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Lose all track of time (and cell signal) along California's Redwood Coast. Movie buffs might recognize the region’s scene-stealing backdrops from Hollywood blockbusters like <i>Jurassic Park</i>, <i>E.T.</i> and <i>Star Wars</i>. But the full wonder of California’s 2000-year-old redwoods – some reaching 20 stories high – …

Nigeria's addiction to the death sentence | Law

<b>Lagos, Nigeria -</b> As much of the rest of the world geared up to celebrate winter holidays in December last year, a group of 54 soldiers formerly deployed to fight Nigerian Islamists stood in front of a court martial in Abuja.<p>Among them, one young man listened in shock as the court found him guilty …

Zelda Williams Is the Latest to Leave Twitter Because of Ugly Attacks

There are people, maybe some you know, who thought it “funny,” “edgy,” or “amusing” to send abusive and cruel images to the daughter of recently …

The War Photo No One Would Publish

When Kenneth Jarecke photographed an Iraqi man burned alive, he thought it would change the way Americans saw the Gulf War. But the media wouldn’t run the picture.<p>The Iraqi soldier died attempting to pull himself up over the dashboard of his truck. The flames engulfed his vehicle and incinerated …

Should doctors have the right to refuse to treat a patient?

Canada's largest medical regulator is reviewing its policy on physicians and the human rights code, a document that wrestles with a thorny question: When can a doctor refuse to treat a patient on religious or moral grounds?<p>The review by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is a …

Canada: A safer haven for LGBT refugees

More than 75 countries have outlawed homosexuality and at least five countries have laws that allow homosexual acts to be punished by death. Because of the physical and emotional abuse that some people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) receive from their …

Egypt court orders dozen more death penalties

An Egyptian court has sentenced 12 supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi to death on charges connected to the fatal shooting of a police general last year.<p>Eight of them, including the man convicted of firing the fatal bullet, are in custody, while the other four are on the run and were tried …

'Civil war and terrorism' driving instability

Global Peace Index 2014 shows world peace on decline due to internal conflict and dramatic rise in non-state violence.<p>A dramatic increase in deaths caused by acts defined as terrorism and internal conflicts has driven the world to one of its most unstable states since World War Two, an annual …

Sudan woman faces death penalty for apostasy

Court gives Mariam Yahya until Thursday to abandon her Christian religion or face death sentence.<p>A Sudanese court has given a 27-year-old woman until Thursday to abandon her Christian faith or face a death sentence, judicial sources have said.<p>Mariam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag, who was born to a Muslim …

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 …

5 things to know about the Victims Bill of Rights

Details of legislation proposed by the Conservatives<p>OTTAWA – The Conservative government unveiled its long-awaited victims’ rights bill on Thursday. …

The Overprotected Kid

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.<p>A trio of boys tramps alongthe length of a wooden fence, back and forth, shouting like carnival barkers. “The Land! It opens …

The Biggest Non-Profit Mistake of All Time

Four years ago, I sat at my desk overlooking the Manhattan skyline from the 25th floor of 3 Times Square. I was in my mid-twenties, earning a …

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The 10 Most Ethical Destinations On Earth

Ethical Traveler wants your adventures to have a positive impact on the world.<p>As eco-tourism gains more and more recognition, Ethical Travel has compiled a list of the ten best "ethical destinations" on earth. These are countries that are "working to maintain strong environmental, human rights, and …

Ugandan president signs anti-gay law

Uganda's president has signed a controversial anti-gay bill that allows harsh penalties for "homosexual offences", calling them "mercenaries" and "prostitutes".<p>Yoweri Museveni on Monday signed the bill, which holds that homosexuals be jailed for long terms, outlaws the promotion of homosexuality …

Sudan court convicts gang-raped teenager of 'indecent acts'

A pregnant teenager who was gang-raped and ignored when she tried to report the crime has been convicted of "indecent acts" by a court in Sudan.<p>The victim, an Ethiopian migrant, was sentenced to one month in prison, which has been suspended, and fined 5,000 Sudanese pounds (£528). The verdict was …

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The World According To Vladimir Putin

The worldview of Russian President Vladimir Putin could be summed up along these lines:<p>Moscow's precipitous decline in global influence since the Soviet breakup must be reversed. Russia must be respected as the dominant power in former Soviet republics like Ukraine. Russia is entitled to a strong …

Are we prepared to abandon Afghanistan's women after 13 years trying to empower them?

In 10 days, before the stroke of midnight on Feb. 24, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai must decide his legacy for Afghanistan's women, on whether or not he will sign more than 15 million of his countrywomen and girls into legislated slavery. The international community needs a gut check if they …

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Statement by the President on the Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda

As a country and a people, the United States has consistently stood for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. We believe …

ICC to open war crimes probe in CAR

Prosecutor says crimes committed "possibly fall within the jurisdiction" of the International Criminal Court.<p>The International Criminal Court is to open a preliminary examination into violence in the Central African Republic to determine whether atrocities committed there constitute possible war …

11 Facts About Animal Cruelty | DoSomething.org | Volunteer for Social Change

1<p>American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "Puppy Mills." Web Accessed February 18, 2015.<p>2<p>People for the Ethical Treatment of …

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Angel's sad story from the killing waters of Taiji, Japan | The Star

The Canadian Olympic Committee sent an email, saying “We recognize that the global reach of the Olympic Games often illuminates non-sport-specific …