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Top Myanmar court rejects appeal of award-winning Reuters reporters

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's Supreme Court rejected the latest appeal Tuesday by two Pulitzer-prize winning Reuters journalists who were jailed for seven years on charges linked to their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, as hopes now turn to a presidential pardon.

Top Myanmar court rejects appeal by Reuters reporters: lawyer

Nay Pyi Taw - Myanmar's Supreme Court rejected an appeal Tuesday by two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years each on charges linked to their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, one of the defence lawyers confirmed.

Jewish group slams Polish burning of effigy

Warsaw - The World Jewish Congress has condemned a Polish town after reports that residents hung and burnt an effigy "made to look like a stereotypical Jew" in a revival of an old Easter tradition.

Chinese workers demand release of labour rights activists

Bejing - Some 100 Chinese workers suffering from a work-related disease have signed a petition demanding the release of three prominent activists in southern China amid a crackdown on labour activism.

Afghan women go online to set #myredline for peace

Kabul - Kobra Samim, who rides for Afghanistan's national cycling team, wrote on Facebook that women's participation in sport is her "red line" as the US tries to forge a peace deal with the Taliban.

Saudis grapple with ever-shifting 'red lines'

Apo - Two Saudis vent their opinions publicly. One is detained, the other is acquitted after the right to free speech is invoked. Such inconsistencies are provoking confusion over the kingdom's ever-shifting "red lines".

In Iraq, tribal traditions rob women, girls of rights

Amarah - Two weeks into Mariam's forced marriage to her cousin according to Iraqi tribal custom, she desperately doused herself in fuel, flicked on a lighter and attempted suicide by self-immolation.

Prague honours late Chinese dissident Liu with bust

Prague - A Prague art gallery has unveiled a brass bust of the late Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Saudi court adjourns hearing in trial of women activists

Apo - A Saudi court on Wednesday adjourned a hearing in the trial of 11 women activists which has drawn international censure, officials said, just days after campaigners reported a new crackdown on their supporters.

Mother detained after Chinese vaccine protest

Bejing - A Chinese health activist has been detained for more than a month, her husband said Wednesday, after she participated in a protest over faulty vaccines -- a re-occurring issue in China.

Saudi court resumes high-profile trial of women activists

Apo - Eleven Saudi women's rights activists were due back in court Wednesday in a trial that has drawn international criticism, just days after campaigners reported a new crackdown on their supporters.

Israeli court approves HRW official's expulsion

Jerusalem - An Israeli court on Tuesday approved the interior ministry's decision to expel Human Rights Watch's country director for allegedly supporting a boycott of the country.

Venezuela slams US bid to cover 'invasion' with aid

Geneva - US calls for Venezuela to allow more aid into the country are just a smokescreen to cover a "foreign invasion", Caracas's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva said Tuesday.

Russia transgender woman wins case in rare win for LGBT rights

Sanktpeterburg - When Anastasia, a Russian transgender woman, took her employer to court for firing her after a gender reassignment operation, she did not expect to win.

China using AI to identify Uighurs across China: NYT

Fpo - Chinese authorities are using a vast system of facial recognition technology to track its Uighur Muslim minority across the country, according to a story in the New York Times.

US does not want 'precipitous' withdrawal from Afghanistan: senator

Kabul - The United States does not want to pursue a "precipitous" withdrawal from Afghanistan, a top Democratic lawmaker said in Kabul on Monday amid an ongoing push to end the war.

Canada has quietly cut off aid to Nicaragua over rights violations

Montr - The Canadian government said Sunday it suspended financial aid to Nicaragua last year in response to human rights violations -- a decision not publicly disclosed until now.

US declassifies Argentina coup files in largest ever handover

Washington - The United States handed thousands of documents Friday to Argentina on disappearances by the former US-backed military dictatorship, completing Washington's biggest-ever transfer of documents to another government.

Ai Weiwei unveils Lego portraits of Mexico's missing students

Mexico - Chinese artist Ai Weiwei unveiled a series of portraits Thursday made with around one million Lego blocks, depicting 43 Mexican students who were abducted and apparently massacred in 2014.

Assange lawyer accuses Washington of 'persecution'

Madrid - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, arrested in London on a US extradition request, is the target of "political persecution," the man coordinating his defence said Thursday.

Amnesty calls for Sudan's Bashir to be handed to ICC

London - Ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir should be handed over to the International Criminal Court, Amnesty International said after the army overthrew his three-decade iron rule on Thursday.

Mexican president demands source of leaked letter to Spain

Mexico - President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called on a Mexican newspaper Thursday to reveal the source that leaked it a controversial letter he wrote to the king of Spain urging him to apologize for the conquest 500 years ago.

Assange arrest ends years cooped up in embassy

London - During his nearly seven years holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London, devoid of sunlight, exercise and companions, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lived like a recluse.

WikiLeaks' Assange arrested in London on US extradition request

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's seven-year hideout in Ecuador's London embassy dramatically ended when British police dragged him out and arrested him on a US extradition request.

Quito withdraws Assange's Ecuador citizenship

Quito - President Lenin Moreno's government withdrew the Ecuadoran citizenship granted Julian Assange, acting before the WikiLeak founder's arrest in London Thursday, Foreign Minister Jose Valencia said.

Assange arrested in London on US extradition request

London - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's seven-year hideout in Ecuador's London embassy ended spectacularly Thursday when British police arrested him on an extradition request from the United States to face hacking charges.

Angelina Jolie says women must be included in Afghan talks

New York - American actor and United Nations special envoy Angelina Jolie has called for women to have a central role in ongoing Afghanistan peace talks, warning their exclusion would hamper any chance of lasting stability.

Indigenous groups warn of 'apocalypse' with Brazil's Bolsonaro

Paris - The lives of native peoples in the Amazon are being threatened to a degree not seen in decades by the policies of Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, an indigenous alliance warned Wednesday.

Global executions at lowest level in a decade: Amnesty

London - Executions fell worldwide by nearly a third last year to their lowest levels in at least a decade, but several countries recorded a rise, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Navalny hails 'victory' as European rights court condemns Russia

Strasbourg - Russia violated the human rights of anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, a leading opponent of President Vladimir Putin, by holding him under house arrest for a lengthy spell in 2014, Europe's top rights court said Tuesday.
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