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  • Lebanese medical group says being gay is not a disease

    Lebanese medical group says being gay is not a disease
    BEIRUT -- Taking a definitive stance on a topic that remains extremely sensitive in the Arab world, the Lebanese Psychiatric Society declared this week that homosexuality is not a mental illness and does not merit “reparative therapy.”...
  • Activists urge Obama to speak out on Mexico's human rights record

    MEXICO CITY -- Activists are attempting to spotlight human rights issues during President Obama's visit this week to Mexico, urging him to publicly condemn what they describe as Mexico’s abysmal record of torture, killings and forced...
  • Human rights experts, activists push for ban on 'killer robots'

    "Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.” That may sound like a clique of conspiracy theorists or the title of a summer B movie, but it's actually an alliance of human rights groups raising legal and ethical concerns about people's willingness to cede life-...
  • Turkey's leader may consider referendum on park development

    Turkey's leader may consider referendum on park development
    ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Turkey's leader might consider holding a referendum on plans for development in an Istanbul park that sparked nationwide protests against his government, according to media reports Wednesday. Such a move would mark Prime Minister...
  • Bangladesh Islamic party disqualified from election; protests erupt

    NEW DELHI -- Authorities were bracing for more political violence in Bangladesh after a court ruling Thursday that effectively banned the country’s main Islamic party, Jamaat-e-Islami, from running in a general election expected by early 2014....
  • WikiLeaks cheers Snowden asylum in Russia; rights groups dubious

    Edward Snowden and the WikiLeaks organization that helped him evade extradition to the United States to face espionage charges praised Russia for having “done the right thing” Thursday in granting temporary asylum to the former National...
  • Edward Snowden gone from Hong Kong hotel, whereabouts unknown

    Edward Snowden gone from Hong Kong hotel, whereabouts unknown
    BEIJING -- Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old contractor identified as the source of leaks about the U.S. electronic surveillance program, apparently checked out of his Hong Kong hotel at midday Monday, his destination and whereabouts unknown. "We know...
  • The Week Ahead: Myanmar mends, Africa ascends, cinema celebrates

    The Week Ahead: Myanmar mends, Africa ascends, cinema celebrates
    Architect of exiting autocracy invited to the White House Monday, May 20 -- Myanmar President Thein Sein’s visit to Washington symbolically celebrates his nation’s embrace of democracy and the rule of law after half a century of...
  • Egypt imposes new restrictions on Syrian refugees

    Egypt imposes new restrictions on Syrian refugees
    CAIRO -- Hundreds of Syrian refugees arriving in Cairo this week were turned back as Egypt instituted new regulations requiring visas for those fleeing their war-torn country. Previously, Syrians were not required to have a visa to enter Egypt and were...
  • At least one demonstrator reportedly is killed in clashes in Egypt

    At least one demonstrator reportedly is killed in clashes in Egypt
    CAIRO – At least one demonstrator was killed Friday in clashes between supporters of Egypt’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, and security forces outside the headquarters of the Republican Guard, news reports said. An ambulance medic said he...
  • Rights group: Myanmar policy discriminates against Muslims

    NEW DELHI -- A watchdog group Tuesday called on Myanmar’s government to immediately revoke a population-control policy that blocks members of the minority Rohingya Muslim community from having more than two children, measures it said are...
  • Boat capsizes off Myanmar; dozens missing and feared dead

    NEW DELHI – A boat carrying approximately 100 Rohingya Muslims capsized late Monday off the coast of Myanmar with many of its occupants feared dead, UN officials said, as the region braced for a cyclone expected to slam low-lying areas inhabited...