Human rights and civil liberties

Ohio Gov. John Kasich sits for an interview with The Associated Press at the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Columbus. Kasich discussed his future upon departing office in January, including the possibility of a third presidential run. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
December 21, 2018 - 12:19 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio has moved again to impose some of the most far-reaching abortion restrictions in the nation, after Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a ban Friday on dilation and evacuation terminations and set up a showdown with lawmakers over his veto of the so-called heartbeat bill...
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December 21, 2018 - 5:34 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is slapping asset freezes and travel bans on seven more people accused of human rights violations against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar. EU headquarters said Friday that the seven army and border police officials are being put on the bloc's sanctions list "for...
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December 21, 2018 - 5:08 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — A U.S. software company said Friday it blocked the fundraising account of the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel following a complaint by a pro-Israel group that the campaign has links to militant organizations. Donorbox, which makes fundraising management software,...
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FILE -In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks during the 2018 POW/MIA National Recognition Day Ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington. President Donald Trump says Mattis will be retiring at the end of February 2019 and that a new secretary will be named shortly. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)
December 20, 2018 - 8:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned Thursday after clashing with President Donald Trump over the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and after two years of deep disagreements over America's role in the world. Mattis, perhaps the most respected foreign policy official in...
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December 20, 2018 - 3:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is signing into law a bill to cut off resources to the government of Nicaragua and provides sanctions against countries that assist the Central American nation. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican who co-sponsored the bill, said in a press release...
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December 20, 2018 - 2:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Alice Walker is defending her praise of a British author widely condemned as an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist. Walker, best known for her novel "The Color Purple," wrote on her blog this week that David Icke's work was "very important to humanity's conversation," and disputed...
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FILE - In this Aug. 24 2017, file photo, Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee gestures while speaking at a memorial service for former coach and general manager of the Senators, Bryan Murray, at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. Former Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee has pleaded guilty to a harassment charge stemming from an encounter with a 19-year-old male hotel shuttle driver in Buffalo. The 57-year-old Lee entered the plea Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, in Buffalo City Court just before his nonjury trial was to begin. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
December 20, 2018 - 1:50 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former Ottawa Senators assistant general manager pleaded guilty Thursday to harassing a 19-year-old male hotel shuttle driver and might now face a possible lawsuit. Randy Lee entered the plea to a violation charge of harassment in Buffalo City Court just before his nonjury...
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December 20, 2018 - 9:12 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A report on Twitter by the human rights group Amnesty International is gaining traction and its shares are getting punished. The report, released earlier this week, said the social media platform has permitted a toxic online culture that allows pervasive abuse of women. While...
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December 20, 2018 - 9:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on William Barr, the president's nominee for attorney general (all times local): 12 p.m. The incoming Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee says he is "not personally" concerned with a memo written by attorney general nominee William Barr that criticized...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 10, 2017 file photo, migrants are detained at Abosetta base in Tripoli, Libya. The United Nations says interviews of migrants who passed through Libya show that the “overwhelming majority” of women and older girls reported being gang-raped by traffickers or witnessed others taken away to be abused. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights said a new report issued Thursday, Dec. 20, 2019 along with the U.N. support mission in Libya turned up “unimaginable horrors” among migrants who seek to reach Europe through the largely lawless country. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa, file)
December 20, 2018 - 8:59 am
GENEVA (AP) — The "overwhelming majority" of women and older girls who passed through Libya as migrants reported being gang-raped by traffickers or having witnessed others taken away to be sexually abused, the United Nations said Thursday in a report based on hundreds of interviews. The Office of...
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