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  • FILE - In this July 28, 2002 file photo, a Muslim man prays as he enters Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. Brunei on Thursday, May 1, 2014 embraced a form of Islamic Shariah criminal law that includes harsh penalties, a move slammed by international rights group as a step backward for human rights. From Thursday, Brunei citizens can be fined or jailed by Islamic courts for offences like not performing Friday prayers, pregnancy out of wedlock, propagating other religions and indecent behavior. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)

    Shariah law comes to first East Asian nation; Brunei blasted for 'horrific and sickening' move

    Human rights groups blasted the oil-rich nation of Brunei for adopting a code of Islamic law that opens the door to "flogging, dismemberment and death by stoning," as punishment for crimes.

  • Hessel, France's surprise elder icon, dies at 95

    Stephane Hessel of France was a man of many talents.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: OSCE observers impartial

    The recent editorial "Blue helmets at the ballot box" (Comment & Analysis, Thursday) describes our observers here at the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as "Europeans" and "election inspectors." However, the OSCE is the world's largest regional security organization and includes among its participating nations the United States and Canada, as well as countries from Central Asia.

  • Alaeddin Boroujerdi (left), head of Iran's powerful parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, meets with Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. 
Mr. al-Sharaa's appearance at the meeting ended rumors that he had defected to Jordan. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

    Mass burials in Damascus suburb amid massacre report

    Dozens of bloodied bodies were buried Sunday in mass graves in a Damascus suburb where activists claim more than 300 people have been killed over the past week in a major government offensive to take back control of rebel-held areas in and around the capital.

  • U.N. report on Congo genocide strengthened

    A draft U.N. report accusing the Rwandan army of massacring Hutus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 1990s is corroborated by findings of an international human rights group.

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