UN introduces six postage stamps promoting LGBT equality

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 06 February 2016 08:30

On Feb. 4, The United Nations Postal Administration on released six new postage stamps promoting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Magical Laotian town preserved by UNESCO loses its soul

Written by DENIS D. GRAY
Associated Press
Friday, 29 January 2016 10:29

It is officially described as the best-preserved city in Southeast Asia, a bygone seat of kings tucked into a remote river valley of Laos.

Luang Prabang weaves a never-never land spell on many a visitor with its tapestry of French colonial villas and Buddhist temples draped in a languid atmosphere.

New concerns for Saudi juveniles after mass execution

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 04 January 2016 12:48

Three Saudi juveniles remain at risk of execution, international human rights NGO Reprieve warned on Jan. 4, as details emerged of the cases of several young protestors executed Jan. 2.

Britain’s last coal pit closes

Associated Press
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 09:19

Coal once fueled the British Empire, employed armies of men and shook the power of governments.

Earlier this month, workers at Britain’s last operating deep coal mine finished their final shift, emerging — soot-blackened and live on television news channels — to cheers, applause and tears.

More sex abuse by UN troops reported in C. African Republic

Written by The AP Friday, 05 February 2016 11:08

A human rights group said this week that at least eight women and girls were raped or sexually exploited by U.N. peacekeepers late last year in Central African Republic, and the world body announced that, following a new policy, more than 100 troops would be sent home.

Human Rights Watch said a 14-year-old and an 18-year-old said peacekeepers gang-raped them near the airport in Bambari, the country’s second-largest city.

UN: Nearly 19,000 civilians killed in Iraq in under 2 years

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 20 January 2016 07:53

At least 18,802 civilians were killed and another 36,245 were wounded in Iraq between the start of 2014 and Oct. 31 of last year as Iraqi forces battled the Islamic State group, according to a U.N. report released this week.

The report documented a wide range of human rights abuses, including the IS group’s conscription of some 3,500 people into slavery, mainly women and children from the Yazidi religious minority captured in the summer of 2014 and forced into sexual slavery.

‘Coercive’ behavior made illegal in England, Wales

Written by Gregory Katz,
AP writer
Wednesday, 30 December 2015 05:29

Physical violence will no longer be needed to prosecute someone for abusing their partners or family members in England and Wales.

UPDATE: Saudi voters elect 20 women to office

Written by AYA BATRAWY,
Associated Press writer
Monday, 14 December 2015 11:57

 Saudi voters elected 20 women for local government seats, according to results released to The Associated Press on Sunday, a day after women voted and ran in elections for the first time in the country's history.

The women who won hail from vastly different parts of the country, ranging from Saudi Arabia's largest city to a small village near Islam's holiest site.

Israeli scholars face growing discrimination due to boycott movement

Written by Josef Federman
and Collin Binkley,
AP writers
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 07:18

Jerusalem as seen from the Mount of Olives

Israeli anthropologist Dan Rabinowitz is a leader in his field, heading a prestigious school of environmental studies at Tel Aviv University, authoring dozens of publications and holding visiting teaching positions over the years at leading North American universities.

German police say New Year's sexual assaults may be linked to crime ring

Written by The AP Wednesday, 06 January 2016 10:43

Police in Germany said they are investigating whether a string of sexual assaults and thefts during New Year's celebrations in Cologne is linked to a known criminal network in the nearby city of Duesseldorf.

Boko Haram strikes Nigerian city, at least 50 dead

Written by The AP Monday, 28 December 2015 08:55

Boko Haram Islamic extremists struck the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri for the first time in months Monday with rocket-propelled grenades and multiple suicide bombers, witnesses said. At least 50 people were killed and the death toll could go higher.

Irish court rules against anti-abortion laws

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 01 December 2015 09:34

The Belfast High Court, in a judicial review case, found laws governing abortion in Northern Ireland in cases of serious malformation of the fetus and sexual crime are in breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.