Russian MP urges Facebook blockage over rainbow flag

A Russian lawmaker, who has strongly backed anti-gay legislation, said Facebook should be shut down in Russia over its support for the US Supreme Court`s decision to legalise same-sex marriage.

EU urges Saudis to stop lashing blogger

The EU on Monday renewed calls on Saudi Arabia to stop lashing blogger Raif Badawi after the country`s top court upheld the sentence against him for insulting Islam.

Alchemy acquires distribution rights for Cage's 'The Runner'
Alchemy acquires distribution rights for Cage's 'The Runner'

 The distribution rights of upcoming political drama "The Runner", starring Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage, has been acquired by Alchemy, the leading independent film and television distribution entity.

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi to make first China trip next week

Myanmar`s opposition leader and democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi will visit China for the first time next week, Beijing and her party said Friday, at a time of cooling relations between the once closely-bonded nations.

Azerbaijan jails opposition activist for 6 years

A court in Azerbaijan on Monday sentenced an opposition activist to six years in prison on drug charges which he denounced as politically motivated.

Rights and choices basic for women's health: Experts

Rights and choices should be the core issues related to women's health, experts said here on Thursday.

Indonesia to allow foreign journalists full Papua access

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Saturday decades-long reporting restrictions for foreign journalists in Papua would be lifted and ordered the release of a group of political prisoners in the insurgency-hit eastern province.

Indonesian leader grants clemency to Papuan political prisoners

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Saturday ordered the release of a group of political prisoners in Papua to "create a sense of peace" in a rare conciliatory gesture to the insurgency-hit eastern province.

China says US should look to rights problems closer to home

 China said on Thursday that the United States would be better to look to problems on its own doorstep rather than criticising China over human rights, after Washington repeated a call to release a well-known Chinese lawyer.

Egyptian president`s Spain trip angers human rights groups

Rights groups slammed an official visit to Spain on Thursday by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, saying he should be shunned for his authoritarian rule rather than courted for business deals.

North Korean diplomats storm out of UN rights meeting

North Korean diplomats on Thursday walked out of a UN conference on human rights in protest at the testimonies from three defectors about their ordeal living under the regime.

Russian MPs back mass prisoner amnesty for WWII anniversary

Russian lawmakers on Friday backed a mass prisoner amnesty proposed by President Vladimir Putin that could free thousands ahead of next month`s World War II victory anniversary.

Venezuelan newspapers at risk of closure: Press group

Several Venezuelan newspapers are at risk of imminent closure, the Inter-American Press Association warned Thursday, accusing leftist President Nicolas Maduro of impeding access to newsprint and discriminating against publications critical of his government.

Syria rights activists` verdict set for April 15: Lawyer

A verdict in the case of three Syrian activists accused of "promoting terrorist acts", including leading dissident Mazen Darwish, has been set for April 15, their lawyer said on Monday.

China releases three detained feminist activists: Lawyer

Chinese police on Monday released at least three of five feminist activists detained for over a month in a case which prompted an international diplomatic outcry, one of their lawyers said.

Cuban dissident held briefly in Panama ahead of summit

Panamanian authorities held a Cuban dissident for several hours Sunday as she tried to enter the country for a meeting on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas, the activist said.

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.