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Killer Spared Execution When Victim's Mother Forgives Him As Noose Is Tied (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK

The public execution of a convicted murderer in Iran was halted at the last minute when the victim’s mother stepped forward and pardoned him. Th...

Read It and Weep: New Poetry Anthology Makes Grown Men Cry

Kate Allen | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kate Allen

It directly addresses the assumption bordering on cliché that women are more emotional - weaker - than men. Yet the contributions are all written by successful, influential men (some with very tough images) who admit to crying. Many share deeply personal insights and experiences, all provoked by poetry.

The Documents That Show Our Government Caved in to Corporate Lobbying

Peter Frankental | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Frankental

Are there any principles that the UK government is willing to stand up for in the face of business lobbying? Apparently not, if documents released through a Freedom of Information request are anything to go by.

Executions Make a Mockery of Any Justice System

Sherif Elsayed-Ali | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK
Sherif Elsayed-Ali

One of the biggest justifications for the death penalty is that it supposedly acts as a deterrent against committing the most serious crimes. But let's call this argument what it really is: wishful thinking. There is simply no convincing evidence that the death penalty deters from crime more than other forms of punishments. In fact, there is evidence to the contrary.

The World's Longest-Serving Death Row Inmate Has Just Been Released

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK

A Japanese prisoner who has been in solitary confinement on death row for more than four decades will now have a retrial to address deep irregularitie...

Don't Spy on Us

Allan Hogarth | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK
Allan Hogarth

The Edward Snowden revelations exposed the possibility that state surveillance may have intruded into the lives of UK citizens... It would appear that slowly our politicians are beginning to wake up to this serious issue and daring to ask questions of the intelligence establishment.

Catching the Conscience of a Kim: The Globe Takes Hamlet to North Korea

Harriet Garland | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK
Harriet Garland

Aptly enough, the Globe is embarking on a global tour - visiting every country to perform the tale of the tortured protagonist wrestling with how to avenge the murder of his father. One of the countries the Globe plans to visit is North Korea.

Mandela: A Euphemism for Hope, Equality and Freedom

Claire Seah | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Seah

Names often trigger certain ideas in people's minds. Personally, Mandela is a euphemism for hope, equality and freedom.

LOOK: Artist Peels Back Skin To Highlight Rights And Empowerment

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK

Artist Hikaru Cho uses her body painting expertise to create incredible realistic effects which make it appear her models' skin is peeled back, in an ...

Man 'To Have His Eyes Gouged Out, Ear And Nose Cut Off After' Acid Attack

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK

A man who poured acid over a young girl's face and blinded her, should be sentenced to similar mutilation an Iranian court has ruled. The unnamed I...

Iranian Student Sentenced To Seven Years In Jail By The 'Judge Of Death'

The Huffington Post UK | Amelia Amin | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

An Iranian student and political activist, Maryam Shafipour, has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment by the "judge of death" for crimes against...

The Anti-Gay Law: Uganda's Shame

Anna Bacciarelli | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK
Anna Bacciarelli

At the start of this week Uganda's President heralded a new low for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the country by passing the Anti-Homosexuality Bill...

Do Protests In Bahrain Really Matter?

The Huffington Post UK | Amelia Amin | Posted 01.03.2014 | UK

After hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in Bahrain and fought with security services to mark the third anniversary of the Arab spring-insp...

Britain's Religious Leaders Right to Stand Up for Europe's Roma

Kate Allen | Posted 18.04.2014 | UK
Kate Allen

Claudia, for example, a woman in her late 20s, was made to live in a small room with her husband, her three sons, her parents and her brother's family - all 11 of them, sharing a bathroom with 30 others. After more than three years of this mistreatment, no alternatives have been offered to their ghastly inadequate living conditions. Imagine if something similar was happening here in Britain. There would be outrage if a local council behaved this way. So it is not surprising that 23 senior religious leaders in the UK... have chosen to make a stand to defend the rights of these families who have been subject of discrimination in Romania.

Don't Forget Child Soldiers - They Are Still on the Front Line

Sarah Dean | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Sarah Dean

12 February marks The International Day Against The Use Of Child Soldiers, otherwise known as Red Hand Day. It's an annual commemoration of children around the world caught in conflict but should also act as a reminder that this is a problem that is far from over.

LOOK: Ballet Dancers Protest Over Gay Rights

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK

An unusual protest took place outside the Russian Embassy on Wednesday afternoon. Ballet dancers turned up at the building in central London to mak...

Solving the 'Big Brother Problem' That Affects Every One of Us

Salil Shetty | Posted 23.03.2014 | UK Politics
Salil Shetty

Some of the most memorable headlines of 2013 involved personal privacy, data security and intelligence gathering issues from all corners of the globe - from the US to Brazil, from Australia to India. But what has bothered me about the conversation to date is the way it has been framed by some defenders of mass surveillance programmes. We must choose, they say, between security or privacy, protection or liberties.

Slavery and Popcorn: '12 Years A Slave'

Neil Durkin | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Durkin

It's a film with little to seriously unsettle the viewer. Most 12 Years audiences will be expecting two-and-a-quarter hours of high-calibre spectacle on the subject of how slave-owners in USA's pre-Civil War southern states mercilessly mistreated their human "possessions". And this is precisely what they get. It's confirmational stuff.

Bloodletting in Syria Is a Blot to Humanity That Must End

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Politics
Muhammad Abdul Bari

The massive funeral was a fitting tribute to this courageous physician who left his comfortable London life and endured a year-long incarceration by one of the most brutal regimes in the Arab world. The British society, particularly the Muslim community, can feel proud of Dr Khan who put the lives of ordinary people above his; he paid the ultimate price by giving his own life.

Pussy Riot Are Finally Free, But What About Mikhail Kosenko?

Naomi Westland | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Politics
Naomi Westland

When Pussy Riot member Nadia Tolokonnikova was freed this week in Putin's much-reported prisoner amnesty, she accused the Russian government of merely putting on "another show ahead of the Olympics...such is their big desire to prevent all European countries from boycotting our [Games]."

Why is Putin Pardoning Khodorkovsky Now?

Victoria Sadler | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Victoria Sadler

There are surprises in politics and there are shocks. Today's announcement from Putin that he is pardoning Mikhail Khodorkovsky, one of the original oligarchs and long-time enemy of Putin, most definitely qualifies as a shock.

Kalpana Chakma - Lost But Not Forgotten in Bangladesh

Lydia Parker | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Lydia Parker

It was at the age of 23 that Kalpana was kidnapped from her home. The last memories her family have of her are of a girl of 23. What does Kalpana look like now 17 years later? What would she be doing if she hadn't been taken?... Please join us to make sure Kalpana's story isn't forgotten.

Jihadist Rebels Flogging And Torturing Syrian Children

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Syrian jihadist rebels are torturing and killing civilians, including children, for flouting "sharia" laws such as smoking cigarettes - and exacting t...

Tortured at Random

Tilly Lavenás | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Tilly Lavenás

Miriam López had just finished the school run. Suddenly, two balaclava-wearing men grabbed this 30-year-old mother of four and forced her into a white van. It was in 2011, at Ensenada near Mexico's border with the USA...

Beaten for Being Gay

Barrie Hay | Posted 16.02.2014 | UK
Barrie Hay

Ihar Tsikhanyuk is a gay man who works as a drag artist in Belarus' capital, Minsk... Ihar said that when he tried to set up a gay rights organisation called Lambda last year, the police beat him up. When he complained, they threatened to kill him.