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Thai students arrested for anti-coup rallies won’t be released before facing military court, army chief says

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Fourteen Thai students who were arrested after staging anti-coup rallies must face military court and will not be released beforehand, Thailand’s army chief says, despite growing calls for charges to be dropped. The students were arrested last month after holding peaceful demonstrations in Bangkok calling for an end to military rule. Thailand’s junta, which calls itself the National Council for ... Read More »

The Dominican Republic Must Stop Expulsions of Haitians

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A HUMAN rights crisis is unfolding on the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The New York Times – By ROXANNA ALTHOLZ and LAUREL E. FLETCHER The Dominican Republic is threatening to drive out hundreds of thousands of Haitians who live and work in the Dominican Republic. Many of them came to work in ... Read More »

Zimbabwe’s young elephants sold to China

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Twenty-four young elephants being transported by air from Zimbabwe to China, eight months after capture of 27-strong group in north-west of the country sparked outrage The Telegraph – By Peta Thornycroft in Johannesburg Twenty-four young elephants are being transported by air from Zimbabwe to China, eight months after their capture in the north-west of the country sparked outrage from animal ... Read More »

Greek voters ‘reject bailout offer’

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BBC – With more than half the ballots in, results from a referendum in Greece suggest voters have decisively rejected the terms of an international bailout. Figures published by the interior ministry showed 61% of those whose ballots had been counted voting “No”, against 39% voting “Yes”. Greece’s governing Syriza party campaigned for a “No”, saying the bailout terms were ... Read More »

S. Korean violinist wants border concert with North Korea

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Violinist Won Hyung Joon wants to bring North and South Korean musicians together next month to perform on each side of the world’s most heavily armed border. Standing in the way is the rivals’ long, frustrating inability to move past their painful shared history. Hurriyet - SEOUL – The Associated Press Won says North Korean diplomats in Berlin have tentatively ... Read More »

Greece’s vote edges it towards euro exit, but the odyssey is far from over

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Creditors may now be tempted to let Greece sweat it out a bit in a cashless economy, but to avoid a Grexit tragedy they should try less stick and more carrot The Guardian - Larry Elliott Greece’s membership of the euro hangs by a gossamer thread after the victory for the no side in the country’s referendum. The cash machines ... Read More »

The climate one year on: exit carbon tax, enter brown coal

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2nd Degree: Taking the temperature on the road to the Paris summit. More 2nd Degree A year on from the abolition of the carbon price, greenhouse pollution from electricity generation has rebounded as Australia burns more brown coal to meet its power needs. The Canberra Times - Adam Morton, Sunday Age Deputy Editor Carbon dioxide emissions from the national electricity grid ... Read More »

Pope heads to South America to champion the poor and the planet

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Pope Francis left Rome on July 4 for his first trip to Spanish-speaking Latin America, a “homecoming” to a continent where he will champion the rights of the poor and of the planet. Hurriyet – VATICAN CITY – Reuters His trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay, three of South America’s poorest and smallest countries, is Francis’ first abroad since his ... Read More »