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  • 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...

  • 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
    Rainbow flag at Pride Parade

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

  • Let's tear down barriers to educating girls Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 11:13 AM ET
    A young girl studying in a classroom in Gao, northeastern Mali.

    Educating girls around the world has to be a top priority, says the national finance co-chair of Ready for Hillary.

  • Buffett questions report's claims on gay workers Friday, 3 Oct 2014 | 4:05 PM ET
    Warren Buffett

    Berkshire Hathaway's CEO Warren Buffett pushed back against a recent study that said his company doesn't protect LGBT employees.

  • Empowering women is good for the economy Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    Countries are waking up to the benefits of empowering women but there's more to be done, says the national finance co-chair of Ready for Hillary.