Human rights and civil liberties

August 21, 2019 - 3:34 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's Equality Court has restricted the display of the country's old apartheid-era flag, ruling that its gratuitous use amounts to hate speech and racial discrimination. Judge Phineas Mojapelo said the ruling was not a complete ban, saying use of the flag is protected...
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August 21, 2019 - 3:24 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's Equality Court has restricted the display of the country's old apartheid-era flag, ruling that the gratuitous use of the flag amounts to hate speech and racial discrimination. Judge Phineas Mojapelo said the ruling was not a complete ban, saying use of the flag is...
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In this photo taken Aug. 5, 2019, 14-year-old Rosibeth Vargas, who is seven months pregnant, stands in her home where she lives with her parents, 18-year-old sister and nephew, in the Tablitas area of the Caucaguita neighborhood on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela. Vargas said her school allows student mothers to bring their children to class, but that she dropped out after being bullied. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
August 20, 2019 - 9:04 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Dr. Saturnina Clemente pulls up to the small clinic in the impoverished Caucaguita neighborhood armed with one of Venezuela's most sought-after commodities: Hormonal implants to prevent pregnancy. In a country where contraceptives are in short supply, word in the...
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August 20, 2019 - 3:54 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials say drivers have been following and harassing buses transporting the children of seasonal and migrant farmworkers for early childhood education programs in Idaho. The Idaho Statesman reported Tuesday that the Community Council of Idaho plans to remove and conceal the "...
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President Donald Trump pauses while speaking during a meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 20, 2019 - 3:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious and racial lines, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." Trump's claim triggered a quick uproar from critics...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 20, 2019 - 3:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday that the U.S. already has "very, very strong background checks" for gun purchases in the latest sign that he is backing away from throwing his political support behind changes to the system that are opposed by the powerful gun lobby...
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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross speaks during a news conference at City Hall in Philadelphia, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. A gunman, identified as Maurice Hill, wounded six police officers before surrendering early Thursday, after a 7 ½-hour standoff.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
August 20, 2019 - 2:52 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The mayor of Philadelphia says the police commissioner is resigning over new allegations of sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination against others in the department. Mayor Jim Kenney says that Richard Ross has been a terrific asset to the police department and the...
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In this August 13, 2019 photo, freelance journalist Bryan Carmody is seen at a panel event held by the Society of Professional Journalists in San Francisco. A nonprofit is suing San Francisco Mayor London Breed and city police after failing to get access to records about a controversial police raid on Carmody. The First Amendment Coalition is seeking to know who within the police department authorized officers to search the home, office and phones of freelance journalist Bryan Carmody. Its lawsuit filed Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, also seeks to understand the role elected leaders played in a raid that alarmed journalism advocates. (AP Photo/Juliet Williams)
August 20, 2019 - 2:22 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A nonprofit open government group is suing San Francisco Mayor London Breed and city police after failing to get access to records about a police raid on a freelance journalist. The First Amendment Coalition wants to find out if the police department authorized officers to...
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August 20, 2019 - 7:45 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia is asking a federal judge not to block the state's restrictive abortion law from taking effect and to dismiss a challenge to the constitutionality of the measure. The law bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into a...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters questions at a press conference in Hong Kong Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Lam said she’s setting up a “communication platform” to resolve differences in the Chinese city, which has been wracked by months of chaotic anti-government protests. She also said a fact-finding study will look at the causes of the protests and the police response to them. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
August 19, 2019 - 10:12 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday she's immediately setting up a "communication platform" to narrow differences in the city after months of anti-government protests. Chief Executive Carrie Lam also said the city's police watchdog will carry out a fact-finding study of the protests...
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