PARIS (AFP) - Wildlife numbers have plunged by more than half in just 40 years as Earth's human population has nearly doubled, with the worst decline in the tropics, a survey of more than 3,000 vertebrate species revealed on September 30.
BEIJING (AFP) - The number of Chinese companies exporting "tools of torture" has surged during the past decade, Amnesty International said on September 23, with many devices being acquired by rights violators.
BERLIN (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged further economic support for Myanmar if it holds fair elections next year and does more to protect ethnic minorities.
RIYADH (AFP) - Saudi men have been banned from marrying women from Myanmar, three other Asian nations and an African country as the Gulf state toughens rules restricting marriage with foreigners, a daily newspaper reported on August 6.
Myanmar's human rights record has come under sharp criticism in Washington at a hearing of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, with its chairman calling for visa bans against those responsible for violence against Muslims in Rakhine State.