April 26, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
Indonesia notified nine convicted of drug traffickers--four Nigerian men, two Australian men, a Filipino woman, and one man each from Brazil, France and Indonesia--that their executions will be carried out within 72 hours. The executions will be carried out by firing squad in Besi prison on ...[read more]
April 16, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
A French court on Thursday permitted four lesbian women to adopt their wives' children born in foreign countries through artificial insemination. France has legalized same-sex marriage and adoption, but only heterosexual couples are authorized to have medically assisted fertilization. In April ...[read more]
April 13, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The French Parliament on Monday debated a bill that would give French intelligence services more powers to bug and track potential terrorists in France. The bill would require Internet companies to monitor suspicious behavior. Internet companies are concerned that the legislation could deter ...[read more]
April 12, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
The Kenyan government announced on Sunday that it asked the UN Refugee Agency to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees by July. The request comes in the wake of the Garissa University massacre, an attack by Shebab insurgents that left nearly 150 dead. A statement released by the ...[read more]
March 22, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged EU leaders France, Germany and Switzerland to raise human rights concerns directly with Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambaev about abuses occurring in his country. HRW has called on the leaders to "seek firm promises" that the country reject two bills ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
France's government on Thursday pushed a surveillance bill that would give French intelligence services the authority to monitor metadata. The government's hope is that such action would prevent an imminent terror attack. Parliamentary debate on the bill will begin next month. The measure has ...[read more]
March 14, 2015
by Brittany Felder
A state prosecutor for France on Friday requested that HSBC, a Swiss private bank, face a criminal tax evasion trial. The request is a result of the investigation into a massive file leak showing that HSBC's Swiss bank profited from conducting business with people engaged in a variety of illegal ...[read more]
March 7, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The US and France agreed on Saturday to strengthen nuclear talks with Iran in negotiations to persuade Iran to restrain its nuclear program in exchange for relief from sanctions. Secretary of State John Kerry explained that there are still gaps in the agreement they would like to address with ...[read more]
March 4, 2015
by Peter Snyder
A federal judge in Brazil has ordered the deportation of former leftist Italian guerrilla Cesare Battisti, annulling a work visa granted by the Brazilian government in 2011. Battisti, a former member of the Armed Proletarians for Communism, was convicted of committing four murders during the ...[read more]
March 4, 2015
by William Helbling
The French Court of Cassation on Wednesday approved the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. The court upheld the extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, which both house BTA Bank branches, partly ...[read more]

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