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Myanmar eases restrictions on news organizationsupdated: Mon Aug 20 2012 10:19:00

Myanmar's Ministry of Information announced Monday that it has ended pre-publication censorship, but it laid out a welter of strictures on free expression that remain in place.

Bahraini activist sentenced to prisonupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 20:37:00

A Bahrain court sentenced prominent activist Nabeel Rajab to three years in prison "for participating in illegal rallies and gatherings," a government spokesman said Thursday.

Boy, 11, acquitted over Bahrain protestupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 20:37:00

Verdict given for 11-year-old over alleged role in a protest in Bahrain. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

Assange granted asylum in Ecuadorupdated: Thu Aug 16 2012 13:27:00

Ecuador announced it's granting diplomatic asylum to Julian Assange. CNN's Atika Shubert has the details.

Totally Taipeiupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 03:55:00

The Taiwanese capital can surprise with old and new in the bustling metropolis.

Two Buddhist brides wed in Taiwanupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 03:55:00

Two women in veils and voluminous white gowns kneel in front of a statue of the Buddha, exchanging vows and prayer beads to the languorous intonations of Buddhist chants.

Anaheim erupts after police shootingupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 06:09:00

Riots erupt in Anaheim, California, after a police shooting of an unarmed man. Casey Wian reports.

Latinos in California seeks council seat in ongoing tension with Anaheim policeupdated: Fri Aug 10 2012 06:09:00

As tensions roil between Latinos and city officials over accusations of police brutality, Hispanic activists will press the Anaheim City Council for a way to have at least one elected Latino to represent them, leaders said Thursday.

Nepal bans women under 30 from working in Gulf statesupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 20:45:00

Nepal has banned women under the age of 30 from working in Persian Gulf nations amid increasing concerns over abuse and exploitation.

Ex-white supremacist explains movementupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 19:23:00

A self described recovering skinhead talks about turning his life around with CNN's Isha Sesay.

Wisconsin gunman's Army base had white supremacistsupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 19:23:00

When Wisconsin temple gunman Wade Michael Page arrived at Fort Bragg in 1995, the sprawling Army base in North Carolina already was home to a small number of white supremacists including three soldiers later convicted in the murder of an African-American couple.

Justice inspector general promises an ear for whistleblowersupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 18:09:00

ATF Whistleblowers played a key role in blowing the lid off the controversial Operation Fast and Furious gun trafficking debacle.

Author: 'White power' music targets youthupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 17:05:00

CNN's Drew Griffin reports on the "white power" music scene, a galvanizing force for hate groups around the country.

Hate with a beat: White power musicupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 17:05:00

Picture a field full of heavy-set men sporting shaved heads and covered with tattoos. They pump their fists in the air and dance raucously in front of a stage festooned with Nazi flags and racist skinhead symbols. Others, including a few women, watch around the perimeter.

Right-wing extremist terrorism as deadly a threat as al Qaeda?updated: Wed Aug 08 2012 05:33:00

The word "terrorism" in the United States usually brings to mind plots linked in some way to al Qaeda, while the danger posed to the public by white supremacists, anti-abortion extremists and other right-wing militants is often overlooked.

Sikh temple gunman was Army vetupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 05:33:00

The gunman who went on a shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin was an Army vet, CNN's Chris Lawrence reports.

Temple killings put spotlight on 'hate rock' updated: Tue Aug 07 2012 20:22:00

The weekend killings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin have brought a furious fringe genre of American music out of the background and to the front of the mix.

'Swimming upstream,' white supremacist groups still strongupdated: Tue Aug 07 2012 00:30:00

Quick. Think of a white supremacist group.

As two politicians ascend, new sway for Latinos?updated: Fri Aug 03 2012 08:15:00

This week, Latinos experienced their own version of "Super Tuesday."

High court asked to accept appeal over California same-sex marriage banupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 21:36:00

Supporters of California's voter-approved ballot measure banning same-sex marriage in the state asked the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday to allow it go back into effect.

Chick-Fil-A gets the bootupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 10:41:00

Chicago politicians are calling for Chick-Fil-A to stay out of their towns because of their stance on gay marriage.

Muhammad Ali returns to the Olympic stage, once again, in Londonupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 20:28:00

Fifty two years ago, a triumphant Muhammad Ali stood on top of a podium in Rome, representing the United States as a gold medalist in the heavyweight boxing division at the Summer Olympic games.

UN: Internet expression a human rightupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 10:01:00

The UN says freedom of expression on the Internet is a human right. iReporters explain what the Internet helped them do.

Remembering Sally Rideupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 09:00:00

Sally Ride loses her battle with pancreatic cancer at age 61. CNN's Brooke Baldwin looks back at her history making life.

Respect Sally Ride's decision not to come outupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 09:00:00

When I heard the news that Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer I was shocked and saddened.

Obama launches African-American education initiativeupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 22:53:00

President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced an initiative he said will give African-American students greater access "to a complete and competitive education from the time they're born all through the time they get a career."

Civil rights groups seek new injunction against Arizona immigration lawupdated: Wed Jul 18 2012 10:47:00

A coalition of civil rights organizations has filed a motion in federal court seeking to block an Arizona law that requires officers to make immigration checks while enforcing other laws if "reasonable suspicion" of illegal immigration exists.

Police respond to protesters with tear gas, arrests near Sudan's capitalupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 14:42:00

Sudanese took to the streets Friday in a fourth week of protests against rising prices and called for the ousting of the government.

Questions swirl around animal charityupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 09:09:00

Anderson Cooper looks at the questionable history of a woman who promised to help reunite owners and pets after Katrina.

California 'actively reviewing' charity executiveupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 09:09:00

California's attorney general is "actively reviewing" an animal charity executive who had agreed not to take a higher office with another charity after a state investigation into how her previous employer had spent its donations, a spokesman for the AG's office told CNN.

New Chinese investigation says high-profile dissident committed suicideupdated: Fri Jul 13 2012 07:28:00

Chinese officials concluded that the controversial death of a high-profile Chinese dissident who had spent more than 20 years in jail for his support of the Tiananmen Square protests was the result of suicide, a state-controlled news agency reported.

Biden touts Obama successes to NAACPupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 20:46:00

Vice-President Joe Biden delivers a passionate recap of President Obama's presidency to a receptive NAACP convention.

Romney draws boos from NAACP, support from conservativesupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 18:02:00

Mitt Romney touted his economic and educational proposals, tailored his message to the predominantly black audience, and beat back an uncomfortable chorus of "boos" in an address Wednesday to the nation's oldest civil rights organization.

Romney enters political lion's denupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 18:02:00

Can Romney win the black vote? Brooke speaks with Prof. Boyce Watkins about Romney's appeal to African-Americans.

Why world must react to Taliban executionupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 09:00:00

The execution of Najiba, an Afghan woman in her 20's, shot 13 times in front of a cheering crowed in Parwan province -- and seen widely online in a grainy cell phone video -- is a show of confidence by the Taliban.

Talking with the Talibanupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 09:00:00

With a horrific video showing a woman's execution in Afghanistan, where does that leave U.S. talks with the Taliban?

Gay marriage stance costs pastor a flockupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 19:59:00

A minister's support for same-sex marriage costs him his congregation. CNN's David Mattingly reports.

Latino vote may decide 2012 electionupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 10:00:00

Political parties are closely looking at Latino voting trends in swing states. CNN's Rafael Romo reports.

Obama, Romney make same mistake on Hispanicsupdated: Tue Jul 10 2012 10:00:00

This week, the National Council of La Raza is hosting its annual conference in Las Vegas. The group is the biggest kid on the Hispanic block. Starting with George H.W. Bush, every Democrat and Republican president and nominee has addressed the conference. This year, neither Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney is doing so.

Ambitious conference seeks to hammer out global arms trade treatyupdated: Fri Jul 06 2012 17:37:00

U.N. diplomats are in final negotiations this month on an unprecedented arms trade treaty that would clamp down on the flow of arms around the world.

Rights group: Rein in Libyan militiasupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 21:41:00

Ahead of a landmark vote in Libya, an international monitor warned that Moammar Gadhafi's successors risk repeating the ousted dictator's mistakes unless electoral winners make rule of law a top priority.

Al-Assad: Syria protests can't compare to Egypt, Tunisiaupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 21:00:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived late Thursday in Paris, where she is to attend the third meeting on Friday of the "Friends of Syria" in yet another attempt to end the violence that has wracked the country for 16 months.

Is America the moral leader in the world?updated: Wed Jul 04 2012 16:31:00

Independence Day is a celebration not just of America's independence, but also of the values that are important to our nation, like liberty, democracy and human rights.

South Korea: Free speech not so free?updated: Wed Jul 04 2012 06:32:00

25 years after democracy came to South Korea, critics say the president is cutting back on free speech.

Australia aids boat in distress south of Indonesiaupdated: Tue Jul 03 2012 22:30:00

A Royal Australian Navy vessel Wednesday located a boat in distress south of Indonesia and was poised to help with a rescue if it became necessary, authorities said.

Tech is getting more gay-friendlyupdated: Tue Jul 03 2012 20:43:00

James Lazar is married to a man. He won't buy anniversary cards that picture a man and a woman. He didn't want his Facebook page to show those symbols, either.

Torture allegedly widespread in Syriaupdated: Tue Jul 03 2012 11:13:00

Human Rights Watch has documented alleged human rights abuses in Syria. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.

Report describes brutal torture in Syriaupdated: Tue Jul 03 2012 11:13:00

"Basat al reeh." "Dulab." "Falaqa." They are Arabic names for torture techniques that send chills through the hearts of Syrians, particularly the untold thousands who are believed to have been detained during the uprising of the last 15 months.

Is civil rights group losing its relevance?updated: Mon Jul 02 2012 08:43:00

Whenever someone has lived a solid and productive life, the pastor at his or her funeral may turn to Matthew 25:21 to offer a few words the good Lord may utter as the person's spirit ascends to heaven: "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

Syrians defiant as world powers plan talksupdated: Fri Jun 29 2012 18:57:00

International envoy Kofi Annan expressed optimism Friday that the latest talks on the crisis in Syria will yield "an appropriate outcome," despite a failed peace plan and relentless violence in the Middle East nation.

Opinion: Immigration ruling will affect Latino voteupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 22:42:00

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday on Arizona's controversial SB 1070 anti-immigration law that some observers are calling a "split decision" or even a victory for the federal government over Arizona.

Religion is not the biggest enemy for Arab women, poll findsupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 00:02:00

In accepting the Nobel Peace Prize last year, Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman thanked women of the Arab world for her medal. Without their struggle to win equal rights, she would not be there, she said.

Romney smart to speak to NAACPupdated: Fri Jun 22 2012 23:38:00

It's a safe bet that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not garner many votes from African-Americans in November.

House GOP to ask justices by month's end to take on same-sex marriage issue updated: Thu Jun 21 2012 18:56:00

House Republicans have signaled they plan to ask the Supreme Court by month's end to get involved in a constitutional fight over same-sex marriage.

Police seek Assange after asylum claimupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 09:21:00

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is subject to arrest for breaking the terms of his bail, as Nima Elbagir reports.

Uganda bans groups promoting gay rightsupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 08:56:00

Politicians push for new anti-gay laws in Uganda, as CNN's David McKenzie reports.

Uganda bans 38 agencies it says are promoting gay rightsupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 08:56:00

The Ugandan government said Wednesday it will ban at least 38 nongovernmental agencies it says are promoting gay rights and recruiting children into homosexuality.

Booming Latino growth could be 2012 tipping pointupdated: Thu Jun 21 2012 04:52:00

President Obama and Mitt Romney are set to make appearances beginning Thursday at a major gathering of Latino officials and activists in Florida, a moment that campaign-weary Democrats have awaited for weeks.

The aging brain: Why getting older just might be awesomeupdated: Tue Jun 19 2012 11:11:00

Google "the aging brain" and you will find a largely sobering landscape of cognitive deterioration.

'Nobody can rescue the victims' after renewed attacks, Syrian opposition saysupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 15:23:00

The quest for peace in Syria is now crippled with setbacks, as a U.N. observer mission has suspended operations and attempts to rescue civilians trapped amid violence have proved futile.

White House is finally a welcoming place for gay peopleupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 07:43:00

As my companion and I passed through security on a gorgeous Washington afternoon Friday, invited by President Barack Obama to join hundreds of openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender folks at the White House for a reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month, I couldn't help but reflect back.

UEFA probes alleged racism by Croatia fans at Euro 2012updated: Sat Jun 16 2012 10:43:00

European football's governing body opened disciplinary proceedings Saturday against Croatia over what it said was racist behavior by its supporters during a Euro 2012 match against Italy.

Obama tells LGBT: 'We've stood resolute'updated: Fri Jun 15 2012 18:58:00

President Obama speaks to a crowd of members of the LGBT community to honor National Pride Month.

Photographer captures Syrian carnageupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 14:48:00

CNN's Kristie Lu Stout speaks to photojournalist Robert King, who has risked his life capturing the horror of Syria.

Report: Syrian forces are using sex abuse in crackdownupdated: Fri Jun 15 2012 14:48:00

Syrian security forces, soldiers and pro-regime militias used sexual violence to torture people in detention and sexually abused women and girls as young as 12 in raids, a new report said Friday.

Human rights group calls for end to 'crackdown' on activists in Omanupdated: Thu Jun 14 2012 09:33:00

A human rights groups has called for an end to the "sweeping crackdown" on political activists in Oman, following a spate of detentions in the Gulf state over the past two weeks.

KKK wants to 'adopt a mile' in Georgiaupdated: Mon Jun 11 2012 21:34:00

A chapter of the Ku Klux Klan has applied to participate in cleaning up a stretch of highway in northern Georgia.

KKK chapter wants to adopt stretch of Georgia highwayupdated: Mon Jun 11 2012 21:34:00

A North Georgia chapter of the Ku Klux Klan has applied to "adopt" a stretch of highway in Union County, Georgia, according to paperwork obtained by CNN on Monday.

Former Polish striker condemns racismupdated: Mon Jun 11 2012 12:56:00

Former Poland striker Emmanuel Olisadebe says that racism is still a big part of the game, but is being confronted.

Malawi drops AU summit over Sudanese leaderupdated: Sat Jun 09 2012 11:48:00

Malawi said it won't host an African Union summit next month because the organization wants Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese leader accused of war crimes in Darfur, to attend.

Racism reported at Euro 2012updated: Fri Jun 08 2012 03:39:00

CNN's Pedro Pinto reports on accusations of racism at the upcoming Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and the Ukraine.

Dutch Euro 2012 squad face 'monkey chants' in Polandupdated: Fri Jun 08 2012 03:39:00

The captain of the Dutch national team says his players were subjected to racial abuse at a training session in the Polish city of Krakow this week, just days before the Euro 2012 football tournament was due to begin in Poland and Ukraine.

Anger, suspicion over Chinese activist's 'suicide'updated: Thu Jun 07 2012 22:03:00

Friends of a high-profile Chinese dissident found dead in his hospital room Wednesday slammed official claims that he hanged himself as "insulting" and "ridiculous."

Denied divorce, some same-sex couples 'wed-locked'updated: Thu Jun 07 2012 15:43:00

On her wedding day, Jessica Port wore a tan and black dress to match the tan button-down shirt and patterned necktie of her spouse-to-be, Virginia Anne Cowan.

Same-sex ceremony on Army post draws fireupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 15:21:00

A same-sex ceremony between an enlisted woman and a civilian woman on a U.S. Army post last month drew protests from lawmakers Thursday.

Euro 2012 hosts Ukraine and Poland hit back at racism accusationsupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 15:03:00

Euro 2012 hosts Ukraine and Poland have told CNN World Sport a documentary accusing football fans from both nations of racism was "unbalanced and biased."

Is Poland ready for Euro 2012?updated: Thu Jun 07 2012 15:03:00

Poland has spent billions to upgrade its infrastructure, but is it enough for Euro 2012 fans?

Mideast women beat men in education, lose out at workupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 23:59:00

In nearly two thirds of Middle Eastern countries, there are more women than men in university, according to United Nations statistics.

Former Palestinian footballer vows to continue hunger strike until his releaseupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 23:28:00

Entering the 80th day of a hunger strike Wednesday, former Palestinian national football player Mahmoud Sarsak said he will continue until he is released from the Israeli prison where he has been held without charge since July 2009.

Palestinian hunger strikers make dealupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 23:28:00

The impasse over hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners is casting a long shadow over Israel. Sara Sidner reports.

Nightmare scenario looms in South Sudan, aid groups warnupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 23:12:00

In a few weeks, South Sudan will turn a year old. It ought to have been a joyous occasion.

Dozens killed in attacks in Afghanistanupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 21:09:00

Dozens of people were killed Wednesday in a series of attacks in Afghanistan as suicide bombers targeted a busy market, an overnight NATO airstrike left 18 dead and militants shot down a U.S. helicopter.

LGBT donors back President Obama, big timeupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 09:43:00

After President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, a group organizing a fundraiser on his behalf suddenly had to find a bigger venue. The event, featuring the pop singer Pink, is one of two LGBT-organized fundraisers Obama is expected to attend on the West Coast on Wednesday.

Judges open door for Supreme Court showdown over same-sex marriageupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 09:42:00

The divisive issue of same-sex marriage in California may become another landmark case taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court after federal appeals court judges refused Tuesday to revisit an earlier ruling.

'Prop 8 ruling makes us more American'updated: Wed Jun 06 2012 09:42:00

Reaction to a federal appeals court ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.

The conservative case to recognize same-sex marriagesupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 09:41:00

I am married to my same-sex spouse (and partner of 15 years) under the laws of the District of Columbia. We enjoy the same status as our straight married neighbors. Well, not exactly.

Hunger crisis plagues Mauritaniaupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 20:25:00

Ralitsa Vassileva reports on the drought gripping the West African country of Mauritania.

A distress call from Africa's Sahel: Millions might starveupdated: Tue Jun 05 2012 20:25:00

The Economic Community of West African States sent a distress call Tuesday to the international community declaring that more than 6 million people are at risk of hunger in the Sahel region of Africa, including more than a million children exposed to severe malnutrition.

By the numbers: Latino votersupdated: Mon Jun 04 2012 17:25:00

Because of their growing numbers and presence in some of the key battleground states, Latinos are expected to play a prominent role in this year's battle for the White House between President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

Will Romney pick a Latino for VP?updated: Sat Jun 02 2012 14:13:00

As Romney thinks about his Vice Presidential running mate, will he turn to a Latino? CNN's Dana Bash reports.

Russia strikes back amid accusations it's not doing enough about Syria violenceupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 19:46:00

Accused by the top U.S. diplomat of "propping up the regime" of Syria's embattled president, Russian officials struck back Friday by denying arms sales to Damascus and claiming international efforts may have fostered instability and violence.

Syria: Military not behind Houla attackupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 19:46:00

Ivan Watson has the details of a news conference by the Syrian foreign ministry about the massacre at Houla.

Alleged members of white supremacist group charged in Floridaupdated: Fri Jun 01 2012 16:22:00

More than a dozen alleged members of American Front, a down-on-its-luck white supremacist group, were charged Friday in Florida with participating in paramilitary training, prosecutors said.

Will federal marriage law repeal happen?updated: Thu May 31 2012 15:24:00

The first openly gay U.S. ambassador talks about a Senate panel vote to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

Fast facts: Same-sex marriageupdated: Thu May 31 2012 15:24:00

Same-sex marriage is legal in the District of Columbia and six states: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire and New York. Civil unions are legal in New Jersey, Illinois, Delaware, Rhode Island and Hawaii.

Powell endorses same-sex marriageupdated: Thu May 31 2012 15:19:00

Gen. Colin Powell says same-sex marriage should be legal, noting religious opposition can choose not to solemnize unions.

Federal court strikes down key part of federal law banning same-sex marriageupdated: Thu May 31 2012 15:19:00

A key part of the law banning federal recognition of same-sex marriage was struck down as unconstitutional by a U.S. appeals court Thursday.

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