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Little Hope of Change to Poor Saudi Rights Record

Washington, D.C.  Saudi Arabia’s human rights record has long been the subject of widespread condemnation by rights groups. But within the context of the ultra-conservative, religious society, King Abdullah, who died Friday, was seen as a leader who gradually tried to lay the groundwork for rights reforms. “Abdullah was known as something of a reformist [...]

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Obama: Interesting Stuff Happens in the Fourth Quarter

“My presidency is entering the fourth quarter. Interesting stuff happens in the fourth quarter.” President Barack Obama, 12/19/2014 . The best place to watch President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday is http://wh.gov/SOTU.    5:13 PM – 17 Jan 2015 Tweet

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Door Opens: Six Democrats From U.S. Congress Visit Cuba

Havana, Cuba.  A U.S. congressional delegation is in Cuba in the first such visit since President Barack Obama announced last month that Washington would normalize relations with the island nation.  The six-member group of Democrats, led by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, arrived Saturday in Havana. Raúl Castro, President of the Council of State of Cuba.  Photo: [...]

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Millions March in France Against Terrorism

Paris, France.  World leaders joined nearly four million people in the streets of Paris and around France Sunday, in solidarity with the victims of a terror spree last week that killed 17 people. More than 40 heads of state and government joined French President Francois Hollande in linking arms for a brief walk through Paris. [...]

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Ban Outraged by ‘Horrendous, Cold-Blooded’ Attack on French Magazine

New York, N.Y.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned the appalling and “cold-blooded crime” committed by terrorists who attacked the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which news reports indicate killed 10 media workers and two police officers. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. U.N. Photo/Amanda Voisard. “I am appalled and deeply shocked by the attack against Charlie Hebdo in Paris this morning,” [...]

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Latin America Welcomes Obama’s Move to Restore US-Cuba Ties

Washington, D.C.  Latin American leaders who for years have pressured the United States to drop its economic embargo against Cuba praised President Barack Obama for moving on Wednesday to restore diplomatic relations with its communist-run Cold War foe. Raúl Castro with Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, 2008.  Roosewelt Pinheiro/ABr - Agência Brasil. Regional leaders said the move and [...]

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Historic Dalai Lama Broadcast Resonates on Chinese Social Media

Dharamsala, India.  For Tibetans, December 10 is usually charged with happiness and tension, as security police swarm markets and temples on the lookout for extraordinary displays of religious fervor or celebration. Their vigilance marks the Dalai Lama’s 1989 Nobel Prize anniversary, a day when many Tibetans have the spiritual leader in their thoughts and grapple [...]

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Spotlighting Racism, Stigma, U.N. Launches Ambitious Project

New York, N.Y.  People of African descent still face racism in every country, region and continent of the world, said United Nations General Assembly President Sam Kutesa as the world body today kicked off its International Decade of People of African Descent. Students inside a newly built classroom at a camp for internally displaced persons [...]

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