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N. Korea rejects UN rights report as 'fabrication'
N. Korea rejects UN rights report as 'fabrication'

North Korea on Friday "categorically" rejected a UN report on its human rights record, accusing it of being a "sheer fabrication" invented by the United States and its allies.

N. Korea rejects UN rights report as 'fabrication'
US Singer Madonna. ©Reuters/Carlo Allegri
Madonna hits out at Venezuelan leader

US pop icon Madonna hit out at Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday, accusing his government of "fascism" over its handling of nationwide protests.

Madonna hits out at Venezuelan leader
Brainwashing, surveillance, fear: daily fare in N.Korea
Brainwashing, surveillance, fear: daily fare in N.Korea

Brainwashed from birth, under constant surveillance, cowed by the all-embracing state and facing the spectre of disappearing forever in its vast network of camps if they step out of line.

Brainwashing, surveillance, fear: daily fare in N.Korea
Kerry slams Russia for 'enabling' Assad to stay in power
Kerry slams Russia for 'enabling' Assad to stay in power

US Secretary of State John Kerry slammed Russia on Monday for "enabling" Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to stay in power in the war-torn country, after Geneva peace talks broke off without result at the weekend.

Kerry slams Russia for 'enabling' Assad to stay in power
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N. Korea scraps US envoy's invite as tensions mount

Tensions tightened on the Korean peninsula Monday, as North Korea cancelled a US envoy's visit over a jailed Korean American, and Seoul and Washington set dates for military drills denounced by Pyongyang.

N. Korea scraps US envoy's invite as tensions mount
Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott. ©Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte
Australia asylum policy 'draconian': rights group

Australia has damaged its human rights record by persistently undercutting refugee protections, including a "draconian" policy to send asylum-seekers to Pacific island camps.

Australia asylum policy 'draconian': rights group
EU envoy criticises 'tightening' curbs on China human rights
EU envoy criticises 'tightening' curbs on China human rights

The European Union's outgoing ambassador to China on Friday criticised growing curbs on human rights in the country, raising several individual cases including an arrested activist and a detained Uighur academic.

EU envoy criticises 'tightening' curbs on China human rights
Mukhtar Ablyazov. ©RIA Novosti
Kazakhstan continues pursuing Ablyazov's extradition

Kazakhstan is not going to give up on Mukhtar Ablyazov's extradition from France.

Kazakhstan continues pursuing Ablyazov's extradition
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Nepal's court rules out amnesty for serious war crimes

Nepal's top court has rejected a demand by ultra-leftists that an amnesty be granted to people who committed serious rights abuses during the country's civil war, an official said Saturday.

Nepal's court rules out amnesty for serious war crimes
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UN rights body urges Uganda leader to shun anti-gay bill

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday called on Uganda's president not to sign a harsh anti-gay draft law that sailed through parliament last week.

UN rights body urges Uganda leader to shun anti-gay bill
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US diplomat row overlooks Indian maids' plight

Americans were shocked at the alleged $3.31-per-hour wage paid to an Indian diplomat's housekeeper in a case that has sparked global outrage. But to Rupa Thakur, who does the same job in Mumbai, it sounded like a small fortune.

US diplomat row overlooks Indian maids' plight
Uganda adopts tough anti-gay bill
Uganda adopts tough anti-gay bill

Uganda's parliament on Friday adopted an anti-homosexuality bill that will see repeat offenders jailed for life, sparking an international outcry as lawmakers hailed it as a victory against "evil".

Uganda adopts tough anti-gay bill
French soldiers patrol on Boy-Rabe, a northern district of Bangui December 17, 2013. ©Reuters/Alain Amontchi
Nearly 1,000 killed by ex-rebels in C. Africa capital: Amnesty

The Central African Republic's mostly Muslim ex-rebels killed nearly 1,000 people in the capital Bangui two weeks ago in a rampage avenging deadly Christian militia attacks, Amnesty International said in a report Thursday.

Nearly 1,000 killed by ex-rebels in C. Africa capital: Amnesty
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Astana hosts World Press Photo Exhibition

World Press Photo exhibition 2013 has started in Astana. It is held in Central Asia for the first time.

Astana hosts World Press Photo Exhibition
Thousands take to Cambodia's streets on Human Rights Day
Thousands take to Cambodia's streets on Human Rights Day

Thousands of Cambodian opposition supporters and activists, including Buddhist monks, took to the streets Tuesday to mark Human Rights Day and call for improvements in the kingdom's rights record.

Thousands take to Cambodia's streets on Human Rights Day
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China anti-corruption activist beaten by police: lawyers

A Chinese anti-corruption activist put on trial in what campaign groups say is a crackdown on dissent was beaten by police while in detention, lawyers said Thursday.

China anti-corruption activist beaten by police: lawyers
General view of the European Court of Human Rights building in Strasbourg. ©Reuters/Vincent Kessler
Victims fear release of Spain rapists, killers under rights law

Spanish courts are releasing serial rapists and killers under a European human rights ruling, terrifying their victims as authorities warn the convicts risk reoffending.

Victims fear release of Spain rapists, killers under rights law
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UN women's rights resolution passed despite backlash

A UN General Assembly committee has agreed a landmark first resolution on women's rights defenders such as Malala Yousafzai, despite a hard fought campaign by an alliance including the Vatican to weaken the measure.

UN women's rights resolution passed despite backlash
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Pacific man fails in bid to be first climate refugee

A Pacific islander's bid to become the world's first climate change refugee failed Tuesday, with a New Zealand judge describing his case as "unconvincing".

Pacific man fails in bid to be first climate refugee
Mexico to give equality prize to Pakistan's Malala
Mexico to give equality prize to Pakistan's Malala

Mexico said Sunday it will award its 2013 International Prize for Equality and Non-Discrimination to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for championing girls' rights to education.

Mexico to give equality prize to Pakistan's Malala