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Chatter: Syrian children 'used as human shields'

Syria is accused of committing atrocities against children, Russia braces for protests, and it's official: a dingo really did take the baby.
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Syria is accused of committing atrocities against children, Russia braces for protests, and it's official: a dingo really did take the baby.
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In Latin America, man bites watchdog

LIMA, Peru — The Inter-American human rights system is coming under pressure from Latin American governments angry at what they regard as meddling in their internal affairs. The attacks have been led by Venezuela President Hugo Chavez and his Ecuadorean and Bolivian counterparts, Rafael Correa and Evo Morales, the three leading members of Chavez’s leftist “Bolivarian” alliance of the Americas known as ALBA.

Syria in danger of 'full-fledged conflict,' says UN's Navi Pillay

"The situation in Syria might descend into a full-fledged conflict and the future of the country, as well as the region as a whole could be in grave danger," Navi Pillay says.

Chatter: UN meets on Syria crisis

The UN's highest human rights body discusses atrocities in Syria, John Edwards walks free, and Brazilian lawmakers dispose of some decidedly frilly evidence.
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The UN's highest human rights body discusses atrocities in Syria, John Edwards walks free, and Brazilian lawmakers dispose of some decidedly frilly evidence.
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Chen Guangcheng not pressured to leave US Embassy, ambassador says

Chen has told Western reporters that US officials are being barred from visiting him in hospital in Beijing.

China: Dissident Chen Guangcheng leaves US Embassy

The US government would remain "engaged with Mr. Chen and his family in the days, weeks and years ahead," Clinton said.

Afghan school poisoning: As many as 171 women and girls poisoned by extremists (VIDEO)

"We are 100 percent sure that the water they drank in their classes was poisoned. This is either the work of those who are against girls' education or some other irresponsible armed individuals," said Jan Mohammad Nabizada, a spokesman for the education department in northern Takhar province.

Russia: Saint Petersburg becomes 4th city to ban 'gay propaganda'

The law allows authorities to fine individuals up to 5,000 rubles ($170) and companies up to 500,000 rubles ($17,000) for "the promotion of homosexual, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender practices among minors."

iPhone Foxconn factory workers demand change

Two workers at a Foxconn factory, the makers of the iPhone, are demanding reforms and pleading for help.
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A group of protestors from SACOM (Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour) demonstrate outside the Foxconn annual general meeting (AGM) in Hong Kong on May 18, 2011. Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn has been accused of treating its workers 'machines' according to SACOM. At least 13 Foxconn employees died in apparent suicides last year. (Mike Clarke/AFP/Getty Images)

The makers of the iPhone, the actual workers who assemble the phones for sometimes 18 hours a day, have released an open letter to the American public demanding better working conditions.

In the letter, released to the SumOfUs organization, the workers said that a mass poisoning took place at the factory when laborers used the n-hexane chemical to clean iPhone screens. They claim that n-hexane has caused some workers to suffer neurological damage.

More from GlobalPost: Foxconn protests: workers reportedly threatened suicide

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Germany must stop castrating sex offenders, says European rights watchdog

As German law stands, people considered at risk of committing sexual crimes can volunteer to undergo the procedure in order to help them manage "an abnormal sex drive."
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