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Ken Hanly

Digital Journalist based in Brandon, MB, Canada. Joined on Jun 28, 2009
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Op-Ed: Prosecutors misled Ferguson jurors on Wilson's right to shoot

Ferguson - Grand juries are often criticized because it is easy for prosecutors to obtain an indictment. In the shooting of Michael Brown by officer Wilson however the aim of the grand jury process seems to have been not to indict Wilson but to fail to indict him.

U.S. forces involved in Yemen rescue raid

Sanaa - Yemen security officials announced that eight hostages had been freed from the custody of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula(AQAP). The operation was in Hadrawmut province.

Op-Ed: Even UN worried about Tripoli air attacks

Tripoli - UN special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon has been trying his best to persuade the parties in conflict to stop fighting and engage in dialogue. He has stressed that there can only be a political solution to the Libyan conflict.

Russia signs new agreement with Abkhazia

Moscow - Russia and Abkhazia have signed an extensive agreement on military issues and Abkhazia agreed to harmonize its foreign and defence policies with those of Russia. A Russian commander will lead a new joint force of Russian and Abkhazian troops.

Op-Ed: Canada and U.S. oppose resolution against glorifying Nazism

New York - Last Friday, Canada along with the U.S. opposed a resolution that was meant to combat glorification of Nazism. The only other country to vote against the resolution was Ukraine.

Op-Ed: Unidentified jets launch 2 attacks on Tripoli airport

Tripoli - If an unidentified jet bombed an international airport in Jerusalem or even Kiev it would be headline news. In Tripoli, the capital of Libya, however unidentified bombings have happened several times. No one even expresses surprise let alone outrage.

Op-Ed: Obama sees expanded role for US in Afghanistan in 2015

Washington - While US combat troops are scheduled to withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of this year, under an agreement signed by the new Afghan president Ashraf Ghani almost 10,000 troops will remain through 2015 at least.

Op-Ed: Herding the liberal sheep into the Democratic fold

Washington - The United States is a two-party system consisting of Republicans and Democrats. While other parties exist, and independents as well, they do not have sufficient funds or support to challenge the two main parties.

Russia increasing use of Chinese Yuan in trade transactions

Moscow - Russia has increased its use of the Chinese yuan or remnimbi nine-fold just in the period from January to September this year according to the Chinese Ministry of Economic Development.

Op-Ed: U.S. launches 500th drone strike in over a decade of the Third War

Islamabad - As Micah Zenko noted in an article in 2012, November 3 that year marked the tenth anniversary of the first drone attack by the U.S. No one took notice. The same will apply to the 500th confirmed U.S. drone attack today outside of combat zones.

Yemen's conflicts complicated by Special Forces mutiny

Sanaa - As if Yemen did not have enough problems dealing with rebel Houthis and Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula(AQAP) there has now been a mutiny within the elite Special Forces.

Scottish Lothian Cat Rescue site receives very rare kitten

Edinburgh - The Lothian Cat Rescue in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian Scotland received a rare male tortoiseshell cat. Only .04 percent of tortoiseshell cats are male.

Op-Ed: Burnaby and activists join battle to protect Burnaby Mountain

Burnaby - Both the city of Burnaby BC just outside of Vancouver along with environmental activists are joining battle against Kinder Morgan

Former Conservative staffer off to jail for robocalls

Guelph - Michael Sona, a former member of the Federal Conservative Party staff has been sentenced to nine months in jail for his role in the 2011 Federal Election robocalls scandal.

Missouri in state of emergency but US always in emergency state

Washington - A proclamation by governor Jay Nixon authorizes the Missouri National Guard to support police if there is violence when a grand jury decision is announced on whether a white policeman who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager will be charged.

Repression in Egypt continues

Cairo - Egypt under President Abdul al-Sisi is repressing dissent of all kinds. In the latest move Egyptian State Radio banned a popular singer Hamza Namira from broadcasting since some of his songs criticize authorities.

Op-Ed: Turkish envoy to Libya urges general elections as cure for crisis

Tripoli - Emrullah Isler, the Turkish Special Envoy for Libya claims the political crisis in Libya can be overcome by holding general elections.

Canadian woman gets $950,000 medical bill after Hawaiian vacation

Regina - A Saskatchewan woman, Jennifer Huculak-Kimmel, went on a holiday to Hawaii in October 2013 while she was pregnant. She ended up giving birth nine weeks prematurely in Hawaii.

Japan's economy shrinks during third quarter

Tokyo - Japan's economic performance was hurt by a recent sales tax hike and investment by business declined. The economy shrank by 1.6 percent even though predictions were that there would be growth following a large decline in the previous quarter.

Op-Ed: Libyan Supreme Court decision may help UN negotiations

Tripoli - The Libyan Supreme Court well over a week ago ruled that the June elections in Libya were unconstitutional and that the House of Representatives now meeting in the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk should be dissolved.
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