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International pressure is mounting on Saudi Arabia to stay the execution of young Shiite Ali Mohammed al-Nimr, accused of taking part in anti-government protests.
He has been sentenced to be beheaded, and then crucified, although he was a minor at the time of his alleged crimes.
At least 717 people taking part in the Hajj pilgrimage have been killed in a stampede near the Islamic holy city of Mecca, officials in Saudi Arabia say.
More than 700,000 women and girls are being held in prisons around the world, a report suggests.
Thousands of migrants on board buses and trains over the weekend have flooded into Austria from countries unable or unwilling to cope with the human tide fleeing war and poverty.
Malaria death rates have plunged by 60 per cent since 2000, but the ancient killer remains an acute public health problem with 15 countries mainly in sub-Saharan Africa accounting for some 80 per cent of cases and deaths globally, according to a new United Nations report released today.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) ruled that the human rights of a former death row prisoner were violated by a flawed trial and conviction that at one point resulted in him being hours away from execution.
Afghan refugee teacher Aqeela Asifi, who has dedicated her life to bringing education to refugee girls in Pakistan, has been named as the winner of the United Nations annual Nansen Award.
Hungary has declared a state of emergency in two southern counties as tough new laws to stop migrants entering illegally came into force.
Germany has temporarily re-introduced border checks as it tries to deal with a record influx of refugees and migrants.