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Gay men and trans women were suddenly rounded up in Azerbaijan. Here's why.

During the last two weeks of September, Azerbaijani police launched a violent campaign of “arresting and torturing men presumed to be gay or bisexual, as well as transgender women,” according to Human Rights Watch and local advocacy organizations. On Oct. 2, by all accounts, police released all the …

LGBTQI

Afghanistan: Girls Struggle for an Education

“By the time we walked to school, the school day would end.” – Najiba, 15, explaining why she and her eight siblings did not go to school in …

Education

When you die you KNOW you're dead because your brain still works - and you could even hear your death announced

Cardiac arrest survivors were aware of what was going on around them while they were 'dead' - including seeing doctors trying to save them or hearing …

Medicine

Smartphones Are Weapons of Mass Manipulation, and This Guy Is Declaring War on Them - MIT Technology Review

If, like an ever-growing majority of people in the U.S., you own a smartphone, you might have the sense that apps in the age of the pocket-sized …

Social Media

How 3-D Printers Could Erase a Quarter of Global Trade by 2060

Critics of global trade might find something to celebrate in the advent of 3-D printing.<p>Raoul Leering, head of international trade analysis at at …

Globalization

Modernising female voice for Qatar

<b>If the personal is political, then Sheikha Hind, a senior member of Qatar's ruling royal family, gives a very direct answer to her views on the end of the driving ban for women in Saudi Arabia.</b><p>"I have two asthmatic boys and when you need to take them in an emergency at 02:00 - and your husband is …

University College London

Japan Rises as a Free-Trade Leader as the U.S. Sinks

The nation is pursuing America's traditional agenda, though the results will be different.<p>Back in the 1980s or 1990s, few would have predicted that Japan would become the standard-bearer of free trade. This is, after all, the country that once tried to ban foreign-made skis by claiming that …

Economics

Kurds Voted for Independence. Here’s Who Else Has a Say.

Several million Kurds in Iraq have taken a symbolic step toward achieving a dream deferred since the end of World War I: establishing a homeland of their own.<p>Often described as the world’s largest ethnic group without a distinct state, more than 30 million Kurds are spread across five countries. …

Middle East

Bernie Sanders: Saudi Arabia Is “Not an Ally” and the U.S. Should “Rethink” Its Approach to Iran

Saudi Arabia is “not an ally of the United States,” according to Bernie Sanders, the independent senator and former Democratic presidential …

Saudi Arabia

Rouhani Lashes Back at Trump, as Iran Unveils New Missile

Escalating a war of words with the United States, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran declared on Friday that his country would continue to develop new missiles and “would not seek anyone’s permission to defend our land.”<p>As he spoke at a military parade in Tehran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards …

South Asia

HuffPost columnist: Netherlands pushing "a moral duty to abort" Down Syndrome babies

First Iceland, now the Netherlands? Renate Lindeman, the organizer behind DownPride and the mother of two Down Syndrome daughters, accuses the …

Prenatal Development