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Dissident Vietnam blogger 'Mother Mushroom' released, on way to US

Hanoi - A dissident Vietnamese blogger known by the pen name "Mother Mushroom" was on her way to freedom in the United States on Wednesday after being released from prison where she was serving 10 years for anti-state propaganda, sources told AFP.

Dissident Vietnam blogger 'Mother Mushroom' released, on way to US

Hanoi - A dissident Vietnamese blogger known by the pen name 'Mother Mushroom' was on her way to the United States Wednesday after being released from prison where she was serving 10 years for anti-state propaganda, multiple sources told AFP.

Guantanamo prison to stay open at least 25 years: US admiral

Fpo - Former president Barack Obama had vowed to close the US military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but now it will stay open for at least 25 years, the officer in charge of the facility said Tuesday.

Cuban diplomats at UN stage noisy protest at US event

New York - Cuban diplomats shouted slogans and noisily pounded tables at the United Nations on Tuesday, disrupting a meeting organized by the United States on the plight of Cuban political prisoners.

Diplomats stage UN protest during US event on Cuba

New York - A group of UN diplomats disrupted a US-organized meeting on the plight of Cuban political prisoners at the United Nations on Tuesday, shouting down a US diplomat who demanded that security guards remove them from the hall.

China rolls out PR push on Muslim internments

Bejing - China on Tuesday issued an ardent defence of the alleged mass internment of minorities in its far west Xinjiang region, with a regional official insisting that authorities are preventing terrorism through "vocational education" centres.

Cuba protests US event at UN on political prisoners

New York - Cuba has asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to cancel plans by the United States to launch a campaign at the United Nations on the plight of Cuban political prisoners.

Amnesty worker says abducted, beaten in Russian Caucasus

Moscow - An Amnesty International researcher said Monday he was abducted and brutally beaten by men claiming to be from the Russian security service after he travelled to the North Caucasus to monitor peaceful protests.

Filipinos deeply conflicted on Duterte's drug war

Manila - Jailed drug user Bitoy Paras perks up when describing his support for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on narcotics, an unlikely fan of a campaign that has left Filipinos deeply conflicted.

'First sunrise in years': freed Venezuela activist arrives in Madrid

Madrid - Fresh from his release after four years behind bars, Venezuelan opposition activist Lorent Saleh said Saturday he had seen the sunrise for the first time since he was detained as he arrived in Madrid.

Gambia set to probe pain of past in Truth Commission

Banjul - The tiny West African state of The Gambia will journey into its grim past on Monday as it begins a probe into atrocities committed under former dictator Yahya Jammeh.

UN criticized over latest picks for rights council

New York - Bahrain, Cameroon and the Philippines were among a number of nations controversially elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday, sparking sharp criticism from rights groups and the United States.

France summons Venezuela ambassador over activist's death

Paris - France on Thursday summoned Venezuela's ambassador to Paris over the death in detention of a Venezuelan opposition activist.

Pakistani judge removed over rare public criticism of ISI

Islamabad - A Pakistani high court judge who publicly accused the country's powerful intelligence service of manipulating judicial decisions to influence the last general election was removed from his post Thursday.

Saudi Arabia drops Francophonie bid as journalist uproar grows

Yerevan - Saudi Arabia has dropped a bid to join the world's club of French-speaking countries, officials said Thursday, as the Gulf monarchy faces criticism over the disappearance of a critical Saudi journalist.

China says US seeks to 'disturb' Xinjiang policies

Bejing - China on Thursday accused the United States of seeking to "disturb" its security policies after a US congressional report said Beijing's mass internment of Muslim minorities may constitute "crimes against humanity".

Human rights situation 'dire' in China: US Congress

Washington - China is undertaking unprecedented repression of its ethnic minorities including Muslim Uighurs, with authoritarian tactics potentially constituting "crimes against humanity" as human rights conditions deteriorate, a damning US congressional report rel...

Gay activists seek 'freedom' at Kosovo pride parade

Pristina - Hundreds of people took part in a gay parade in Pristina on Wednesday, demanding "freedom" and "equal rights" in patriarchal and Muslim majority Kosovo.

'Overdue' statue for Aussie 'Black Power' sprinter

Melbourne - Australia will erect a statue of a homegrown sprinter who backed two Americans in their famed Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics, with authorities describing the honour as "seriously overdue".

Journalist's disappearance forces Trump hand on Saudi Arabia

Washington - Allegations that Saudi Arabia killed a journalist inside its Istanbul consulate have forced Donald Trump into a position he never expected -- raising human rights with the kingdom he has steadfastly supported.

European court rejects appeal by Lithuania, Romania on CIA prisons

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights said Tuesday that it had rejected appeals lodged by Lithuania and Romania over its ruling they were complicit in a controversial programme of secret CIA detention centres on their territories.

UN calls for probe into death of Venezuela opposition member

Geneva - The United Nations called Tuesday for a "transparent investigation" into the death of Venezuelan opposition member Fernando Alban after Caracas said he killed himself in custody.

Three Russians detained for Putin birthday protest

Sanktpeterburg - A Russian court sentenced three men to up to 15 days detention Monday over a protest in Saint Petersburg where activists carried a banner wishing "many years of jail" to President Vladimir Putin on his birthday this weekend.

Russian historians use Nazi photo to locate Stalin-era mass graves

Moscow - A team of Russian historians and archaeologists have used a Nazi bomber pilot's photograph to help them pinpoint the location of mass graves in Moscow containing the remains of thousands shot by Stalin's secret police.

Uncensored: Frankfurt book fair gets political in 'stormy' times

Frankfurt Am Main - "We need to talk." With these words, the Frankfurt book fair is this week kicking off its most politically charged edition in years, shining a spotlight on everything from #MeToo and free speech to life in Trump's America.

Illegal miners try their luck in Mozambique ruby rush

Sita - Deep inside a forest, sweating men haul earth out of rough excavation holes and carry it in bags on their backs to a stream.

Kazakhstan denies asylum to China 're-education camp' whistleblower

Moscow - Ex-Soviet Kazakhstan has refused asylum to an escaped Chinese national whose court testimony helped expose a secretive network of re-education camps in China's restive Xinjiang region, her lawyer said Friday.

Taiwan pardons over 1,200 'White Terror' victims

Taipei - Taiwan wiped the criminal records of 1,270 victims of the island's "White Terror" purges on Friday, the first time the government has fully exonerated those who suffered political persecution under martial law.

India deports seven Rohingya to Myanmar despite UN protest

Guwahati - India on Thursday deported seven Rohingya to Myanmar, despite UN warnings that the men faced persecution in a country where the army is accused of genocide against the Muslim minority.

Extortion and abuse: Myanmar workers arrive debt-laden in Thailand

- A "mafia" of recruitment agents is trapping Myanmar migrants to Thailand in debt bondage despite a 2017 law meant to fight exploitation in the kingdom's notoriously shadowy job market, activists and workers say.
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