Human rights and civil liberties

June 10, 2019 - 3:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democrats on Capitol Hill are intent on preserving a four-decade ban on taxpayer-financed abortions despite calls from their party's presidential candidates to abandon it. Lawmakers are arguing that any attempt to undo the longstanding consensus is doomed to fail and not worth...
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Unknown assailants killed at least 95 people in an ethnic Dogon village overnight.;
June 10, 2019 - 2:41 pm
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Assailants raided a central Mali village early Monday, killing at least 95 people in the latest massacre in a growing ethnic conflict that has been enflamed by Islamic extremists, government officials said. Nineteen people were missing after the ethnic Dogon village of Sobame Da...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2013, file photo, Missouri Sen. Eric Schmitt, leads a meeting at the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. A new report shows that black drivers in Missouri are 91% more likely than white motorists to be pulled over by police. Newly collected data released by Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt shows that African-American drivers are even more likely to be stopped in the communities where they live. The data shows that's the greatest disparity recorded in the nearly two decades since the state first began compiling data. (Kile Brewer/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP, File)
June 10, 2019 - 2:14 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A report from Missouri's attorney general shows that black drivers across the state are 91% more likely than white motorists to be pulled over by police and newly collected data shows that African-Americans are even more likely to be stopped in many communities where they...
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In this Sunday, June 9, 2019 frame grab from SUDAN TV, Lt. Gen. Jamaleddine Omar, from the ruling military council, speaks on a broadcast of SUDAN TV. Sudan's ruling military is blaming the leaders of the country's protest movement for an escalation as the second day of the opposition's general strike kicks in. The protesters have been trying to pressure the army to hand over power to civilian rule following the April ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. Arabic banner reads: "The statement of Security and Defense Committee of the Transitional Military Council Lt. Gen. Jamaleddine Omar, member of the council." (SUDAN TV via AP)
June 10, 2019 - 1:27 pm
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Shops and businesses reopened Monday and some traffic returned to the streets of the capital of Khartoum and another major city despite calls by pro-democracy protesters to continue a general strike and other civil disobedience to try to pressure Sudan's ruling military...
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In this May 23, 2019, photo, the U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Supreme Court is rejecting a challenge to federal regulation of gun silencers, just days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in Virginia. The justices did not comment Monday, June 10, in turning away appeals from two Kansas men who were convicted of violating federal law regulating silencers (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
June 10, 2019 - 12:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to federal regulation of gun silencers Monday, just days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in Virginia. The justices did not comment in turning away appeals from two Kansas men who were convicted of violating...
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From right, Hong Kong Secretary for Security John Lee, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and Secretary of Justice Teresa Cheng listen to reporters questions during a press conference in Hong Kong Monday, June 10, 2019. Lam signaled Monday that her government will go ahead with proposed amendments to its extradition laws after a massive protest against them. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
June 10, 2019 - 5:33 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader signaled Monday that her government will push ahead with amendments to extradition laws despite a massive protest against them that underscored fears about China's broadening footprint in the semi-autonomous territory. Chief Executive Carrie Lam told reporters...
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Cambodian garment workers eat noodle as their breakfast at a Buddhist pagoda at outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The bitter decadeslong rivalry between Hun Sen, Cambodia's strongman leader, and Sam Rainsy, the self-exiled chief political rival and critic, has sometimes played out in deadly violence. But on Sunday, soup rather than blood was likely to be spilled. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
June 09, 2019 - 9:26 pm
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The bitter rivalry between Cambodian strongman Hun Sen and his self-exiled chief political rival Sam Rainsy has sometimes played out in deadly violence. But on Sunday, soup rather than blood was likely to be spilled. The two titans of Cambodian politics normally agree...
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June 09, 2019 - 5:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are introducing more legislation aimed at increasing opposition to President Donald Trump's Saudi Arabia policy. Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a Democrat, and Sen. Todd Young of Indiana, a Republican, said in a statement Sunday they hope to force a vote on U.S...
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In this frame grab from video shops are closed during a general strike, in the Al-Arabi souk business district of Khartoum, Sudan, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The first day of the workweek in Sudan saw shops closed and streets empty as part of a general strike called by protest leaders who are demanding the resignation of the ruling military council. The Sudanese Professionals Association had urged people to stay home to protest a deadly crackdown last week, when security forces violently dispersed the group’s main sit-in camp outside the military headquarters in the capital of Khartoum. (AP Photo)
June 09, 2019 - 4:07 pm
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Shops were closed and streets were empty across Sudan on Sunday, the first day of a general strike called for the start of the workweek by protest leaders demanding the resignation of the ruling military council. The Sudanese Professionals Association urged people to stay...
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Protesters march along a downtown street against the proposed amendments to an extradition law in Hong Kong Sunday, June 9, 2019. A sea of protesters is marching through central Hong Kong in a major demonstration against government-sponsored legislation that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China to face charges.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
June 09, 2019 - 4:00 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched through Hong Kong on Sunday to voice their opposition to legislation that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China where they could face politically charged trials. The massive demonstration took place three days before the...
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