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Myanmar: New Suu Kyi government releases 69 prisoners

Mayanmar releases activistsA Myanmar court has freed 69 jailed students in the first wave of detainee releases after Aung San Suu Kyi pledged that the release of activists and political prisoners would be the first priority of her new government.

Suu Kyi guided the National League for Democracy party (NLD) to a landslide win at the polls in November and a confidant Htin Kyaw was sworn in as the country's new president after more than five decades of military rule.


Egypt tries to shut down center that treats torture victims

nadeem CenterEgyptian authorities are trying to shut down Egypt's main NGO treating torture victims, many of whom say they were abused by the police or security forces.

Aida Seif el-Dawla, one of the founders of the Nadeem Center, says government officials came Tuesday to its offices in downtown Cairo and ordered the premises closed while refusing to show any official documentation.


Israeli electric company cuts Palestinian supply due to debt

Palestinians lose electricityIsrael's state electric company on Monday reduced power to a major West Bank city, saying it would take similar steps in other Palestinian areas over the next two weeks because of unpaid debt.

The Israel Electric Corp. said it had reduced its supply to Bethlehem by 50 percent, days after doing so in the city of Jericho. The company said the internationally-backed Palestinian Authority owes it nearly $460 million.


Two more detainees transferred from Guantanamo

Two detainees released from Gitmo- Two prisoners of the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention facility were transferred to Senegal, the Department of Defense announced Monday.

Salem Abu Salam Ghereby and Omar Khalif Mohammed Abu Baker Mahjour Umar, both Libyans, were cleared for transfer by the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force, which "examined a number of factors, including security issues," the Defense Department statement said, in recommending their relocation. With their transfer, 89 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.


Human rights lawyer gets death threats after plea to Scottish Muslims

Aamer AnwarA prominent human rights lawyer has said he received death threats after calling for unity within Scotland’s Muslim community. Aamer Anwar said he was taking the threats from “fanatics” extremely seriously and that police were investigating.

Anwar chaired an event at Glasgow central mosque last week calling for unity and condemning violence and extremism after the killing of the shopkeeper Asad Shah and the terrorist attacks in Brussels and Lahore.


Obama shortens prison sentences for 61 drug offenders

Obama shortens prison sentencesBarack Obama on Wednesday commuted the sentences of 61 federal prisoners, all of whom were being held on drug charges.

This announcement came one day after the president criticised the previous American policy of engaging in a “war on drugs”, telling a conference on the opiate epidemic: “For too long we’ve viewed drug addiction through the lens of criminal justice.”


Fallujah crisis: 'We are being left to slow death'

Fallujah starvingThousands of Iraqi civilians in Fallujah city are "dying of hunger", according to residents and local officials.

The city's population, estimated between 80.000 to 100.000 people, is suffering from a shortage of food, medicine and fuel.

"We are feeding our newborn babies animal [cow] milk," said Um Hussein, 59, a resident of Fallujah." We are under siege. No food and no medicine is being brought into Fallujah. We have been suffering for a long time now, and no one is showing any mercy towards the families," she told Al Jazeera.


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