Connect to share and comment

Case against Morocco whistleblowers highlights difficulty in the battle against corruption

RABAT, Morocco - When tens of thousands of Moroccans poured into the streets demanding change in 2011, they were particularly angry about the corruption pervasive at all levels of business and government. The Islamist party that dominated elections that year ran on an anti-corruption campaign and after taking office in June 2012, announced an investigation into leaked documents that allegedly showed that the former finance minister and the national treasurer authorized salary bonuses for each other.

Father blames son's suicide on fraternity hazing at Penn State

By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (Reuters) - Authorities are investigating the death of an 18-year-old Penn State student who last week jumped from a rooftop, a suicide the young man's father blames on fraternity hazing practices his son was asked to inflict on fellow students. Marquise Braham, a freshman from Rosedale, New York, who attended Penn State's Altoona campus, leaped to his death last Friday from a hotel in Uniondale, New York.

Mumbai court convicts four over photographer gang-rape

A Mumbai court convicted four men Thursday over the gang-rape of a photographer on assignment in the Indian city last year, a case that reignited nationwide anger over women's safety. The court found the men guilty of raping the 22-year-old in August last year at an abandoned mill compound, where she had gone to take photos with a male colleague, close to an upscale area of the financial city.

Mumbai court convicts four over photographer gang-rape

A Mumbai court convicted four men on Thursday over the gang-rape of a photographer on assignment in the Indian city last year, a case that reignited nationwide anger over women's safety. The court found the men guilty of raping the 22-year-old in August last year at an abandoned mill compound, where she had gone to take photos with a male colleague, close to an upscale area of the financial city.

Dozens arrested as Nepalese protest fuel price rise

Nepalese students protesting at fuel price rises torched a parked bus and attacked other vehicles Wednesday during a strike in the capital Kathmandu, leading police to make nearly a hundred arrests. The city-wide strike, called by student unions to protest over an increase last week in the price of petrol, diesel, kerosene and aviation fuel, saw schools and colleges shut and most government vehicles stay off the roads. Some 2,000 police patrolled the streets, detaining protesters as they tried to enforce the strike by stopping vehicles.

1 in 4 Canadian kids admit to cyberbullying, 1 in 3 have been bullied: poll

TORONTO - About one in four Canadian kids surveyed about cyberbullying admitted they have been "mean or cruel" to someone online, while more than one in three say they've been a victim, according to a newly released study. But experts say cyberbullying is probably not as rampant or serious as some parents would believe. Matthew Johnson is director of education for the non-profit organization MediaSmarts, which worked last year with schools in each province and territory to poll 5,436 students in grades 4 through 11 about online issues.

China hints at veto of U.N. action on N. Korea human rights

BEIJING, March 18 (Yonhap) -- China strongly hinted Tuesday that it would veto a United Nations resolution holding North Korea's leadership responsible for crimes against humanity, dashing hopes for the international community to act on the North's grim human rights record. A 400-page U.N. report, published last month, criticized the North's regime for committing "crimes against humanity," citing widespread execution of people, torture and sexual violence.

Alberta's anti-bullying minister won't be turfed for publicly mocking colleague

EDMONTON - It appears that Alberta's anti-bullying minister will not be turfed for publicly mocking one of her colleagues. Alison Redford is dismissing opposition suggestions that Sandra Jansen be fired from her family and community safety portfolio. Redford says people say unfortunate things in the heat of the moment and points out Jansen has apologized. On Friday, Jansen criticized Len Webber, a caucus colleague who quit, saying Redford abuses and bullies those around her.

In U.N. session, U.S., China far apart over N. Korean human rights

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON/GENEVA, March 17 (Yonhap) -- The United States and China traded their typically differing views on the human rights situation in North Korea as the issue was discussed at a U.N. meeting in Geneva. In its 25th session, the Human Right Council held an "interactive dialogue" with the Commission of Inquiry (COI), which recently investigated North Korea's human rights record. Michael Kirby, head of the COI, said it had found "systematic, widespread and grave human rights violations" occurring in the secretive communist nation.

Officers clamp down on Montreal demonstration against police brutality

MONTREAL - Montreal police moved quickly Saturday to crack down on an annual protest that has a history of getting out of hand. A crowd of demonstrators gathered outside a busy north-end subway station to denounce police brutality. It was the same location where, this past January, an officer was captured on video telling a homeless man he would tie him to a pole for an hour in the freezing cold if his behaviour didn't improve. The officer was disciplined for his actions. The man who filmed that incident, Adis Simidzija, was on hand for the protest.
Syndicate content