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UN Rapporteurs Investigating Water Shut-Offs in Detroit

Teen Yazidi sex slaves under control of the Islamic State; North Korea's torture camps for "re-education" of political dissidents; electric shock torture in the prisons of Uzbekistan-- the world is teeming with a wide variety of human rights violations. But this week, the UN is in Detroit, to investigate individuals who have not paid their water bills. Oct 21, 2014 9:31 AM PT

Sierra Leone's Largest Paper Accuses Government of Publishing 'Fake' Ebola Death Tolls

"We need to STOP announcing fake deaths numbers," writes the editor of the largest newspaper in Sierra Leone, Dr. Sylvia Blyden, in the Awareness Times. The paper had previously accused the government of fudging the math on the Ebola death toll, resulting in hundreds of missing patients, but now, Blyden claims the government is artificially deflating the Ebola death toll deliberately. Oct 21, 2014 8:36 AM PT

Dubai Court Grants Divorce to Man Claiming Genie Has Possessed His Wife

A Dubai man has been granted a divorce from a wife who, he alleges, refuses to engage in sexual activity with him. The difference keeping them apart, he argued, is impossible to settle, because her parents told him his wife was possessed by a genie who controlled her every move. Oct 18, 2014 11:44 AM PT

Islamic State Crucifies 17-Year-Old in Syria for Filming ISIS Training Sites

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) jihadist terror group has crucified and placed on display for three days a 17-year-old boy in Aleppo--yet another public execution meant to scare into submission those under the Islamic State's rule. The boy reportedly accepted money for filming activity at ISIS training sites. Oct 18, 2014 10:57 AM PT

'Gigi' the Robot Fighting Ebola

A walking robot named Gigi is being used in hospitals around the country to sanitize rooms used by carriers of infectious diseases. In the wake of the arrival of Ebola to the United States, the Texas hospital affected has been using the robot's radiation powers to kill the virus wherever it may live. Oct 17, 2014 12:59 PM PT

Saudi Cleric Sentenced to Death for 'Sedition,' Possibly by Crucifixion

Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, a Shia cleric known in Saudi Arabia for being outspoken during a wave of anti-government protests in 2011, has been sentenced to death for "sedition," with the government alleging that he incited listeners to overthrow the government. Oct 16, 2014 1:49 PM PT

Netherlands Legalizes Dutch Biker Gang's Fight Against ISIS

The Netherlands has legalized the alliance between Dutch citizens and foreign military forces in the theater of war, so long as said foreign forces are not fighting against the Netherlands. The new law is a response to demands from a biker group named "No Surrender," whose members have been joining Kurdish soldiers in the fight against the Islamic State. Oct 15, 2014 10:44 AM PT

Second US Ebola Victim Identified as 26-Year-Old Nina Pham

26-year-old nurse Nina Pham was among the first staffers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to treat Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, the first confirmed Ebola case on US soil. Pham has been identified as the second confirmed case of the virus in America, and the first to contract the virus from another patient in the United States. Oct 13, 2014 10:14 AM PT

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