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Opponents demand end to US drone strikes, secrecy
Opponents demand end to US drone strikes, secrecy

Activists opposed to US drone strikes against Al-Qaeda suspects demanded Friday an end to the secrecy surrounding the attacks, saying the bombings have claimed numerous civilian lives.

Opponents demand end to US drone strikes, secrecy
US singer, Madonna. ©Reuters/Remo Casilli
Madonna calls for release of Greenpeace activists

Pop legend Madonna has joined a chorus of international stars in urging the release of 30 Greenpeace crewmembers jailed after a protest against energy prospecting in the Arctic.

Madonna calls for release of Greenpeace activists
Saudi braces for 'open driving campaign' by women
Saudi braces for 'open driving campaign' by women

Saudi Arabia was braced for possible protests Saturday after women activists declared an "open driving campaign" against the deeply conservative kingdom's ban on women behind the wheel.

Saudi braces for 'open driving campaign' by women
Greenpeace activist hangs off Eiffel Tower in protest against Russia
Greenpeace activist hangs off Eiffel Tower in protest against Russia

A Greenpeace activist Saturday staged a protest in a tent suspended from the second floor of the Eiffel Tower against Russia's detention of 30 members of the environmental lobby group.

Greenpeace activist hangs off Eiffel Tower in protest against Russia
Obamas welcome Malala to Oval Office
Obamas welcome Malala to Oval Office

US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle welcomed Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai to the Oval Office.

Obamas welcome Malala to Oval Office
Malala calls on world to make education top priority
Malala calls on world to make education top priority

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl activist who has become a world champion of girls' rights, called Friday for the World Bank to make education its top priority.

Malala calls on world to make education top priority
Greenpeace boss admits surprise at harsh Russian response
Greenpeace boss admits surprise at harsh Russian response

Despite its expertise at risky protests, Greenpeace's head admitted he was "extremely surprised" by Russia's response in the Arctic and never imagined activists would face piracy charges and years in jail.

Greenpeace boss admits surprise at harsh Russian response
In Malala's home, schoolgirls pray for her Nobel in secret
In Malala's home, schoolgirls pray for her Nobel in secret

In Malala Yousufzai's home town in Pakistan, schoolfriends hope to see her win the Nobel Peace Prize this week -- but they dream in secret, under pressure from a society deeply ambivalent about the teenage activist.

In Malala's home, schoolgirls pray for her Nobel in secret
Australia presses Russia over detained Greenpeace activist
Australia presses Russia over detained Greenpeace activist

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop expressed concern to Russia about an Australian crew member of a Greenpeace ship facing a "very serious" piracy charge over an Arctic oil exploration protest.

Australia presses Russia over detained Greenpeace activist
Send books not guns, Malala pleads at UN
Send books not guns, Malala pleads at UN

With a maturity and poise that belied her tender years, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban for championing girls' education stood by world leaders on Wednesday and called for books not guns.

Send books not guns, Malala pleads at UN
Obama to meet Russian gay activists on G20 visit
Obama to meet Russian gay activists on G20 visit

US President Barack Obama will meet with Russian gay rights activists in the course of his visit to Russia.

Obama to meet Russian gay activists on G20 visit
'World citizen' pioneer Garry Davis dies
'World citizen' pioneer Garry Davis dies

Peace activist Garry Davis, who dramatically renounced his US citizenship in the dark days of the Cold War and founded a government for self-declared "world citizens" like himself, has died.

'World citizen' pioneer Garry Davis dies
Activist says China pressured New York University
Activist says China pressured New York University

Activist Chen Guangcheng charged that China waged an "unrelenting" pressure campaign that led New York University to end his studies as he voiced fear for academic freedom in the United States.

Activist says China pressured New York University
Salvadoran's case used to legalize abortion: Church
Salvadoran's case used to legalize abortion: Church

El Salvador's Catholic Church accused activists Sunday of using the case of a woman who delivered a baby with cerebral malformation to "open the door" to legalized abortion.

Salvadoran's case used to legalize abortion: Church
Cambodia unveils statue of slain union boss
Cambodia unveils statue of slain union boss

A statue of a Cambodian union boss gunned down on a Phnom Penh street in 2004 was unveiled Friday in a rare public recognition of a champion of workers' rights in the impoverished kingdom.

Cambodia unveils statue of slain union boss
Greenpeace activists board coal ship off Australia reef
Greenpeace activists board coal ship off Australia reef

Six activists from conservation group Greenpeace boarded a coal carrier on the outskirts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef Wednesday calling for an end to exports of the fuel.

Greenpeace activists board coal ship off Australia reef
Blind activist says China violated US freedom deal
Blind activist says China violated US freedom deal

The Chinese human rights activist at the center of a diplomatic crisis a year ago on Tuesday accused Beijing of reneging on the agreement that freed him and urged the United States to intervene.

Blind activist says China violated US freedom deal
Anti-China protesters. ©REUTERS/Kham
Vietnam anti-China activists mark island battle

Activists in Hanoi chanted anti-China slogans and laid flowers Thursday at a protest marking the anniversary of a battle over the contested Spratly Islands in which 64 Vietnamese soldiers died.

Vietnam anti-China activists mark island battle
Taiwan boat leaves islands after Japan water cannon duel
Taiwan boat leaves islands after Japan water cannon duel

A boat carrying Taiwanese activists headed for disputed Japanese-controlled islands turned back Thursday after coastguard vessels from the two sides converged and duelled with water cannon.

Taiwan boat leaves islands after Japan water cannon duel
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Taiwan activists head for Japan-controlled isles

A boatload of Taiwanese activists protected by the island's coastguard was Thursday heading for Japanese-held islands at the centre of a bitter international wrangle involving Tokyo, Beijing and Taipei.

Taiwan activists head for Japan-controlled isles