Protest strike shuts Indian Kashmir

Updated 01 January 2013
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Protest strike shuts Indian Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India: Shops and businesses are shut in Indian-controlled Kashmir in response to a strike called by separatist groups to protest firing by government forces that wounded seven civilians in the disputed region.
Public transportation also was not running in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar on Monday.
On Friday, Indian troops fired on the civilians in Pulwama town as they carried two colleagues injured in a gunbattle with rebels in a neighboring village. Seven civilians were wounded in the shooting, leading to massive anti-government protests.
Authorities ordered a probe and declared a curfew in Pulwama which continued Monday, said Shabir Ahmed, a police officer.
Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, claimed by both India and Pakistan and split by a heavily militarized line of control.


US offers $1m reward to locate journalist missing in Syria

Updated 23 min 49 sec ago
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US offers $1m reward to locate journalist missing in Syria

  • The FBI announced the $1m reward this week.
  • Tice, 36, is believed to the only American journalist currently held in Syria, one of the most dangerous countries for the news media in recent years.

Washington: The United States is offering a reward of $1 million for information about Austin Tice, an American journalist missing in Syria since 2012.
The FBI announced the reward this week, without any explanation on the timing.
“The timing of this reward is unrelated to any specific event,” an FBI spokeswoman said.
Tice, 36, is believed to the only American journalist currently held in Syria, one of the most dangerous countries for the news media in recent years.
A freelance journalist working for McClatchy News, the Washington Post, CBS, AFP and other news organizations, Tice was abducted in August 2012 near Damascus.
Tice’s family has launched several appeals for information about his whereabouts, saying they believe he is still alive.
In 2016, a #FreeAustinTice banner was attached to the facade of the Newseum, a museum focused on news media and located on the street linking the US Capitol and the White House.
An FBI statement on its website said it would offer the reward “for information leading directly to the safe location, recovery, and return” of Tice.
The agency created an email address [email protected] and said anyone with information could also use the website tips.fbi.gov or contact any US consulate.