The United Nations has decried Israel’s decision to destroy over two dozen Palestinian properties in the West Bank, issuing a statement Wednesday accusing Israel of pushing the same Palestinian families out of their homes in less than two weeks.
The Indian Supreme Court has struck down a 2009 ruling by a lower court to decriminalize homosexual sex and will uphold the ban. India’s gay community was “disappointed” by the ruling and declared it was a “black day” for LGBT rights.
A Syrian human rights lawyer has been kidnapped by gunmen in the latest in a wave of abductions in Syria. Razan Zaitouneh, an outspoken critic of the Assad regime, had reportedly been receiving threats from extremists prior to the attack.
Uruguay has become the first country in the world to legalize both the sale and production of marijuana. President Jose Mujica has championed the measure as a way of combatting the illegal drug industry that has decimated parts of Uruguay.
Russia’s supreme law should specify that marriage is “a union between a man and a woman,” one of the authors of the Russian Constitution has said. He then criticized proposals to drop Article 13 that bans any state ideology.
UK students are rallying together against a ‘police crackdown’ after a week of protests led to violence and a ban on demonstrations at a London university. Activists claim the police and universities are using intimidation tactics to gag protesters.
The world’s leading technology companies have addressed Washington in an open letter to demand a radical overhaul of surveillance laws, an international ban of bulk data collection and for the US to lead the way in restoring trust in the internet.
Air pollution in the European Union is causing premature deaths even when levels meet quality guidelines, a report has shown. Even in areas where pollution was much lower than the limit, scientists found there is a higher-than-normal risk of death.
The US is ramping up pressure to secure a Trans-Pacific Trade Deal with conditions that could undermine the national interests of nations involved. WikiLeaks documents say talks are “paralyzed,” with the US refusing to compromise on disputed issues.