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France's Hollande in Saudi calls for death penalty ban

Riyadh - French President Francois Hollande called on Tuesday for abolition of the death penalty, speaking in Saudi Arabia which this year has seen a large rise in the number of executions.

Japan turns to UN to pressure North Korea on abductees

New York - Japan launched a major push at the United Nations on Tuesday to rally support for its drive to settle lingering questions over the decades-old abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea.

Syria's Aleppo suffering 'daily crimes against humanity': Amnesty

Birut - Syrian government forces are committing "crimes against humanity" by indiscriminately bombing Aleppo, Amnesty International said on Tuesday, as it also criticised rebels for abuses including "war crimes".

Panama's Noriega to be tried for activist's disappearance

Panama - Panama's former strongman Manuel Noriega will face trial for the 1970 disappearance of a leftist union activist, his lawyer said Monday, the latest in a string of cases against the jailed ex-leader.

U.S. envoy urges Turkey to safeguard freedoms

Ankara - The top U.S. diplomat to Turkey on Monday called for the protection of fundamental freedoms, no matter whether the NATO ally is ruled by a presidential or parliamentary system.

Belarus rights record under fire at UN

Ginebra - Belarus faced harsh criticism Monday at a UN review of its rights record, with diplomats decrying an "atmosphere of intimidation" and urging the country to ensure free and fair elections.

Saudi-led coalition using cluster bombs in Yemen: HRW

Dubai - The Saudi-led coalition bombing rebels in Yemen has been using US-supplied cluster munitions in its air campaign, Human Rights Watch said Sunday, warning of the long-term dangers to civilians.

Turkey detains two judges over release order

Istanbul - Turkey on Friday was holding in detention two judges who issued a controversial release order that would have allowed the liberation from custody of dozens of opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the official Anatolia news agency reported.

U.S. announces $20 mn police body camera program

Washington - U.S. officials on Friday announced a $20-million pilot program to help equip law enforcement agencies across the country with body cameras.

UN denies cover-up in C. Africa child sex abuse scandal

Ginebra - Faced with mounting pressure to shed light on accusations that French soldiers sexually abused children in the Central African Republic, the United Nations said Friday suggestions of a cover-up were "offensive".

Turkey orders arrest of judges who sought release of Erdogan foes

Istanbul - Turkish authorities on Thursday issued arrest warrants for two judges in a legal standoff over an order to release 75 suspects detained on suspicion of plotting to overthrow Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports said.

Turkish singer questioned over video commemorating slain teen

Istanbul - One of Turkey's most prominent pop singers has been questioned over a video clip commemorating a teenager whose 2013 death in anti-government demonstrations mobilised opposition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports said Wednesday.

US Supreme Court appears split on gay marriage

Washington - The US Supreme Court appeared divided Tuesday on whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed, as it weighs a potentially historic decision that could see gay marriage legalized nationwide.

Reporters caught between terrorists, govts: Watchdog

New York - Journalists are under threat from terror groups and governments who restrict civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism, a US-based media watchdog said in a new report released Monday.

France, Australia condemn death penalty as Indonesia executions loom: Paris

Paris - French President Francois Hollande and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott reiterated their opposition to the death penalty "in all cases" on Monday as executions loom in Indonesia for three of their citizens.

Pakistani progressives see dark future after activist's murder

Islamabad - The killing of a prominent Pakistani rights campaigner Friday has sent shockwaves through the country's progressives, as those who speak out against alleged abuses by the state say they are under increasing threat.

Gay marriage in the U.S.: Facts

Washington - Gay marriage is now legal in 37 U.S. states and the capital Washington, but it cannot be officiated and is not recognized in 13 other states.

Tennessee gay couple's date with history

Memphis - Thom Kostura and Ijpe DeKoe are married in New York, but not in Memphis, where they now live. Next week they are going to try to fix this -- for themselves and all gay Americans.

Pakistan PM orders probe into killing of rights activist

Karachi - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered an investigation into the killing of prominent rights activist Sabeen Mahmud who was shot dead minutes after she hosted a seminar on abuses in troubled Baluchistan province.

Russian MPs back mass prisoner amnesty for WWII anniversary

Moscow - Russian lawmakers on Friday backed a mass prisoner amnesty proposed by President Vladimir Putin that could free thousands ahead of next month's World War II victory anniversary.

Serbia gets its first Miss Transsexual

Belgrade - Serbia chose its first transsexual beauty contest winner on Friday at an event hailed by gay rights groups as a step forward for minority rights in the conservative eastern European country.

Russian court upholds firing of teacher for being gay

Saint Petersburg - A Russian court has thrown out a complaint from a gay teacher in the northwestern city of Saint Petersburg against her dismissal for "immoral" behaviour, a gay rights advocacy group said Thursday.

Rights board says Venezuela dissidents' lives 'in danger'

Washington - A regional rights body urged Venezuela to implement cautionary measures for jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and another detainee, saying their lives are at risk.

'Callous' EU policies turn Med into 'vast cemetery': UN

Ginebra - The Mediterranean is turning into a "vast cemetery" because of soaring migrant deaths, the UN human rights chief said on Monday, as he strongly condemned "callous" EU migration policies.

Sudan security seizes newspaper issue: Editor

Khartoum - Sudanese security agents seized the entire Saturday edition of a newspaper over an article about an activist who was detained in the run-up to the country's general elections, its editor-in-chief said.

Tibetan man self-immolates in China: Report

Bejing - A Tibetan man has burned himself to death in China, a rights group and media said, the second such protest reported against Beijing's policies in the region in two weeks.

China jails outspoken journalist Gao Yu for 7 years

Bejing - A Chinese court on Friday convicted a 71-year-old journalist of leaking state secrets and jailed her for seven years, it said, with rights groups condemning the "arbitrary" verdict as a "blow to free expression".

Forest killings put India's 'fake encounters' in spotlight

Tirupati - Kanagarani last saw her husband when he left their village on a mountainside in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu to look for work.

Philippine leader Aquino determined to suppress Marcos anger

Manila - Like the bullet embedded in his neck that may kill him if removed, Philippine President Benigno Aquino believes it is safer that some atrocities of his nation's previous dictatorship remain buried.

China rules out more Tibetan autonomy

Bejing - Beijing threw cold water Wednesday on the possibility of re-launching talks with the Dalai Lama, saying greater autonomy for Tibet was "not up for discussion" and accusing the spiritual leader of backing "ethnic cleansing".
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