News Round-Up 4/30/14: Executions Gone Wrong & Everyone Discusses Piketty

reuters / vigil in south korea
reuters / vigil in south korea

Assorted Stand-Outs:

South Asia:

  • Pakistani journalists are under seige — so sayeth Amnesty International, and the numbers are pretty bad.
  • A blast in South Waziristan has killed 5 people and injured 3 others.
  • FP has a piece on how the CIA’s hunt for Osama Bin Laden made health workers the direct and unwitting targets of militants in Pakistan, where polio remains an unsolved crisis.
  • A resumption of peace talks between the government and the Taliban may be underway.
  • Corruption in Afghanistan is fostered by the U.S., says the Pentagon. However, on a more positive note, social media within the country is taking on a life of its own.
  • Hamid Karzai says the U.S. and the U.K. still run illegal detention centers.
  • An exchange of fire on the AfPak border killed 60 militants, according to sources.
  • India has surpassed Japan in terms of PPP. It is now the world’s third-largest economy, below only China and the U.S.
  • The Election Commission is furious with Modi, and wants a FIR (First Information Report). Modi flashed his party symbol and made an election speech at a voting station. In other election news, high turnout in Bengal, Punjab, and Gujarat has been duly recorded.

Southeast & East Asia:

  • A hotline to cool Asian crises.
  • Gaps between the rich and poor are reportedly worse in China than in the U.S. Though how those two are entirely comparable I’m not entirely sure.
  • WaPo: The security risks of China’s abnormal demographics.
  • Tragic: NYT on the Korean city with “250 holes in its heart.”
  • Brunei has adopted ‘phase one’ of a strict Islamic governing code that has the UN and various rights groups deeply concerned. Flogging, amputation, and death by stoning are all included as potential punishments for law-breakers.

Eurasia & Europe:

  • The Ukraine says its forces are helpless against pro-Russian gunmen. U.S. Defense Sec. Hagel reportedly has a “hotline” to the Kremlin, but whether or not he’s getting through is up for debate.
  • WaPo Opinion: The Russian threat is real, via a dialogue with Romania‘s Titus Corlăţean.

Middle East & North Africa:

Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:

  • NYT: Keeping Al Qaeda’s West African Unit on the Run.
  • The 200-some schoolgirls who were reportedly kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria have reportedly been sold as brides to militants for around $12 each.
  • The UN says South Sudan is “close to calamity.” The international body has also lifted a ban on diamond imports from the Ivory Coast, reversing a 2005 ban.
  • A Muslim man has been decapitated in the Central African Republic only days after the majority of Bangui’s Muslims fled the city, escorted out by peacekeepers.



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