Human rights and civil liberties

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. greets patrons at Stomping Grounds Cafe in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Gillibrand continued her first trip to the leadoff caucus state since announcing the formation of an exploratory committee to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.(AP Photo/Juana Summers)
January 19, 2019 - 2:33 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Advocates for gender equality are reckoning with what one called a "wonderful challenge" — four or more women running for president in 2020. To many activists, that means a field more reflective of a party that counts women as a crucial voting bloc. But the prospect of...
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Demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Av. during the women's march in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
January 19, 2019 - 1:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid internal controversies and a capital city deeply distracted by the partial government shutdown, the third Women's March returned to Washington on Saturday with an enduring message of anger and defiance aimed directly at President Donald Trump's White House. The original march...
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January 18, 2019 - 11:29 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The third annual Women's March is returning to Washington this week amid inclement weather, ideological schisms and the longest government shutdown in American history. The original Women's March in 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of protesters; the exact size of the turnout is...
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January 18, 2019 - 10:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The third annual Women's March is returning to Washington this week amid inclement weather, ideological schisms and the longest government shutdown in American history. The original Women's March in 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of protesters; the exact size of the turnout is...
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Anti-abortion activists march towards the U.S. Supreme Court during the March for Life in Washington Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
January 18, 2019 - 10:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to assure opponents of abortion rights on Friday that he stands with them and would veto any legislation from a Democratic-controlled House that "weakens the protection of human life." Trump spoke via video to participants at this year's March for...
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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke attends his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Chicago, for the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
January 18, 2019 - 8:18 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The white Chicago officer who gunned down a black teenager in 2014 was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison, ending an explosive case that arose from one of the nation's most graphic dashcam videos and added fuel to debates about race and policing and law enforcement's "...
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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke reads a statement at his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 in Chicago, for the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
January 18, 2019 - 5:13 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who fired the shots that killed black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Laquan McDonald's great-uncle says that although it's a partial victory that the former Chicago police officer who killed the black...
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January 18, 2019 - 11:55 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 9:55 p.m. The Syrian opposition says the new U.N. special envoy for Syria has met with officials from the High Negotiations Committee. HNC said Geir Pedersen and opposition officials discussed "all points that could lead to a...
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January 18, 2019 - 11:52 am
BEIRUT (AP) — An airstrike hit people trying to flee the last area controlled by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria Friday, killing at least 20 including children, opposition activists and the country's state media reported. The airstrike on the IS-held village of Baghouz comes as the...
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Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven, attends a new briefing after being voted back as Prime Minister on Friday Jan. 18, 2019, ending a 131-day political deadlock. Lofven passed Friday's vote after he secured the support of the Centre and Liberal parties, forming a government without the Sweden Democrats, which has neo-Nazi roots. (Jessica Gow / TT via AP)
January 18, 2019 - 11:12 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish lawmakers on Friday approved a center-left minority government led by the current caretaker prime minister, Stefan Lofven, ending a four-month political deadlock. Swedish politicians have been trying for months to form a government without the Sweden Democrats...
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