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Eritrea under fire for righs abuses at UN review

Enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention and torture were just a few of the violations Eritrea was accused of during a UN review of its human rights record Monday. Diplomats gathered at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva condemned the isolated and autocratic country's brutal repression of basic rights, charging the lack of freedom was prompting a mass exodus.

Eritrea under fire for righs abuses at UN review

Enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention and torture were just a few of the violations Eritrea was accused of during a UN review of its human rights record Monday. Diplomats gathered at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva condemned the isolated and autocratic country's brutal repression of basic rights, charging the lack of freedom was prompting a mass exodus.

Cargo ship sinks off Yemen killing 12 Indian crew

ADEN (Reuters) - A cargo ship sank off the coast of Yemen killing all 12 crew, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday. The ship, which was carrying car tyres and car parts, ran aground on Thursday night but the incident did not come to the attention of Yemeni security until 10 hours later, its statement said. Heavy winds and high waves prevented the rescue of the Indian sailors. The ship was owned by a Yemeni and was on its way from the United Arab Emirates to Al Mukalla port in Yemen.

World Bank warns Myanmar on corruption as it unveils $2 billion in aid

By Jared Ferrie YANGON (Reuters) - The World Bank on Monday warned Myanmar against corruption as it unveiled a $2-billion aid package designed to provide better health care and improve supplies of electricity. Despite the country's ongoing reforms, the World Bank has ranked Myanmar 182 out of the 189 countries in its annual Doing Business report.

Second Mogadishu blast kills at least 8

The second of two back-to-back car bomb explosions at a hotel in Mogadishu Wednesday killed at least eight people, including Somali soldiers, witnesses said. "I counted eight bodies, most of them soldiers," said witness Abdikarim Hassan. Police said the secondary blast struck as security forces were assisting the victims of the first explosion. nur-aud/jmm/cc

At least eight killed in twin Mogadishu car bombs

At least eight people were killed when a car bomb rammed into one of Mogadishu's top hotels Wednesday and a second vehicle exploded as the wounded were being treated. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the attack, which also appeared to involve a commando of gunmen, bore all the hallmarks of Somalia's Al Qaeda-linked Shebab group. "A booby-trapped car exploded against hotel Jazeera," near a United Nations complex, police officer Muhidin Ahmed told AFP. "It appears to be a suicide attack."

Suicide car bomb kills three Yemeni soldiers

A suicide car bombing at the security headquarters in Yemen's southern city of Aden killed at least three soldiers Tuesday in what appeared to be an Al-Qaeda attack, police said. The car exploded as it rammed into the front gate of the Aden security offices at dawn, a police official said. Several other soldiers were wounded in the blast. Another police source said that two other attackers in an explosives-laden car attempted to ram through the gate after the first bombing, but were stopped by security forces.

Suicide car bombing kills three Yemeni soldiers

A suicide car bomber attacked the security headquarters in Yemen's southern city of Aden at dawn on Tuesday, killing at least three soldiers, police said. The car exploded as it rammed into the front gate of the Aden security offices in the Khormaksar district, a police official said. Several other soldiers were wounded in the blast. Another police source said that two other attackers in an explosives-laden car attempted to ram through the gate after the first bombing, but their bid was aborted by security forces.

Body washes up on Beckham's hideaway island in Maldives

A dead body has washed up at an exclusive island resort in the Maldives where English football star David Beckham is taking a hideaway Christmas holiday with his family, police said Monday. Investigations were underway to establish the cause of death of the man, whose body was found floating near a jetty on Sunday at the One and Only Reethi Rah resort near the capital island Male, police said. "The body was removed to a morgue and investigations are underway," police spokesman Hassan Haneef told AFP by telephone.

2 killed in South Yemen protests over tribal chief death

Two people, including a child, were killed Friday in southern Yemen as protests over the death of a tribal chief in clashes with the army turned violent, medics and witnesses said. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Mukalla, in the southeastern province of Hadramawt, and in Aden, to protest the death of Said Ben Habriche earlier this month. The local tribal chief was among six tribesmen killed on December 2 in fighting that erupted when his bodyguards refused to hand over their weapons to soldiers at a checkpoint. Two soldiers also died.
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