In Pakistan, the official legal punishment for defiling the name of the Prophet Muḥammad, is “death and nothing else.” Much of the pressure to promote and prosecute blasphemy cases is coming from a surprising source: the legal profession.
Emadeldin Elsayed, an Egyptian student in California, posted a comment on Facebook threatening to kill presidential hopeful Donald Trump. The US authorities arrested him the next day. Now he has agreed to leave the country voluntarily.
Five missing booksellers from Hong Kong have re-surfaced after months in the twilight zone. They appeared on Chinese TV this week as "guests" of China's judicial system. Their crime appears to have been selling books that allege misdeeds by China's elite.
Know your history: During World War II, Japanese Americans were imprisoned and, often, their homes were given to African American families. The housing policies created divisions, but also solidarity in movements for civil rights.
If you've been following the climate change debate for a while, Rajendra Pachauri should be familiar. He's the former chair of the UN panel on climate change. Last February, he was accused of sexual harassment by a researcher who worked at his institute in India. An internal investigation found him guilty and Pachauri stepped down. Now a new allegation has been made.
Their offenses include publishing exposés and reports on scandals that embarrass the Communist Party. Some of them amount to substantial accounts of abuse. Others are closer to National Inquirer-style tabloid fodder. At the time they disappeared, Lee and Gui, both Hong Kongers, were prepping a salacious book on the Chinese president’s love life.
North Koreans refer to their supreme leader Kim Jong-Un is the "respected marshal." But that didn't stop the United Nations General Assembly from passing a resolution on North Korea’s human rights record that brings Kim one step closer to being charged with crimes against humanity.
Demonstrators have marched in cities across the US to protest a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer for the killing of Eric Garner. But while protesters say they're angry and fearful, there are also encouraging signs in how black communities have rallied to each other.
Forty-three student-teachers from the town of Ayotzinapa in Mexico are still missing. The case has caused massive protests in Mexico and beyond, and Mexican-American radio host Catalina Maria Johnson decided to put together a playlist in honor of the missing.
Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny and his brother, Oleg, were both convicted of fraud on Tuesday. And while the opposition leader's three-and-a-half-year sentence was suspended, his brother, Oleg, was sent to jail. The decision sent activists, including Navalny himself, into the streets.
Uncle Ben told Spiderman that with "great power comes with great responsibility." But the line didn't prevent Bitcoin evangelist and exchange operator Charlie Shrem from prison time after he was convicted of aiding illegal transactions.
For more than a year, journalists and rights advocates around the world have campaigned on behalf of three Al Jazeera journalists behind bars in Egypt. Today, a court in Cairo ordered a new trial for the three men. But they are not being released.
The state of Massachusetts doesn't allow the death penalty, and most of the state's residents are against it. But for the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the jurors who decided his fate in a federal trial had to allow for that possibility.
If you've never heard of The Gambia or its longtime dictator, Yahya Jammeh, you're far from alone. But Jammeh, who survived his eighth coup attempt last week, is the head of a "horrible, horrible dictatorship" that represses its people along North Korean lines.