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3 astronauts to blast off for 1-year trip to space station

By Sat, Mar 28, 2015 12:04PM UTC

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — An American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are to blast off early Saturday to begin a year away from Earth.

Afghanistan: The role of social media in bringing justice for Farkhunda

By Fri, Mar 27, 2015 5:51PM UTC

Though now based in Kabul, I learned about Farkhunda’s death on social media — as many people did both in and outside Afghanistan. Pictures of the tragic and shocking event had been posted on a Facebook’s security page used by Afghans in and out of Kabul to navigate suicide bombs, protests, shootings, traffic accidents and explosions in their city commute. These postings, which include pictures, eye-witness accounts and on the spot news stories (once media teams make it to the site), also are filled with discussion and venting about the state of security in Afghanistan. The death of the 27-year-old Afghan woman living in Kabul came on the eve of Nowruz, or the Afghan New Year, which for many also heralds the beginning of the fighting season for insurgents who target government and international organizations. But the Taliban were not connected to this case.

ASEAN rights activists demand change ahead of People’s Forum

By Thu, Mar 26, 2015 12:16PM UTC

The missing Laotian civil society leader Sombath Somphone will be at the forefront of the conversation at the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People’s Forum meets in Kuala Lumpur next month. Sombath is a victim of enforced disappearance, and was kidnapped in Vientiane, Laos, in 2013. The Laos government has consistently denied involvement or refused to provide real information about the missing civil society leader, and his case has come to represent one of the most egregious human rights offenses still committed in the ASEAN countries.

Maldives ex-president will not appeal 13-year jail sentence

By Wed, Mar 25, 2015 6:07PM UTC

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A lawyer says Maldives’ jailed ex-president will not appeal his 13-year sentence because the court has not released all documents from the first hearing to prepare a case.

Maldives invites UN to observe ex-president’s court appeal

By Wed, Mar 25, 2015 9:12AM UTC

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives government has invited the United Nations and other international organizations to observe the former president’s appeal of his 13-year jail sentence.