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  • 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...

  • Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 12:13 AM ET

    BEIJING— A Beijing court sentenced a veteran Chinese journalist to seven years in prison Friday on charges of leaking a document detailing the Communist Party leadership's resolve to aggressively target civil society and press freedom as a threat to its monopoly on power. The sentence against Gao Yu, 71, comes amid a widening clampdown on free speech that...

  • 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...

  • Human Rights Watch said the settlement farms, most of them in the Jordan Valley, employ children as young as 11, pay them low wages and subject them to dangerous working conditions. Human Rights Watch said it interviewed 38 children and 12 adults in Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley. "Israel's settlements are profiting from rights abuses against...

  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- A bipartisan group of U.S. legislators reintroduced a bill on Friday aimed at putting pressure on China to ensure autonomy and human rights in Hong Kong. It would require the U.S. secretary of state to certify annually that Hong Kong is sufficiently autonomous before enacting any new laws or agreements granting Hong Kong such different...

  • The policy, the details of which are classified, comes after a two-year review amid growing demand from U.S. allies for the new breed of weapons that have played a key role in U.S. military action in Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen. Privately held General Atomics, maker of the Predator and Reaper drones, Northrop Grumman Corp, Textron Inc and other arms makers have been...

  • A State Department official declined comment on Italy's request to add weapons to the Reaper drones it already flies, or Turkey's request for sales of an armed drone, but said the requests would be reviewed in light of the new policy. General Atomics, the privately held maker of the Predator drone, Northrop Grumman Corp and other weapons makers have been urging...

  • *Wants to hold mass Moscow protest in March. Navalny and his brother Oleg were convicted last December of stealing nearly 30 million roubles- nearly $500,000 at the current exchange rate- from two firms, including an affiliate of the French cosmetics company Yves Rocher. a prosecutor said at the appeal at Moscow city court, quoted by state news agency RIA.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 10- Malaysia's highest court rejected on Tuesday an appeal by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim against a sodomy conviction, sending the politician who poses the greatest threat to the long-ruling coalition back to prison for five years. Human Rights office, the United States and Australia said they were disappointed by the ruling and Amnesty...

  • *Tahrir Square site of largest protests in 2011 uprising. CAIRO, Feb 8- A circular patch of land in Cairo's central Tahrir Square poses a dilemma for the government: how to honour the epicentre of the 2011 popular uprising while pressing ahead with one of the fiercest crackdowns on dissent in Egypt's history? This is good, " Cairo Governor Galal Mostafa Saeed told...

  • King’s death won’t thwart Saudi women’s rights Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 11:20 AM ET
    Saudi women leave mall in Riyadh before taking taxi as elsewhere a grassroots campaign planned to call for an end to the driving ban for women in Saudi Arabia.

    King Abudullah blazed the trail for women in Saudi Arabia and his death won't be a setback for women's rights, says this real-estate investor.

  • HAVANA, Jan 23- A senior U.S. diplomat in Cuba for negotiations with Havana on restoring long-frozen diplomatic relations met a group of dissidents on Friday, seeking to underline Washington's concern over human rights but irritating the island's communist government. But Havana has stressed that efforts to normalize ties should not be accompanied by...