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Midday Roundup: Singing hymns, convicts face Indonesian firing squad

by Leigh Jones
Posted 4/29/15, 12:03 pm

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Fishing boats dump trafficking victims on remote Indonesian islands

Human Trafficking
by Gaye Clark
Posted 4/01/15, 03:28 pm

The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote Indonesian islands has climbed to more than 4,000 in the last few weeks. Boat captains abandoned the men, many victims of human trafficking, after the government issued a moratorium on foreign fishing. Indonesian Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti, declared the moratorium in an effort to identify unlicensed ships and prosecute poachers.

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Midday Roundup: Shanghai celebration turns into deadly stampede

by Mickey McLean
Posted 1/01/15, 12:39 pm

Deadly celebration. Ringing in the New Year in Shanghai, China, turned deadly last night as 36 people lost their lives in stampede along the city’s popular riverfront area. The Shanghai government said 47 others were hospitalized, including 13 who were seriously injured.  The chaos broke out about 30 minutes before midnight. “I heard people screaming, someone fell, people shouted, ‘Don’t rush,’” an unidentified woman who was celebrating with friends said. “There were so many people and I couldn’t stand properly.”

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