Parallels
9:53 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Sharp Decline In Chinese Executions Mirrors Global Trend

Chinese police show a group of convicts at a sentencing rally in the city of Wenzhou on April 7, 2004. Eleven prisoners were later executed for various crimes. Since then, the number of executions in China has significantly declined.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 11:58 am

Executions in China are falling rapidly, in line with a trend worldwide, including in the U.S.

NPR reported on the decline in executions on Weekend Edition Sunday. An estimated 3,000 people were put to death in China last year. That number is down from an average of 15,000 a year in the 1990s.

The numbers are estimates because China doesn't release execution figures, which are considered a state secret.

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The Two-Way
9:35 am
Mon August 19, 2013

University Pages: LinkedIn Launches New College Profiles

The new University Pages on LinkedIn show which businesses employ a college's graduates, and the sectors of the economy in which they work.
LinkedIn

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 9:58 am

The professional connections site LinkedIn is launching a new section of its social network Monday: University Pages targets younger users who want to connect with colleges. More than 200 schools now have profile pages, according to LinkedIn. As part of the new effort, the company also dropped its minimum age to 14 in the U.S.

The new college profiles allow prospective students to see how many of a school's graduates are on LinkedIn, as well as a breakdown of the main fields in which they work. The pages also list the top employers of alumni.

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9:29 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Federal agents arrest hundreds in MS-13 gang sweep

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(CNN) -- A nationwide sweep by federal agents targeting the violent MS-13 street gang has resulted in hundreds of arrests, including 263 gang members, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced Friday.
(CNN) -- A nationwide sweep by federal agents targeting the violent MS-13 street gang has resulted in hundreds of arrests, including 263 gang members, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced Friday. Those arrested in the July and early August sweep include suspects wanted on murder, assault, sexual assault, robbery and kidnapping charges, among other offenses, ICE said in a news release.
9:26 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Train Kills Dozens of Religious Pilgrims in India

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A train killed at least 37 religious pilgrims as they crossed a railroad track in eastern India early Monday, prompting an angry mob to set fire to the train and attack its conductor.
NEW DELHI - A train killed at least 37 religious pilgrims as they crossed a railroad track in eastern India on Monday morning, prompting an angry mob to set fire to the train and attack its conductor, local officials said.
9:24 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Antarctica’s land of fire and ice

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Deception Island is one of Antarctica’s biggest surprises. Part of the South Shetland group, the island appears on the map as a broken ring or a “C” shape. But it is actually the collapsed, sunken cone of a still-active volcano.
In one of the coldest places on Earth, the still-active volcano of Deception Island has a dangerous whaling past.
The Two-Way
8:29 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Reports: Mubarak Might Be Freed While Awaiting New Trial

Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak sits in the dock during a court hearing in Cairo on June 8.
Amr Abdallah Dalsh Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 11:47 am

As fears of civil war rise in Egypt, there are these reports that:

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The Two-Way
7:52 am
Mon August 19, 2013

NSA Leak Reporter Says 'U.K. Puppets' Detained His Partner

Glenn Greenwald (left) and David Miranda after Miranda's arrival early Monday at Rio de Janeiro's International Airport. Miranda had been detained for 9 hours at London's Heathrow Airport. Authorities reportedly questioned him about Greenwald's reporting of the "NSA leaks."
Ricardo Moraes Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 2:58 pm

The detention for nine hours Sunday of journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner by authorities at London's Heathrow Airport was an attack "on the news-gathering process and journalism," Greenwald writes on The Guardian's website.

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The Two-Way
7:12 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Book News: John Hollander, Master Of Poetic Forms, Dies At 83

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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The Two-Way
6:55 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Attacks, Reprisals And Church Burnings As Egypt Teeters

In Cairo, soldiers have put barbed wire around the constitutional court, one of many government institutions under guard.
Amina Ismail MCT/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 11:22 am

The news from Egypt, where more than 900 people have died and thousands more have been wounded since the interim government began cracking down on supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi last Wednesday, remains grim:

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