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Bucharest gay pride rally draws crowds

Bucharest - Around 1,000 people took to the streets of Bucharest on Saturday for a gay pride march as participants demanded equal rights in a country where same sex marriage remains illegal.

Detained British-Iranian woman linked to 2009 protests: Iran

Tehran - An Iranian-British woman detained in Iran on charges of seeking to overthrow the government was implicated in anti-regime protests in 2009, a judicial official said.

U.S. military to lift transgender ban: Media

Washington - The Pentagon is set to lift its ban on transgender troops within the coming weeks, US media reported Friday.

Turkish man given suspended jail for 'comparing Erdogan to Gollum'

Istanbul - A court in Turkey's southern resort city of Antalya has handed a Turkish man a suspended jail sentence of over one year for comparing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the "Lord of the Rings" character Gollum, a report said Thursday.

Italian court sets gay adoption precedent

Rome - Italy's highest court has allowed a lesbian to adopt the daughter of her partner in a landmark ruling a month after a law on gay civil unions was passed without any such provisions.

Turkish prosecutors 'demand over 14 years in jail' for activists

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors have asked for three prominent activists and journalists to be handed jail sentences of over 14 years on charges of publishing terror propaganda for guest editing a pro-Kurdish daily, a report said on Thursday.

Police child-killing outrages Brazil

S - Chased by police, Italo Ferreira stepped on the gas in the stolen car until they stopped him with a bullet to the head. He was 10 years old.

Convicted journalist guest edits Turkey daily after arrests

Istanbul - A prominent Turkish journalist handed a lengthy jail sentence on charges of revealing state secrets defiantly guest-edited an opposition daily on Tuesday, a day after three activists were arrested and jailed for performing the same role.

Myanmar bars officials from saying 'Rohingya' as UN envoy visits

Myanmar officials must refer to the oppressed Rohingya Muslim minority as "people who believe in Islam" rather than by their name, according to a letter seen by AFP Tuesday, as a UN rights envoy prepares to visit the benighted group.

More than 700 doctors killed in Syria war: UN

Geneva - Attacks on hospitals since Syria's war broke out five years ago have left more than 700 doctors and medical workers dead, many of them in air strikes, UN investigators said Tuesday.

Turkey charges press freedom rep with 'terror propaganda'

Istanbul - Turkey stepped up its crackdown on the media Monday, detaining and charging the local representative of international rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and two intellectuals for "terrorist propaganda".

Myanmar's Rohingya may be victims of 'crimes against humanity': UN

Geneva - Widespread and ongoing violations against Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority, including denial of citizenship, forced labour and sexual violence, could amount to crimes against humanity, the United Nations warned Monday.

Africa summit tackles violence against albinos

Dar Es Salaam - A "Miss and Mister Albino" contest, heavy sentences for ritual murder and concrete graves to ward off tomb raiders were all discussed at a UN summit on albinism concluding in Tanzania on Monday.

Iran accuses British-Iranian woman of bid to 'overthrow regime'

Tehran - A British-Iranian woman who was arrested in Iran in April was accused on Wednesday of seeking to "overthrow the regime", according to a statement from the powerful Revolutionary Guards.

Documents shed light on CIA torture program

Washington - CIA lawyers sought guarantees the US spy agency would never be prosecuted for torturing suspects after the September 11, 2001 attacks, while other staff warned the program was an impending "train wreck," documents showed.

US irks Venezuela, urging recall vote

Santo Domingo - US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday urged the Venezuelan authorities to allow a referendum on removing President Nicolas Maduro from office, prompting angry accusations of meddling from Caracas.

UN rights chief urges U.S. to introduce arms controls

Geneva - The UN's human rights chief on Tuesday called on the United States to bring in "robust gun regulation" in order to prevent the kind of mass killing seen in Orlando, Florida over the weekend.

Orlando massacre a deadly reminder of anti-gay hatred

Washington - The massacre at a gay nightclub in Florida comes at a difficult time for the LGBT community in the United States, which is still facing violent bigotry even as their civil rights have been significantly reinforced.

Russian gay couple 'arrested for Orlando tribute'

Moscow - A Russian gay couple were arrested Monday while trying to leave a tribute outside the US embassy in Moscow to victims of the Orlando shooting rampage, the RBK newspaper reported.

UN rights chief slams increasing migrant detention in Europe

Geneva - The UN's human rights chief voiced alarm Monday at the increasing detention of migrants in Europe, including unaccompanied children, amid widespread anti-migrant rhetoric across the continent.

Top human rights activist rearrested in Bahrain: Family

Dubai - Leading Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was rearrested on Monday by security forces in the Gulf island state, his family said on Twitter.

Hundreds attend tightly-policed gay pride march in central Kiev

Kiev - More than 700 gay rights activists held a peaceful march through central Kiev on Sunday amid an unprecedented security operation in the ex-Soviet country where homophobia remains widespread.

Philippines' Duterte does not endorse summary killings: Spokesman

Manila - Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte does not endorse extrajudicial killings, his spokesman said Saturday after scathing criticism from the UN chief over his plans for thousands of people to die in an unprecedented war on crime.

Amnesty backs Biafra group's shooting claims

Lagos - Amnesty International on Friday claimed the Nigerian military shot dead unarmed civilians before a march to mark the anniversary of the 1967 Biafran declaration of independence.

Are there political prisoners in Cuba?

Havana - It was one of the most awkward moments of a press conference that was full of them: when an American journalist asked Cuban President Raul Castro about the fate of political prisoners on the island.

UN slams Saudis for 'undue pressure' over child rights blacklist

New York - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday criticized Saudi Arabia and its allies for resorting to "undue pressure" to remove the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen from a UN blacklist by threatening to cut off funding.

No charges for UK spies in Libyan rendition case

London - British intelligence agents will not face charges over claims they were complicit in the illegal rendition and torture of two opponents of former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, prosecutors announced on Thursday.

Ireland abortion laws cause 'inhuman' treatment: UN experts

Dublin - A woman in Ireland carrying a dying foetus was the victim of "inhuman" treatment caused by the country's strict abortion laws, United Nations experts said Thursday.

Post-election Peru tackles forced sterilization trauma

- The doctors told Victoria Vigo her third child must be born by Cesarean. It was safest, they said -- she was seven months pregnant and there were complications.They cut her open -- but they didn't stop there.

Eritrean leaders guilty of crimes against humanity: UN probe

Asmara - Eritrea's government is guilty of committing crimes against humanity since independence a quarter-century ago with up to 400,000 people "enslaved", and should face international justice, a UN probe said Wednesday.
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