14 Apr

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective



UN approves ceasefire monitors for Syria

Security Council passes resolution authorising deployment of observers to oversee Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan.
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2012 16:08 GMT

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New Iran nuclear talks ‘very constructive’

Diplomat calls latest talks between Tehran and world powers about Iran’s nuclear programme “completely different”.
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2012 15:55 GMT

Teen protester ‘shot in chest’ in Bahrain

Boy among several people wounded when police opened fire as thousands joined funeral procession, opposition group says.
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2012 10:31 GMT

Bollywood star in US ‘racial profiling’ row

US apologises to Shahrukh Khan for “delay” after actor was held for 90 minutes by airport immigration officers.
The US State Department said the actor had been merely delayed and said the incident was not a case of racial profiling. But the US embassy in Delhi issued a public apology to Khan for “any inconvenience or delay”.
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2012 05:32 GMT

Afghan war whistleblower Daniel Davis: ‘I had to speak out – lives are at stake’

Soldier wrote detailed report claiming US generals ‘have so distorted the truth … the truth has become unrecognisable’

Secret service agents sent home after Colombia prostitution allegations

Members of president’s security detail recalled from Cartagena following claims of heavy drinking and use of prsotitutes making waves

The online campaign platform is growing at breakneck pace as petition success proves its ability to impact real world change

When George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder for the shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, it was heralded as a landmark in the struggle for racial justice across America.

But for one man, sitting a thousand miles away in New York, the true significance of the event was far greater even than that. Ben Rattray sums up the lessons of the Trayvon Martin story in one bold statement: “It’s no longer the case that you are powerless.”

Rattray is the 32-year-old founder of, the online campaigning platform on which Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, launched their petition calling for Zimmerman to be prosecuted.

Adult polar bear, Arctic Norway

Arctic oil rush will ruin ecosystem, warns Lloyd’s of London

Insurance market joins environmentalists in highlighting risks of drilling in fragile region as $100bn investment is predicted

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