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China arrests most prominent woman rights lawyer for subversion

China lawyer arrested Chinese authorities have formally arrested China's most prominent woman human rights lawyer, accusing her of subverting the state, her lawyer said on Wednesday, as part of a crackdown on activists who have helped people fight for their legal rights.

The lawyer, Wang Yu, was taken into custody last July and accused the next month of inciting subversion and "causing a disturbance".

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Families long for justice after civilian bloodshed in joint US-Afghan raid

No justice for Afghan collateral damage victimsLight was still faint on the morning of Aug. 3, 2014, when Mohammad Razeq saw the women crying by the dirt road that led to his house. Recognizing them from his village, he pulled his station wagon over to see what was wrong.

Razeq’s older brother, Mohammad Khan (In Afghanistan, brothers sometimes share the same Arabic first name), watched from the backseat as Razeq bent over and held up the bloodied body that lay at one of the woman’s feet. “As baray-e khuda” (for God’s sake), she wailed. The man was her husband and a Taliban militant; he was shot the previous night by an aircraft. An Afghan officer claims that the man tried to fire a rocket-propelled grenade at Afghan and U.S. forces.

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Guantánamo inmates down to 104 after Kuwaiti's release – with more to come

Gitmo down to 104The detainee population at Guantánamo Bay has fallen to 104 as a Kuwaiti man held at the infamous wartime prison since May 2002 has returned home.

Faiz Mohammed Ahmed al-Kandari, 38, is the third detainee to leave Guantánamo Bay this week, part of an initiative by Barack Obama expected to get the remaining population in detention significantly below 100.

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UN Palestinian Territory Investigator Resigns After Israel Denies Visa Request

Makarim WibisonoThe United Nations special investigator into Israel’s human rights abuses in Palestinian territories has resigned over Israel’s refusal to grant him a visa for travel into the West Bank.

Makarim Wibisono of Indonesia announced his resignation to the United Nations in a letter on Monday, the Jerusalem Post reported. He had taken over the post of special rapporteur on the state of Palestinian human rights in 2014.

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The Nation That Executed 47 People In 1 Day Sits On The U.N. Human Rights Council

Saudis sit on Human Rights group at UNSaudi Arabia’s announcement Saturday that it executed 47 prisoners, including an influential Shiite cleric, caused protests in Shiite neighborhoods around the world, from Saudi Arabia itself to Bahrain to Kashmir.

Shiite leaders in countries including Iran, Lebanon and Iraq issued fierce warnings that the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who supported regional anti-government protests and was arrested in 2012, would herald the downfall of the Saudi regime. European officials criticized the mass executions and warned that Nimr’s death risking inflaming sectarian tensions in the region.

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ISIS Documents Set Sexual Slavery Rules

ISIS fatwah on female slavesIslamic State theologians have issued an extremely detailed ruling on when "owners" of women enslaved by the extremist group can have sex with them, in an apparent bid to curb what they called violations in the treatment of captured females.

The ruling or fatwa has the force of law and appears to go beyond the Islamic State's previous known utterances on the subject, a leading Islamic State scholar said. It sheds new light on how the group is trying to reinterpret centuries-old teachings to justify the sexual slavery of women in the swaths of Syria and Iraq it controls.

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Churches offer refuge for Central Americans facing U.S. deportation

Churches offer refuge for deporteesLeaders of the church-based Sanctuary Movement vowed on Friday to offer their places of worship as refuge for immigrants facing deportation under an Obama administration crackdown on Central American families who entered the United States illegally.

The statement came two days after The Washington Post first reported the U.S. government was planning a series of raids to remove hundreds of undocumented families as early as January in the first such large-scale effort targeting the recent flood of border crossers.

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