Human rights and civil liberties

In this photo taken on Saturday, June 8, 2019, Ivan Golunov, a prominent Russian investigative reporter, who worked for the independent website Meduza, leaves the cage in a court room in Moscow, Russia. Golunov left the courtroom after the ruling to place him under house arrest until Aug. 7. In the court hearing, he denied being involved with drugs and said he would be willing to help investigators. (Evgeny Feldman/meduza.io via AP)
June 09, 2019 - 11:46 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A lawyer for a Russian journalist detained on charges of drug dealing has filed a complaint that accuses police of using violence against the prominent reporter, a human rights group said Sunday. Police refuted claims that Ivan Golunov was beaten after his Thursday arrest; his lawyers...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, May 23, 2017 file photo, activists dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale" chant in the Texas Capitol Rotunda as they protest SB8, a bill that would require health care facilities, including hospitals and abortion clinics, to bury or cremate any fetal remains whether from abortion, miscarriage or stillbirth, and they would be banned from donating aborted fetal tissue to medical researchers in Austin. Tissue left over from elective abortions has been used in scientific research for decades, and is credited with leading to lifesaving vaccines and other advances. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
June 08, 2019 - 7:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — To save babies from brain-damaging birth defects, University of Pittsburgh scientist Carolyn Coyne studies placentas from fetuses that otherwise would be discarded — and she's worried this kind of research is headed for the chopping block. The Trump administration is cracking down...
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June 08, 2019 - 2:29 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of people are expected to join Central and Eastern Europe's largest gay pride parade in Warsaw at a time when Poland is divided over the demand for LGBT rights. U.S., Canadian and other Western diplomats will continue a recent tradition of joining the colorful...
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks during a house party, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Winterset, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
June 07, 2019 - 11:24 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg told an audience in Iowa on Friday that coming out as gay has empowered him in a way he did not anticipate, and he called on others to harness their differences into social activism. "I'm going to make the case that anyone who...
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France's Eugenie Le Sommer, right, celebrates with her teammates after scoring her side's opening goal during the Women's World Cup Group A soccer match between France and South Korea, at the Parc des Princes in Paris, Friday, June 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
June 07, 2019 - 6:53 pm
PARIS (AP) — From the Eiffel Tower to the Champs-Élysées and across the Paris Metro, the Women's World Cup has had little visibility in the French capital. The hosts at least made their presence felt on the field on Friday night in front of French President Emmanuel Macron. FIFA's monthlong women's...
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University of Alabama employees Joe Densmore, left, and Jeremy Scales remove the name of Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. off the School of Law sign in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday, June 7, 2019. The University of Alabama board of trustees voted Friday to give back a $26.5 million donation to a philanthropist Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., who recently called on students to boycott the school over the state's new abortion ban. (GaryCosby Jr./The Tuscaloosa News via AP)
June 07, 2019 - 6:25 pm
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on University of Alabama decision to return record donation (all times local): 1:10 p.m. A top donor to the University of Alabama says he believes the school is punishing him after he called on students to boycott enrolling at the university in response to the...
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University of Alabama employees remove the name of Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. off the School of Law sign in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday, June 7, 2019. The University of Alabama board of trustees voted Friday to give back a $26.5 million donation to a philanthropist Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., who recently called on students to boycott the school over the state's new abortion ban. (AP Photo/Blake Paterson)
June 07, 2019 - 6:23 pm
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama gave back a philanthropist's $26.5 million donation and took his name off the law school Friday, a week after he called on students to boycott the institution over the state's new abortion ban. Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., a 70-year-old Florida real...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the I Will Vote Fundraising Gala Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
June 07, 2019 - 5:40 am
ATLANTA (AP) — After two days of intense criticism, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reversed course Thursday and declared that he no longer supports a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions. "If I believe health care is a right, as I do,...
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In this Wednesday, June 5, 2019, photo, a construction worker carries a fence at the construction site of the Tokyo Olympic Village in Tokyo. A former Olympian and head of a human-rights watchdog is asking the IOC and Tokyo Olympic organizers to investigate worker safety at venues being built for next year’s games. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
June 07, 2019 - 2:38 am
TOKYO (AP) — A former Olympian and head of a human-rights group is asking the IOC and Tokyo Olympic organizers to investigate worker safety at venues being built for next year's games. Mary Harvey is the CEO of the Geneva-based Centre for Sport and Human Rights, the type of organization that...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the I Will Vote Fundraising Gala Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
June 06, 2019 - 10:40 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — After two days of intense criticism, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reversed course Thursday and declared that he no longer supports a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions. "If I believe health care is a right, as I do,...
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