U.S. blacklists Thailand, Malaysia over human trafficking

Jun 21, 2014

U.S. blacklists Thailand, Malaysia over human trafficking

Failure to meet minimum standards in fighting human trafficking has landed Thailand and Malaysia on a State Department blacklist, a move that could strain relations with two important U.S. partners in Asia. The department improved its rating of strategic rival China, citing Beijing’s steps ...

Twitter restores access to 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan

Jun 19, 2014

Twitter restores access to 'blasphemous' content in Pakistan

Twitter has restored access inside Pakistan to dozens of tweets and accounts, after blocking them last month following official complaints about “blasphemous” content, in a move hailed by free-speech activists. The microblogging site said it had changed its May 18 decision, to restrict access ...

France in shock after beating of Roma teen

Jun 18, 2014

France in shock after beating of Roma teen

The brutal beating by vigilantes of a Roma teenager who is now fighting for his life has left France in shock, with President Francois Hollande on Tuesday calling the assault “unspeakable and unjustifiable.” Accused of robbery, the 16-year-old was dragged into a basement in ...

Jun 14, 2014

Canada's top court bolsters Internet privacy protection

Canada’s Constitution bars authorities from forcing Internet providers to turn over the identities of customers without a warrant, the Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision that better protects online anonymity. Privacy advocates say the ruling makes unconstitutional a Conservative government bill currently before ...

Angelina Jolie launches war zone rape protocol

Jun 12, 2014

Angelina Jolie launches war zone rape protocol

Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague launched an international protocol on Wednesday which the Hollywood star hopes will “really, truly end impunity” for sexual violence in wars. The document, which offers guidance for those on the front line who document sexual violence, ...