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Egyptians vote on extending president’s rule

International | The referendum represents another step toward authoritarianism
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/23/19, 03:42 pm

Egyptian voters on Monday concluded a three-day referendum on constitutional amendments that could keep President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in power until 2030. Al-Sisi is on track to win the vote, which would solidify the government’s shift toward authoritarian rule.

Some 531 lawmakers in Egypt’s 596-member Parliament last week voted in favor of the changes, paving the way for a referendum. Egyptians both inside and outside the country participated in the vote.

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Turkish authorities to release Brunson, place him under house arrest

International | Plus deadly election day violence in Pakistan and other international news and notes
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/25/18, 09:43 am

TURKEY: Turkish news outlets report that authorities have released American pastor Andrew Brunson from jail and placed him under house arrest. No confirmation as yet from U.S. officials or any other signs that the transfer has occurred. The judges ruled for him to remain in pretrial detention pending his next court appearance on Oct.

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Cruel and unusual punishment

North Korea | Missionary couple laments the reported execution of two young North Korean defectors and the inhumane imprisonment of seven others
by Sophia Lee
Posted 12/08/14, 12:40 pm

UPDATE: A U.S. State Department spokesperson said it is “deeply troubling” if the reports are true about what has become of the nine North Korean defectors. 

“These reported actions are deplorable and in line with the ongoing, systematic, and widespread human rights violations and the treatment of North Korean refugees in the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] documented in the UN Commission of Inquiry report,” the spokesperson said.

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