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  • Iraq TV show makes 'terrorists' confront victims Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 1:25 AM ET

    BAGHDAD— Haider Ali Motar was convicted of terrorism charges about a month ago for helping to carry out a string of Baghdad car bombings on behalf of the Islamic State extremist group. Now, the 21- year old is a reluctant cast member in a popular reality TV show. A cameraman pinned a microphone on Motar's bright yellow prison jumpsuit as he stood alongside a busy...

  • MIAMI, Dec 21- For a handful of Cuban-Americans, President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy wasn't much of a shocker. "There is a clear understanding in the White House that politically they are going to have to focus on and cultivate the younger generation of Cuban-Americans who are mobilized and out there supporting the president's decision," said Frank Mora, a...

  • Paul, Rubio clash over Obama's Cuba policy Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:16 PM ET

    Marco Rubio as "an isolationist" as the GOP's intra-party feud over President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy intensified. Paul was responding to Rubio's comments in an interview the night before with Fox News, in which Rubio said Paul had "no idea what he's talking about" when it comes to Cuba. The two White House prospects represent opposing viewpoints on Obama's...

  • *Tunisia held up as symbol of democratic change. It is a symbol, he says, of the kind of statesman Tunisia now needs. But the race between Essebsi and incumbent President Moncef Marzouki, the human rights activist named president after the first free election of 2011, is also dominated by questions over the return of those close to Ben Ali, who fled to Saudi Arabia.

  • Obama signs bill to sanction Venezuelan officials Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 3:24 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama has signed legislation into law allowing him to sanction Venezuelan government officials who were involved in a crackdown on anti-government protesters. Last summer, the State Department imposed a travel ban on Venezuelan officials who were accused of abuses during street protests that left dozens of people dead.

  • Announcing the end of what he called a "rigid" policy of isolation of Cuba that had been ineffective, Obama said the United States would move toward normal ties and would open an embassy in Cuba. Castro spoke in Cuba as Obama made his announcement on a policy shift made possible by the release of American Alan Gross, 65, who had been imprisoned in Cuba for five years.

  • Announcing the end of what he called a "rigid" policy of isolation of Cuba that had been ineffective, Obama said the United States planned to move toward normal ties and would open an embassy in Cuba. Castro spoke in Cuba as Obama made his announcement on a policy shift made possible by the release of American Alan Gross, 65, who had been imprisoned in Cuba for five...

  • White House fact sheet on change in Cuba policy Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people. It is clear that decades of U.S. isolation of Cuba have failed to accomplish our enduring objective of promoting the emergence of a democratic, prosperous, and stable Cuba. At times, longstanding U.S. policy towards...

  • Clinton denounces torture, says black lives matter Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 8:49 PM ET

    Clinton spoke about the importance of the nation acting in accordance with its values as she accepted an award from The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice& Human Rights at a New York gala. During her speech, she declared, "yes, black lives matter," a mantra of demonstrators around the country who have been protesting recent grand jury decisions not to indict white...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- A U.S. federal appeals court on Monday threw out a human rights lawsuit brought against Occidental Petroleum Corp over allegations that it played a role in killings carried out by the Colombian military in 2004.. A three-judge panel of the San Francisco- based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court judge's decision to...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- A U.S. federal appeals court on Monday threw out a human rights lawsuit brought against Occidental Petroleum Corp over allegations that it played a role in killings carried out by the Colombian military in 2004.. A three-judge panel of the San Francisco- based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court judge's decision to...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 12- A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2013 that made it all but impossible to sue foreign companies in U.S. courts for alleged roles in overseas human rights abuses is proving to be a boon for U.S. firms too, court documents show. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co, U.S. companies such as Chiquita Brands International Inc, IBM Corp and Ford Motor Co have...

  • EU-Cuba talks delayed by dispute over cultural event Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    BRUSSELS/ HAVANA, Dec 9- Cuba has delayed negotiations towards an accord with the European Union aimed at opening up the Communist-ruled island, citing a dispute over an EU cultural event in Washington, people close to the matter said on Tuesday. The third round of talks, due to take place on Jan. 8-9 in Havana, was scheduled to discuss human rights, always a sensitive...

  • From stigma to literacy in India, using...bananas? Sunday, 30 Nov 2014 | 12:00 PM ET
    A young woman from Saathi’s pilot village in India holds a Saathi pad.

    Saathi, a start-up that won Harvard's venture competition this year, empowers rural Indian women by using banana tree fiber to make sanitary pads.

  • Pope: Greed of man will destroy the world Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 2:18 PM ET
    Pope Francis addresses the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. staff during the Second International Conference on Nutrition in Rome, Nov. 20, 2014.

    Pope Francis warned that if the world continues to abuse natural resources due to greed, it will lead to global disaster.

  • From Wednesday, China will host the World Internet Conference in eastern Zhejiang Province, an event designed to showcase China's rising standing in the global technology industry and its positions on internet governance issues. The event is being organised by China's newly formed Cyberspace Administration and will draw Chinese policymakers and top...

  • HANGZHOU, China, Nov 7- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off a visit to China on Friday facing criticism that the troubled diplomatic relationship between the two nations has hampered trade, but promptly raised concern about human rights during the mostly business portion of his trip. Harper, on his first visit to China in two years, announced the...

  • Corporate America needs to get some gay pride Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 12:17 PM ET
    Marchers carry a rainbow flag at the LA Pride Parade in West Hollywood, Calif.

    The tides are turning in popular consensus. It’s time for Corporate America to get some gay pride, says author Steve Siebold.

  • *Clashes in Mong Kok protest hotspot early on Sunday. HONG KONG, Oct 20- A deepening sense of impasse gripped Hong Kong as pro-democracy protests entered their fourth week, with the government having limited options to end the crisis and demonstrators increasingly willing to confront police. Hopes of easing the worst political crisis in Hong Kong since Britain...

  • *Fate of Syrian Kurdish town sparks unrest in Turkey. GENEVA/ MURSITPINAR, Turkey, Oct 10- Thousands of people most likely will be massacred if Kobani falls to Islamic State fighters, a U.N. envoy said on Friday, as militants fought deeper into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town in full view of Turkish tanks that have done nothing to intervene. The United Nations...