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AFP, RFI reporter threatened over Burundi crisis coverage

Nairobi - The Burundi correspondent of Agence France-Presse and Radio France Internationale, who was tortured last year by security forces, received threats on social media Tuesday after being accused by authorities of "promoting crime and violence" with his cov...

Ex-Miss Turkey guilty of 'insulting Erdogan'

Ankara - A court on Tuesday found a former Miss Turkey beauty queen guilty of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on social media, handing her a suspended sentence of over one year in jail.

I. Coast rights groups say ex-first lady's trial flawed

Abidjan - Ivorian rights groups acting as plaintiffs in the imminent trial of former first lady Simone Gbagbo for crimes against humanity pulled out of the process Monday, saying it was flawed.

Turkey's Erdogan alarmed by French crackdown on protests

Ankara - Under fire over the state of democracy in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday took aim at strike-hit France, expressing his alarm over police violence against French demonstrators.

Personal suffering fuels Malaysia trans advocate's fight

Kuala Lumpur - Nisha Ayub has endured virtually everything thrown at Muslim-majority Malaysia's repressed transgender community: contempt, violence, arrest and sexual assault in a prison where she was sent to become a "real man".

Being transgender: Facts, myths and rights

Washington - Transgender people live under dramatically varying circumstances around the world -- often facing violent repression, but also conquering crucial new rights most notably in Europe and the United States.

Hundreds of thousands turn out for Sao Paulo gay pride march

S - Hundreds of thousands of marchers turned out Sunday for Sao Paulo's 20th annual Gay Pride parade, one of the biggest such events anywhere in the world, organizers said.

200 captive women, girls freed from Colombia sex ring

Estanzuela - Police in Bogota on Saturday rescued some 200 young women and girls who were being held against their will and sexually exploited, city officials said.

Russian artist Pavlensky gives prize money to anti-police guerrillas

Moscow - Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky, who is on trial for torching the door of the security service headquarters, said Friday he would give his prize money from a prestigious award to a group of vigilantes serving life sentences.

Top Nepal court demands police justify reporter's arrest

Kathmandu - Nepal's top court Friday demanded an explanation from police over the arrest of a journalist at a protest outside government offices in Kathmandu, the latest incident to spark fears over free speech in the Himalayan nation.

US states sue White House over transgender bathroom use

Washington - Eleven US states sued President Barack Obama's administration Wednesday over federal guidelines telling public schools to let transgender students use the bathroom of their choice, the latest twist in a bitter legal standoff with the White House.

EU arms exports to Egypt fuel killings, torture: Amnesty

Nicosia - Amnesty International has accused nearly half of the European Union's members of fuelling killings and torture among other abuses in Egypt through arms exports, in a report issued on Wednesday.

Israeli rights group gives up on army complaints system

Jerusalem - A leading Israeli rights group announced Wednesday it was giving up taking complaints over soldier conduct to the military, after years of going through official channels brought few prosecutions.

EU arms exports to Egypt fuel killings, torture: Amnesty

Nicosia - Amnesty International has accused nearly half of the European Union's members of fuelling killings and torture among other abuses in Egypt through arms exports, in a report issued on Wednesday.

Obama implores Vietnam to embrace human rights

President Barack Obama urged communist Vietnam on Tuesday to abandon authoritarianism, saying basic human rights would not jeopardise its stability, after Hanoi barred several dissidents from meeting the US leader.

Romanian groups push for same-sex marriage ban

Bucharest - Romanian campaigners said Monday they had collected three million signatures on a petition to block same-sex unions in the EU member state.

Anxious Merkel warns Turkey over rights, visa-free travel

Istanbul - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday of her "deep concern" over the state of democracy in Turkey and voiced doubt that a plan to offer Turks visa-free travel to the EU would be implemented on time.

Philippines halts probe into president-elect's suspected death squads

Manila - The Philippines has halted an investigation into an alleged vigilante death squad linked to president-elect Rodrigo Duterte after the key witness disappeared, likely due to fear of the incoming leader, officials said.

At secret Vietnam gig, dissidents hope Obama remembers them

Hanoi - At a secret gig in a Hanoi house, a clutch of democracy activists listen intently to the words of a bluesy ballad, a small act of defiance by critics of Vietnam's communist regime who hope a visit by Barack Obama will open rather than cramp their space...

Duterte death fears rise as Philippine mayor offers bounties

Manila - The incoming mayor of a major Philippine city said Friday he was offering police bounties to kill criminals, deepening fears of extra-judicial deaths under the rule of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte death fears rise as Philippine mayor offers bounties

Manila - The incoming mayor of a major Philippine city said Friday he was offering police bounties to kill criminals, deepening fears of extra-judicial deaths under the rule of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte death fears rise as Philippine mayor offers bounties

Manila - The incoming mayor of a major Philippine city said Friday he was offering police bounties to kill criminals, deepening fears of extra-judicial deaths under the rule of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

Concerns raised over Brazil's new all-male government

Washington - Brazil's week-old interim government is regressive and unequal, the Inter-American Commssion on Human Rights said in a statement Wednesday.

European court quizzes Italy over Amanda Knox murder trial

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights said Wednesday it has asked Italy to respond to accusations of unfair treatment by Amanda Knox, acquitted last year of her British housemate's gruesome murder.

IS accused of executing dozens in Libya bastion

Tripoli - Human Rights Watch on Wednesday accused the Islamic State group of executing dozens of people in its Libyan stronghold of Sirte, saying the killings amounted to war crimes.

U.S., EU protest UN decision to bar groups from AIDS meet

New York - The United States and the European Union are protesting a UN decision to bar at least 20 non-governmental groups from taking part in a major AIDS conference next month.

German court bans public recital of anti-Erdogan poem

Hamburg - A court in the German city of Hamburg on Tuesday banned the author of a poem lampooning Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from publicly reciting passages from his work.

Canada unveils bill on transgender rights

Ottawa - Canada formally unveiled a bill shielding transgender people from discrimination and hate speech Tuesday, as rights activists worldwide marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Kosovo holds first ever gay pride march

Pristina - A few hundred people from Kosovo's gay and lesbian community held their first ever pride parade Tuesday, seeking acceptance and respect of their rights in the conservative society.

U.S. Supreme Court refers contraception coverage case to lower courts

Washington - The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that lower courts should decide how the government can provide free insurance coverage for contraception to women working for some religious groups.
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Ginger Pride march in Edinburgh, Scotland on August 10, 2013.
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