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NAIROBI, Kenya | Kenya launches internal police probe to help reform force

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s internal security minister Friday launched a police internal affairs unit to investigate allegations of abuses in the force including corruption and accusations that officers kill suspects and perpetrate other human rights abuses. The new investigation body has been welcomed with optimism by some rights activists, but many remain skeptical on its … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Kenya launches internal police probe to help reform force

NEW YORK | Massachusetts backs transgender rights; Michigan OKs pot use

NEW YORK  — In the first statewide referendum on transgender rights, Massachusetts voters on Tuesday beat back a repeal attempt and reaffirmed a 2016 law extending nondiscrimination protections to transgender people, including their use of public bathrooms and locker rooms. Voters in 37 states considered an array of intriguing ballot measures Tuesday. Michigan voters made … Continue reading NEW YORK | Massachusetts backs transgender rights; Michigan OKs pot use

NEW YORK | Massachusetts backs transgender rights; Midwest votes on pot

NEW YORK— In the first statewide referendum on transgender rights, Massachusetts voters on Tuesday beat back a repeal attempt and reaffirmed a 2016 law extending nondiscrimination protections to transgender people, including their use of public bathrooms and locker rooms. Michigan voters also were trying to make history. Their state would be the first in the … Continue reading NEW YORK | Massachusetts backs transgender rights; Midwest votes on pot

KIEV, Ukraine | Ukrainian nationalists honor WWII-era paramilitary group

KIEV, Ukraine  — About 10,000 people have marched through the capital of Ukraine in an annual nationalist commemoration of the formation of the World War II-era Ukrainian Insurgent Army. About 1,000 police officers were deployed for the Defender of Ukraine Day march. Demonstrators lit colorful flares and shouted slogans such as “We are returning Ukraine … Continue reading KIEV, Ukraine | Ukrainian nationalists honor WWII-era paramilitary group

ISTANBUL | Post publishes possibly last image of missing Saudi reporter

ISTANBUL— The Washington Post published a surveillance image on Tuesday showing its missing Saudi contributor walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul a week ago, just before he disappeared. Turkish officials have said they fear the columnist was killed there. Saudi Arabia has called the allegations that it killed writer Jamal Khashoggi as “baseless,” but … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Post publishes possibly last image of missing Saudi reporter

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | Malaysian Muslim lesbian couple caned in public punishment

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia  — Two Malaysian Muslim women convicted under Islamic laws for attempting to have sexual intercourse have been caned in a rare public whipping that was slammed by rights activists as a “grave miscarriage of justice.” Lawyers and activists say more than 100 people witnessed the caning Monday in a Sharia court in … Continue reading KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia | Malaysian Muslim lesbian couple caned in public punishment

MOSCOW | Russia says Saudi Arabia critics shouldn’t claim superiority

MOSCOW  — As tensions simmer between Saudi Arabia and Canada over arrests of women’s rights activists, Russia’s Foreign Ministry says critics of Saudi Arabia should not claim a stance of moral superiority. Saudi Arabia on Monday expelled the Canadian ambassador and froze “all new business” with Ottawa. The dispute appears centered around tweets by Canadian … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russia says Saudi Arabia critics shouldn’t claim superiority

BRUSSELS | US, EU seek details of Saudi arrests but dodge Canada spat

BRUSSELS — The United States and the European Union said Tuesday that they are seeking details about the arrest of women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia, but they sidestepped a sensitive diplomatic dispute over the crackdown between the ultraconservative kingdom and Canada. Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador Monday and froze “all new business” with … Continue reading BRUSSELS | US, EU seek details of Saudi arrests but dodge Canada spat