Dec 28, 2014

Egypt reduces sentences in same-sex wedding case

An Egyptian appeals court on Saturday upheld the conviction of eight men for “inciting debauchery” for appearing in an alleged same-sex wedding video, but reduced their sentences from three years in prison to one, a court official said. The court didn’t immediately give a ...

Campaign seeks gun permits for Colorado pot users

Dec 24, 2014

Campaign seeks gun permits for Colorado pot users

Using marijuana in Colorado is legal. But the drug remains illegal federally and therefore is a disqualifier for obtaining a permit to carry a concealed firearm. The so-called “Colorado Campaign for Equal Gun Rights” wants to put a question on the November 2016 ballot ...

Dec 24, 2014

U.N. bars visitor with 'Black Lives Matter' patch on coat

The United Nations barred a visitor from entering the world body’s headquarters last week because she was wearing a patch on her coat with the words “Black Lives Matter,” saying on Tuesday that the ban is in keeping with long-standing U.N. rules. The sentence ...

Single mothers in Nepal blast planned citizenship bill

Dec 23, 2014

Single mothers in Nepal blast planned citizenship bill

Nepalese single mother Deepti Gurung has spent years trying and failing to register her two teenage daughters as citizens of their country. Although her children were both born in Nepal, the 40-year-old has struggled to secure their legal right to citizenship in the absence ...

Dec 21, 2014

Exile groups face choice: adapt or die

by Laura Wides-Munoz

Hours before President Barack Obama announced an end to a half-century of U.S. efforts to isolate Cuba’s communist government, the Cuban American National Foundation opened the doors to its inviting new headquarters, with a modern glass and concrete lobby in the heart of Miami’s ...

Xi warns Hong Kong and Macau in 'one China' message

Dec 20, 2014

Xi warns Hong Kong and Macau in 'one China' message

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned Hong Kong and Macau on Saturday to remember they are part of “one China,” as pro-democracy campaigners in both semiautonomous territories call for free leadership elections. Security has been tight during Xi’s two-day visit to Macau to mark the ...