Nigerian journalists fear state censorship

Jul 21, 2014

Nigerian journalists fear state censorship

Nigeria’s press is traditionally free to write almost anything about anyone — whether it’s true or not. But reporters fear a government sensitive to criticism is now cracking down, especially on coverage of the battle against Boko Haram. After 15 years of democracy, journalists ...

Jul 16, 2014

U.S. warns Abe against visiting North Korea

The United States has urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to refrain from visiting North Korea, with Secretary of State John Kerry warning such a trip could disturb trilateral coordination involving Tokyo, Washington and Seoul to rein in Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programs, sources familiar ...

Inoki lands in Pyongyang with plan to voice 'true opinions'

Jul 10, 2014

Inoki lands in Pyongyang with plan to voice 'true opinions'

Wrestler-turned-lawmaker Antonio Inoki on Thursday arrived in Pyongyang to prepare for a martial arts extravaganza next month and said he plans to express his “true opinions” to North Korean officials amid signs of improvement in bilateral relations. The former professional wrestling star said he ...

Jul 8, 2014

Nigerian mother fasts as hope of rescue for abducted girls fades

As the weeks stretch into months since her 18-year-old daughter Hauwa was kidnapped with 275 other schoolgirls by Islamist militants in the Nigerian town of Chibok, Rahila Musa Bitrus fasts and prays for her safe return. “I haven’t given up, but it’s obvious that ...

Palestinian teen burned to death, autopsy shows

Jul 5, 2014

Palestinian teen burned to death, autopsy shows

A teenager who Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack was burned to death, an autopsy showed Saturday, as clashes fueled by anger over the case spread into Arab Israeli towns. Palestinian Attorney General Abdelghani al-Owaiwi said initial results show ...

Japan easing of North Korea sanctions gets tacit U.S. nod

Jul 4, 2014

Japan easing of North Korea sanctions gets tacit U.S. nod

The United States offered a tacit approval Thursday to Tokyo’s easing of some sanctions on North Korea, saying it can “understand” Japan’s efforts to resolve abductions of its nationals. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government will revoke some of its unilateral sanctions on ...