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US condemns anti-gay laws in Gambia

The United States on Monday said it was “deeply concerned” about a new law making homosexuality punishable by life in prison in Gambia, where gays already have endured years of intolerance and harassment. The measure signed into law last month by President Yahya Jammeh targets people

U.S. officials have expressed concern that some Americans

The United States Department of State on Monday named its first-ever special envoy to advocate globally for the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people  

U.S. officials have expressed concern that some Americans

About 180 Americans have traveled to Syria to join Islamist militants and around 40 of them have returned to the United States, the U.S. National Intelligence director, James Clapper, said on Monday. Clapper said not all those who went to Syria, where Islamic State militants and other

Asia markets eye US jobs report, Nikkei riding high

HONG KONG (AFP) – Tokyo s benchmark Nikkei index was on course for its best showing since-mid August on Friday, while traders in Asia were closely watching a US jobs report that could indicate a Fed move on interest rates. The Nikkei 225 shrugged off a weak lead from US markets

Iran bans US consumer goods: minister

TEHRAN (AFP) – Iran is banning the entry of US consumer goods, the commerce and industry minister said Thursday, as the country prepares for a lifting of economic sanctions. “In order to boost national production, it is necessary… to stop entry of American consumer g