U.N. races to get food to starving refugees
The foray into the famine zone is a desperate attempt to reach at least 175,000 of the 2.2 million Somalis whom aid workers have not yet been able to help.
Restarting the aid effort is a huge challenge for the World Food Program, whose workers were previously banned from the region by the al-Qaeda-linked militant group al-Shabab. Fourteen WFP employees have been killed in Somalia since 2008.
Rights group claims authorities blocked website
CAIRO — Amnesty International said Saudi authorities on Monday blocked the group’s website inside the kingdom, following criticism of a controversial new anti-terrorism draft law.
The London-based group said the bill, which was reviewed by a Saudi government committee in June and has yet to be passed, allows authorities to prosecute peaceful dissent as a terrorist crime.
Amnesty on Friday posted on its website the full Arabic text of the anti-terrorism draft law, along with an internal review of the law by a Saudi security committee.
Islamist terrorist warns of ‘blood and tears’ campaign
GROZNY — Russia will be the target of new terrorist attacks by a newly strengthened Islamic insurgency, Moscow’s most wanted Muslim militant, Doku Umarov, warned in a video posted on an Islamist-affiliated website on Monday.
A decade after Russian forces drove a separatist government from Chechnya, Moscow is struggling to contain an insurgency that wants an Islamic state in Russia’s North Caucasus.View Entire Story
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