Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a Veteran's and Mental Health Town Hall event at an American Legion Hall, in Manchester, N.H. Buttigieg is unveiling a community-focused approach to disaster relief in a South Carolina city hit hard by last year’s Hurricane Florence. AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)
September 20, 2019 - 8:31 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The question posed to Pete Buttigieg — gay, married and running for president — came from a supporter at an Iowa campaign stop: What should he tell friends who say America isn't ready to elect a gay man as president? That prompted a woman in the crowd to object with an...
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September 20, 2019 - 2:03 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, along with their infant son, Archie, are making their first official tour as a family, starting Monday in a troubled South Africa whose president says women and children are "under siege" by shocking violence. South Africa is still shaken by...
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Zimbabewean medical staff march on the streets of Harare, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Zimbabwean doctors protesting the alleged abduction of a union leader won a High court ruling allowing them to march and handover a petition to the parliament.The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association has said its president, Peter Magombeyi, was abducted on Saturday after calling for a pay strike, and members say they will not return to work until he is found. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
September 20, 2019 - 12:48 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Activists in Zimbabwe say a doctor whose alleged abduction led to days of protests has been freed. The Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum says the president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association, Peter Magombeyi, was released overnight into the custody of his lawyers...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the Climate Forum at Georgetown University, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
September 19, 2019 - 2:56 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some 2020 candidates are trying out new strategies to appeal to voters just over four months until Iowa's leadoff caucuses begin the process in which Democrats will select their presidential nominee. Kamala Harris announced a substantive shift on Thursday, saying she would...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by U.S. Central Command, shows Abu Zubaydah, date and location unknown. A federal appeals court hearing the case of a Guantanamo Bay inmate who was subjected to brutal treatment by the CIA after being detained following the 9/11 attacks took the rare step of calling "enhanced interrogation techniques" torture. The Ninth U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco said in a ruling Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, allowing Abu Zubaydah's lawyers to question two former CIA contractors that the Palestinian man "was tortured." (U.S. Central Command via AP, File)
September 19, 2019 - 1:04 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal court in San Francisco has taken the unusual step of using the word "torture" to describe the treatment of a Palestinian man while he was in CIA custody following the Sept. 11 attacks. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals used the word in a 2-1 ruling to describe the...
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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Galivants Ferry Stump on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Galivants Ferry, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
September 19, 2019 - 11:42 am
A consistent but uneasy front-runner in Democrats' 2020 presidential primary scramble, Joe Biden is flexing his muscle with new endorsements from three congressmen: two former chairmen of the Congressional Black Caucus and a former Florida governor. The moves from Reps. G.K. Butterfield of North...
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President Donald Trump and Robert O'Brien, just named as the new national security adviser, board Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 19, 2019 - 11:13 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday poured cold water on prospects for a bipartisan compromise on gun legislation, even as Attorney General William Barr circulated a draft plan on Capitol Hill to expand background checks for gun sales. In a Fox News interview that aired Thursday,...
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In this Oct. 15, 2012 file photo, former Davenport City Administrator Craig Malin speaks during a meeting with the Quad-City Times Editorial Board. A trial begins Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 in an unusual lawsuit in which Malin alleges the Quad-City Times newspaper improperly interfered with his employment contract by publishing false and misleading stories and editorials about his official actions. Press freedom advocates say the case is troubling and could undermine First Amendment protections for the news media(Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad-City Times via AP, File)
September 19, 2019 - 10:35 am
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The former administrator for Iowa's third-largest city is suing the area's biggest newspaper, claiming that its coverage was unfair and cost him his job, in a case that has alarmed advocates for press freedom. Former Davenport city administrator Craig Malin's lawsuit against...
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Patricia Scalia looks at her husband Eugene Scalia as he speaks at his nomination hearing for Labor Secretary on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
September 19, 2019 - 7:04 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to run the Labor Department faces a Senate confirmation hearing even as Democrats argue that they haven't had enough time to scour his record of legal work for corporate interests. Although Trump tweeted in mid-July that Eugene Scalia was his pick...
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In this Sept. 4, 2019 photo, Sudanese activist Khalda Saber, poses for a photograph at her apartment, in Cairo, Egypt. Saber, a mother of two, was one of hundreds of thousands of Sudanese women who risked their lives leading protests that eventually pushed the military to overthrow al-Bashir in April. Under a joint military-civilian council in power now, they hope for more freedom and equality, and seek to overturn many of the restrictive Islamic laws from the previous era. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
September 19, 2019 - 12:11 am
CAIRO (AP) — On her daily walks from home to her job at a primary school in the city of Port Sudan, Khalda Saber would urge people to join the protests against the three-decade rule of Sudan's autocratic President Omar al-Bashir. At school, she rallied fellow teachers to join the pro-democracy...
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