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Ex-CIA officer in leak case found guilty of espionage

Washington - A former CIA officer was convicted of espionage charges for having leaked to a New York Times journalist classified details of a secret operation to thwart Iran's nuclear program.

Founder of Russian gay teen site convicted of 'propaganda'

Moscow - A Russian court on Friday convicted a journalist who set up a website to support gay, lesbian and transgender teenagers under a controversial law banning "gay propaganda" aimed at minors.

Saudi rights still urgent issue after king's death, says Amnesty

Davos - As the world's powerful mourn the deceased Saudi King Abdullah, don't forget about the horrors inflicted on blogger Raef Badawi, Amnesty International head Salil Shetty told AFP in an interview Friday.

UN meets to confront anti-Semitism after Paris attacks

New York - French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy on Thursday led calls at the United Nations to confront a global rise in anti-Semitism, during a special session held two weeks after the Paris attacks that shocked the world.

Myanmar to look into monk 'whore' slur after UN reproach

Myanmar Thursday said it would look into incendiary comments by the country's most notorious hardline monk who branded a UN envoy a "whore" after strong condemnation from the United Nation's, but indicated it was unlikely to act against the cleric.

Saudi to again postpone flogging of blogger

Dubai - Rights group Amnesty International said Thursday that Saudi Arabia would postpone the flogging of blogger Raef Badawi, whose case has sparked international criticism, for a second week on medical grounds.

Ethiopia 'decimates' free press: Rights group

Nairobi - The Ethiopian government is stepping up oppression of independent journalists ahead of national elections due in May, a leading rights group said in a report on Thursday.

Two Turkish police jailed for 10 years over protester's killing

Kayseri - Two Turkish police were jailed Wednesday for at least 10 years for beating to death a teenager in 2013 protests against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, sparking fresh protests as critics slammed the verdicts for being absurdly lenient.

Disillusioned Hong Kongers press UK for escape route

Hong Kong - With Hong Kong increasingly polarised on political reforms and fears growing over the influence of Beijing, frustrated residents are pressing former colonial power Britain to offer them an escape route.

UN panel on N. Korea rights says report still stands

Seoul - The head of the UN commission that produced a damning report on North Korean rights abuses has dismissed Pyongyang's claim that doubts about the credibility of a prominent witness made the panel's findings "invalid.

Israel Arabs declare nationwide strike after Bedouin deaths

Jerusalem - Leaders of Israel's 1.7 million Arabs declared a general strike throughout the country on Tuesday in protest at the recent deaths of two Bedouin men in confrontations with police.

Guatemalan ex-police chief handed 90 years over embassy raid

Guatemala City - A court in Guatemala sentenced a former police chief to 90 years for an assault on the Spanish embassy in 1980 when a group of protesting Indians, peasants and university students were holed up inside.

Nobel laureates urge Saudi academics to condemn Badawi flogging

London - Eighteen Nobel prize winners called on Saudi academics to condemn the flogging of Saudi blogger Raef Badawi in an open letter published by British newspaper the Independent on Tuesday.

Hundreds march in memory of slain Russian lawyer and journalist

Moscow - Hundreds of Russians marched in Moscow and Saint Petersburg on Monday, six years after a lawyer and reporter were murdered by ultra-nationalists.

Ex-Sri Lanka leader's brother accused of killing editor

Colombo - Sri Lankan authorities are investigating a claim that the toppled president's younger brother ran a "death squad" and ordered a high-profile newspaper editor's assassination, a police spokesman said Sunday.

N.Korean 'Camp 14' gulag survivor admits parts of story untrue

Seoul - A North Korean gulag survivor whose torture and daring escape were detailed in a best-selling book has admitted that parts of his story are untrue, and said Sunday he may end his campaign against human rights abuses.

France's free speech in spotlight after attacks

Paris - In the aftermath of France's jihadist attacks, many have been left scratching their heads over how authorities can vaunt the importance of free speech while jailing people for comments that appear to "condone terrorism".

U.S., UN warn Myanmar over growing religious tensions

A top American diplomat Friday decried growing religious intolerance in Myanmar and warned the use of faith for political ends was "playing with fire" in a crunch election year for the former junta-run country.

Saudi postpones blogger lashing on medical grounds: wife

Dubai - Saudi Arabia on Friday postponed the next round of flogging for a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam because his wounds from last week's beating have not yet healed, his wife said.

Vietnam PM says impossible to ban social media: report

Hanoi - Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has conceded it is impossible for the communist country to ban social media, urging officials instead to embrace websites like Facebook to spread the government's message.

More Cubans fear end of free entry to U.S., risk it all

Miami - For plenty of Cubans, closer ties with the United States hold the promise of a better future on their communist-run island.

Nigerian president visits survivors of Boko Haram massacre

Maiduguri - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan paid a surprise visit Thursday to the heartland of the Boko Haram movement after satellite pictures showed massive destruction in two northern towns razed by the Islamist fighters.

Boko Haram 'killed woman in labour' during attack: Amnesty

Lagos - Boko Haram fighters killed a woman as she was in labour during what is feared to be the deadliest attack in the militants' six-year insurgency, Amnesty International claimed on Thursday.

Mexican officials face torture investigation

Toluca - Twenty central Mexico state officials are being investigated over allegations that witnesses of the suspected execution of gang suspects by soldiers were tortured, prosecutors said Wednesday.

UN conference asks men to speak out for women's rights

New York - A controversial conference on gender equality opened at the United Nations on Wednesday with its focus squarely on getting men and boys engaged in promoting women's rights.

'Vicious' Boko Haram attacks send over 11,000 fleeing to Chad

Geneva - The United Nations on Tuesday said that the latest wave of Boko Haram's "vicious, ruthless attacks" in northeastern Nigeria had sent 11,320 people fleeing into Chad in a matter of days.

U.S. reporter will not have to testify in CIA leak case

New York - A New York Times journalist will not be asked to testify at a trial over CIA leaks set to begin this week, the newspaper reported Monday.

26 men acquitted of 'debauchery' in Cairo bathhouse trial

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted 26 men accused of "debauchery" after their night-time arrest from a Cairo bathhouse for suspected homosexual activity, in a case which triggered international concern.

26 men acquitted of 'debauchery' in Cairo bathhouse trial

Cairo - An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted 26 men accused of "debauchery" after their night-time arrest from a Cairo bathhouse for suspected homosexual activity, in a case which triggered international concern.

Saudi blogger lashed in public for 'insulting Islam'

Jeddah - Saudi Arabia on Friday publicly flogged a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, with Amnesty International condemning his punishment as a "vicious act of cruelty".
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