Human rights and civil liberties

June 12, 2019 - 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Jamaican fishermen were detained for nearly a month aboard U.S. Coast Guard vessels in the Caribbean Sea, spending much of their time chained to the deck in the blistering sun while their families believed they were dead, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The Coast...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington. Weeks after Facebook refused to remove a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring her words, Zuckerberg is getting a taste of his own medicine: fake footage showing him gloating over his one-man domination of the world. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
June 12, 2019 - 1:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Three weeks after Facebook refused to remove a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slurring her words, Mark Zuckerberg is getting a taste of his own medicine: fake footage showing him gloating over his one-man domination of the world. It's the latest flap over deviously...
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2019 file photo, Maine Gov. Janet Mills delivers her State of the Budget address to the Legislature at the State House in Augusta, Maine. Maine has become the eighth state to legalize medically assisted suicide. Mills signed the bill on Wednesday, June 12. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
June 12, 2019 - 1:22 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine has become the eighth state to legalize medically assisted suicide. Democratic Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill Wednesday. She had previously said she was unsure about the measure. The proposal had failed once in a statewide referendum and at least seven previous times...
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In this frame grab from video, people wait in line for bread outside a bakery in Khartoum, Sudan, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The first day of the workweek in Sudan saw shops closed and streets empty as part of a general strike called by protest leaders who are demanding the resignation of the ruling military council. The Sudanese Professionals Association had urged people to stay home to protest a deadly crackdown last week, when security forces violently dispersed the group’s main sit-in camp outside the military headquarters in the capital of Khartoum. (AP Photo)
June 12, 2019 - 8:19 am
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Activists called off a general strike and civil disobedience campaign as more businesses reopened and traffic returned to its normal bustle on Wednesday in Sudan's capital of Khartoum following last week's deadly clashes between pro-democracy demonstrators and security forces...
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In this May 13, 2019 photo, transgender Caua Fraga, 23, shows the tattoo on his chest that reads in Portuguese "Resistance", before a training session with the Bigtboys transgender men's football team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For the two dozen Bigtboys players, the training pitch is also one of the few places where they feel at ease and can talk about their experiences, good and bad, without fear. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)
June 12, 2019 - 7:56 am
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — On a late May afternoon, the Bigtboys soccer team played its first match, a friendly game on a flood-lit neighborhood pitch bordered by chain-link fencing. With only four months of weekly training in the bag, the Bigtboys lost 9-1 to the more established Alligaytors. But just...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, May 22, 2019 file photo, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft arrives to the NFL football owners meeting in Key Biscayne, Fla. Israel is rolling out the red carpet for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who arrives next week to collect the Genesis Prize, a prestigious award dubbed by its sponsors as the "Jewish Nobel Prize." The ceremony is expected to be Kraft's highest-profile public appearance since he was charged in February with soliciting a prostitute at a Florida massage parlor. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
June 12, 2019 - 4:55 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is rolling out the red carpet for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who arrives next week to collect the Genesis Prize, a prestigious award dubbed by its sponsors as the "Jewish Nobel Prize." The ceremony on June 20 would mark Kraft's highest-profile public appearance...
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, right, runs the Capital City Pride Fest Fun Run 5K with his wife Amy, left, Saturday, June 8, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
June 12, 2019 - 3:00 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto (BET'-oh) O'Rourke has unveiled a plan to protect LGBTQ rights on the day he's leading a Pride Run jog through a New York park. The former Texas congressman promises to use executive orders to overturn the Trump administration's transgender...
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Protestors run near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Hundreds of protesters surrounded government headquarters in Hong Kong on Wednesday as the administration prepared to open debate on a highly controversial extradition law that would allow accused people to be sent to China for trial. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 11, 2019 - 7:43 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Latest on the debate around Hong Kong extradition legislation (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Hundreds of protesters have blocked access to Hong Kong's legislature and government headquarters in a bid to block debate on a highly controversial extradition bill that would allow accused...
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Protesters gather in front of policemen in anti-riot gear outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Government officials in Hong Kong are bracing for a showdown as protesters and police continue to face off into the early morning hours outside the semiautonomous Chinese territory's legislature ahead of Wednesday's debate over changes allowing extradition to the Chinese mainland. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
June 11, 2019 - 6:25 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of protesters surrounded government headquarters in Hong Kong on Wednesday as the administration prepared to open debate on a highly controversial extradition law that would allow accused people to be sent to China for trial. The overwhelmingly young crowd of demonstrators...
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June 11, 2019 - 1:45 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's top election official on Tuesday rejected a third petition for a public vote on a new law banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's action came as opponents of the law are fighting in court force the Republican to approve...
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