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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday that rebels in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta were responsible for ensuring that a “humanitarian pause” in the area brings relief for devastated civilians. “Russia, together with the Syrian government, has already announced the establishment of humanitarian corridors in Eastern Ghouta,” Lavrov told the UN Human Rights Council. The minister […]

Singapore Tuesday proposed expanding police powers so they can block all communications from the scene of a terror attack to avoid jeopardising security operations, amid fears militants may target the city-state. The interior ministry, which supported a bill in parliament putting forward the measure, said live broadcasts of attacks in other parts of the world […]

In at least 60 incidents over the last year and a half journalists in South Sudan were killed, beaten, detained, denied entry or fired for doing their jobs, a UN report said Thursday. State security officers were responsible for the majority of the incidents verified by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and UN […]

A journalist at Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta left Thursday for Germany after risking deportation to his native Uzbekistan where he said he had endured torture, the newspaper’s editor told AFP. Khudoberdi Nurmatov — who writes under the pen name Ali Feruz — “is in the plane on the runway and is set to fly […]

Ethiopia released a jailed opposition leader and journalist on Wednesday and dropped charges against a group of bloggers in a wave of prisoner releases and pardons. An AFP videographer said politician Andualem Arage and journalist Eskinder Nega left a prison in the capital Addis Ababa before a crowd of about 100 supporters. “The struggle must […]

Dispatches from AFP concerning freedom of information, censorship and news coverage in regions where independent media is under threat.