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Drought Could Complicate Already Difficult Food Crisis In Syria

The war in Syria, now in its fourth year, has created a massive humanitarian crisis. More than 2 million Syrians have left the country in an attempt to escape the conflict. Millions more have been displaced inside Syria, forced to leave their homes to survive.<p>In March, the United Nations World Food …

Edward Snowden: US government spied on human rights workers

The US has spied on the staff of prominent human rights organisations, Edward Snowden has told the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Europe's top human rights body.<p>Giving evidence via a videolink from Moscow, Snowden said the National Security Agency – for which he worked as a contractor – had …

Ukraine PM says will stick to austerity despite Moscow pressure | Reuters

KIEV (Reuters) - The Kiev government will stick to unpopular austerity measures “as the price of independence” as Russia steps up pressure on Ukraine to destabilise it, including by raising the price of gas, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk told Reuters.<p>Yatseniuk, 39, who stepped in as interim prime …

Associated Press News

The Forgotten Genocidal War in Darfur Revealed in New Satellite Photos

Satellite images show the savage Janjaweed militias who helped carry out the genocide in Sudan a decade ago are back at work, and with a …

Michigan's same-sex marriage ban to stay in place for now, court says

Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage will remain in place while the state fights a federal judge's ruling that declared the ban unconstitutional, an appeals court decided Tuesday.<p>A three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals stayed U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman's ruling on a …

LGBTQI

Appeals court halts gay marriages in Mich.

A federal appeals court issued an order Saturday preventing more same-sex couples from getting married in Michigan for at least several more days.<p>The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said it issued the stay because it needed more time to consider the state's appeal of a judge's …

Snowden leaks: NSA 'can collect all calls in foreign nation'

<b>The US government has reportedly built a system that can record every phone call made over a month in an undisclosed foreign country.</b><p>The National Security Agency (NSA) programme was created in 2009, the Washington Post reported.<p>Fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked details of …

Flu Drugs Saved Lives During 2009 Pandemic

Drugs used to treat the flu really did save the lives of seriously ill people during the influenza pandemic of 2009-2010, a studyin <i>The</i> <i>Lancet Respiratory Medicine</i> suggests.<p>Adults who promptly received doses of Tamiflu, Relenza or related drugs were half as likely to die in the hospital as people who …

Associated Press News

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

100+ Christians Killed in Nigeria

On eve of vote, Russian troops reported in Ukraine area outside of Crimea

Russia asserted its diplomatic and military muscle Saturday as tensions remained high ahead of a vote on secession in Crimea.<p>About 60 Russian troops in six helicopters and three armored vehicles reportedly crossed into Ukraine's Kherson region and were in the town of Strilkove, on a strip of land …

UN Sets Guidelines for How Developing Countries Should Teach Puberty

Many girls—especially those in low-income countries—start their periods without a clue as to what’s happening to them.<p>American parents barely …

Serbia and Croatia’s Competing Genocide Claims

Serbia and Croatia have opened their competing genocide cases against each other at The Hague—and lawyers in Russia and Ukraine will surely be taking …

Meet the professional refugees lucky to get the minimum wage in the UK

Wahid Ahmad, 33<p><b>Was: civil engineer, Afghanistan<br>Now: shelf stacker, north London</b><p>Wahid Ahmad trained as a civil engineer in Afghanistan, where he worked in a senior role for the UN on infrastructure projects, overseeing road- and bridge-building. "I was proud of the job I was doing, helping with the …

China parliament head warns of western-style democracy for Hong Kong | Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The head of China’s parliament warned on Thursday that importing western-style democracy for a planned direct election in Hong Kong in 2017 could lead to “disastrous” results, a delegate who attended the closed-door meeting said.<p>People walk past a waterfront near the People's …

Four men whipped in Nigeria court after being convicted of gay sex

Four young men have been convicted of gay sex and whipped publicly as punishment in an Islamic court in northern Nigeria, a human rights activist said.<p>The four were among dozens caught in a wave of arrests after Nigeria strengthened its criminal penalties for homosexuality with the Same Sex …

Malaria Climbs Mountains as the Climate Warms

Malaria is one of the most common—and deadly—infectious diseases in the world, sickening more than 300 million people a year and killing over 600,000 …

The Dalai Lama Says Gay Marriage Is OK During Larry King Interview (VIDEO)

The Dalai Lama came out in support of marriage equality during a Larry King interview where he said that he is OK with same sex marriage.<p>Though he has referred to Buddhist texts disallowing same sex intimacy in the past, his views on the subject appear to have evolved over the years. This is the …

New Government Report Warns of 'Cascading System Failures' Caused By Climate Change

WASHINGTON -- From roads and bridges to power plants and gas pipelines, American infrastructure is vulnerable to the effects of climate change, according to a pair of government reports released Thursday.<p>The reports are technical documents supporting the National Climate Assessment, a major review …

Almost 500 Foods Contain The 'Yoga Mat' Compound. Should We Care?

That compound found in commercially baked bread — yep, the one that's in yoga mats, too — is in the news again.<p>A report from the Environmental Working Group finds that the compound, azodicarbonamide, is found in close to 500 food products, from Pillsbury Dinner Rolls to Little Debbie products to …

Syria civil war 'horrors' lead US human rights report

<b>A global human rights report released by the US has singled out Syria's civil war as a tragedy that "stands apart in its scope and human cost".</b><p>The US said a chemical weapons attack in Syria that it says killed 1,429 was "one of many horrors" in the war.<p>The annual state department review also noted …

Rights & Freedoms

California's Drought: A Shocking Photo And Other Updates

Farmers in California, where Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency last month, are facing hard choices as a drought threatens to ruin their crops. They must weigh the costs of paying for irrigation against the chance that their fields will never get enough water this season.<p>A striking …