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India celebrates Holi, the festival of colors

India celebrates Holi, the festival of colors

Mar 17, – Holi, The Festival of Colors presents a wonderful opportunity for art teachers to use bright colors in their art lessons. Colored powders can be used to create powder paintings (similar to sand paintings). Paintings can be created to illustrate the history of the Indian holiday. The Festival of Colours, (also called Holaka, […]

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No progress under Rouhani, says Iranian women’s rights activists

No progress under Rouhani, says Iranian women’s rights activists

Mar 16, – The government of President Hassan Rouhani distanced itself from the meeting, with foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham saying it didn’t “help relations between Iran and Europe.” Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani called Ashton’s meeting “contrary to the security and interests of the country.” Women’s rights groups were hoping that the status quo […]

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Malaysia plane mystery: Investigators take closer look at flight crew

Malaysia plane mystery: Investigators take closer look at flight crew

Mar 16, – Malaysian investigators are trawling through the backgrounds of the pilots, crew and ground staff who worked on a missing jetliner for clues as to why someone on board flew it perhaps thousands of miles off course, the country’s police chief said. Background checks of passengers on Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 have drawn […]

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Cuba sends in trained ‘snipers’ to target Venezuelan protestors

Cuba sends in trained ‘snipers’ to target Venezuelan protestors

Mar 15, – The brutal repression orders come from Havana there is a humiliating Cuban military interference. Straight out of the Castro dictatorship handbook The Cuban regime has ordered snipers to take positions on top of buildings in Venezuela and be at the ready to shoot peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators. The escalating political crisis and violence […]

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Turkey: ‘Two dead’ in clashes during teen’s funeral

Turkey: ‘Two dead’ in clashes during teen’s funeral

Mar 13, – Two people have died during protests across Turkey following the funeral of a teenager wounded in anti-government clashes last year, local media report. One protester died during clashes in Istanbul’s Kurtulus district. In the east of the country a police officer is said to have died of a heart attack while dealing […]

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Three more die in Venezuela unrest, students fight troops again

Three more die in Venezuela unrest, students fight troops again

Mar12, – Protesters battled soldiers in the streets of Caracas again on Wednesday as three more fatal shootings raised to 25 the death toll from a month of demonstrations against Venezuela’s socialist government. Thousands of supporters and foes of President Nicolas Maduro took to the capital’s streets for rival rallies marking a month since the […]

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30 feared dead in Syria barrel bomb attacks

30 feared dead in Syria barrel bomb attacks

Mar 08, Beirut – Government aircraft have dropped have crude “barrel bombs” on an embattled rebel-held city in western Syria, killing civilians, activists said. Death tolls from the reported strikes on Yabroud varied widely, as is often the case during the three-year-long conflict. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday that 16 […]

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Ukraine crisis: Political, military standoff escalates in Crimea region

Ukraine crisis: Political, military standoff escalates in Crimea region

Mar 08, – Russia said any U.S. sanctions imposed on Moscow over the crisis in Ukraine will boomerang back on the United States and that Crimea has the right to self-determination as armed men tried to seize another Ukrainian military base on the peninsula. In a telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, […]

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Ukraine calls up military reservists after Putin’s ‘declaration of full scale war’

Ukraine calls up military reservists after Putin’s ‘declaration of full scale war’

Mar 02, Kiev – This is not a threat: this is actually the declaration of war to my country, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, head of a pro-Western government that took power when Russian ally Viktor Yanukovich fled last week, said in English. Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia […]

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Venezuela: UN human rights chief calls for investigation into protest deaths

Venezuela: UN human rights chief calls for investigation into protest deaths

Mar 01, – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, expressed concern on Friday about reports of excessive force by the Venezuelan government against opposition protesters, calling on all sides to renounce violence. “The inflammatory rhetoric from all sides is utterly unhelpful and risks escalating the tense situation in the country,” Pillay said. […]

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