Aug 26, 2015

In shift, U.S. backs Sri Lanka's own war crimes probe

The United States said Wednesday that it wants to sponsor a resolution at next month’s U.N. human rights session that is supportive of Sri Lanka’s government, which wants to conduct its own investigation into alleged war crimes. The announcement by the visiting Assistant Secretary ...

Less-lethal weapons get new interest amid police shootings

Aug 26, 2015

Less-lethal weapons get new interest amid police shootings

Police in more than 20 North American cities are testing the latest in less-lethal alternatives to bullets — “blunt impact projectiles” that cause suspects excruciating pain but stop short of killing them. Or at least that’s the goal. Police have long had what they ...

Wine train issues apology to black women booted from train

Aug 26, 2015

Wine train issues apology to black women booted from train

The Napa Valley Wine Train issued an apology Tuesday to a book club that includes mostly black women who said they were booted from a tasting tour because of their race. The company also promised additional training for employees on cultural diversity and sensitivity, ...

Aug 25, 2015

Islamic State claims to kill 30 for sodomy, U.N. meeting told

The Islamic State extremist group has claimed responsibility for killing at least 30 people for sodomy, the head of an international gay rights organization said Monday at the first-ever U.N. Security Council meeting spotlighting violence and discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. ...

First female graduates of Ranger School earn elite tab

Aug 22, 2015

First female graduates of Ranger School earn elite tab

The first women to complete the U.S. Army’s rigorous Ranger School pinned on their black-and-gold Ranger tab at a raucous graduation ceremony Friday, putting a spotlight on the debate over women in combat. With family members, friends, an unusually large media contingent and an ...

Black teen killed by St. Louis police shot in back: autopsy

Aug 22, 2015

Black teen killed by St. Louis police shot in back: autopsy

A black teenager shot and killed by white St. Louis police officers this week died from a single gunshot that entered his back and struck his heart, a medical examiner said on Friday, which appears to contradict the police account of the shooting. News ...

Aug 19, 2015

Key Hong Kong pro-democracy students charged after Occupy protests

Two key figures in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement have been charged with illegal assembly almost a year after students stormed government headquarters at the height of huge protests against Chinese rule, one of the activists said on Wednesday. Alex Chow, 25, the former leader ...