Earthquakes are shaking just to the north of Oz, Human Rights abuses in Fiji are getting international attention (thanks to the internet), and the defendant in a notorious crime in India dies in his jail cell. That and more when you click “Read More”.
A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea's north coast, according to the United States Geological Survey. The epicenter is about 150 kilometers east of the city of Lae. No tsunami warning has been issued. Just hours earlier, a magnitude 5.7 quake hit 135km southwest of Kokopo, East New Britain province
The United Nations is calling for an independent investigation of the beating of two men in Fiji. A video (NSFW and graphic) was uploaded to the Internet, it showed two handcuffed men being beaten and sexually abused with metal roles, apparently by Fijian security. The U.N. says it was "shocked by the content" of the video, saying it showed "torture, inhuman and degrading treatment" of the two men. Human rights advocates have frequently criticized Fiji’s military dictatorship. But Fiji’s strongman “Frank” Bainimarama said he will “stick with” his police officers.
One of six men accused of a notorious gang rape in India was found dead in his cell. Ram Singh committed suicide, according to authorities. The attack last December led to the death of the victim, a 23-year medical student, and sparked outrage in India and throughout the world and forced India to reexamine its culture and Women’s Rights.
Conservative leader Enrique Capriles says he’ll run for president of Venezuela again. He lost to Hugo Chavez last year and polls indicate he is trailing Chavez’ preferred successor Nicolas Maduro.
Syria’s opposition accuses government forces of atrocities in Aleppo. The bodies of at least 20 young men who were bound, shot, and killed by security forces were pulled out of the River Quwaiq. Sunday’s discovery was the worst since 65 bodies were pulled out of that river in January.
Saudi Arabia is thinking about stepping forward into the 19th Century. A published report says a government committee is considering replacing public beheadings with firing squads as a preferred method of execution. The reason? Not enough skilled swordsmen. The oil kingdom has already executed 15 people this year.