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Salvation Army International: Prayer Requested Following Deadly Attack in Sulawesi, Indonesia
LONDON, England, Nov. 30 -- The Salvation Army International issued the following news on Nov. 28:

WITH great sadness, The Salvation Army confirms that an attack upon the Lewono Lembantongoa Outpost, Indonesia, on Friday 27 November 2020 has claimed the lives of four members. A Salvation Army outpost is a locality in which Army work is carried out and where it is hoped a society or corps will eventually develop.

Lewono Lembantongoa is in a very rural area of Sigi Regency, Central Sulawesi, situated on the edge of the Indonesian rainforest. During the morning of 27 November, the community was ... Show Full Article

Riverkeeper: Statement on Gov. Cuomo's Veto of Bill to Protect 41,000 Miles of NY's Headwater Streams and Creeks
OSSINING, New York, Nov. 30 -- Riverkeeper issued the following news release:

Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation that will extend the Department of Environmental Conservation's Protection of Waters Program to class C streams intended to provide oversight to projects which may disturb stream banks or beds. Class AA, A, B and C trout streams already require permits for covered activities. Riverkeeper and our partner organizations have documented waterways across the Hudson River Estuary and New York that are misclassified, leaving our drinking water sources vulnerable to pollution. For ... Show Full Article

Human Rights Watch: Tanzania - Burundian Refugees 'Disappeared,' Tortured
NEW YORK, Kenya, Nov. 30 (TNSRes) -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release:

Tanzanian authorities have gravely abused at least 18 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers since late 2019. The whereabouts of several who were forcibly disappeared remain unknown, and additional Burundians may have suffered similar abuse.

Between October 2019 and August 2020, Tanzanian police and intelligence services forcibly disappeared, tortured, and arbitrarily detained at least 11 Burundians for up to several weeks in abysmal conditions in a police station in Kibondo, Kigoma region. Three were released ... Show Full Article

Human Rights Watch: IMF - Demand Transparency for Egypt Military's Firms
NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (TNSRep) -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release:

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should demand the Egyptian government disclose financial information about military-owned businesses as part of required reporting on state-owned enterprises, before releasing the next tranche of funding under an ongoing loan program, Human Rights Watch, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, and the Freedom Initiative said today in a letter to the IMF Board.

The financial dealings of businesses owned by military agencies, which mainly produce civilian goods, are completely ... Show Full Article

Foundation for Excellence in Education: Statement From Gov. Bush on Expanded Educational Opportunities in Ohio
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Nov. 30 -- The Foundation for Excellence in Education issued the following statement on Nov. 28:

Governor Jeb Bush, Founder and Chairman of the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd), released the following statement on the signing of Senate Bill 89, which redesigns Ohio's EdChoice Scholarship Program. The bill will allow approximately 50 percent of students in Ohio to qualify for a scholarship to find an educational opportunity that meets their needs by expanding the income eligibility level.

"Governor Mike DeWine continues to empower working-class families ... Show Full Article

Dauphin Island Sea Lab: Necropsy Complete, Samples Sent for Analysis
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Alabama, Nov. 30 (TNSRes) -- Dauphin Island Sea Lab issued the following news on Nov. 28:

Thursday 26 to Friday 27 Nov, DISL Biologists and collaborators from Gulf World Marine Institute, the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge, and the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies completed the necropsy of a sperm whale that first stranded last week in Mobile Bay.

The whale was a 33.5 feet long young male. The cause of stranding was not immediately determinable on gross necropsy. Samples have been sent for additional analyses such as bacterial, viral, or fungal infectIons, histology, and toxicology, ... Show Full Article

American Human Rights Council Stands With the Palestinian People
DEARBORN, Michigan, Nov. 30 -- The American Human Rights Council issued the following news release:

The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) joins the international community and peace-loving people across the world in observing and honoring November 29, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestine People.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is a day set by the UN General Assembly resolution number (32/40 B) on 1977 observing November 29 as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. It is generally held on November 29 each year to ... Show Full Article