Russia has 'more right' to Crimea than UK to Falklands, says Moscow

Russia has more claim to Crimea than Britain has to the Falkland Islands, a senior Russian lawmaker insisted Sunday as London again denounced Moscow`s "illegal annexation" of the peninsula.

French court to rule on foie gras cruelty

A French court is set to rule Thursday on whether a foie gras producer was guilty of "acts of cruelty" for the conditions in which it force-fed its birds.

Can't use my songs without getting rights from me: Ilayaraja

A day after securing a court order against five audio recording companies from making and selling his compositions, veteran musician Ilayaraja today said henceforth his consent was mandatory for using his works.

Eros International, Studio Green get 'Masss' worldwide rights
Eros International, Studio Green get 'Masss' worldwide rights

The worldwide rights of upcoming Tamil supernatural thriller "Masss", starring Suriya, Nayantara and Pranitha, have been jointly acquired by Eros International Media Limited and Studio Green.

Chad's ex-president Habre to stand trial for war crimes

Senegalese authorities sent former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre before a special tribunal on Friday to stand trial for torture, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Saudi blogger Badawi again avoids flogging: Amnesty

Saudi Arabian blogger Raef Badawi avoided further flogging on Friday, Amnesty International said, marking the fifth straight week that his 1,000-lash sentence has not been carried out.

UK holds first trial over female genital mutilation

A London doctor went on trial on Monday for carrying out female genital mutilation in only the first such case to be prosecuted in Britain despite pressure from campaigners.

UN urges Myanmar to grant rights to Muslim Rohingya

The UN General Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution urging Myanmar to grant citizenship to its Rohingya Muslim minority and grant them equal access to services. 

US blasts Azerbaijan clampdown on Radio Free Europe

The US State Department on Monday lambasted Azerbaijan over its crackdown on the US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, calling the arrests of journalists an attack on civil society.

US blacklists more Russians tied to whistleblower death

The US rolled out new sanctions against named Russian officials Monday under its "Magnitsky" law, named after a Russian whistleblower who died in a Moscow prison in 2009.

China jails six 'cult' members in continuing crackdown

China has jailed six members of a fringe religious group known as "Almighty God" for up to five years for promoting their faith, state-media reported Saturday.

US-funded Radio Liberty in Azerbaijan raided

Prosecutors in Azerbaijan on Friday raided the offices of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty`s local service, according to its director who condemned the move as a crackdown on free media in the tightly-controlled Caucasus nation.

UN watchdog slams police shootings of blacks in US

A UN watchdog on Friday slammed police shootings of blacks in the United States, days after a decision not to prosecute a white officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen sparked nationwide protests.

Universal acquires rights of 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2'
Universal acquires rights of 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2'

Universal has acquired rights of sequel to the 2002 comedy 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding'. The studios are set to release the movie in the US and much of the rest of the world, reported Contactmusic.

Ebola: UN drafts guidelines against rights violations in quarantine

The UN announced Thursday that it is drawing up guidelines to prevent human rights violations in health quarantine for people suspected of having contracted the deadly Ebola virus.

PVP, Dil Raju jointly acquire remake rights of `Bangalore Days`

Well known producers Prasad V. Potluri of PVP Cinema and Dil Raju have jointly acquired the all Indian languages remake rights of recent Malayalam blockbuster `Bangalore Days`.

Italy abandons refugees in car parks without food, shoes: UN

The UN refugee agency today accused Italy of abandoning hundreds of refugees in car parks on the outskirts of Rome and Milan, abandoning them without shoes, food or money.

Sri Lanka reiterates rejection of UN rights investigation

Sri Lanka today voiced its opposition to the impending UNHRC`s probe on alleged rights abuses during the final phase of the conflict with the LTTE, saying the investigation would set a "dangerous precedent".

Little progress on rights in Sri Lanka: Report

Sri Lanka made little progress in 2013 in accountability for serious human rights abuses committed during the civil war that ended in 2009, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Rights group official arrested in Bangladesh

Bangladesh authorities have arrested a senior official of a human rights organisation on charges of misleading people by disseminating "false information".