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· October, 2013

Stories about Breaking News from October, 2013

27 October 2013

Council of Europe Condemns Deterioration of Human Rights in Spain

The Council of Europe denounces the serious situation of human rights in Spain, largely as a result of social spending cuts, and disproportionate police violence.

Venezuela Creates a ‘Vice Ministry of Supreme Happiness’

The Vice Ministry's objective is to coordinate more than 30 social missions. On Twitter the reaction to this measure has been a mixture of scepticism, mockery and sarcasm.

25 October 2013

Madagascar On Tenterhooks As Election Proceeds

After an eventful election day, citizens in Madagascar feverishly await the polling results.

23 October 2013

Macedonia Imprisons Investigative Journalist For Reporting On Local Murder

Journalists and watchdog organizations are outraged by the sentencing of Macedonian journalist Tomislav Kezarovski to four and a half years in prison for an article he wrote.

In Wake of Suicide Bombing Russians Question Their Security

RuNet Echo

An explosion aboard a Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad) commuter bus caused a stir in Russia’s blogosphere on Monday.

22 October 2013

Mozambique's 20-Year Peace at Great Risk

The attack of government defense forces against a base of the main Mozambique opposition party, may mark the end of 1992 peace deal. On Twitter, many chorus "no" to war.

20 October 2013

Fake Beating Stunt on Serbian TV Draws Criticism from Journalists

The phony beating of a journalist appearing on Serbian sports TV network SOS Channel was meant to "raise awareness" of Serbia's football-related issues, according to the channel.

363 Coffins Close, Reopening the Debate on Illegal Immigration in Europe

The shipwreck of a boat full of immigrants off the coast of Lampedusa, which caused more than 360 deaths, reopens the debate in Europe on illegal immigration.

South Korea: Mass Candlelight Rallies Against the Spy Agency Scandal

Zambia's President Increases His Salary, Blames Opposition MPs

Citizen media website Zambian Watchdog has unearthed a Statutory Instrument increasing President Michael Sata's salary after the freezing of civil service wages for two years.

17 October 2013

Ecuadorian Women March in Defense of the Amazon

Women leaders from various communities in the Amazon have participated in a "Mobilization for Life" to show their opposition to the president's decision to suspend the environmental Yasuní-ITT initiative.

16 October 2013

Infant Girl Who Sparked Bosnia's ‘Babylution’ Dies

Seven-month-old Belmina Ibrišević passed away in a hospital in Germany. A lapse in Bosnian passport law prevented her earlier treatment.

Bosnia-Herzegovina's World Cup Qualifying Win Unites Region in Celebration

Bosnia-Herzegovina is headed to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Congratulations are pouring in from Serbian, Croatian and Montenegrin fans online.

Léonarda, 15, Arrested During a School Trip and Deported

15 October 2013

Russian Muslim Websites Defaced by Hackers During Eid

RuNet Echo

On Eid al-Adha (Kurban-Bairam in Russian), several websites of the Russian Muslim community were defaced with a photo of a severed pig's head holding the Koran in its mouth.

Peruvian Congressman Michael Urtecho Accused of Corruption

Urtecho will be suspended for 120 days and charged constitutionally. If proven that Congressman was involved in various corrupt acts, a 15-year jail sentence awaits him.

12 October 2013

Nobel Peace Prize Fails to Pacify

Assad for Nobel Peace Prize 2014? This is one of many reactions after the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was named as this year's Nobel Peace Prize...