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  • 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...

  • HAVANA, Jan 22- The United States said it pressed Cuba to improve human rights during historic, high-level talks on Thursday, annoying the Cubans after both sides reported making progress toward restoring diplomatic relations. Obama needs the Republican-controlled Congress to completely normalize relations with Cuba, and Republicans such as Florida...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 15- The following is the text of a discussion paper sent by EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini to the 28 members of the European Union, spelling out options for future relations with Russia. In this context the question arises whether to complement that policy with a more proactive approach in order to induce a policy change from Russia.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 8- Supporters and critics of free trade are readying for a bitter battle this year over major free trade deals and legislation to fast-track trade agreements through the U.S. Congress. Unions, progressive lawmakers, consumer advocates, environmentalists, and social justice and human rights lobbyists kicked off a campaign on Thursday to oppose...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 23- The United States will drop South Sudan and Gambia from a duty-free trade program as of Jan. 1, according to a presidential proclamation on Tuesday that said the countries failed to meet the conditions, without specifying them. The United States is pushing for United Nations action against South Sudan after fighting between government and...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Dec 23- A global arms trade treaty that aims to regulate the $85 billion industry and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers and criminals will enter into force on Wednesday, though the U.S. Senate has not yet ratified it. They say the treaty, which the United States signed in 2013, would require arms exporters around the world to meet...

  • 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...

  • *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.

  • 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...

  • 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...