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Randy Berry, the first U.S. special envoy for the rights of LGBTI persons, is shown at a gay pride rally in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last June. He says the U.S. is supporting activists worldwide but recognizes the risks they face in many countries. A gay activist who worked at the U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh was hacked to death this week.
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President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro attend a baseball game during Obama's visit to Havana on March 22. The U.S. has opened up to a number of longtime foes in recent years, including Cuba. This has raised a debate about whether this leads to improved human rights in these countries.
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Members of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo human rights group demand information about missing relatives during their traditional Thursday march in Buenos Aires on March 3. The women began demonstrating in 1977.
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President of the U.N. General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft is encouraging countries to nominate candidates for secretary-general. In the past, the five permanent Security Council members quietly discussed their choices and nominated one to be approved by all U.N. member states.