Human rights and civil liberties

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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FILE- In this June 12, 2016 file photo, a couple embraces outside the Stonewall Inn in New York. On Thursday, June 6, 2019, Commissioner James O'Neill apologized for the 1969 police raid at the Stonewall Inn, which catalyzed the modern LGBT rights movement. O'Neill said Thursday that "the actions taken by the NYPD were wrong" at the gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village. He called the actions and laws of the time discriminatory and said, "For that, I apologize." (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
June 06, 2019 - 8:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 50 years after a police raid at the Stonewall Inn catalyzed the modern LGBT rights movement, New York's police commissioner apologized Tuesday for what his department did. "The actions taken by the NYPD were wrong, plain and simple," Commissioner James O'Neill said during a...
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FILE - This April 20, 2019, photo shows the Adelanto Detention Center in Adelanto, Calif., a desert community northeast of Los Angeles. The Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog says rotting food, moldy and dilapidated bathrooms and agency practices at immigration detention facilities may violate detainees' rights. In the Adelanto detention facility, inspectors found nooses in detainee cells, the segregation of certain detainees in an overly restrictive way and inadequate medical care, the report said. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
June 06, 2019 - 4:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog says rotting food, moldy and dilapidated bathrooms and agency practices at immigration detention facilities may violate detainees' rights. The Office of Inspector General made unannounced visits to four facilities in California...
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Participants hold flags during the annual Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem, Thursday, June 6, 2019. Thousands of people are marching through the streets of Jerusalem in the city's annual gay pride parade, a festival that exposes deep divisions between Israel's secular and Jewish ultra-Orthodox camps. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
June 06, 2019 - 2:23 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of people marched through the streets of Jerusalem on Thursday in the city's annual gay pride parade, a festival that exposes deep divisions between Israel's secular and Jewish ultra-Orthodox camps. Some 10,000 revelers waving rainbow flags joined the carnival-like...
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June 06, 2019 - 2:01 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Leaders of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang were charged Thursday with directing killings and drug smuggling from within California's most secure prisons, U.S. prosecutors said. The charges detail five slayings and accuse an attorney of helping smuggle drugs and...
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June 06, 2019 - 1:44 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law several measures meant to boost school security, including ones that will allow armed teachers in schools and increase mental health services for students. The bills signed Thursday were passed this year in response to the 2018...
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Graphic shows results of AP-NORC poll on attitudes of U.S. workers toward working past age 65;
June 06, 2019 - 10:17 am
CHICAGO (AP) — A rising share of older Americans is forgoing the concept of a traditional retirement at the age of 65, a trend that some younger workers aren't particularly thrilled to see. A recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that workers under the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2018 file photo, two members of Russian punk band and political activists Pussy Riot, Veronica Nikulshina, right, and Olga Kuracheva attend a dialogue on art and freedom of expression, in response to the cancellation of Badiucao's exhibition in Hong Kong. The Russian protest band is planning a concert in Alabama to benefit Planned Parenthood after the state passed the nation’s toughest anti-abortion law. Al.com reports that the feminist band is set to perform July 11, 2019, at a music venue in Birmingham. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
June 06, 2019 - 9:23 am
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Russian protest band Pussy Riot is planning a concert in Alabama to benefit Planned Parenthood after the state passed the nation's toughest anti-abortion law. Al.com reports that the feminist band is set to perform July 11 at a music venue in Birmingham. A tweet by the...
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Bricks are laid by protesters to block a street in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to stop military vehicles from driving through the area on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. The death toll in Sudan amid a violent crackdown on pro-democracy protesters and the dispersal of their peaceful sit-in earlier this week in the capital climbed on Wednesday, protest organizers said. (Mohammed Najib via AP)
June 06, 2019 - 9:15 am
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's pro-democracy leaders vowed Thursday to press their campaign of civil disobedience until the ruling military council is ousted and killers of protesters are brought to justice, but an overwhelming presence of security forces across the capital, Khartoum, appeared to...
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