{FD} Iran hangs man on anti-gay charge – as Europe turns blind eye to human rights abuses and tries to circumvent US sanctions

The Islamic Republic of Iran executed a man in January for an alleged violation of the country's anti-gay law, a shocking capital punishment meted out as European countries implement a financial mechanism to evade U.S. sanctions against the mullah regime in Tehran.

{FD} UK slammed for not granting asylum to Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi over security fears

After eight years languishing on death row on what most western leaders contend were unfounded blasphemy charges, newly acquitted Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi remains in hiding from Islamic extremists after the U.K. denied her political asylum.

{FD} Burma doubles down on claims to justify treatment of Rohingya minority

Repatriation efforts for Rohingya Muslims who have fled from Burma to Bangladesh in the face of alleged ethnic cleansing – even genocide – at the hands of the Buddhist-majority Burmese military are slated to begin this month. However, much of the international community and human rights groups have expressed grave concern that a return is only a recipe for further persecution. Yet even as allegations of widespread abuse pile up, the government of Burma – officially now known as Myanmar – and its permanent representative to the United Nations are doubling-down with the narrative that they are merely attempting to stop violent Islamic “extremism” from spreading.

{FD} Trump on US pastor jailed in Turkey: ‘We will pay nothing for the release of an innocent man’

The American pastor jailed in Turkey on espionage and terrorism-related charges was praised by President Trump on Thursday who called him “a great patriot hostage” — and said the U.S. would “pay nothing for the release of an innocent man.”

{FD} Illinois Senate passes bill that requires LGBT history in public schools

The Illinois Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would require public schools in the state to teach lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) history, as well as use inclusive and “non-discriminatory” textbooks.

{FD} US to hit Russia with new sanctions after Syria airstrike, Haley says

The Trump administration will levy new economic sanctions against Russia over its support of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday.