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Human Rights Observatory
Human Rights Observatory
US Battles Global Discrimination Against LGBTI People
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The United States is increasing its efforts to decriminalize laws and end discrimination against LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) people around the world.  A senior U.S. official says addressing core issues of human rights will be at the heart of this global campaign. LGBTI issues increasingly are being discussed in a more transparent manner, with notable progress being made in some countries. A Ugandan court struck down a punitive anti-gay law last year, and... (Full Story)

After 'Gratifying' Week, Obama Sees Long To-do List in Time Left
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
It did not match the week of his wedding or the weeks his daughters were born, but President Barack Obama acknowledged on Tuesday that last week was a particularly momentous one for him. The Supreme Court legalized gay marriage and upheld his signature healthcare law, and Congress passed legislation critical to a Pacific trade pact Obama wants to finalize before leaving office in January 2017. "I might see if we can make next week even better," quipped Obama, who has about 18... (Full Story)

Candidate Jeb Bush Bares 33 Years of Tax Returns
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax records on Tuesday showing that his net worth of between $19 million and $22 million has been amassed largely through investments and speaking fees that have been as high as $75,000 per engagement. In a show of transparency expected to pressure his rivals to bare their tax records, Bush revealed that since the end of his tenure as Florida governor in 2007, his annual income has risen sharply to nearly $7.4 million in 2013... (Full Story)

US, Cuba Reach Deal to Open Embassies in Washington, Havana
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
A senior U.S. official says the United States and Cuba have reached agreement to reopen embassies in each other's capitals for the first time in more than 50 years. The White House says President Barack Obama plans to make a statement on Cuba Wednesday from the Rose Garden, while Secretary of State John Kerry will speak in Vienna, where he is taking part in nuclear talks with Iran.   Cuba's foreign ministry says the chief of the U.S. interests section in Havana, Jeffrey... (Full Story)

Analysts Predict Greek Referendum Will Not Resolve Crisis
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The Greek debt crisis is threatening the long-held dream of Europe as a united entity. That dream faces a new test when Greeks vote Sunday on whether to accept additional economic reforms and austerity measures. From New York, VOA’s Bernard Shusman examines what's at stake. (Full Story)

Hong Kong Expects Large Pro-democracy Rally as it Marks 1997 Handover
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Some seven months after Hong Kong police forcibly cleared pro-democracy street protesters from the streets, tens of thousands of people are expected to rally for free elections on Wednesday as the city marks the 18th anniversary of its return to China. A morning flag-raising ceremony will be attended by China's most senior official in Hong Kong, Zhang Xiaoming, who said this week the city should shift its focus from political reform and concentrate instead on economic... (Full Story)

Talks Collapse; Ukraine Halts Purchases of Russian Gas
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Ukraine suspended its purchases of Russian natural gas after European Union-mediated price talks collapsed Tuesday. Russian Energy Minister Aleksandr Novak said he was "surprised" that Ukraine was demanding a much deeper discount than what he was offering. He said the price the Ukrainians wanted was out of line with current market conditions, and that the decision to stop buying Russian gas was political. Ukraine said the price cut Russia was offering was not low enough. But... (Full Story)

Fish Exercise Body Crunches to Eat
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
About half of all vertebrates are fish with bony rays or spines. These 30,000 ray-finned fish species have evolved a similar feeding motion. Researchers at Brown University have X-ray video that shows the process in action, in great detail. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports. (Full Story)

1,200 Escape Yemen Prison Amid Clashes
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Yemeni security officials said that nearly 1,200 inmates fled a prison in a southwestern city Tuesday after guards deserted their posts amid fierce fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents. Officials said the jailbreak in Taiz came as its main prison was caught in crossfire between the rebel Houthis, who are loyal to an ousted president, and local militias. It was the third major jailbreak since a Saudi-led air campaign against the Iran-backed rebels began on March 26.... (Full Story)

Fish Use Whole Bodies When They Eat, Study Finds
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Fish exercise their entire body to eat.   New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that both head and body muscles help them gulp down prey in one explosive action. About half of all vertebrates — animals with backbones — are fish with bony fins or spines. These 30,000 ray-finned fish species have evolved this similar feeding motion.  Scientists have long hypothesized about the mechanics of the process, but now researchers at Brown... (Full Story)

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