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19 February 2011

Stories from 19 February 2011

Colombia: Report Reveals 2010 Refugee Statistics

  19 February 2011

“A new report shows that 280,000 Colombians were displaced in 2010, and one-third of these were in areas the government claimed were “consolidated.”  Colombia has a total of 5.2 million displaced people, roughly 1 out of every 9 Colombians, and the most in the world,” writes Greg Weeks in Two...

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Libya: Benghazi Rises Against Gaddafi (Updated)

  19 February 2011

News organizations and people on the ground have reported that Libya's army have shot at demonstrators in Benghazi protesting against the 42-year-rule of Muammar Al Gaddafi. Located 1,400km east of Tripoli on the Mediterranean coast, Benghazi is the country’s second largest city.

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Bahrain: Withdrawal of Police as Protesters Reclaim Lulu Roundabout

  19 February 2011

Bahraini protesters once again thronged to Lulu Roundabout in the capital Manama, after being dispersed from it in a pre-dawn raid, which left three people dead, countless injured, and up to 60 people still missing and unaccounted for. Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa meanwhile addressed Bahrainis on state TV, appealing for calm, national dialogue and a day of mourning.

Armenia: Blind nationalist hatred

  19 February 2011

Unzipped comments on what appears to be an orchestrated black PR campaign against a local musician in Armenia. One of four finalists in the running to compose the country's entry into this year's Eurovision Song Contest, reports in the local media attack Vahram Petrosyan for considering that Armenian and Azerbaijani...

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Uganda: A Day After Uganda Elections 2011

  19 February 2011

Ugandans went to the polls Friday 18 February, 2011 for presidential and parliamentary elections. President Yoweri Museveni is expected to win. Below is a roundup of election-related posts and tweets a day after the elections.

Uganda: Kampala quiet after voting

  19 February 2011

Steven Youngblood says that the capita of Uganda, Kampala, is quiet after yesterday's elections. Meanwhile, President Museveni leads his rivals in early provisional results with 72% of the vote.

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Bahrain: Army Withdrawing from Lulu Roundabout Area

  19 February 2011

Reports coming from Bahrain's Twitter community around Manama on Saturday February 20th of army vehicles withdrawing from Lulu Roundabout where protesters had protested peacefully on Wednesday but were later raided pre-dawn the following morning. On Friday afternoon, protesters headed towards Lulu Roundabout once again only to face live bullets from the military presence at the area.

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Bahrain: Live Ammunition Shot at Protesters (Video)

  19 February 2011

Reports of shootings in several locations in Manama, the Bahraini capital flooded social media websites during the afternoon of Friday February 18, 2011. Videos made in different locations show not only the moments when shots were fired, but also the victims in the aftermath (WARNING: graphic images).

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Bahrain: #NickKristof Bullied on Twitter

  19 February 2011

Since arriving in Bahrain, New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof has joined the many voices on Twitter live-reporting turbulent events. While many have been thankful for his updates, and even worried for his safety, others have instead taken to bullying the reporter.

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Bahrain: Mourning the Dead

  19 February 2011

On Friday, thousands paid their respects to the people who died in Thursday's pre-dawn raid at LuLu Roundabout which lead to the death of four men. Mourners followed funeral processions in Daih, Karzakan and Sitra on Friday morning.

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