The Delhi High Court has ruled that gay sex between consenting adults is no longer a crime, overturning a law dating from the British colonial era that made homosexual sex punishable by up to 10 years in jail.
Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in Paris and Berlin to take part in Gay Pride parades and call for equal rights. US actress and diva Liza Minnelli lent her star power to the event ahead of a performance in the French capital.
Top Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo has been formally arrested for subversion, state media reported Wednesday, six months after he was detained in the wake of signing a widely circulated pro-democracy charter.
In this edition: A proposed referendum that would allow President Tandja to run a third term sparks violence in Niger; Shell accused of complicity in human rights abuses in Nigeria and South Africa counts down to the World Cup.
A US court postponed until Wednesday a pre-trial conference scheduled in a lawsuit brought by Nigerian plaintiffs against Shell. The oil giant is accused of complicity in the 1995 execution of writer and activist Saro-Wiwa.
Up to 5,000 protesters marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Beijing crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrations in Tiananmen Square. Attendance at this year's protest was much higher than in 2008.
Sri Lanka has scuttled a bid to launch a UN inquiry into alleged war crimes during its recent offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, however, continues to push for an independent probe.
Human rights organisation Amnesty International has published its 2009 report, in which it accuses French police of acting in a manner that "does not conform with international norms," and of going unpunished for their brutality.