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Morocco's Christian converts emerge from the shadows

Agadir - Moroccans who secretly converted to Christianity are demanding the right to practise their faith openly in a country where Islam is the state religion and "apostasy" is condemned.

Hungary's Orban defiant on education law despite allies concerns

Brussels - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban insisted Saturday that no agreement had been reached over a controversial higher education law that could close down a Budapest university founded by US billionaire George Soros.

Turkey blocks Wikipedia access, bans TV dating shows

Istanbul - Turkey on Saturday blocked all access to Wikipedia and banned television dating shows, adding to fears of a crackdown after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's victory in a referendum on enhancing his powers.

World's only Tiananmen museum returns to Hong Kong

Hong Kong - The world's first museum dedicated to China's Tiananmen Square crackdown will once again open its doors in Hong Kong after a months-long closure as the city prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of its handover to Beijing.

Hungary's Orban accepts EU rights demands: party

Brussels - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told concerned allies in the EU's powerful centre-right political group that he will quickly meet EU rights demands over a controversial education law, the group said Saturday.

Southeast Asia faces 'massive' drugs menace: Duterte

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Southeast Asian leaders Saturday they were facing a "massive" illegal drug menace that could destroy their societies, as he called for a united response.

Philippine police chief backs 'secret cell' detention

Manila - The Philippines' police chief has defended the detention of a dozen people inside a closet-sized secret cell in a case that raised further alarm about abuses under President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on drugs.

Philippine police chief backs 'secret cell' detention

Manila - The Philippines' police chief has defended the detention of a dozen people inside a closet-sized secret cell in a case that raised further alarm about abuses under President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on drugs.

Philippine police chief backs 'secret cell' detention

Manila - The Philippines' police chief has defended the detention of a dozen people inside a closet-sized secret cell in a case that raised further alarm about abuses under President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on drugs.

US NSA spy agency halts controversial email sweep

Washington - The National Security Agency announced Friday it would end its controversial practice of sweeping up any email or text message an American exchanges with someone overseas that makes reference to a real target of NSA surveillance.

Assad meet sees European rights group leader censured

Strasbourg - A controversial meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad led Europe's foremost human rights group to say it had no confidence Friday in its Spanish president as he had tarnished his office.

British soldier who killed Afghan fighter freed from jail

London - A British soldier jailed for killing an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan was freed on Friday after his sentence was reduced from murder to manslaughter, his lawyer said.

Detainees found in 'secret cell' in Philippines: rights group

Manila - A dozen people have been found stuffed inside a closet-sized cell hidden behind a book shelf in a Philippine police station, triggering further alarm about abuse under President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on drugs.

Global press freedom at 13-year low: survey

Washington - Global press freedom has hit a 13-year low, threatened by US President Donald Trump's media bashing and restrictions pursued by both democratic and authoritarian governments, a watchdog said Friday.

Southeast Asia's leaders steer away from democracy: activists

Manila - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drug war is part of a worrying assault on human rights and democracy across Southeast Asia, activists said as regional leaders gathered in Manila on Friday.

Russian police raid Khodorkovsky group ahead of protest

Moscow - Russian police on Thursday searched the offices of the Open Russia movement of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, which has called a protest against President Vladimir Putin at the weekend.

Russian police raid Khodorkovsky group ahead of protest

Moscow - Russian police on Thursday searched the offices of the Open Russia movement of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, which has called a protest against President Vladimir Putin at the weekend.

Russian police raid Khodorkovsky group ahead of protest

Moscow - Russian police on Thursday searched the offices of the Open Russia movement of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, which has called a protest against President Vladimir Putin at the weekend.

In Muslim Indonesia, tiny Jewish community lives on

Tondano - In a remote corner of the Indonesian archipelago, a modest synagogue stands in a tiny Jewish community that has found acceptance despite rising intolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

In Muslim Indonesia, tiny Jewish community lives on

Tondano - In a remote corner of the Indonesian archipelago, a modest synagogue stands in a tiny Jewish community that has found acceptance despite rising intolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

In Muslim Indonesia, tiny Jewish community lives on

Tondano - In a remote corner of the Indonesian archipelago, a modest synagogue stands in a tiny Jewish community that has found acceptance despite rising intolerance in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

Russia bans 'undesirable' Khodorkovsky NGOs

Moscow - Russia on Wednesday banned three organisations associated with former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, branding them "undesirable" for allegedly seeking to stir unrest and discredit elections.

Top human rights prize names finalists

Geneva - An El Salvadoran transgender advocate, five detained Cambodian activists and an Egyptian legal scholar were nominated on Wednesday for one of the world's most prestigious human rights prizes.

European lawmakers reopen Turkey rights probe

Strasbourg - Lawmakers from across Europe voted Tuesday to reopen a monitoring probe into Turkey over rights concerns, sparking anger from Ankara as its relations with the continent continue to slide.

Ironic Hungary demo mocks hardline PM

Budapest - Thousands of Hungarian protestors brandishing satirical placards staged a humourous but seriously intended demonstration Saturday, pouring scorn on the policies of hardline Prime Minister Viktor Orban."Down with the press!" "Down with education!

Trump meets freed US-Egyptian

Washington - President Donald Trump on Friday hosted a US-Egyptian charity worker in the White House who was freed after nearly three years in detention in Egypt on charges human rights groups denounced as "arbitrary.

Trump meets freed US-Egyptian

Washington - President Donald Trump on Friday hosted a US-Egyptian charity worker in the White House who was freed after nearly three years in detention in Egypt on charges human rights groups denounced as "arbitrary.

Trump meets freed US-Egyptian

Washington - President Donald Trump on Friday hosted a US-Egyptian charity worker in the White House who was freed after nearly three years in detention in Egypt on charges human rights groups denounced as "arbitrary.

Facing death for being gay, men flee Russia's Chechnya

Moscow - Ilya looks tired and drawn. After being beaten and tortured by men in military uniform in Russia's Chechnya region, he fled to Moscow but still fears for his life -- because he is gay.

Erdogan revives spectre of death penalty in Turkey

Istanbul - "What George, Hans or Helga say does not interest us!" roars Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. "What counts for us is what Ayse, Murat, Mehmet, Hatice say! What Allah says!".
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