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Nigerian army didn't heed Boko Haram kidnap warning, says Amnesty International

Daniel Magnowski Nigerian security forces failed to act on an advance warning about a raid by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram on a school that led to the abduction of more than 200 girls last month, Amnesty...

Malala Yousafzai, children's right activist Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel peace prize

When she was 15, Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban because she had campaigned for education for girls.

Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai, shot in the head by the Taliban two years ago for advocating girls' right to education, and Indian children's right advocate Kailash Satyarthi won the 2014 Nobel...

Afghanistan hangs five men over gang rape, despite concerns of rights groups

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai (left) confirmed the death sentences just before leaving office late last month.

Mirwais Harooni Afghanistan hanged five men on Wednesday over a gang rape that had shocked the country, officials said, despite requests from human rights groups for new President Ashraf Ghani to stay the executions...

Europe grapples with whether to ban Muslim burqas and niqabs

Two women wearing Islamic niqab veils stand outside the French Embassy in London during a demonstration in 2011.

Nick Miller Burqa bans are back on the table in Europe following the rejection of an appeal against such a ban in France.

Woman goes on hunger strike after failed bid to watch men's volleyball in Iran

Michelle Moghtader An Iranian-British woman has gone on hunger strike in prison in Tehran to protest against her arrest for trying to watch a men's volleyball game, the opposition website Kalame reported on Sunday.

New Aceh law punishes gay and extramarital sex with 100 lashes

Police officers check a female motorcyclist wearing pants at a checkpoint in Aceh.

Michael Bachelard Gay sex and sex outside marriage in the Indonesian province of Aceh will be punishable by 100 lashes of the cane under new laws passed by the local parliament.

Grim life awaits refugees in Cambodia

Srey Kuoch, a sex worker and drug user, hugs her young son, Chan Vutha, in Wat Phnom Park, opposite the residence of the Australian ambassador.

Lindsay Murdoch A coalition of 21 organisations working to promote human rights in Cambodia described Australia's refugee deal as a cynical attempt to place refugees who had already suffered persecution in their...

China increasingly producing 'tools of torture' for export - Amnesty

Chinese weighted leg cuffs.

Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Dozens of Chinese firms are producing and exporting "tools of torture", from electric stun guns to metal spiked batons, to countries with bad human rights records, rights...

Iraqi woman tells of gang rape ordeal at hands of ISIL

Basra

Ruth Pollard Zeitoun enters the classroom that is now home to more than a dozen people and sits beside me. "For one month and eight days I was in the hands of ISIL," she says.

Ukraine and EU ratify landmark pact

Dmitry Zaks The Ukrainian and European parliaments have simultaneously ratified a landmark pact at the heart of the ex-Soviet country's bloodiest crisis since independence.

Ukrainian president offers rebels major concessions to end uprising

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks to the press following talks with the European Commission president in Kiev.

Ukraine is ready to ratify a disputed EU agreement, while President Petro Poroshenko has pledged a series of major concessions to end the uprising by pro-Russian rebels in restive eastern Ukraine,...

Yazidis' Iraq horror: 'I know what happened to them, but I cannot bear to say it'

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect flee violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq's north.

Ruth Pollard There are now only an estimated 600,000 Yazidis left in Iraq. Islamic State's brutal assault has left some of them questioning whether it is time to leave the country for good.

On the ground with Kurdish forces

A Kurdish Peshmerga fighter.

Ruth Pollard On the vast frontline in the battle with Islamic State forces, Kurdish soldiers with 40-year-old weapons await military supplies from the West.

Afghans tortured, killed by US troops need justice, says Amnesty

Afghan relatives of civilian victims of the country's conflict look on during a press conference in Kabul on August 11, 2014. The families of thousands of civilians killed by American forces in Afghanistan have been left without justice or compensation, Amnesty International said on August 11, 2014, in a damning indictment of the US military as it withdraws. Amnesty said in a report it had gathered evidence of

US military personnel who have tortured or killed civilians in Afghanistan have not been brought to justice because of failures in the US military justice system, human rights group Amnesty...

Yazidi exodus from the mountain: thousands flood into Iraq following air strikes

Refugees from the Yazidi sect cross the Syrian border into Faysh Khabur, Iraq.

Liz Sly Hungry, thirsty and tired, thousands of Yazidis limped across a narrow bridge on the Iraqi-Syrian border, the last leg of a nightmarish journey that some have not survived - and many more may not.

Palestinian refugees forced to flee again as Syrian forces turn against them

A Palestinian girl stands in front of pro-Gaza graffiti that reads: 'Despite our injuries, we support Gaza. The blood of martyrs will not be wasted.'

Matthew Clayfield In an old tissue paper factory near the Syrian-Turkish border live people who are refugees twice over.

Indian human rights activist, the 'Iron Lady of Manipur', freed after 14-year hunger strike

'It is hard for me to believe that I am free now': Indian human rights activist Irom Sharmila speaks to the media outside a prison hospital in the northeastern Indian city of Imphal following her release.

New Delhi: An Indian human rights activist who has been on hunger strike for the last 14 years in protest against alleged army atrocities walked free on Wednesday from a prison hospital where doctors...

Why a beheading? A look at Islamic State's tactic

Beheaded by Islamic State ... Journalist James Foley poses for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press in 2007.

Adam Taylor On Tuesday afternoon, a video was uploaded to YouTube by Islamic State militants that appeared to show something terrible: The execution of an American journalist, James Foley, who had been missing...

The defiant one

Lydia Cacho Ribeiro (born Mexico City, 12 April 1963) is a Mexican journalist, feminist, and human rights activist. Described by Amnesty International as

Paul McGeough Mexican investigative journalist Lydia Cacho, in Australia to speak at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, has taken on drug cartels and paedophile rings - and survived.