Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Whelan family shows Paul Whelan in Iceland. Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov on Saturday Jan. 5, 2019, is brushing back suggestions that an American being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be exchanged for a Russian. Paul Whelan, who also holds Canadian, British and Irish citizenship was detained in late December. (Courtesy of the Whelan Family via AP)
January 04, 2019 - 9:42 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The American former Marine who is being held in Moscow on spying charges also holds British and Irish citizenship, officials said Friday, and Britain's foreign secretary charged that Russia is trying to use him as a pawn in its geopolitical games. Both those countries have asked that...
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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, file photo, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina interacts with journalists in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Hasina is set to begin a third straight term as Bangladesh's prime minister after a landslide election victory, but critics fear her coalition's dominance in Parliament leaves space for her to be more authoritarian. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath, File)
January 04, 2019 - 4:45 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Congratulatory messages are flowing to Bangladesh Prime Minister-elect Sheikh Hasina, ensuring she will withstand calls to investigate allegations of widespread serious irregularities in Sunday's election that was dominated by her coalition. Hasina is set to form her third...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2018, file photo, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, waves after addresses the Utah Senate while Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, looks on at the Utah State Capitol, in Salt Lake City. Hatch is ending his tenure as the longest-serving Republican senator in history, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, capping a unique career that positioned him as one of the most prominent conservative voices in the United States. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
January 03, 2019 - 7:36 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Orrin Hatch ended his tenure Thursday as the longest-serving Republican senator in history, capping a unique career that positioned him as one of the most prominent conservatives in the United States. The departure of the vocal supporter of President Donald Trump ushers in...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2018 file photo, director Ava DuVernay appears at the premiere of "A Wrinkle In Time," in London. Despite widespread attention over gender inequality in film, a new study finds that the number of female directors in the top 250 domestic grossing movies last year dipped to eight percent. That was down three percent from 2017, according to the 21st annual Celluloid Ceiling report released Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 by the Center for the Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP, File)
January 03, 2019 - 10:10 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Despite widespread attention over gender inequality in film, a new study finds that the number of female directors in the top 250 domestic grossing movies last year dipped to 8 percent. That was down 3 percentage points from 2017, according to the 21st annual Celluloid Ceiling...
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FILE - In this May 10, 2017 file photo, Muslim-American comedian Hasan Minhaj cracks jokes for the audience after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed May 10th as "Hasan Minhaj Day," at Gracie Mansion, in New York. In December 2018, Netflix is facing criticism for pulling an episode, from viewing in Saudi Arabia of Minhaj's "Patriot Act" that lambasted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led war in Yemen. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
January 02, 2019 - 3:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix faced criticism Wednesday from human rights groups for pulling an episode in Saudi Arabia of comedian Hasan Minhaj's "Patriot Act" series that criticized the kingdom's powerful crown prince. The American comedian used his second episode, released Oct. 28, to criticize Crown...
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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro smiles amid members of his cabinet as he presents them during a ceremony at the presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
January 02, 2019 - 11:57 am
SAO PAULO (AP) — Newly installed President Jair Bolsonaro issued executive orders targeting Brazil's indigenous groups, descendants of slaves and the LGBT community in the first hours of his administration, moving quickly after a campaign in which the far-right leader said he would radically...
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In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, Hulusi Akar, Turkey's Defense Minister and former Chief of Staff, center, and top army commanders walk during a visit to Turkish troops stationed at the border with Syria, in Kilis, Turkey. Russian and Turkish foreign and defense ministers met in Moscow on Saturday to discuss northern Syria as U.S. forces prepare to withdraw and Turkey threatens to launch a military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish forces controlling nearly a third of the country.(Turkish Defence Ministry via AP)
January 02, 2019 - 10:08 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Two days of fighting in rebel-held parts of northern Syria killed dozens of people as al-Qaida-linked militants press their offensive against Turkey-backed rebels, a war monitor and activists said Wednesday. The new wave of fighting comes after President Donald Trump's abrupt...
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Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina drinks water during an interaction with journalists in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. Bangladesh's ruling alliance won virtually every parliamentary seat in the country's general election, according to official results released Monday, giving Hasina a third straight term despite allegations of intimidation and the opposition disputing the outcome. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
January 02, 2019 - 6:29 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — While Sheikh Hasina is set to begin her third consecutive term as Bangladesh's prime minister following a landslide election victory, critics say having such an overwhelming majority in Parliament could create space for her to become even more authoritarian. The Hasina-led...
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Demonstrators protest at San Martin Plaza in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, over Attorney General Pedro Chavarry's dismissal of a team investigating the sweeping Odebrecht corruption case. President Martin Vizcarra said Chavarry's actions jeopardize key investigations into allegations of bribery involving some of the country's highest-ranking politicians, including several former presidents. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
January 01, 2019 - 5:42 pm
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Thousands of Peruvians marched in protest again Tuesday decrying the attorney general's dismissal of a team investigating the sweeping Odebrecht corruption case in a move that President Martin Vizcarra decried as "profoundly damaging." Demonstrators carried a giant Peruvian flag...
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In this Oct. 2, 2018, semi-automatic rifles fill a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash. Starting Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, no one under the age of 21 in Washington state will be allowed to purchase a "semi-automatic assault rifle," under a voter-approved initiative that passed in November. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
January 01, 2019 - 12:19 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington on Tuesday joined a handful of other states that ban anyone under 21 from buying a semi-automatic assault rifle after voters passed a sweeping firearms measure in November that has drawn a court challenge from gun-rights advocates. The ballot initiative seeks to curb gun...
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