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Ukrainian pilot could 'die within days' in Russian jail

Moscow - A Ukrainian airforce pilot, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian prison for 77 days, "could die within days," a member of the Kremlin's human rights council said Friday.

Kyrgyzstan to vote on controversial anti-gay law

Bichkek - Kyrgyzstan is set to vote on a controversial bill that would make it a crime punishable by up to six months in jail to present gay relationships in a positive way in the ex-Soviet state.

Pussy Riot take on 'Russian leader' in new House of Cards series

Moscow - The two Pussy Riot punk rockers who served jail time for a stunt slamming President Vladimir Putin have once again struck out at the Russian leader.

World response to armed groups like IS 'shameful': Amnesty

London - World leaders have proved "shameful and ineffective" in failing to protect civilians from groups like Islamic State (IS), Amnesty International said Wednesday, calling 2014 a "catastrophic" year.

Thai pair jailed for more than two years for royal slur in play

Bangkok - Two young Thais accused of defaming the monarchy in a university play were jailed for two and a half years on Monday, as the ruling junta intensifies a crackdown under a controversial lese majeste law.

Sri Lanka to discuss new war crimes probe with UN

Colombo - Sri Lanka's newly-elected government will next month look to win United Nations backing for a domestic probe into alleged war crimes under former leader Mahinda Rajapakse, an official said Saturday.

UN probe ready to release Syria 'war criminals' list

Geneva - UN investigators said Friday they were prepared to publish secret lists of alleged war criminals in Syria to help stem an "exponential rise" in atrocities from nearly four years of war.

French court refuses Argentina torture suspect extradition

Paris - France's top appeals court on Wednesday ruled against extraditing Mario Alfredo Sandoval, a former policeman wanted by Argentina for torture and rights abuses under the country's military dictatorship.

Turkey vows action after outcry over female student's murder

Istanbul - Turkey's leaders on Monday vowed to take action over the "open wound" of violence against women, after the murder and attempted rape of a 20-year-old female student by a bus driver unleashed a wave of public anger.

France set to ink controversial jet sale to Egypt

Paris - France and Egypt are poised to sign a multi-billion-euro deal for the first foreign sale of the Rafale fighter jet despite human rights concerns. French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was to travel to Cairo Monday to ink the 5.2-billion-euro ($5.

Saudi blogger Badawi again avoids flogging: Amnesty

Riyadh - Saudi Arabian blogger Raef Badawi avoided further flogging on Friday, Amnesty International said, marking the fifth straight week that his 1,000-lash sentence has not been carried out.

Ex-Guantanamo inmate asks Argentina to take in others

Montevideo - A former Guantanamo inmate resettled in Uruguay after staging a hunger strike appealed Thursday to neighboring Argentina to take in other prisoners from the controversial US military detention center.

'Drastic decline' in media freedom worldwide

Paris - Media freedom suffered a "drastic decline" worldwide last year in part because of extremist groups such as Islamic State and Boko Haram, the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders said in its annual evaluation released Thursday.

Mexico judge clears woman tortured into false charges

- A Mexican judge has exonerated a woman who was forced to falsely confess to organized crime charges by troops who tortured and sexually abused her, human rights groups said Tuesday.

'Spy mania' makes comeback in Russia amid Ukraine war

Moscow - What do a nuclear scientist, a young mother of seven, a church employee and a former military factory boss have in common? They've all been charged with high treason, espionage or disclosing state secrets in newly spy-phobic Russia.

Slovak vote on gay marriage, adoption ban a flop

Bratislava - A referendum intended to strengthen a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and adoption in socially conservative Slovakia fell flat Saturday with low turnout.

U.S. contractor wants Abu Ghraib lawsuit scrapped

Alexandria - A US defense contractor that provided interrogators to Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq sought to have a federal judge dismiss a lawsuit because its employees were working under military control in wartime.

Four Chilean ex-military arrested for Pinochet-era murders

Santiago - A Chilean judge ordered the arrest of a retired general and three other ex-military officers for alleged roles in the murders of 12 people under former dictator Augusto Pinochet, authorities said Friday.

Slovak vote on same-sex marriage alarms rights activists

Bratislava - Rights activists are sounding the alarm over a referendum in EU-member Slovakia on Saturday designed to cement a constitutional ban on gay marriage, pointing to a rise in hate speech.

Russian mother accused of treason returns from prison 'hell'

Moscow - A Russian mother of seven accused of treason for allegedly informing Ukraine about possible troop movements told AFP on Wednesday she felt as if she had "returned from hell" after two weeks in jail."Arrest, detention, the putting on of handcuffs...

Russian MP says homosexuals 'mentally ill' after lesbian selfie

Saint Petersburg - A Russian lawmaker who has strongly backed anti-gay legislation said on Tuesday all homosexuals were "mentally ill" after two lesbians snapped themselves kissing on a plane with him sitting in the background.

Mother of seven accused of treason released from jail amid outcry

Moscow - A mother of seven accused of treason for telling the Ukrainian embassy about Russian troop movements was to be released from jail Tuesday, her husband said, though the charges against her remain.

Saudi frees women's rights activist close to blogger

Riyadh - A woman who co-founded the Saudi Liberal Network Internet discussion group with blogging activist Raef Badawi has been freed after about three months in prison, her daughter said on Sunday.

Saudi blogger Badawi, a fighter for free speech

Dubai - Saudi Arabian blogger Raef Badawi, who could face another round of flogging on Friday for "insulting Islam", is a fighter for free speech whose health is worsening, his wife says.

Russian mother of seven accused of treason over Ukraine

Moscow - A mother of seven has been accused of treason for calling the Ukrainian embassy about Russian troop movements in the latest sign of Moscow attempting to cover up its intervention in its neighbouring state.

Rights abuses fuelled rise of Islamic militants: HRW

Birut - Governments increasingly view human rights as "a luxury" they can ill afford, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, warning that abuses fuel crises in world trouble spots like Syria and Ukraine.

Top bureaucrat restricted from attending Christian worship

Controversy has kicked off in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, after the state government warned a civil service official from attending or addressing Christian meetings.

Rights groups rap Mexico for declaring 43 students dead

- Human rights groups criticized Mexico's government on Wednesday for concluding that 43 students missing since September were killed, saying it was premature because unanswered questions remain in the case.

Chile approves same-sex civil unions

Santiago - Chile's Congress on Wednesday approved the country's first law authorizing civil unions of gay and lesbian couples.

Turkey's rights record under fire at UN

Geneva - Turkey faced harsh criticism Tuesday at a United Nations review of its rights record, with diplomats condemning intimidation of journalists and brutal police crackdowns on demonstrators.
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