Duterte attacks Human Rights Chief in scathing remarks

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte attacked the chairman of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Chito Gascon, asking if he was a paedophile for investigating cases of young teenagers and amp;#39; murders in the government and amp;#39;s bloody war on drugs. Why is this guy so pre...suffocated with the issue of young people, especially boys? Are you a paedophile? Duterte asked, referring to Gascon. Why are you smitten with teenagers? Are you? I and amp;#39;m having my doubts. Are you gay or a pedophile? he added, according to Reuters.Duterte and amp;#39;s comments came days after the Philippines congress allied with Duterte voted to slash the annual budget of the CHR to just $20. 8 days ago

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh scramble for food

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are scrambling for food and water. Nearly 400,000 Rohingya Muslims arrived from western Myanmar since Aug. 25. They are fleeing a Myanmar government offensive against insurgents. The UN called Myanmars actions ethnic cleansing. The recent wave of refugees sparked a humanitarian crisis in both Myanmar and Bangladesh. 9 days ago

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh scramble for food

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are scrambling for food and water. Nearly 400,000 Rohingya Muslims arrived from western Myanmar since Aug. 25. They are fleeing a Myanmar government offensive against insurgents. The UN called Myanmars actions ethnic cleansing. The recent wave of refugees sparked a humanitarian crisis in both Myanmar and Bangladesh. 9 days ago

Philippines Congress cuts budget of Human Rights Watchdog To $20

The Philippines House of Representatives has voted to slash the budget of a government agency investigating President Rodrigo Dutertes war on drugs. The budget of the Commission on Human Rights was cut from $38m to $20, but the new proposal still requires approval by the Philippines Senate. 12 days ago

Philippines Congress cuts budget of Human Rights Watchdog To $20

The Philippines House of Representatives has voted to slash the budget of a government agency investigating President Rodrigo Dutertes war on drugs. The budget of the Commission on Human Rights was cut from $38m to $20, but the new proposal still requires approval by the Philippines Senate. 12 days ago

270,000 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after weeks of violence

270,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh in the past two weeks. The ethnic minority is fleeing violence in Myanmars Rakhine State. Resources of aid agencies and communities in Bangladesh are strained. Villagers said they were told to feed the refugees and send them on to camps. Bangladesh is already caring for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who previously fled discrimination in Myanmar. 16 days ago

Venezuela: Inauguration of constituent assembly sparks new protests

Venezuela has inaugurated the new legislative superbody elected last week. The 545-member constituent assembly has been condemned by governments across Latin America, the U.S. and EU. Opposition protesters clashed again with security forces in Caracas. They believe the assembly endangers Venezuelas democratic freedoms. The all-powerful body may decide to dissolve the opposition-run congress and will rewrite the constitution, giving the ruling Socialist Party vast new powers. Aug 5, 2017

Women, LGBTQ people and people of colour warned not to travel to US State

NAACP issued a travel warning in Missouri, the first in the groups 108-year history. The civil rights organization says travellers could be subjected to discrimination and harassment.  This comes in the wake of recent high-profile incidents of police brutality in the state as well as a new bill NAACP dubs the Jim Crow Bill.   Aug 3, 2017

Bomb-detecting dog given final salute before being laid to rest

A bomb-detecting dog with bone cancer was given an official send-off before he was put down. Cena served with Corporal Jeff DeYoung in Afghanistan before he adopted the pooch after DeYoung was diagnosed with PTSD. After the dogs diagnose, DeYoung made a bucket list of activities to do before his death. Cena received a final salute watched by service members and the public. The video has since gone viral, leaving viewers heartbroken watching the dogs final goodbye. Jul 30, 2017

Thief arrested after getting stuck in traffic

A thief failed to escape after getting stuck in traffic in Birmingham. Martin Tolan was pursued by police after stealing a Mini convertible when he crashed into cars waiting at red lights. Officers were quick to break the car windows and arrest Tolan. He was jailed for almost 10 years for multiple burglaries, dangerous driving and theft. Jul 30, 2017

Venezuela goes to polls as opposition boycotts Nicolas Maduros socialist power-grab

Venezuelans have begun to vote in the controversial election of a constitutional super-body. Opposition parties are boycotting the election which is opposed by a large majority of Venezuelans. Voters only get to select the super-bodys members not vote on its establishment. The election is expected to grand the ruling Socialist Party widespread new powers. President Nicolás Maduro states this move will bring peace after months of violent protests. Critics say it will allow Maduro to dissolve the opposition-run Congress. They see the election super-body as an attempt to establish dictatorial rule in the crisis-hit country. Jul 30, 2017