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Rohingya children in Myanmar camps going hungry

Rohingya children starvingBorn just over a year ago, Dosmeda Bibi has spent her entire short life confined to a camp for one of the world's most persecuted religious minorities. And like a growing number of other Rohingya children who are going hungry, she's showing the first signs of severe malnutrition.

Her stomach is bloated and her skin clings tightly to the bones of her tiny arms and legs. While others her age are sitting or standing, the baby girl cannot flip from her back to her stomach without a gentle nudge from her mom.

"I'm scared she won't live much longer," whispers Hameda Begum as she gazes into her daughter's dark, sunken eyes. "We barely have any food. On some days I can only scrape together a few bites of rice for her to eat."


Israel, Hamas resume fire after 3-day Gaza truce

truce endsGaza militants resumed rocket attacks on Israel on Friday, refusing to extend a three-day truce after Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas on a new border deal for blockaded Gaza hit a deadlock.

Israel responded with a series of airstrikes, including one that killed a 10-year-old boy and wounded five children near a Gaza City mosque, Palestinian officials said. Two Israelis were wounded by rocket fire, police said.


In Retaliation, Russia Bans Some Food Imports From U.S., Europe

Russia retaliates with food embargoRetaliating for sanctions placed on it by the West, Russia has announced that it is banning the import of some food from the United States and its allies.

As The Associated Press reports, the list is broad and shows that Russian President Vladimir Putin has "no intention of bowing to Western pressure over Ukraine and will instead try to strike back at the West."


Jimmy Carter urges US to recognize Hamas, condemns Israel in co-authored op-ed

Jimmy carterFormer U.S. president and international peace activist Jimmy Carter co-authored an op-ed along condemning Israel's military actions in Gaza as war crimes and urging the United States to recognize Hamas as a legitimate political force.

The piece, published Tuesday in the Guardian, was written along with Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland. Both Carter and Robinson are members of The Elders, an international non-governmental organization formed in 2007 by the late Nelson Mandela comprised of elder statesmen, peace activists, and humanitarian advocates who describe themselves as "independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights."


Russia grants 3-year asylum extension for Edward Snowden

Edward SnowdenFormer U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was granted a three-year extension on his asylum residency in Russia.

His lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told reporters Thursday that Snowden's request for an extension was granted. Snowden's previous asylum was only for one year and expired July 31.


DNA test ends Argentina 'dirty war' search

DNA dirty war search The founder of Argentina's leading human rights group has said that she has found a grandson taken from her daughter while a prisoner of the military dictatorship in the 1970s, one of the long-unsolved mysteries from the "dirty war" era.

Surrounded by her large extended family, Estela Barnes de Carlotto, founder of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, announced on Monday that her long hunt for her grandchild had ended, while acknowledging other families are still searching for hundreds of children taken under similar circumstances.


Iraqi Yazidis stranded on isolated mountaintop begin to die of thirst

Iraqis strandedStranded on a barren mountaintop, thousands of minority Iraqis are faced with a bleak choice: descend and risk slaughter at the hands of the encircled Sunni extremists or sit tight and risk dying of thirst.

Humanitarian agencies said Tuesday that between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians remain trapped on Mount Sinjar since being driven out of surrounding villages and the town of Sinjar two days earlier. But the mountain that had looked like a refuge is becoming a graveyard for their children.


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