| Dec 6, 2013
| 12:27 PM
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Nelson Mandela didn't coin the term "Rainbow Nation" or the phrase "Proudly South African." But the optimism, determination and compassion of the country at its best owed everything to him.
In recent years, however,...
| Dec 9, 2013
My father, actor Christopher Reeve, loved to travel, even after he was paralyzed from a severe spinal cord injury. During trips to places in the United States and abroad, he spoke with many people who, like him, had to find ways to navigate daily life...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 8:49 AM
CAIRO -- It’s been nearly four months but the bloody events of mid-August still haunt many Egyptians. On Tuesday, a consortium of human rights groups called for an official probe of the slayings then of nearly 1,000 Islamist protesters by security...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 5:00 AM
GAZIANTEP, Turkey — When law student Ibrahim Olabi concluded his presentation to a group of Syrian rebels, the fighters had some difficult questions concerning international humanitarian law.
Under the theory of collateral damage, they asked,...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 9:05 PM
WASHINGTON — U.S. drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan are not as precise as American officials have suggested, and some appear to have violated international law, according to a pair of reports by human rights organizations based on interviews...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 12:58 PM
To hear Chinese authorities tell it, the world's most populous country has made "giant leaps in human rights protection," having reduced poverty, carried out judicial reforms and spread Internet access to 564 million people.
"We are soberly aware that...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 7:29 PM
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria has turned over materials to Russia which aim to show that a chemical weapons attack last month was carried out by rebels, a top Russian diplomat visiting Damascus and a Syrian official said Wednesday.
The Aug. 21 attack...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 8:20 PM
When President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meet in the White House on Wednesday for the first high-level contact between their countries in years, there will be plenty to talk about but little on which to agree.
| Oct 20, 2013
| 12:52 PM
MADAYA, Syria (AP) — Clutching his books close to his chest, 12-year-old Abdo al-Fikri eagerly walked into a classroom last month in Madaya, an opposition-held village in northern Syria, his brother and sister trailing behind him. It has been a year...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 3:43 PM
The advocacy groups Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are accusing the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama of possible war crimes for drone strike campaigns in Pakistan and Yemen. These charges won't have much weight within the United...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 6:00 AM
UNITED NATIONS — From Moammar Kadafi's baffling fantasies to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's room-emptying rants, almost every confab of world leaders at the annual United Nations General Assembly includes speeches that make people squirm in their chairs....
| Jul 12, 2013
| 9:01 AM
MOSCOW (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden wants asylum in Russia and is willing to stop sharing information as a trade-off for such a deal, according to a parliament member who was among a dozen activists and officials to meet...