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Afghan court sentences 5 to death for gang rape

Afghan court sentences 5 to death for gang rape

Sep 15, – The panel of three judges, led by Judge Sediqullah Haqiqqi, also invalidated on Monday the death sentences given to two other defendants, whose sentences were reduced to 20 years in prison for unrelated crimes. An appeals court has sentenced five men to death for armed robbery and sexual assault against an Afghan […]

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Egypt court cuts sentences on Islamist women

Egypt court cuts sentences on Islamist women

Dec 08, – The initial verdict handed down late last month caused an international and domestic outcry. “This is God-given,” Ola Alaa, an 18-year-old medical student who was initially sentenced to 11 years, told The Associated Press by telephone after reaching her home in the coastal city of Alexandria. “I think (the authorities) wanted to […]

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As Syrian refugee influx swells, so does backlash

As Syrian refugee influx swells, so does backlash

Oct 09. – The signs have since come down amid a campaign by human rights activists who rallied in Beirut this summer and hung a banner from a bridge in the capital saying: “Excuse us for the behavior of those who are racist among us.” Last year, as Syrian refugees were pouring in, signs started […]

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US forces nab al-Qaida leader in Tripoli

US forces nab al-Qaida leader in Tripoli

Oct 06, – The Pentagon identified the al-Qaida leader as Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi. His capture would represent a significant blow to what remains of the core al-Qaida organization once led by Osama bin Laden. U.S. special forces on Saturday carried out a raid in the Libyan capital to capture […]

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Designer Marc Jacobs says farewell to Louis Vuitton

Designer Marc Jacobs says farewell to Louis Vuitton

Oct 02, PARIS — What was likely designer Marc Jacobs’ last ready-to-wear collection for Louis Vuitton looked like a show in mourning Wednesday — black, black and more black. A dark fountain and a nightmarish carousel with inky horses were the backdrop for a universe of clothes all in black. Maids cleaned away dust from […]

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Suu Kyi slams Myanmar Government on 2-child limit for Muslims

Suu Kyi slams Myanmar Government on 2-child limit for Muslims

May 27, AP – YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Over the weekend, authorities in strife-torn Rakhine state said they were restoring a measure imposed during past military rule that banned Rohingya families from having more than two children. Details about the policy and how it will be enforced have not been released, sparking calls for clarity […]

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Obama’s drone guidelines leave unanswered questions

Obama’s drone guidelines leave unanswered questions

May 25, WASHINGTON (AP) — National security experts say it’s imperative to leave some room in the guidelines, given the evolving fight against terrorism. But civil rights advocates argue too little has been revealed about the program to ensure its legality, even as the president takes steps to remove some of the secrecy. President Barack […]

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Afghanistan: Hard-line Islamist students protest women’s rights decree

Afghanistan: Hard-line Islamist students protest women’s rights decree

May 23, KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The protest came days after conservative lawmakers’ vehement opposition blocked an attempt to cement the decree’s provisions in legislation. Most of international force that ousted the Taliban is now preparing to withdraw by the end of next year, and activists fear an erosion of the women’s rights will follow […]

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Human rights group warns Crisis stoking anti-migrant bias in Europe

Human rights group warns Crisis stoking anti-migrant bias in Europe

May 23, NEW YORK (AP) — In its annual global report on human rights, Amnesty International pointed to Greece’s tough new immigration laws and Italy’s deportation of asylum seekers to countries where they are at risk of abuse. A top human rights group warned Wednesday that the plight of refugees and migrants fleeing wars and […]

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Government views prostitution as an “ugly social Phenomenon” Sex workers in China face horrifying abuse

Government views prostitution as an “ugly social Phenomenon” Sex workers in China face horrifying abuse

May 14, AP – The government officially views prostitution as an “ugly social phenomenon” and the solicitation, sale and purchase of sex in China are illegal. However, despite frequent government crackdowns, prostitution remains rampant and sexual services are openly offered in massage parlors, karaoke bars and nightclubs. Police in China frequently beat, torture and arbitrarily […]

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