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UN calls for greater heat protection for workers in Qatar

Doha - Improved safeguards and working hours are needed to protect labourers in Qatar from the effects of heat and humidity, the United Nations said Friday, as it published new research.

China slams 'sinister intentions' of US visa curbs on Xinjiang

Bejing - Beijing on Wednesday decried a US decision to restrict visas for Chinese officials linked to the repression of Xinjiang Muslims, and called on Washington to withdraw the measure.

Canadian father sues Japan firm for paternity leave harassment

Apo - A Canadian father who alleges he was bullied and fired by his Japanese employer after he tried to claim paternity leave appeared in a Tokyo court Wednesday to pursue his lawsuit against the firm.

Even in death, Uighurs feel long reach of Chinese state

China is destroying burial grounds where generations of Uighur families have been laid to rest, leaving behind human bones and broken tombs in what activists call an effort to eradicate the ethnic group's identity in Xinjiang.

US curbs China officials' visas, demands end to Uighur 'repression'

Washington - The United States said Tuesday it would curb visas for Chinese officials until Beijing ends its "repression" of Uighurs and other Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang, a day after imposing commercial restrictions.

US restricts visas to China officials over Uighur 'repression'

Washington - The United States said Tuesday it would curb visas for Chinese officials over "repression" of Uighurs and other Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang, a day after imposing commercial restrictions.

Jailed Uighur, Brazil chief among European rights prize nominees

Apo - A Uighur scholar imprisoned in China since 2014 and a trio of Brazilian activists were nominated Tuesday for a top European rights prize, along with Kenyans fighting female genital mutilation.

China blasts US blacklist over Xinjiang as 'groundless'

Bejing - China hit back at the United States on Tuesday over the blacklisting of 28 Chinese entities accused of being implicated in rights violations against mostly Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, saying the claims are "groundless".

Poland's LGBT community under fire ahead of elections

Lublin - Walking hand-in-hand and kissing in public is something that gay couples in the conservative eastern Polish city of Lublin can do safely only once a year, at the local pride parade, albeit behind a thick cordon of heavily armed riot police.

Cate Blanchett urges world to tackle 'invisible' statelessness

Geneva - Hollywood star Cate Blanchett pleaded Monday for an end to the devastating limbo suffered by millions of stateless people worldwide, saying they are left to wallow in "total invisibility".

Tens of thousands protest French IVF law for single women, lesbians

Paris - Tens of thousands gathered in Paris on Sunday to protest the government's plan to let single women and lesbians become pregnant with fertility treatments, the country's first major social reform since France legalised gay marriage in 2013.

French to protest pro-IVF law for single women, lesbians

Paris - Thousands of people prepared to descend on Paris on Sunday to protest a government plan to let single women and lesbians become pregnant with fertility treatments, the first major social reform since France legalised gay marriage in 2013.

UN urges Iraq to probe protest deaths 'transparently'

Geneva - The UN called on Iraq on Friday to rapidly and transparently investigate force used by anti-riot police in clashes with protesters that have left dozens dead.

Russian court blocks major LGBT online groups

Moscow - A Russian court has ruled that two popular LGBT networking sites be blocked for disseminating "anti-family values", including a major online group with nearly 200,000 members.

Russian court blocks major LGBT online groups

Moscow - A Russian court has ruled that two popular LGBT networking groups be blocked for disseminating "anti-family values", including a major group that has nearly 200,000 members.

Calls for UN investigation on anniversary of Khashoggi murder

Istanbul - Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos joined activists in Istanbul Wednesday for a memorial service outside the Saudi consulate where journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered a year ago.

Bezos attends anniversary memorial of Khashoggi murder

Istanbul - Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos joined activists in Istanbul Wednesday for a vigil outside the Saudi consulate where journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered a year ago.

Rights groups demand justice on Khashoggi murder anniversary

Dubai - International human rights groups demanded justice Wednesday for slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying that a year after his brutal murder, Saudi authorities had yet to provide any "meaningful accountability".

Cambodian PM fires arrest warning to fans of his arch-rival

Phnom Penh - Cambodia's premier Hun Sen on Wednesday threatened to arrest supporters of his nemesis Sam Rainsy if they mobilise for the opposition figurehead's much-trumpeted return from self-exile next month.

Kyrgyz lawyer wins UN prize for battling statelessness

Geneva - A human rights lawyer who fought to end the "phantom" status of stateless people in Kyrgyzstan was on Wednesday named the winner of the UN refugee agency's prestigious Nansen Award.

Macron meets Ukraine filmmaker Sentsov after release by Russia

Strasbourg - French President Emmanuel Macron met Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov on Tuesday, less than a month after his release from five years in prison in Russia on charges which sparked international outrage.

Khashoggi suspects made 'chilling' jokes before killing: reports

London - Saudi operatives suspected of killing the journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the country's Istanbul consulate were heard joking and talking about dismemberment before his arrival, according to secret tapes heard by UN investigators.

As China celebrates, rights groups urge focus on abuses

Bejing - As Communist China celebrated 70 years since its founding Tuesday, human rights groups called for the international community to focus instead on the country's human rights record, particularly its treatment of ethnic minorities.

Justice eludes slain Saudi critic as crackdown persists

Apo - Global outrage over Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder has dissipated a year after the killing, but justice remains elusive with opaque trial proceedings and the government cracking down on dissent.

UN expert blasts Saudi prince over Khashoggi defence

Geneva - A UN human rights expert who led a probe into the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi criticised Saudi Arabia's crown prince on Monday for trying to create "distance" between himself and the execution.

One year on, Saudi struggles to turn page on Khashoggi murder

Apo - Saudi Arabia is attempting a comeback on the global stage one year after journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, but the crisis has weakened it and undermined its de facto leader's ambitious reforms, analysts say.

Polish Gay Pride marchers push past violent counter-protest

Lublin - Polish Gay Pride marchers under heavy police guard defied far-right groups and conservative campaigners on Saturday who hurled bottles and eggs in an attempt to block them, an AFP journalist saw.

Turkish women rally against rising violence targeting them

Istanbul - Dozens of women protested in Istanbul on Saturday to denounce rising violence against women and the government's failure to stop brutal attacks across the country.

UN launches probe into Venezuela rights abuses

Geneva - The UN Human Rights Council on Friday voted to send a team of investigators to probe alleged violations, including extrajudicial executions and torture, in crisis-wracked Venezuela.

US bars Cuba's Raul Castro and family

New York - The United States on Thursday announced travel sanctions against Cuba's Raul Castro and his family, accusing the former president of violations of human rights.
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