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  • Four militants hanged in Pakistan as execution campaign widens

    Pakistan hanged four Islamist militants on Sunday in the second set of executions since the government lifted a moratorium after the Taliban massacred 132 children and nine others at a school last week.
  • Jordan hangs 11 after eight-year death penalty freeze

    Jordan executed 11 citizens on Sunday, ending an eight-year moratorium on capital punishment, judicial sources said. The hanged men were among 120 Jordanians convicted of capital crimes in the last 10 years, according to the sources. Jordan halted...

    In historic U.S.-Cuba deal, Fidel is the man who wasn't there

    In historic U.S.-Cuba deal, Fidel is the man who wasn't there
    Missing from discussions touched off by the epic changes coming in U.S.-Cuba relations was the bearded figure who stands as the constant center of 55 years of stalemate: Fidel Castro. Now 88, the elder Castro ceded power to brother Raul more than six...

    Turkish sociologist acquitted of 1998 blast for fourth time

    A Turkish sociologist who researched the treatment of minority Kurds and has become a cause celebre for human rights groups was acquitted for the fourth time on Friday of bombing Istanbul's Spice Bazaar in 1998. Pinar Selek was arrested shortly after the...

    Yemeni women fear Houthis are restricting freedoms

    When Yemeni Arwa Othman took a dance at the headquarters of a political party in Sanaa, she exposed the kind of deep hostility that is worrying women's rights campaigners now that Houthi rebels control the capital. Othman presented an unusual sight in...