Japanese court rules ban on same-sex marriage not unconstitutional

A Japanese court on Monday ruled the country’s ban on same-sex marriage was not unconstitutional, dealing a setback to LGBTQ rights activists in the only Group of Seven nation that does not allow people of the same gender to marry. Three same-sex couples – two male, one female – had filed the case in the… Read More Japanese court rules ban on same-sex marriage not unconstitutional

Cambodian court jails American lawyer Theary Seng, dozens of others on treason charges

A Cambodian court handed down jail sentences on Tuesday to about 60 opposition figures including prominent lawyer Theary Seng for conspiring to commit treason, in a mass trial condemned by the United States and rights groups as politically motivated. Theary Seng, a Cambodian-American lawyer and human rights activist, was among more than 100 people affiliated… Read More Cambodian court jails American lawyer Theary Seng, dozens of others on treason charges

Two dead following clashes between Hindus and Muslims in eastern India

Two teenagers were killed on Friday in clashes between Hindus and Muslims in eastern India that followed derogatory remarks about the Prophet Mohammad by two ruling party officials, police said on Saturday. Police opened fire to break up the violence in the city of Ranchi in Jharkhand state but it was not clear if the… Read More Two dead following clashes between Hindus and Muslims in eastern India

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promotes country’s nuclear envoy

North Korea promoted its key nuclear negotiator to foreign minister, state media said on Saturday, as leader Kim Jong Un vowed to his ruling party that he would use “power for power” to fight threats to the country’s sovereignty. Choe Son Hui, long a key member of Pyongyang’s team negotiating over its nuclear programme with… Read More North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promotes country’s nuclear envoy

Iran and Venezuela sign 20-year cooperation plan

Iran and Venezuela signed a 20-year cooperation plan in Tehran on Saturday as the two countries, among the world’s top oil producers, grapple with U.S. sanctions that are crippling their exports. The signing ceremony, carried by Iranian state TV, was overseen by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro and took place… Read More Iran and Venezuela sign 20-year cooperation plan