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Papuan independence leader claims abuse

By Thu, Aug 05, 2010 7:07PM UTC

In rare interview, jailed activist Filep Karma says torture is common, reports Asia Sentinel Papua’s most famous independence leader Filep Karma, considered a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, was jailed for 15 years after raising the Morning Star independence flag at a political rally in 2004. In a recent

Sri Lanka minister tied gov’t worker to tree

By Thu, Aug 05, 2010 6:01PM UTC

Hundreds of state government workers protested Thursday against a government minister who tied an official to a tree as a punishment for failing to attend a mosquito eradication program. The state workers, known as Samurdhi Development officers, attempted to march along a main road but were blocked by police at

Election 2010: Liberals oppose Labor’s Internet filter

By Thu, Aug 05, 2010 5:57PM UTC

Good news for Internet users: Opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey says the Coalition will not back the Government’s proposed internet filter. The Government announced the filter two years ago as part of its cyber safety program to protect children from pornography and offensive material. The plan has been criticised by

Rudd as lame as ever (Update: Super-Rudd to the rescue)

By Thu, Aug 05, 2010 5:40PM UTC

The former Prime Minister is in negative campaigning mode: I honestly do not believe that [Tony Abbott] is up to the job of being prime minister of Australia. Rudd’s opinion on who should be Prime Minister is irrelevant; he thought he was up to the job but wasn’t. Update: Rudd’s

1,000 rally against government in Kyrgyzstan

By Thu, Aug 05, 2010 4:54PM UTC

Some 1,000 supporters of a former presidential hopeful are rallying against Kyrgyzstan’s interim government. Supporters of Urmat Baryktabasov gathered Thursday in central Bishkek, the capital of the turbulent Central Asian nation. The provisional authorities have led the country since former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was unseated in a bloody uprising in

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