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Chile apologizes to tribe for historic 'horrors'

Santiago - Chile's President Michelle Bachelet apologized on behalf of the nation Friday to the Mapuche indigenous tribe for the "horrors" of post-colonial abuse they suffered.

Bid for environmental rights pact to kick off in Paris

Paris - Politicians, legal experts and activists will launch a campaign in Paris on Saturday for a global pact to protect the human right to a clean, healthy environment.

Tanzania president says teen mothers should quit school

Nairobi - Tanzania President John Magufuli said students who become pregnant should not be allowed to finish their studies after giving birth, sparking outrage from women's rights campaign groups. "I give money for a student to study for free.

UN to send experts to probe DR Congo violence

Geneva - The UN Human Rights Council on Friday decided to send a group of experts to Democratic Republic of Congo to help investigate an explosion of deadly violence in the Kasai region.

UN to send experts to probe DR Congo violence

Geneva - The UN Human Rights Council on Friday decided to send a group of experts to the Democratic Republic of Congo to help investigate an explosion of deadly violence in the Kasai region.

Madrid bolsters security as WorldPride kicks off

Madrid - Madrid increased security Friday for the start of WorldPride 2017, one of the biggest celebrations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights which hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend.

Turkey lifts foreign travel ban on charged novelist

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Thursday lifted a foreign travel ban imposed on one of the country's leading contemporary novelists after she was put on trial on charges of supporting "terror" groups.

Turkey lifts foreign travel ban on charged novelist

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Thursday lifted a foreign travel ban imposed on one of the country's leading contemporary novelists after she was put on trial on charges of supporting "terror" groups.

Turkey lifts foreign travel ban on charged novelist

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Thursday lifted a foreign travel ban imposed on one of the country's leading contemporary novelists after she was put on trial on charges of supporting "terror" groups.

Mexico opens probe into spying on activists, reporters

Mexico - Mexican prosecutors said Wednesday they have opened an investigation into allegations the government spied on leading journalists, human rights activists and anti-corruption campaigners.

EU wins prestigious Spanish peace award

Madrid - The European Union on Wednesday received the prestigious Princess of Asturias Award for Concord -- seen as the Hispanic world's Nobel Peace Prize -- for its achievements over the six decades since its formation.

DR Congo authorities arming militia behind 'horrific attacks': UN

Geneva - The UN rights chief on Tuesday accused authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo of backing a new militia behind "horrific attacks" in the Kasai provinces, including killing and mutilating hundreds of civilians.

Europe's top rights court blasts Russian 'gay propaganda' law

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday blasted as discriminatory Russian legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality, saying it fuelled homophobia and prejudice.

Europe's top rights court denounces Russia's 'gay propaganda' law

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday blasted as discriminatory Russian legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality.

Mexican journalists, activists accuse govt of spying on them

Mexico - A group of prominent journalists and activists in Mexico accused the government Monday of spying on them, saying their phones had been hacked with Israeli spyware sold exclusively to the state.

Vietnam dissidents beaten, harassed by 'thugs': rights group

Hanoi - Plainclothes 'thugs' suspected of having links to Vietnam's government have attacked dozens of dissidents since 2015 in a bid to silence critics in the one-party state, Human Rights Watch and activists said.

Gay Pride parade targets Brazil's religious conservatives

S - Hundreds of thousands assembled Sunday in Sao Paulo for one of the world's most important Gay Pride parades, spurred by concern that religious conservatives are taking aim at hard-won LGBT rights.

Thousands attend Kiev gay pride march opposed by ultra-nationalists

Kiev - More than two thousand people took part in Kiev's gay pride event on Sunday amid a heavy police presence as nationalist protesters tried to halt the event and burned a rainbow flag.

Thousands attend Kiev gay pride amid tight security

Kiev - More than 2,000 people took part in Kiev's gay pride event on Sunday amid a heavy police presence, as nationalist protesters tried to stop the event and set fire to a rainbow flag.

Turkey frees PM advisor detained over Gulen links

Ankara - Turkish authorities on Saturday freed the top advisor to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim detained on suspicion of links to the movement of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen blamed for last year's failed coup, state media reported.

Turkey frees PM advisor detained over Gulen links

Ankara - Turkish authorities on Saturday freed the top advisor to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim detained on suspicion of links to the movement of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen blamed for last year's failed coup, state media reported.

Turkey frees PM advisor detained over Gulen links

Ankara - Turkish authorities on Saturday freed the top advisor to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim detained on suspicion of links to the movement of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen blamed for last year's failed coup, state media reported.

Saudi-led sanctions 'harsher than Berlin wall': Qatar

Geneva - A Qatari official accused Saudi Arabia and its allies Friday of imposing a "siege" on his country with sanctions he said were having a more devastating effect than the Berlin Wall.

Mexican journalists demand justice in colleague's murder

Mexico - Murdered Mexican journalist Javier Valdez's widow, children and colleagues led protests on Thursday to mark one month since he was gunned down in the street, condemning the lack of progress in the investigation.

Mexico's missing journalists haunt debate on violence

Mexico - It's been seven years since Guadalupe Angeles last saw her father, a Mexican journalist who, after anonymously publishing a sensitive story, left home one day and never came back.

Mexican journalists hold protests one month after reporter's murder

Mexico - Mexican journalists will march in protest Thursday to mark one month since the murder of their colleague Javier Valdez, a noted drug trafficking expert whose death appears far from being brought to justice.

UN slams 'staggering loss of civilian life' in Raqa

Geneva - United Nations war crimes investigators expressed alarm Wednesday at the "staggering" number of civilian deaths as US-backed forces battle to oust the Islamic State group from its Syrian stronghold Raqa.

Greece a haven for Turks fleeing Erdogan post-coup crackdown

Atenas - Sitting in a Greek cafe, fugitive Turkish journalist Cevheri Guven explains why he severed links with his homeland "with a knife" after a post-coup crackdown by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In Mexico, impunity piles up along with journalists' bodies

Mexico - It can be deadly to ask questions about multibillion-dollar drug cartels or government corruption in Mexico, where more than 100 journalists have been killed since 2000.Ninety percent of those cases remain unsolved.

New French govt sends 'worrying' signs on press freedom: unions

Paris - The new government of French President Emmanuel Macron is showing "extremely worrying" signs of hostility towards the independence of the press, unions representing journalists in around 20 French media groups said Tuesday.
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