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Saudi Arabia Imposes Partial Ban On Energy Drinks

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Saudi Arabia issued Monday a partial ban on all energy drinks in the kingdom, Al Arabiya reports. The ban would prohibit the sales of energy drinks in government offices and hospitals. It would also prevent school canteens in Saudi Arabia from selling energy drinks to students and school personnel. The decision resulted from a cabinet… Read more »

Hong Kong Influential Journalist Stabbed, Police Seek Two Suspects

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Days after thousands took to the streets of Hong Kong to protest deteriorating press freedoms, ousted editor Kevin Lau — at the center of the controversy — was stabbed multiple times by unknown assailants and is fighting for his life. The attack took place early Wednesday morning as Lau was walking to his car, his… Read more »

Sri Lanka Denies War Crimes, Denounces UN’s Call For Investigations

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Sri Lanka was the center of human rights controversy this week when the government blatantly rejected UN’s call to investigate the country for alleged war crimes. Insisting that there were no war crimes committed during the three-decade civil war in Sri Lanka, the island country’s government refused to acknowledge UN Human Rights chief Navi Pillay’s… Read more »

Nigerian School Attack: Islamist Militants Burn Students To Death


A Nigerian school attack staged Tuesday by the Islamist group Boko Haram resulted to the death of 59 students in Yobe state in Nigeria, Reuters reports. Some of the victims were reported to have been burned alive by the attackers. The Nigerian school attack happened in the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi. All of… Read more »

United States Expells Three Venezuelan Diplomats Amid Increasing Tensions


The United States expelled three Venezuelan diplomats in response to a similar move by President Nicolas Maduro who threw out three American embassy staff members accused of inciting violence in protests that have so far killed at least 13 people. Thousands of demonstrators, including students have taking to the streets of the capital, Caracas, to… Read more »

Costa Rica Warns Tourists From Visiting Poas Volcano


Costa Rica was shaken Tuesday afternoon by an eruption of the Poas Volcano. In an article published shortly after the eruption, New York Daily News relayed warnings from Costa Rica officials saying that approaching the active volcano might pose potential problems for tourists and travelers. Eruptions of the Costa Rica volcano are common but dangerous,… Read more »

Hong Kong Journalists Protest Freedom Of The Press Deterioration

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Traditionally, Hong Kong residents have been very vocal in their opinions, but lately journalists feel that the freedom of the press is being squashed as never before. This past Sunday, thousands of people took to the streets — in what they dubbed “Free Speech, Free Hong Kong” rally — to protest what they see as… Read more »

Saudi Arabia To Unveiled Women: Don’t Go To Girls’ Schools

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Saudi Arabia’s education departments are implementing a new rule that will ban unveiled women from entering girls’ schools, Saudi Gazette reports. In a memo addressed to school principals, education departments in some regions of Saudi Arabia are mandating girls’ schools to abide by Islamic regulations. One of the entries in the memo is a rule… Read more »

Hong Kong Disneyland In The Black And Fighting To Expand

Hong Kong Disneyland turns profit

While it’s taken a few years to hit their stride, Hong Kong Disneyland signed off on their second consecutive fiscal year in the black. Hong Kong Disneyland is currently the smallest Disney theme park in the world, dwarfed by France, Japan, and the daunting United States Disney theme parks. While excitement flooded the Disney family… Read more »

South Korea, North Korea Family Reunions Held Despite Tensions


South Korea and North Korea share the world’s most heavily fortified border in the world, but that won’t stop South Korea – North Korea family reunions from taking place this week. The reunions, which will take place between Feb. 20 to Feb. 25 and reunite family members separated for more than 60 years, almost didn’t… Read more »

North Korea Human Rights Violations: Woman Forced To Drown Baby, More

Kim-Jong-Un may personally face international criminal charges over alleged atrocities.

North Korea human rights violations include state sanctioned murder, rape, enslavement, torture, abductions, executions and deliberate starvation according to a United Nations Human Rights Council report. The report, which is over 400 pages long, details the results of a year-long investigation in which more than 100 former prisoners, escapees, and asylum-seekers were interviewed. According to… Read more »

South Africa Political Rally Turns Ugly

South Africa political rally turns ugly

South Africa’s opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, staged a protest rally Wednesday in downtown Johannesburg that produced more than a little tension on both sides. The march is a precursor to the South African general elections scheduled for May 7th. The Democratic Alliance marched with the intention of sending a message to the current ruling… Read more »

Saudi Arabia Calls Emergency UN Meeting On Syrian War Crimes

Saudi Arabia calls for U.N. to address Syrian war crimes as cease fire is broken

Saudi Arabia, along with Turkey and Qatar, is requesting an emergency meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to deal with Syrian war crimes, according to a report by Kuwait News Agency. According to Al Arabiya News, the request was sent on Feb. 7 and cites “growing evidence of war crimes” as the reason why… Read more »

United States Would Overthrow Iran Gov’t If It Could, Says Khamenei

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei claims the US would overthrow Iran if it could

The United States has a “controlling and meddlesome” attitude towards Iran and would overthrow the Islamic republic’s government if it were capable of doing so. Or, at least, so says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran on Saturday according to a report in The Guardian. The Ayatollah was giving a speech to commemorate… Read more »

Iran Warships Headed Toward United States Maritime Borders As Tensions Rise

Iran Warships Headed Toward United States Borders As Tensions Rise

Iran is sending warships toward United States maritime borders as tensions between the nations continue to rise. On Friday the Iranian news organization Fars reported that the warships were meant as a response to the United States stationing vessels in the Gulf. “Iran’s military fleet is approaching the United States’ maritime borders, and this move… Read more »

Nelson Mandela $4.1 Million Estate To Be Split Among Family, Staff, Schools

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Former South African President Nelson Mandela left around $4.1 million to his family, former staff, schools, and the African National Congress (ANC), the reading of his will revealed on Monday. During a news conference one of the will’s executor Dikgang Moseneke said the estate was valued at 46 million rand ($4.1 million), excluding royalties. The… Read more »

United States Stands With People Of Ukraine, Says Secretary Kerry


The United States and European Union stand with the people of the Ukraine as they fight to choose their own alliances, separate from Russia, Secretary of State John Kerry said. A lot has happened in the last week in the Ukraine. The President and his cabinet have resigned amid violent daily protests, a controversial anti-protest… Read more »

South Africa: Hundreds Of Endangered Animals Found Dead At Airport

South Africa: Hundreds of Animals found dead at airport

Hundreds of amphibians and reptiles have been found dead, crammed in crates at South Africa’s International Airport, officials said on Friday. Authorities are investigating whether any laws were broken in South Africa after approximately 400 amphibians and reptiles have died of dehydration and improper shipping, according to animal inspectors. The animals were found in crates… Read more »

South Korea Continues Military Drills Despite N. Korean Threats

North Korea has tested nuclear weapons. Last year, they threatened to use them.

South Korea and the United States are running joint sea, air and land military drills; North Korea has denounced the drills as an attempt to alternately build up a US-led invasion force or nuke Pyongyang. North Korean officials have suggested that the military exercises could spark a nuclear war. The APquoted North Korean government official… Read more »