Sunday, December 21, 2014
 
 
by Clip Syndicate
To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty. Cuba's supporters see the government as heroic, its sins justified by the behavior of its giant en   [READ MORE]
 
 
 
Described as the forgotten victims of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, Myanmese migrant workers in Thailand are still trying to piece together what happened 10 years ago. Duration: 02:43   [READ MORE]
 
A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit Japan's Honshu island on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but local media said there was no tsunami warning. USGS said the quake's epicenter was located 42 miles (68 km) e0ast-noftheast of Iwaki on Honshu. It was measured at a depth of 22.9 miles. The national broadcaster NHK said there was no tsunami warning, and there were no immediate reports of casualties or serious damage.

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The death toll from Ebola in the three worst-affected countries in West Africa has risen to 7,373 among 19,031 cases known to date there, the World Health Organization said on Saturday. The latest data, posted overnight on the WHO website, reflected nearly 500 new deaths from the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone since previous WHO figures were issued on Dec. 17.

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To many exiles and their allies, President Raul Castro is a brutal dictator who locks up dissenters in gulag-like jails, snuffs out political discourse and condemns his people to socialist poverty. Cuba's supporters see the government as heroic, its sins justified by the behavior of its giant enemy to the north, and offset by the fact it provides health care and education that most developing countries could only dream of. As often is the case, the truth lies somewhere in between. President Barack Obama said on Friday that he began his historic call with Castro earlier in the week by delivering a 15-minute lecture on human rights and political freedom, adding: "This is still a regime that oppresses its people." Jose Miguel Vivanco, executive director for the Americas division at Human Rights Watch, told The Associated Press: "I believe that President Obama is making the right decision, but that does not mean that our serious human rights concerns with regard to Cuba have gone away." He said the abuses were "part of state policy, systematic and widespread."

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U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast would only nominally benefit American consumers and workers. Obama told reporters during an end-of-year press conference, "There is very little impact - nominal impact - on U.S. gas prices, what the average American consumer cares about." Obama added that construction of the pipeline would create a "couple thousand" jobs, but there are better ways to create long-term, paying jobs for American workers by investing in infrastructure.

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More than 100 motorcyclists hit the road to spread awareness messages about Ebola. Nearly 7,000 people have now died from the virus, almost all of them in west Africa, according to the World Health Organization. Duration: 00:59   [READ MORE]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





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