Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Simin Behbahani (right) during a visit by human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh (center) in 2010.

Famed Iranian Poet Simin Behbahani Dies At 87

One of Iran’s most prominent poets, Simin Behbahani, has died in Tehran, where she had been hospitalized since August 6. More

Afghan Sikhs take part in their annual Vesak festival in Ningarhar, Afghanistan. The country once boasted a Sikh population of more than 150,000, but their number has declined rapidly in recent decades. (file photo)

'When Are You Going Back?' Afghanistan's Sikhs, Strangers In Their Own Land

The discovery of some three dozen Afghan Sikh migrants in a British-bound shipping container has put the spotlight on Afghanistan's tiny Sikh minority, who often feel alienated in their own country. More

Police actions in the restive Missouri town of Ferguson have sparked outrage both in the United States and beyond.

Iran Lawmakers Urge Ministry To Condemn 'Rights Abuses' In Riot-Hit U.S. Town

Iranian hard-liners hostile to the United States are using the unrest in Missouri to bash Washington and get back at the United States for criticism of the human rights situation in the Islamic republic. More

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov (left) seems very attached to his cell phone and is an active Instagram user. (file photo)

It Takes A Village To Find Ramzan Kadyrov's Phone

When Ramzan Kadyrov misplaces his cell phone, there's hell to pay. After the Chechen strongman reportedly lost his mobile at a museum opening, police are said to have held hundreds of people in an effort to locate it. More

Not for the first time, Russian singer Andrei Makarevich has irked some establishment figures in Moscow. (file photo)

Video Russian Rocker Called A 'Traitor' For Performing For IDPs In Ukraine

Russian rock musician Andrei Makarevich performed a concert for displaced children in eastern Ukraine last week. Now Russian lawmakers want to punish him for "treachery." More

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