practices. The High Commissioner criticized a lack of accountability in both targeted and broad scope surveillance and condemned the practice ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The European Parliament approved a resolution to allow Lithuania to adopt the euro as their official currency in a plenary session Wednesday. The resolution, which will make Lithuania the nineteenth nation to join the Eurozone on January 1, 2015, was passed by a vote of 545-116. "This is good news ...[read more]
July 10, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Ground combat engagements have surpassed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as the most common cause of conflict-related civilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported Wednesday. The report states that in the first six months of 2014, 1,901 ...[read more]
July 10, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The Camara de Diputados, the lower house of Mexico's Congress, voted on Wednesday to approve strict reforms limiting dominant telecommunications and television companies. After 20 hours of debate, lawmakers passed the measure, which would force companies controlling over 50 percent of the market ...[read more]
July 3, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Pakistan's parliament on Wednesday passed a new anti-terrorism bill that detractors are claiming grants excessive power to police. The proposed legislation, known as the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, allows police to use lethal force, to search buildings without a warrant and to detain ...[read more]
July 3, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
According to a report issued by the UN on Tuesday, children continued to be victims of violence and military recruitment in 23 conflict zones around the world in 2013. Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui condemned the abuses, particularly ...[read more]
June 27, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Senior UN officials urged the international community on Thursday to end the practice of torture in celebration of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. "As we honour the victims on this International Day, let us pledge to strengthen our efforts to eradicate this heinous ...[read more]
June 27, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Thursday condemned Iran's use of the death penalty for juvenile offenders and called on authorities to halt the announced execution of Razieh Ebrahimi. Ebrahimi, who was legally married to her then-28-year-old husband when she was 14, was ...[read more]
June 19, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The Chambre des Deputes, Luxembourg's national legislative body, approved a bill on Wednesday extending marriage and adoption rights to same-sex couples. The bill was passed by an overwhelming majority of 54 in favor, four against. Openly gay prime minister Xavier Bettel announced after his ...[read more]

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