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April 19th: David Cameron fights back

WITH less than three weeks to the election, all is not well in the Conservative camp. The party's carefully planned, disciplined campaign is not …

Child Care

Victory for press freedom in Africa?

Like many of his compatriots, Issa Lohé Konaté knew journalism could be a rough trade in west Africa. In a situation mirrored across much of the region, investigative journalism in Burkina Faso meant contending with an ageing autocrat, colonial-era libel laws and entrenched corruption that made it …

Africa

When will the safety of innocent civilians - of all faiths and none - be put before the human rights of maniacs?

The British people have exercised patience and tolerance - but we will resist those who take liberties with our liberty. Understand that and tout est pardonné<p>They could have lashed out in rage. Heaven knows, the provocation was great enough. Yet, the remaining staff of <b>Charlie Hebdo</b>, who saw eight …

Religion

US criticizes Saudi sentence of human rights lawyer

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is criticizing Saudi Arabia for extending the prison sentence of a human rights attorney for "exercising his rights to …

French Government Shows Stunning Hypocrisy on Free Speech

The photos of 40 of the world's government leaders marching arm-in-arm along a Paris boulevard on Sunday with the president of the United States not …

Rights & Freedoms

US House votes to block funding for Obama immigration orders

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives has voted to block funding for President Barack Obama's executive order to protect about millions …

Immigration

U.S. court hears states' suit against Obama immigration plan | Reuters

DALLAS (Reuters) - A federal judge in Texas heard arguments on Thursday in a lawsuit brought by two dozen states that seeks to block Obama administration efforts to reduce the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about the …

20 Mexico state officials under investigation for torture, cover-up in military killings

At least 20 Mexico state officials are under investigation in the cover-up of threats and torture of women who were witnesses to the alleged killing of prisoners by soldiers last year, state authorities said Wednesday.<p>State attorney for Mexico state, Alejandro Gomez, said the officials under …

CIA board clears spy agency of illegally searching Senate computers

Board set up by CIA calls the agency's actions a 'mistake,' not 'malfeasance'<p>A CIA accountability board has cleared the spy agency of wrongdoing after CIA officials were found to have searched the files of congressional investigators tasked with reviewing the possible use of torture tactics during …

Pope Francis on Freedom of Speech: 'One Cannot Make Fun of Faith'

MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis suggested there are limits to freedom of expression, saying in response to the Charlie Hebdo terror attack that “one cannot make fun of faith” and that anyone who throws insults can expect a "punch."<p>The pontiff said that both freedom of faith and freedom of speech …

Pennsylvania Towns Are Throwing in the Towel as Gun Owners Challenge Illegal Rules

The Keystone State is getting a whole lot friendlier with firearms as a new law is forcing towns to repeal their restrictions on guns.<p>Pennsylvania has long barred towns from implementing restrictive gun rules, but many municipalities went ahead and passed local restrictions anyway.<p>When Gov. Tom …

U.S. report says human rights worsen in China

BEIJING — A U.S. report Tuesday accused China's rulers of intensifying their repression of personal freedoms, even as the communist government has proclaimed a commitment to greater human rights.<p>Freedom House, a Washington advocacy group, said that since Communist Party leader Xi Jinping came to …