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  • WASHINGTON— Vietnam's desire to be in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact is the best leverage Washington has to press for improved human rights there, a senior U.S. official said. Tom Malinowski, the State Department's point man on human rights, told reporters that Vietnam has shown greater restraint in arrests and prosecution of dissent this year...

  • WASHINGTON— The Food and Drug Administration is outlining its plan to end the nation's lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 32- year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified. The FDA on Tuesday released proposed guidelines for screening blood donors at increased risk of carrying HIV.

  • CAIRO— Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohammed Fahmy, who faces a retrial in Egypt after more than a year behind bars on terrorism-related charges, says he has filed a lawsuit in Canada against the Al-Jazeera network. At a press conference Fahmy, who at the time of his arrest was Al-Jazeera English's acting bureau chief in Egypt, accused the Qatari-funded...

  • HAVANA, May 11- French President Francois Hollande urged an end to the U.S. trade embargo of Cuba and envisioned a larger French role in Cuba's engagement with the West during the first visit by a French head of state to Cuba. Cuba is in foreign policy talks with both the European Union and the United States amid intense world interest in Cuba following detente with...

  • SPECIAL REPORT-Why gold threatens Ivory Coast's peace Thursday, 7 May 2015 | 5:22 AM ET

    GAMINA, Ivory Coast, May 7- Nestled among the cocoa plantations of western Ivory Coast is a gold mine that does not feature on any official maps. The unlicensed mine is a key part of a lucrative business empire headed by the deputy commander of the West African nation's elite Republican Guard, United Nations investigators allege. A senior Ivorian army officer said...

  • Nepalese army gets image boost from quake relief work Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 4:38 AM ET

    CHAUTARA, Nepal, April 30- In the rubble-strewn Nepali hilltop town of Chautara, a round-the-clock rescue effort by the military is helping to recast the image of an institution once criticised for rights abuses in a brighter and more sympathetic light. Human rights activists blame it for hundreds of killings and abductions during Nepal's decade-long war...

  • Indonesia executes drug convicts, sparks anger Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 7:26 PM ET
    Supporters of Australians on death row in Indonesia Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran participate in a candlelight vigil at Martin Place in Sydney on April 28, 2015.

    An Indonesian firing squad executed eight drug convicts, prompting Australia to recall its envoy and drawing an angry reaction from Brazil.

  • GENEVA, April 23- Secret negotiations on international trade deals threaten human rights, an independent United Nations expert said on Thursday in comments that appeared aimed at agreements the United States is seeking with the European Union and Pacific nations. The United States, Japan and 10 other countries are racing to conclude the Trans-Pacific...

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- Nearly 80 percent of American companies surveyed by two human rights groups failed to meet a U.S. rule requiring they monitor whether their products contain minerals from war-torn Africa. The joint report by Amnesty International and Global Witness is the first by outside groups to analyze so-called "conflict mineral" disclosures by U.S....

  • WASHINGTON, April 20- Chiquita Brands International Inc will not have to face U.S. lawsuits by more than 4,000 Colombians accusing the fruit company of human rights violations after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the case. The court rejected an appeal filed by the plaintiffs, leaving intact a July 2014 ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of...

  • WASHINGTON, April 20- Chiquita Brands International Inc will not have to face U.S. lawsuits by more than 4,000 Colombians accusing the fruit company of human rights violations after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up the case. The court rejected an appeal filed by the plaintiffs, leaving intact a July 2014 ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of...

  • BAKU, April 16- Azerbaijan has sentenced a human rights activist to six and a half years in jail on embezzlement and tax evasion charges, a court spokesman said on Thursday, in a case that critics say laid bare growing government repression. Energy-rich Azerbaijan, governed by President Ilham Aliyev since he succeeded his father in 2003, has been courted by the...

  • PANAMA CITY, April 12- Cuba and the United States just made history. At a time of multiple risks to his foreign policy record- from Iran's nuclear program and the war in Syria to Russian involvement in Ukraine and the violence of Islamic State- getting on well with Cuba looks relatively easy. "I think there is a strong majority both in the United States and in Cuba that...

  • The nuclear negotiations in Lausanne have already produced three separate fact sheets, issued by the United States, Iran and France, each highlighting different aspects of the emerging agreement. By reading the fact sheets side by side, however, the outlines of an eventual deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council...

  • Firms need to 'evaluate' Ind. ties: PayPal founder Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 2:00 PM ET
    Max Levchin

    PayPal founder Max Levchin is speaking out against Indiana's "religious freedom" law and encouraging other Silicon Valley executives to examine their ties to the state.

  • Hey, Senate—Time to pass human-trafficking law Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 4:09 PM ET

    Passing a human-trafficking law should be a no-brainer. And yet, this one is still hung up in the Senate. Time to set aside politics and get it done.

  • *Some politicians see Sweden as a "great moral power". STOCKHOLM, March 15- In a few months, Sweden's minority government has managed to antagonise both Israel and the Arab world, while also angering business leaders at home as Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom steadfastly pursues human rights and feminism. After Sweden cancelled a defence cooperation accord...

  • Why is the US not cracking down on Sudan? Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 10:28 AM ET
    Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir

    The US appears to be seeking constructive engagement with Sudan but it should be intensifying pressure on the government instead, says David Phillips.

  • Smart businesses put women at the top Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 12:45 PM ET
    Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo

    Putting women in top management positions isn't just the right thing to do, it's smart business, says this executive.

  • Azerbaijan watches for dissent as economy slows Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 5:50 AM ET

    BAKU, March 3- Azerbaijan is keeping a close eye on any sign of dissent as economic problems mount before a parliamentary election this year in the oil-producing former Soviet republic. Hit by the fall in global oil prices, the rouble's drop against the dollar in neighbouring Russia and the separatist war in east Ukraine, the South Caucasus country devalued the...