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Latest update : 2012-12-03

Amnesty International sounds the alarm over Mexico torture

Mexico has seen a severe increase in the number of torture cases in the past few years. Complaints received by the National Human Rights Commission in Mexico increased by more than 400% from 2007 to 2011, up to nearly 1700 cases last year. The outgoing government has strived to tackle organised crime over its five-year term, but bringing in measures to safeguard the civilian population has fallen by the wayside.

By Matthieu COMIN , Laurence CUVILLIER

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2015-07-30 Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Secular bloggers live in fear after spate of killings

In Bangladesh, violence by radical Islamists is on the rise. In 2013, a group of fundamentalists published a list of 84 intellectuals and free thinkers to be "reduced to...

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2015-07-29 Colombia

Colombian community takes on drug gangs

Buenaventura is Colombia's main port on the Pacific coast and local authorities and investors are eager to transform it into a touristic destination, but the town has fallen prey...

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2015-07-28 Russia

Russia's private military firms operate in legal grey area

Kiev and the West have accused Russian troops of participating in the Ukraine conflict on a massive scale. The Kremlin denies sending professional troops into the country and...

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2015-07-27 Niger

Cultural centre in ruins months after Charlie Hebdo riots

In mid-January, violence erupted in Niger's southern city of Zinder, sparked by the post-attack edition of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The front cover showed a weeping...

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2015-07-24 Afghanistan

Afghanistan's unity government gets down to work

Last September, Ashraf Ghani became president of Afghanistan but had to share power with Abdullah Abdullah, his rival in the presidential election. The two men took months to...

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