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  • In this photo taken Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, rebels sit in the now-emptied hospital in Malakal, South Sudan. A week ago forces loyal to former vice president Riek Machar retook Malakal in a bloody assault that forced the government army to make what it labeled a tactical withdrawal, while Human Rights Watch said Thursday that both government and rebel forces are responsible for serious abuses that may amount to war crimes for atrocities committed in Malakal and Bentiu, another capital of an oil-producing state, despite a cease-fire signed in January. (AP Photo/Ilya Gridneff)

    Scenes of death in South Sudan: 'No humanity here'

    House after house has been burned to the ground. Hospital patients have been shot by armed rebels while lying in their beds. Dozens of corpses litter the streets.


  • Human rights pledge urged for future Olympic hosts

    Citing widespread dismay with Russia's anti-gay laws, a coalition of more than 30 human rights and gay rights groups is calling on the International Olympic Committee to ensure that future Olympic host countries do not have discriminatory laws on their books.


  • FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo, a Predator B unmanned aircraft taxis at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas. A U.S. military drone strike in Yemen in December 2013 may have killed up to a dozen civilians on their way to a wedding and injured others, including the bride, a human rights group says. U.S. officials say only members of al-Qaida were killed, but they have refused make public the details of two U.S. investigations into the incident.(AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

    Report: US drone may have killed dozen civilians

    A U.S. military drone strike in Yemen last December may have killed up to a dozen civilians on their way to a wedding and injured others, including the bride, a human rights group says. U.S. officials say only members of al-Qaida were killed, but they have refused to make public the details of two U.S. investigations into the incident.


  • Le Quoc Quan conviction upheld by Vietnam court

    A court in Vietnam has upheld the conviction of a popular human rights lawyer and dissident on tax evasion charges, drawing a swift rebuke from the Obama administration.


  • The flame of the Olympic cauldron is viewed through a glass panel with a sticker of the Olympic rings at a food court in Olympic Park in Sochi, Russia, during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    IOC presses Sochi officials over jailed activist

    The International Olympic Committee has asked Russian authorities to clarify why an activist who criticized the environmental impact of Olympic construction in Sochi has been sentenced to three years in prison.


  • A man suspected to be a Muslim Seleka militiaman lays wounded after being stabbed by newly enlisted FACA (Central African Armed Forces) soldiers moments after Central African Republic Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza addressed the troops in Bangui Wednesday Feb. 5, 2014. The man died later after being lynched by hundreds of recruits using knifes, bricks and foot blows to the head. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

    HRW: Chadian peacekeepers help CAR rebels flee

    Rebels who escaped the capital of Central African Republic last month with the illicit help of peacekeepers from Chad, have now resumed their killing spree in the country's north, a human rights group said Thursday.


  • FILE - In this Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 file photo, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah speaks during a meeting at the Saudi Royal palace, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah has ratified a new counter-terrorism law which went into effect Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014. Rights activists said that the law criminalizes speech critical of the government or society. It was published in full in the government's official gazette Um Al-Qura Friday. (AP Photo/Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool, File)

    New Saudi counterterrorism law alarms activists

    Saudi Arabia put into effect a sweeping new counterterrorism law Sunday that human rights activists say allows the kingdom to prosecute as a terrorist anyone who demands reform, exposes corruption or otherwise engages in dissent.


  • FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013 file photo, demonstrators stage a theatrical play where gays are grabbed by others wearing masks of Russian President Vladimir Putin, during a protest against Russia's new anti-gay law banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations" in central London. Despite seven months of international protests, Russia's law restricting gay-rights activity remains in place leading up to the winter olympic games. Yet the eclectic campaign has heartened activists in Russia and, without question, caught the attention of its targets - including organizers and sponsors of the Sochi Olympics that open on Feb. 7. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

    Sochi sponsors pulled into gay-rights fray; activists fly to Russia to join protests

    Despite seven months of international outcry, Russia's law restricting gay-rights activity remains in place. Yet the eclectic protest campaign has heartened activists in Russia and caught the attention of its targets — including organizers and sponsors of the Sochi Olympics that open on Feb. 7.


  • FILE-- In this Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, file photo, Iranian female demonstrators burn a representation of U.S. flag, and a caricature of President Barack Obama, in an annual state-backed rally in front of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, commemorating 33rd anniversary of the embassy takeover by militant students. On Nov. 4, 1979, students who believed the embassy was a center of plots against Iran held 52 Americans hostages for 444 days, and the US severed formal diplomatic ties in response. In a sharp counterpoint to the Western outreach by President Hassan Rouhani’s government, hard-line factions in Iran have amplified their bluster and backlash in messages that they cannot be ignored in any diplomatic moves with Washington either in the nuclear talks or beyond. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

    Group run by al Qaeda terrorist invited to brief Dems on drone policy

    The representative of a human rights group headed by a designated al Qaeda terrorist was denied a visa by the State Department after being invited by congressional Democrats to discuss drone strikes.


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