Grave markers give the date of execution and prisoner numbers at a cemetery in Texas.

Photo essay: Documenting the death penalty

"If people can see the reality of the death penalty, no one would want it any more." Since the U.S. Supreme Court ended a de facto ban on the death penalty in 1976, the U.S. has executed 1,440 people. But the...
A Shia Muslim who lives in Greece takes part in a rally against the execution of cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, outside Saudi Arabia's Embassy in Athens,  Jan. 6, 2016. Saudi Arabia executed Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and 46 others convicted of terror charges Jan. 2, the largest mass execution carried out by the kingdom since 1980. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Saudi executions rise despite criticism [program]

Even as the number of executions is set to hit a 25 year-low in the U.S., the use of the death penalty is on the rise globally. One country that is leading the rise is Saudi Arabia, which executed at least 158...
Abortion rights activists hold candles and display pictures in memory of Savita Halappanavar, a 31-year-old Indian dentist who died of blood poisoning after being denied an abortion in a Dublin hospital, during a protest rally outside Ireland's government headquarters in Dublin, Nov. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Shawn Pogatchnik, file)

After rape, Irish abortion ban led woman to U.K.

"I could get up to 14 years imprisonment for having an illegal abortion. Whereas the maximum penalty my rapist could get is seven years." When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned many state abortion...
Members of Saudi-backed "resistance" fighters at the front in Taiz. (Asmaa Waguih)

Photo essay: Hidden war in Yemen

While Syria garners international headlines as refugees stream into Europe, Yemen’s plight has gone largely unnoticed. The poorest country in the Middle East, Yemen has been mired in civil war since late...
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Editor pioneers gay media in Arab world

“It seems every year we get ourselves into some kind of trouble.” The Arab world is one of the most difficult regions to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. In many countries, same-sex relations are...
A supporter of the peace accord signed between the Colombian government and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, cries as she follows on a giant screen the results of a referendum to decide whether or not to support the deal in Bogota, Colombia, Oct. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Colombia’s uncertain future

"I don't think Colombia is by nature a violent country and that we want to keep on killing each other." For more than a half century Colombia's government has battled leftist rebels from the...
Uzbekistan's Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyayev, left, and  Russian President Vladimir Putin, walk in front of a portrait of former Uzbek President Islam Karimov, as  Karimov's daughter Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva and widow Tatyana Karomova walk at a cemetery in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Sept. 6, 2016. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Uzbekistan after Karimov

Repression is legacy of 25-year rule In a country with no independent media, the airwaves are dominated by upbeat government propaganda. So when Uzbekistan's state media announced the former Soviet republic's...