27 Feb

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective


English Online International Newspapers

For a change from the same old news stories from the same old news networks, here are links to English-edition online newspapers from other parts of the world. Nearly all of these are English-edition daily newspapers, with an emphasis on the Middle East and Asia. These sites have interesting editorials and essays, and many have links to other good news sources. We try to limit this list to those sites which are regularly updated, reliable, with a high percentage of “up” time.

Some of the available newspapers:

Asia & CIS


China & Hong Kong










Reports in two semi-official news agencies, Fars and Mehr, indicate hard-liners are the main losers in the vote

Iran elections

 Turnout was high in Iran’s elections on Friday, where full results are expected early next week. Photograph: Scott Peterson/Getty Images

 and agencies in Tehran

Votes are being counted in Iran’s hard-fought elections with the first unofficial results showing gains for supporters of President Hassan Rouhani that could help promote greater opening to the west and limited advances at home.

Friday’s polls for the parliament and the assembly of experts – its role is to choose the Islamic Republic’s clerical supreme leader – were extended for nearly six hours due to a turnout that was estimated to have been around 70% and whichwould likely favour the reformist-moderate camp.

The interior ministry said it had counted 25% of the results by Saturday morning, though a final tally is unlikely to be known before Monday. The preliminary turnout figure was 6o%, it said.

Early returns show that none of the competing factions will win a majority in the 290-seat majlis, or parliament, but reformists and moderates are apparently on track to win their strongest presence since 2004 at the expense of conservative “principalists.” Broader support in parliament will strengthen Rouhani’s hand – though under Iran’s hybrid political system key decisions still rest with the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei…………….


Authorities say the gunman killed himself after an hours-long standoff with police that began after he called 911 to say he had shot and killed his family

Police vehicles line the road near a rural property near Belfair, Washington, on Friday.

Police vehicles line the road near a rural property near Belfair, Washington, on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

 in San Francisco and agencies

A gunman killed four people in a home in rural Washington state before fatally shooting himself after an hours-long standoff, authorities said.

Sheriff’s chief deputy Ryan Spurling of Mason County said the gunman had called 911 on Friday to say he shot and killed his family. A girl who survived has been taken to the hospital.

Authorities say officers negotiated with the man for about three hours before they entered the home and found the people dead.

Spurling said the gunman shot and killed himself in front of officers. “The original report I got was that he shot himself out on the porch and had come out of the building.”

A young girl also managed to leave the home and was not shot, Spurling said. “We had a 12-year-old that escaped out of the house at some point, and our officers got her and transported her with an ambulance.” He said he did not know the girl’s condition or her relationship to the shooter but suspected that they were related……


Investigators exhume the nameless dead of Colombia’s half-century-long civil war

As part of the peace process with Farc rebels, the search is under way, in places like La Macarena, for 45,000 who died without record during the conflict

Forensic science workers carry an unidentified body at the cemetery in La Macarena, Colombia. Criminal investigators are digging up bodies in the cemetery in hopes of identifying 464 that were buried in unmarked graves after 2002.

 Forensic science workers carry an unidentified body at the cemetery in La Macarena, Colombia. Investigators are digging up bodies in hopes of identifying 464 people buried in unmarked graves. Photograph: Fernando Vergara/AP

Associated Press in La Macarena


The stench of death envelops the makeshift morgue as Diego Casallas uses a box cutter to slash open a mud-caked body bag. The unidentified remains are all but decomposed after more than a decade in the ground, but there are valuable clues: a pair of brown work boots and a camouflaged backpack.

“These are objects that can lead to an eventual identification,” says Casallas, a forensic anthropologist, as he calmly inspects a femur bone with the cold detachment required of his profession…………………..The cemetery in La Macarena has long been a symbol for leftist critics of the government. Its location, a few feet downslope from a military base belonging to the elite Omega Task Force, one of the largest recipients of US counterinsurgency aid, fuelled tales that it held untold numbers of civilians killed by the military and dressed up as guerrillas to hide human rights abuses. Colombian media took to calling it the world’s largest mass grave………..


US politics

Election 2016





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