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  • North Korea calls US 'human rights graveyard' over Ferguson

    The casket of slain 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. is loaded into a hearse following his funeral in St. Louis, Missouri, August 25, 2014North Korea has joined the ranks of America's foes who have seized on riots in Missouri, saying the nation is the "graveyard of human rights" and should mind its own business rather than criticise others. The police shooting of an unarmed black teenager and subsequent crackdown on protesters in the Midwestern town of Ferguson has also given China, Iran and Russia ammunition to sound off about America's flaws. North Korea, which is regularly condemned by Washington and others over allegations of gross human rights abuses, said the US had no right to pass judgement on others. "The US is indeed a country wantonly violating human rights where people are subject to discrimination and humiliation due to their race, and are in constant fear that they may get shot at any moment," a spokesman from North Korea's foreign ministry was quoted as saying by state-run news agency KCNA.


  • Libyan raids could herald bolder Arab action as U.S. wavers
    Egypt publicly denied involvement in the attacks on targets in its western neighbor and sensitivity over the strikes led to confusing statements from the administration in Washington. Later in the day the State Department backed off comments on Libya made at a regular briefing, saying they were "intended to refer to countries reportedly involved, not speak for them." In a joint statement on Monday, the United States and its European partners Britain, Germany, Italy and France had urged outsiders not to interfere in Libya, which is suffering its worst violence since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
  • Libya air strikes show UAE willing to 'go it alone'

    The damaged exterior of the main building at Tripoli international airport in the Libyan capital, August 26, 2014UAE air strikes on Libya aim to prevent Islamists from controlling the violence-stricken country and sends a message to Washington that it is capable of protecting its own interests, experts say. United States officials said that United Arab Emirates warplanes secretly bombed Islamist militia targets in Libya from bases in Egypt last week, but Abu Dhabi has not publicly acknowledged involvement. On Tuesday, Egypt denied any "direct" role in the raids. Libya has plunged into chaos since the overthrow in 2011 of long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi, with deadly clashes between Islamist and nationalist militias.


  • Even if attacked, airline could be liable in crash

    In this Aug. 12, 2014 photo, Kevin Fan poses for a photo at Asian Glories restaurant in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Fan is grappling with the job of running two Rotterdam restaurants that were owned by his parents, who, along with his grandmother, were on the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine. Fan's father, who went by Popo, was the chef at Asian Glories; his mother Jenny was the hostess. (AP Photo/Toby Sterling)Families of passengers who were on the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine are starting to sort through the long process of gaining compensation for their loss.


  • Libyan raids herald bolder Arab action as U.S. wavers
    By William Maclean DUBAI (Reuters) - Air strikes by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates on Libyan Islamists - affirmed by Washington on Tuesday despite denials from Cairo and the Gulf state - would mark an escalation of a regional struggle over the future of the Arab world. Arab responsibility for the attacks would add to a picture of the West's regional allies acting increasingly independently in the absence of decisive U.S. The Pentagon and State Department said on Tuesday for the first time that the air strikes against Islamist fighters in Tripoli were carried out by Egypt and the UAE, which has one of the most powerful air forces in the Middle East.

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