A U.S. appeals court has ordered immigration officials to review their decision not to grant asylum to a gay man who said he was attacked for his sexual orientation in 2002 and 2003 in his native Russia and feared he would be persecuted if forced to return there.
The Department of Justice’s Board of Immigration Appeals was wrong when it concluded that the man had failed to show that government officials in Russia were either unwilling or unable to control his attackers, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled recently.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Michigan have sued the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on behalf of a pregnant woman who miscarried and was denied appropriate medical treatment because the only hospital in her county is required to abide by religious directives.
The directives were written by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and prohibited the hospital from complying with the applicable standard of care in the case, according to a news release from the ACLU.
A Mississippi judge this week has refused to grant a divorce to a lesbian couple who got married in California, saying the marriage wasn't recognized under state law, according to the woman who filed and her lawyer.
Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham, who filed for the divorce in September in north Mississippi's DeSoto County, said in a telephone interview Monday that the judge seemed sympathetic and that she plans to appeal the ruling.
The White House marked the 25th annual World AIDS Day on Dec. 2 with an announcement that the National Institutes of Health will redirect funds to expand support for research directed toward a cure for HIV.
The NIH plans to invest an additional $100 million over the next three fiscal years on this increasingly promising area of HIV/AIDS research, according to an announcement from the White House.
An appellate court on Dec. 3 questioned a lawyer for the state of Wisconsin about why lawmakers singled out abortion clinics in requiring their doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, as judges heard arguments about the hotly debated law.
The sometimes-contentious, hourlong hearing before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals was meant to help a three-judge panel decide whether to lift a temporary block on the law imposed by a lower court.
Independent laboratory testing recently confirmed that accessories sold on Kohls.com as "faux fur" were actually made with real rabbit fur, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
The nonprofit, on Dec. 2, issued a consumer warning about the products, which apparently were no longer available on the retailer's website on Dec. 3.
French authorities have filed preliminary charges against Bob Dylan over a 2012 interview in which he is quoted comparing Croatians to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.
The charges of "public insult and inciting hate" were filed against the musician in mid-November, Paris prosecutor's office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said on Dec. 3.
Pop singer Miley Cyrus is in the lead for Time magazine's annual Person of the Year. Cyrus, with two days left in the popular voting online, had 20.3 percent of the vote.
In the No. 2 spot is Egyptian defense minister Abdel Fattah El-Sisi with 18.5 percent, Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan at 18.3 percent and Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi at 16.9 percent.
U.S. hip hop artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have joined the United Nations Free and Equal Campaign to encourage greater respect for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky announced their support.
Nineteen-year-old Olympic diver Tom Daley of Great Britain has posted a YouTube video in which he comes out and shares his happiness about having a boyfriend. The video is titled, "Something I want to say …"
In the video, first circulated on Dec. 2, Daley said, "Come spring this year, my life changed massively when I met someone, and they make me feel so happy, so safe and everything just feels great."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given Pope Francis a book about the Inquisition in Spain that was written by his late father.
Netanyahu presented a Spanish translation of the 1995 book, The Origins of the Inquisition, to Francis during their 25-minute private audience Monday.
On game days in Thermal, where date farms and desert surroundings evoke the Middle East and nearby communities have names like Mecca and Oasis, fans cheer a high school team known as the Arabs.
A belly dancer jiggles on center court. And a black-haired, mustached mascot wearing a head scarf rallies the crowd.