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British MPs back UK asset freeze for human rights abusers

London - British lawmakers have tabled a change in the law to enable the government to freeze British assets of international human rights abusers, following a campaign in memory of late Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky.

Egypt brings in tougher penalties against female genital mutilation

Cairo - An amended law that toughens penalties for female genital mutilation to up to 15 years in jail has come into effect, the health ministry announced Sunday.

Thai dissident arrested for sharing new king article on Facebook

Bangkok - A prominent Thai dissident was arrested under the country's draconian royal defamation law on Saturday for sharing a BBC Thai profile of the new King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Facebook, supporters said.

China court finds man executed 21 years ago innocent

Bejing - China's top court on Friday cleared a man executed 21 years ago for murder -- more than a decade after another man confessed to the killing -- in the latest miscarriage of justice in the Communist-ruled country.

Lagos poor left homeless by ruthless modernisation bid

Lagos - Efforts by Lagos authorities to turn Nigeria's chaotic commercial capital into a modern megacity have run into controversy after the demolition of an impoverished waterfront neighbourhood left 30,000 people homeless.

UN rights team says 'ethnic cleansing' under way in S.Sudan

Juba - UN human rights experts on Thursday said "ethnic cleansing" was under way in South Sudan after visiting the country where violence has soared since a peace deal collapsed in July.

UK hits back after EU rejects early Brexit talks on expats

London - Prime Minister Theresa May hit back Wednesday at the European Union's refusal to open talks on the future of EU citizens in post-Brexit Britain before formal divorce talks begin.

Let women drive, urges Saudi prince

Riyadh - An outspoken billionaire Saudi prince wants an "urgent" end to his country's ban on women driving, saying overturning the law was a matter of women's rights and economic necessity.

'Thank the aliens': Thousands displaced for China's huge telescope

Ronghua - Humanity’s best bet at detecting aliens is a giant silver Chinese dish the size of 30 football fields -- one that simultaneously showcases Beijing's abilities to deploy cutting-edge technologies and ignore objectors' rights as it seeks global promine...

Morocco TV 'sorry' over makeup for battered women

Rabat - A public television station in Morocco apologised again after uproar on social media followed its broadcast of an item on makeup to hide the bruises of battered women.

Russian activists say prison torture widespread

Moscow - Prominent Russian rights activists said Monday that torture is widely used in a northern penal colony, citing fresh allegations after claims from a jailed opposition member serving a sentence there.

Turkey mourns rights lawyer's unsolved killing one year on

Diyarbakir - Campaigners paid tribute on Monday to a prominent rights lawyer who was shot dead one year ago in Turkey's biggest Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir, lamenting that no one had yet been brought to justice for the crime.

Turkey detains 'wanted Kurdish female militant' at Istanbul airport

Istanbul - Turkish police on Sunday detained a woman accused of being a wanted Kurdish militant at Istanbul's main airport, state media said.

BBC Turkish says reporter freed in southeast Turkey

Istanbul - The Turkish authorities on Sunday freed a reporter for the BBC's Turkish language service in the southeast of the country after holding her for a day without explanation, the broadcaster said.

Jailed Gambians pay price for perceived disloyalty

Banjul - In the run-up to The Gambia's presidential vote, the political opposition is experiencing both a surge in support and a wave of arrests that attest to the high cost of dissent in the west African state.

UK Women's Equality Party debuts on Trump 'disaster'

Manchester - Britain's newly-formed Women's Equality Party is thrashing out topics such as unequal pay and the "disaster" of Donald Trump beating Hillary Clinton to the White House, at its first ever conference this weekend.

'Loving:' how an interracial couple's love changed history

Washington - Just as a caustic election has laid bare loose threads in the US social fabric, a new film has returned to the country's all-too-recent era of deep racial segregation.

Uzbekistan's longest-serving political prisoner freed: family friend

Bichkek - A Uzbek politician jailed over 20 years ago on embezzlement charges that supporters say stemmed from his opposition to the late strongman Islam Karimov has been freed, a family friend told AFP on Thursday.

Amnesty accuses Nigeria of killing 150 Biafra activists

Lagos - Amnesty International on Thursday accused Nigeria's security forces of killing at least 150 pro-Biafra protesters and injuring hundreds since August 2015.The army denied the charge.

Spain 'obstructing' civil war, dictatorship probes: Amnesty

Madrid - Amnesty International on Wednesday accused the Spanish authorities of systematically obstructing probes into crimes committed during the 1936-9 civil war and Francisco Franco's subsequent dictatorship.

Turkey dashes hopes of top novelist's release

Istanbul - An Istanbul court on Wednesday ordered prominent Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan and linguist Necmiye Alpay to remain in jail on controversial terror charges, disappointing supporters after earlier reports they were to be released.

Dutch king makes first visit to gay community

Den Haag - King Willem-Alexander on Tuesday visited the Netherlands' main gay rights association to mark its 70th anniversary, in what was said to be the first such visit by a Dutch head of state.

Rights group, families, urge Afghan government to protect Shiites

Kabul - An international rights group and victims' families urged the Afghan government on Tuesday to protect the minority Shiite community after a bloody mosque bombing, the latest in a series of deadly sectarian attacks.

'Africa's male Barbie' speaks out after Nigeria controversy

Lagos - A cross-dressing social media star dubbed "Africa's male Barbie" has shot to fame in Nigeria, sparking a charged debate in a conservative country where alternative lifestyles remain frowned upon.

Wave of killings threatens Colombia peace bid

Estanzuela - A violent backlash against fragile peace efforts to end Colombia's half-century civil war has intensified in recent days with the killings of several community leaders, officials and rebels have warned.

Tunisia tribunal seeks to heal wounds of the past

Tunis - In a series of heartrending televised hearings, a tribunal in Tunisia has begun the long process of healing the wounds of six decades of dictatorship.

Turkey blocks EU MPs' visit to jailed Kurdish leader

Edirne - Turkish authorities on Monday blocked a delegation of national and European Parliament lawmakers from visiting the leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party who has been held in jail for almost three weeks.

Malaysia accused of 'abuse of law' in rally crackdown

Kuala Lumpur - Rights groups condemned Malaysia's government on Monday for a crackdown on organisers of a weekend anti-government rally, including the arrest of the protest leader under a tough law aimed at terrorism.

Alarm over proposed Philippine law to jail 9-year-olds

Manila - Children as young as nine could be jailed in the Philippines for certain crimes under a proposed law backed by the president, sparking concern Monday from the United Nations and rights groups.

Alarm over proposed Philippine law to jail 9-year-olds

Manila - Children as young as nine could be jailed in the Philippines for certain crimes under a proposed law backed by the president, sparking concern Monday from the United Nations and rights groups.
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