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Michael Wolff’s Bestseller Fire and Fury Could Be Headed for a TV or Movie Adaptation

Endeavor Entertainment has acquired the rights to Michael Wolff's explosive exposé of the Trump White House

Business

Put a stop to permitted development rights which skirt the planning system, says Local Government Association

Almost one in 10 new homes created in the last two years were converted from offices without having to go through the planning system, according to research by the Local Government Association (LGA).

World

5 major wins for women's rights across the world

Gender parity is closest in areas of health and education but there are major disparities in economics and political empowerment.        

World

Egypt presidential hopeful says bureaucrats blocking his bid

Supporters of a rights lawyer who hopes to run in Egypt's presidential election in May say bureaucrats loyal to the government are obstructing their efforts to get him on the ballot.

Politics

We Cannot Take This Government's Word That Our Rights Will Be Protected Through Brexit

The Prime Minister is all talk and no action - but Labour will not give up the fight

Business

Verizon Teams With NBA on 'League Pass,' Fan Content

Verizon has struck a deal with the NBA that extends its relationship with the league beyond streaming games and into content creation as well as augmented-reality fan experiences.

Europe

Russia human rights: 'Arsonists' target offices of Memorial

Memorial's work includes investigating alleged abuse of gay men in Chechnya.

World

The Latest: Jailed Catalan politicians seek voting rights

The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local): 11:20 a.m.

Asia

UN chief and rights groups raise concerns over Rohingya deal

First group of refugees to be sent back to Myanmar next week but critics say details are unclearConcerns are growing among United Nations agencies and humanitarian groups over an agreement between the Bangladesh and Myanmar governments to repatriate sever

World

UK citizens ask Dutch court to protect post-Brexit EU rights

A group of British citizens who live in the Netherlands has gone to a Dutch court in a bid to retain their EU citizenship rights after Britain completes its divorce from the bloc.

World

Arson attack rips through office of Russian human rights group

MOSCOW (Reuters) - One of Russia's biggest human rights groups said on Wednesday that one of its offices in southern Russia had been badly damaged in an overnight arson attack, an incident it said was part of a campaign to drive it from the region.

World

Monitor says 450 Yemeni civilians killed in December

Geneva-based human rights body records 450 civilian deaths, majority of them killed by Saudi-led coalition strikes.

Politics

Kazakhstan is a 'kleptocracy' ruled by an autocrat. It's also an increasingly important US ally

The U.S. has strategic reasons to strengthen ties with the Central Asian nation, despite its poor human rights record.

United Kingdom

Brexit: MPs vote against including European fundamental rights charter in UK law

House of Commons votes down Labour amendment to ensure basic rights are protected after Brexit

United Kingdom

Tories risk sending out ‘really strange message’ on human rights

A senior MP questioned whether an EU charter will still apply after Brexit.

World

Norway pledges to shut down all fox and mink fur farms by 2025

Animal rights groups 'delighted' by news but warn more must be done to end trade

Entertainment

Can Lobsters Feel Pain? Switzerland Bans The Cooking Of Live Lobsters

Switzerland has taken the decision to ban the cooking of live lobsters in boiling water, citing an animal rights argument.  The lobsters must now be knocked unconscious before boiling them, so they do not feel pain. 

Life & Style

Brussels recreates rape victim outfits in exhibition

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A new exhibition in Brussels showcases the stories of student rape victims by recreating the outfits they wore during their assault, inspired by a project created by students at...

World

Bahrain ruling on Nabeel Rajab jail term condemned

Rights groups warn ailing political activist, who has been in detention since 2016, could spend more years in jail.

World

Turkey is no longer a free country, according to global rights report 

Political and civil rights in Turkey have degraded so severely under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that it is no longer a free country, according to a new report on freedoms around the world.

Asia

China rights lawyer Yu Wensheng loses licence

Yu Wensheng has long been a frequent and vocal critic of the government.

World

Rights groups to UK: Cancel Mohammed bin Salman's visit

Coalition of human rights groups calls on Prime Minister May to withdraw the invitation to Saudi Arabia's crown prince.

Politics

The Trump Administration Won't Help Transgender Students Who Are Forced To Use The Wrong Bathroom

Transgender students are filing discrimination complaints with the Office for Civil Rights, but the office says these issues fall outside its purview.

Asia

Human rights undermined in Hong Kong, says Ashdown

In report for NGO, former Lib Dem leader says rule of law, democracy and interference by Beijing are areas of concernFreedoms in Hong Kong have been increasingly eroded and human rights have been undermined, according to a report by Paddy Ashdown, the for

Australia

Greyhound track closure in Macau raises fears for dogs' lives

Animals rights campaigner says about 650 animals remain in infamous Canidrome – the majority exported from AustraliaThe looming closure of the infamous Macau greyhound racing track has raised fears for the lives of hundreds of exported Australian d

World

China rights lawyer says legal license revoked after criticizing President Xi Jinping

BEIJING (Reuters) - A prominent Chinese rights lawyer who wrote an open letter criticizing President Xi Jinping said on Monday that authorities had revoked his license to practice law.

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