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Russia green groups forced to close over 'foreign agents' tag

Moscow - Two Russian environmental groups have closed, activists said Friday, blaming a 2012 law requiring them to register as "foreign agents" for making it impossible to operate.

200 million girls and women living with FGM: UNICEF

New York - At least 200 million girls and women worldwide have been subjected to female genital mutilation with half of those living in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia, according to the UN children's agency.

Under fire for smacking, UN tells France to ban corporal punishment

Ginebra - France, which has come under fire for not fully banning smacking, must "explicitly prohibit" all forms of corporal punishment of children, a UN report said Thursday, criticising its treament of Roma and asylum-seeking minors.

Fresh sex abuse claims rock UN mission in C.Africa

Bangui - The UN's troubled mission in Central African Republic announced seven new claims of sex abuse by peacekeepers Thursday, the latest in a barrage of allegations of troops assaulting the civilians they are supposed to protect.

At least 2,297 journalists killed since 1990: IFJ

Brussels - At least 2,297 journalists and media workers have been killed in the last 25 years, with Iraq ranking as the most deadly country, the International Federation of Journalists said Wednesday.

Chile court orders poet Neruda's remains returned

Santiago - A Chilean court on Wednesday ordered poet Pablo Neruda's remains be returned to his tomb, three years after they were exhumed to determine whether the Nobel laureate was assassinated.

Pope Francis under fire over China 'Realpolitik'

Vatican City - Pope Francis came under fire Wednesday after lavishing praise on China in a move widely seen as part of Vatican moves to improve relations with Beijing.

Dalai Lama portraits confiscated in China: Report

Bejing - A Chinese province with a large Tibetan population has ordered shopkeepers to hand in portraits of the Dalai Lama, state-run media said Wednesday, quoting Beijing experts likening the Nobel laureate to executed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

India's top court to review ban on gay sex

New Delhi - India's top court agreed Tuesday to review a decision which criminalises gay sex, sparking hope among campaigners that the colonial-era law will eventually be overturned in the world's biggest democracy.

Two ex-soldiers tried in Guatemala for sex slavery, murder

Guatemala City - Two retired soldiers were in court Monday facing charges of murder, forced disappearance, and forcing 11 indigenous women into sexual slavery during Guatemala's 1960-1996 civil war.

UN urges Turkey to probe alleged shooting of civilians

Ginebra - The United Nations on Monday called on Ankara to investigate the suspected shooting of a group of unarmed people in Turkey's southeastern Kurdish-dominated region, caught in "extremely shocking" video footage.

New deaths reported in besieged Syria district: UN

Birut - Eight people reportedly died last month from a lack of proper medical care in a besieged Syrian town that was the site of a 2013 chemical weapons attack, the UN has said.

New deaths reported in besieged Syria district: UN

Birut - Eight people reportedly died last month from a lack of proper medical care in a besieged Syrian town that was the site of a 2013 chemical weapons attack, the UN has said.

New deaths reported in besieged Syria district: UN

Birut - Eight people reportedly died last month from a lack of proper medical care in a besieged Syrian town that was the site of a 2013 chemical weapons attack, the UN has said.

Nobel laureate Pamuk chides EU for ignoring Turkey's rights record

Ankara - Internationally acclaimed Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk has accused the European Union of turning a blind eye to the state of democracy in Turkey because of its cooperation in the migration crisis, local media reported on Sunday.

Thousands rally across France over state of emergency extension

Paris - Thousands of people marched through Paris and in other French cities on Saturday to decry the proposed extension of a state of emergency imposed after the November Paris attacks.

Hong Kong press freedoms decline in 2015: Report

Hong Kong - Press freedom further declined in Hong Kong in 2015, driven by growing self-censorship and government interference as Beijing expands its influence over the city's boisterous media, a new report said Saturday.

Mass rally against gay civil unions in Italy capital

Rome - Tens of thousands of people gathered in Rome's Circus Maximus arena Saturday to protest against a civil unions bill for same-sex couples, a hot-potato issue for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government.

Keeping migrants in Greece not a solution: HRW

Atenas - Forcing Greece to become a "warehouse" for migrants is no solution to Europe's crisis, Human Rights Watch said Friday, adding that it would be wrong to send asylum seekers back to Turkey.

New claims of child sex abuse by peacekeepers in C. Africa

Ginebra - New allegations surfaced Friday of child sexual abuse in the Central African Republic involving UN peacekeepers as well as troops serving in a European mission and in France's Sangaris operation.

Iran coerces Afghans to fight in Syria: HRW

New York - Iran's Revolutionary Guards has recruited thousands of Afghans, some by coercion, to fight in Syria's war alongside forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

Mexican cops again at center of a mass disappearance

Tierra Blanca - For more than two weeks, the parents of five missing young people have been living inside a Mexican state prosecutor's office in an attempt to pressure authorities to find their children.The parents spent the first night sitting on cold plastic chairs....

Youngest elephant at famed U.S. circus dies

Miami - Ringling Brothers, America's best-known circus, announced the death of its youngest elephant at a conservation center where it is retiring the animals after criticism from rights groups.

Swedish police travel to Thailand over bookseller disappearance

Bangkok - Swedish detectives have travelled to Thailand to look into the disappearance of a Hong Kong-based bookseller who vanished in the kingdom and later resurfaced in Chinese custody, Thai police said Friday.

China jails three 'civil disobedience' activists

Bejing - A Chinese court sentenced three activists to prison on Friday for allegedly attempting to start a non-violent civil rights movement, family members and campaign groups said, the latest example of the Communist Party's intensifying crackdown on dissent....

Battle begins in Italy parliament over gay civil unions

Rome - Italy's Senate on Thursday begins examining a civil union bill for same-sex couples, a topic which has profoundly divided the country and could prove toxic for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government.

Top French court blocks rights body on state of emergency

Paris - France's highest administrative court on Wednesday refused to lift the state of emergency imposed after the November terror attacks, despite criticism from the country's Human Rights League about the extraordinary powers given to security services.

'Dramatic rise' in DR Congo rights abuses, UN warns

Kinshasa - The United Nations warned Wednesday of a sharp rise in rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo, holding government officials responsible for half of them as political tensions rise ahead of uncertain presidential elections.

Turkish prosecutors seek life terms for two anti-Erdogan journalists

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday sought multiple life sentences for two top opposition journalists on charges of revealing state secrets in a report that alleged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government tried to send arms into Syria.

Victims of German pedophile sect in Chile seek justice

It is 18 years since Winfried Hempel finally escaped from an abusive sect run by a pedophile ex-Nazi officer in Chile. He still has nightmares.
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