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21 October, 2014


Poland to appeal European Court ruling on CIA jails - prosecutor general

Warsaw is preparing to ask the European Court of Human Rights to re-consider its ruling that Poland violated its human rights commitments by hosting a secret CIA jail on its soil, Reuters quoted the prosecutor general as saying on Tuesday. “A motion from Poland to the court on a review of this case before the Grand Chamber is being finalized,” according to Andrzej Seremet.


Pakistan takes anti-govt TV channel off air for ‘maligning’ judiciary

A TV news channel in Pakistan was taken off air for 15 days after a high court ruled that the broadcaster was “maligning” the country’s judiciary, AP said. The Pakistan Media Regulation Authority said Tuesday it was forced to act on a court order and shut down the private ARY News channel, which aired anti-government programs. Most Pakistan’s media outlets have aligned themselves either in support of the government or in favor of the opposition over their coverage of the two-month-long anti-government protests.


S. African court sentences Pistorius to 5yr jail term

Olympic track star Oscar Pistorius was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison for the killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year, Reuters said. The South African court also handed down Pistorius a three-year suspended sentence for a firearms offence.


China donates $6mn as states hit by Ebola face food shortages - UN

States hit by an outbreak of the Ebola virus are facing food shortages, the World Food Program has said, adding that China had donated $6 million towards the relief effort. The UN body said supplies in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have been threatened as “farmers are abandoning their crops and livestock.” With the donation from China, the agency “has now received one third of the $179 million it needs for its regional emergency interventions,” AFP reported. More than 9,000 tons of WFP food have been provided since April to nearly 530,000 people directly affected by Ebola.


Staples investigating possible breach of payment card data

Staples Inc. has started a probe into a possible breach of payment card data, making it the latest US retailer to become a possible victim of a cyber-attack, Reuters reported. The office-supply retailer said it had contacted law enforcement about the matter. Security reporter Brian Krebs earlier reported that several banks have identified a pattern of payment card fraud suggesting that several Staples stores in northeastern US had succumbed to a data breach.


Taliban roadside bomb kills 4 Afghan soldiers in Kabul

At least four Afghan soldiers were killed after a roadside bomb planted by the Taliban exploded in the capital, Kabul, on Tuesday, the Defense Ministry said. Around a dozen people including six civilians were wounded, AFP reported. The blast was caused by a remote-controlled bomb. It targeted an Afghan army bus at around 6:45am (02:15 GMT) in the western part of Kabul.

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