Asia

Transnational crime boom a destabilising influence in SE Asia: UN

New report on how criminal groups rake in billions of dollars via drug trade, human trafficking and other activities.

Transnational crime boom a destabilising influence in SE Asia: UN

Asia Pacific

UN investigator calls for tougher approach on Myanmar abuses

Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee says US sanctions should be tougher and international community must step up.

UN investigator calls for tougher approach on Myanmar abuses

Philippines

What is the human cost of Duterte's drug war?

UN to investigate alleged human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings in anti-drug campaign.

What is the human cost of Duterte's drug war?

US & Canada

Planned Parenthood president forced out after only eight months

Dr Leana Wen cites 'philosophical differences over the direction and future' of the US's leading abortion provider.

Planned Parenthood president forced out after only eight months

Religion

Religious restrictions on the rise globally: report

Pew findings reveal largest increase in social hostilities towards religion in more than 10 years occurred in Europe.

Religious restrictions on the rise globally: report

Black Lives Matter

No federal charges for white officer in Garner chokehold death

Reacting to the decision, the family of Eric Garner, a black man, says 'we can’t breathe because they let us down'.

No federal charges for white officer in Garner chokehold death

Yemen

Civilians pay human cost of Yemen's war, rights group says

Mwatana urges UN Human Rights Council to create a commission of inquiry to bring all perpetrators to justice.

Civilians pay human cost of Yemen's war, rights group says

Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte 'seriously considering' ending Iceland ties over UN probe

Spokesman for Philippines president says Iceland-backed resolution 'grotesquely one-sided (and) maliciously partisan'.

Duterte 'seriously considering' ending Iceland ties over UN probe

Asylum Seekers

Rights groups vow to challenge Trump's new asylum rule

Rights groups call rule preventing most Central Americans from claiming asylum an attempt to 'dismantle asylum system'.

Rights groups vow to challenge Trump's new asylum rule

Donald Trump

US House to vote on resolution condemning Trump's racist tweets

Announcement of the vote comes as Trump doubles down on his remarks, insisting his tweets were not racist.

US House to vote on resolution condemning Trump's racist tweets

Women's Rights

El Salvador rape victim jailed for stillbirth goes on trial again

Evelyn Hernandez was sentenced to 30 years for suspected abortion; her conviction was annulled and a new trial ordered.

El Salvador rape victim jailed for stillbirth goes on trial again

Inside Story

When will Hong Kong protests end?

The summer of discontent looks set to continue as grievances widen.

When will Hong Kong protests end?

Cuba

Cuban parliament unanimously approves electoral law

The electoral law allows for both a president and a prime minister but bars a multiparty system.

Cuban parliament unanimously approves electoral law

Immigration

US: Undocumented immigrants, advocates prepare for mass ICE raids

Trump confirms mass raids on immigrant communities in 10 major cities are set to begin this weekend.

US: Undocumented immigrants, advocates prepare for mass ICE raids

In the Field

'I felt I was going to die': Battling domestic violence in Iraq

Corruption and the absence of effective laws prevent survivors of domestic abuse from getting justice and protection.

'I felt I was going to die': Battling domestic violence in Iraq