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Groups urge Thai action against torture, disappearances

BANGKOK (AP) — Rights groups are urging Thailand’s government to enact legislation banning torture and forced disappearances as its human rights record comes under United Nations review. Tuesday’s review in Geneva by the U.N. Human Rights Committee comes shortly after Thailand’s legislature unanimously ratified a U.N. treaty against forced disappearances. …

Gay rights supporters win UN victory to keep UN LGBT expert

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Supporters of gay rights won a victory at the United Nations Monday when an African attempt to suspend the first U.N. independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity failed. African nations had urged the General Assembly’s human rights …

In Damascus, an uneasy stability boosts Syria’s Assad

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Looking out from the Syrian capital these days, one can understand why President Bashar Assad would be in no hurry to make concessions at peace talks in Geneva, let alone consider stepping down as the opposition demands. In Damascus, it is easy to forget the war. …

Airlines forecast profits to jump to record high

GENEVA (AP) — The global airline industry expects its profits to jump to a record high next year, helped by falling jet fuel prices, rising travel demand and cost-cutting. The International Air Transport Association said Thursday it forecasts a profit of $19.7 billion — well above the $12.9 billion expected …

Group claims Da Vinci painted early Mona Lisa work

GENEVA (AP) — A Zurich-based foundation says it will prove to the world Thursday that Leonardo Da Vinci painted an earlier version of the Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa Foundation, which owns the “Isleworth Mona Lisa,” says that after 35 years of research, experts believe it predates the famed 16th-century …