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Civilians under greater threat as Raqqa fight intensifies: Amnesty

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Amnesty International said on Thursday a U.S.-led coalition campaign to oust Islamic State from Syria's Raqqa had killed hundreds of civilians, and those remaining face greater risk as the fight intensifies in its final stages.


Staff blocked from Amnesty Moscow office: employee

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Amnesty International, a campaign group which has accused the Kremlin of violating human rights with its bombing campaign in Syria, was evicted from its Moscow office on Wednesday.


Berlusconi govt under fire over fraud amnesty plan

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's opposition and the largest union attacked Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government on Wednesday over an amnesty that would wipe the slate clean on offences including accounting fraud for money hidden abroad.


Russia eyes amnesty for economic crime - but selectively

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) - Thousands of Russian entrepreneurs jailed for economic crimes could be a step closer to freedom after President Vladimir Putin said on Friday a draft amnesty bill was ready and may be taken up by parliament before its summer break.


Amnesty says some Israeli West Bank killings may be war crimes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli forces are using excessive, reckless violence in the occupied West Bank, killing dozens of Palestinians over the past three years in what might constitute a war crime, Amnesty International said on Thursday.


Amnesty slams Egypt over arrests of youths

CAIRO (Reuters) - Amnesty International has accused the Egyptian authorities of jailing young activists to quell unrest under one of the toughest crackdowns in the country's history.


Russia makes U-turn after evicting Amnesty from Moscow office

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Human rights group Amnesty International can return to the Moscow office it was evicted from this week, a Kremlin human rights adviser said on Thursday after discussing the matter with President Vladimir Putin.


Amnesty accuses Nigerian army of killing at least 17 unarmed Biafran separatists

LAGOS (Reuters) - Amnesty International said on Friday that Nigeria's army last month killed at least 17 unarmed members of a group calling for secession from Africa's most populous nation, but the military dismissed the allegations as unfounded.


China continues rights abuses even as labour camps ditched -Amnesty

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is increasingly using extra-judicial "black jails" and drug rehabilitation centres to punish people who would formerly have been sent to forced labour camps, rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday.


Amnesty says new Libyan rulers may repeat abuses

LONDON (Reuters) - Libya's new rulers are in danger of repeating human rights abuses commonplace during Muammar Gaddafi's rule, including arbitrary arrest and torture, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.