Banks to stay closed
Cyprus ordered banks to remain closed until Thursday over fears of a run by customers trying to get their money out, after striking a pre-dawn bailout deal Monday that averted the country’s imminent bankruptcy. The sudden midnight postponement of today’s much anticipated bank opening by all but the country’s two largest lenders was sure to hammer businesses already reeling from more than a week of no access to their deposits.
Rights group raided
Russian authorities on Monday raided the Moscow headquarters of the human rights group Amnesty International, the latest in a continuing series of office searches aimed at putting pressure on nongovernmental groups. The head of Amnesty International’s office in Russia, Sergei Nikitin, said that officials arrived Monday to conduct what they described as an “audit” and demanded a list of documents, most of which Nikitin said were already on file with the government. Pavel Chikov, a member of Russia’s presidential human rights council, said dozens of groups have been subjected to searches in the past month. The Kremlin recently has clamped down on nonprofit organizations, particularly those that receive financing from abroad.
Orphanage shut down
Cambodian authorities said Monday they had shut a foreign-run orphanage that is suspected of beating its children and carrying out human trafficking. Officials and a rights group said police in the capital, Phnom Penh, on Friday raided the unlicensed orphanage, called Love in Action, and rescued 21 children. Gratianne Quade, a spokeswoman for SISHA, an anti-trafficking organization in Cambodia, said an Australian woman who ran the orphanage was not arrested in the Friday raid and her current whereabouts were not known. A SISHA statement said the raid came after several groups of children had fled the orphanage recently and reported a variety of neglect and abuse problems to authorities. Love in Action’s website describes it as a Christian-run facility that receives funding from church groups in Australia.
Compiled from wire reports.