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August 22, 2017
Myanmar man faces jail for speaking about child soldier past
Yangon (AFP) Aug 21, 2017
A man in Myanmar faces up to two years in jail after he was arrested for allegedly defaming the military in an interview he gave detailing his harrowing life as a child soldier. Aung Ko Htwe, 26, was arrested on Friday, shortly after he spoke to Radio Free Asia's Burmese Service recalling how he was abducted and forced into the military as a teenager, his sister Nay Zar Htun, confirmed on Monday. "The police arrested him for 505(b)," she told AFP, referring to a section of Myanmar's criminal cod ... read more

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Brazil's army went into action again Monday to support police in raids on some of Rio de Janeiro's most violent favelas - but not before a rogue soldier allegedly tipped off the drug gangs. ... more
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Mass burials begin for 400 Sierra Leone flood victims
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Libyan marine rescue zone aims to 'organise' NGOs: navy
Libya is not "preventing" NGOs from carrying out migrant rescue operations off its coast, but has set up a coastal search and rescue zone to "organise" their work, its navy said Wednesday. ... more
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Hunter fells elephant that killed 15 in India
India's top hunter told on Saturday how he felled a rogue elephant which had killed 15 people in a series of attacks since March. ... more
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Libya navy bars foreign ships from migrant 'search and rescue' zone
The Libyan navy on Thursday ordered foreign vessels to stay out of a coastal "search and rescue zone" for migrants headed for Europe, a measure it said targeted NGOs. ... more
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Shoot-to-kill: India hunts serial killer elephant
India's top hunter on Friday led a shoot-to-kill pursuit of an elephant whose murderous rampage through villages has left 15 people dead. ... more
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Canada military sets up tents at US border for Haitian refugees
The Canadian military began setting up tents near the US border on Wednesday to house a surge of Haitian refugees from the United States. ... more
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Brazil troops storm Rio slums to catch gang leaders
Thousands of Brazilian army troops raided Rio de Janeiro slums in a pre-dawn crackdown on crime gangs Saturday, leaving parts of the city looking like a war zone on the first anniversary of the opening of the Olympic Games. ... more
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Italy parliament approves Libya naval mission
The Italian parliament gave the go-ahead Wednesday to a naval mission aimed at boosting the Libyan coastguard in its fight against human traffickers and further reducing the number of migrant arrivals on Italy's coasts. ... more
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