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Thousands rally over blasphemy law in Pakistan

More than 20,000 people rallied in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi on Sunday, police said, against proposed amendment to blasphemy laws that were recently used to sentence a Christian woman to death.


Southerners in north Sudan fear future after break

The young mother of three bids her neighbors farewell as they pack up and leave the Khartoum slum where they have lived for years to return to their homeland in south Sudan, jubilant at the imminent realization of their dream of independence. But Ajak Majak is not joining the celebrations - she's staying.


Change in passport language is boon to gay rights activists

Riding the momentum from the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," and the State Department's adoption of more gender-neutral language on passport applications, gay rights activists are pressing for more changes to federal policies that they say are unfavorable to gay Americans.


Syria stiffens punishment for honor killing

Syria has ordered the sentence for those convicted of honor killings tripled to between five and seven years.


Woman Arrested for Wearing Hijab Sues Georgia City

A Muslim woman who was arrested after she refused to remove her headscarf in a west Georgia courthouse has sued the city and the officers who arrested her.


Spanish city bans face-covering Islamic veils in public buildings

Lleida, located in north-eastern region of Catalonia, approved legislation in May but procedural issues delayed its implementation


Condemned Iranian Woman Tells Journalists 'Leave My Case Alone'

An Iranian woman whose stoning sentence sparked international outrage has appeared before journalists, urging them not to interfere and saying "many people" had exploited her case, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.


Senate Repeals Ban Against Openly Gay Military Personnel

The Senate on Saturday struck down the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military, bringing to a close a 17-year struggle over a policy that forced thousands of Americans from the ranks and caused others to keep secret their sexual orientation.


Storm Over Congolese Child Brides

Bukama residents furious with magistrates investigating unlawful unions.


Calgary Anglicans first congregation in Canada to join Catholic Church

A congregation of conservative Anglicans in Calgary has become the first in Canada to accept an offer from the Pope to rejoin the Catholic Church.



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