Human rights and civil liberties

In this Saturday, June 22, 2019 photo, Democratic presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., speaks at the South Carolina Democratic Party state convention in Columbia, S.C. Buttigieg is focusing his efforts this weekend on campaigning in South Carolina, where the majority of Democratic primary voters are black. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
August 16, 2019 - 5:07 am
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Joe Darby, a South Carolina pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, pondered a sensitive question that he knew was on the mind of his congregation. Would black voters be able to reconcile their conservative religious doctrine with voting for a gay candidate for...
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A woman lies in the road after being injured by police during protests in Harare, Friday, Aug, 16, 2019. The main opposition Movement For Democratic Change party is holding protests over deteriorating economic conditions in the country as well as to try and force Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa to set up a transitional authority to address the crisis and organize credible elections. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
August 16, 2019 - 2:09 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's anti-government demonstration (all times local): 11:05 a.m. Police are clashing with a few hundred anti-government protesters who gathered in central Harare. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd at Africa Unity Square but many protesters moved...
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FILE - This May 22, 2018, file photo, shows a voter access card inserted in a reader during voting in the Georgia primary in Kennesaw, Ga. A federal judge has ordered Georgia to stop using its outdated voting machines after 2019. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, issued the order after voting integrity advocates and individual voters asked her to order the state to immediately switch to hand-marked paper ballots. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)
August 15, 2019 - 10:08 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — If Georgia election officials fail to meet the tight timeline they've set to implement an entirely new voting system, they'll have to quickly pivot to hand-marked paper ballots for the March presidential primaries. That's according to a Thursday ruling by U.S. District Judge Amy...
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FILE - This Oct. 3, 2013, file photo shows a custom made semi-automatic hunting rifle with a detachable magazine, displayed at TDS Guns in Rocklin, Calif. A gun-rights group is suing to block California from enforcing its assault weapons ban, contending it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The lawsuit was filed Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in San Diego federal court on behalf of a political action committee and three San Diego County men who want the right to use large-capacity ammunition magazines in their legal rifles and pistols. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
August 15, 2019 - 7:35 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A gun-rights group sued Thursday to block California from enforcing its assault weapons ban, contending it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The lawsuit was the latest among gun advocacy and lobbying groups to challenge California's firearms laws, which are among...
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U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks during a town hall meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Boone, Iowa. King is defending his call for a ban on all abortions by questioning whether "there would be any population of the world left" if not for births due to rape and incest. Speaking Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, before a conservative group in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale, the Iowa congressman reviewed legislation he has sought that would outlaw abortions without exceptions for rape and incest. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
August 15, 2019 - 1:58 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rep. Steve King's most recent insensitive remarks about rape are the kind that have doomed political candidates elsewhere, but some fellow Iowa Republicans say it's possible they actually could do more good than harm for the embattled congressman's re-election chances by...
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FILE - In this June 29. 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Trump is prioritizing China trade negotiations over defending the Hong Kong protesters. This contrasts with the stance normally taken by his White House predecessors, who would use such a flashpoint as a moment to espouse an American commitment to democratic values.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 15, 2019 - 12:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rather than speak up strongly for the Hong Kong protesters, President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested the answer to their complaints of Chinese oppression is simply for Beijing's "great leader," Xi Jinping, to meet with them and peacefully sort out the unrest that has been...
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File--- Picture taken March 25, 2019 shows the Cathedral in Berlin, Germany. A 9-year-old girl is suing a centuries-old German boys choir, that is located in the cathedral arguing she was illegally rejected due to her gender. (Paul Zinken/dpa via AP)
August 15, 2019 - 9:12 am
BERLIN (AP) — A 9-year-old girl is suing a centuries-old Berlin boys choir, arguing that her bid to join was only rejected because of her gender, in a case that has sparked debate over equal rights versus artistic freedom. The State and Cathedral Choir is one of the most renowned boys choirs in...
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Armed Riot Police block a main road during a patrol on the streets in Harare, Thursday, Aug, 15, 2019. In a show of force to discourage anti government protests, Zimbabwe police with water cannons patrolled the capital's streets and warned residents, "you will rot in jail" if they participated in the demonstrations planned for Friday. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
August 15, 2019 - 6:35 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In a show of force to discourage anti-government protests, Zimbabwe police with water cannons patrolled the capital's streets and warned residents "you will rot in jail" if they participate in the demonstrations planned for Friday. Six anti-government activists have been...
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Armed Riot Police block a main road during a patrol on the streets in Harare, Thursday, Aug, 15, 2019. In a show of force to discourage anti government protests, Zimbabwe police with water cannons patrolled the capital's streets and warned residents, "you will rot in jail" if they participated in the demonstrations planned for Friday. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
August 15, 2019 - 6:28 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In a show of force to discourage anti-government protests, Zimbabwe police with water cannons patrolled the capital's streets and warned residents they will "rot in jail" if they participate in the demonstrations planned for Friday. Human rights groups charge that six anti-...
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, center, departs the Perches funeral home in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, after attending a service for Ivan Filiberto Manzano, one of the 22 people killed in a shooting at a Walmart in El Paso. The former El Paso congressman said he came to the border city "to remind the world that we are a binational community." (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
August 15, 2019 - 6:27 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Beto (BET'-oh) O'Rourke is recasting his presidential campaign as he rejoins the race. He's using his Texas hometown, where a recent shooting killed 22 people, as a backdrop to argue that President Donald Trump must be stopped from winning a second term. He put his...
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