Human rights and civil liberties

Pages from a report released from the Washington-based Worker Rights Consortium, photographed in Washington, Thursday, August 15, 2019. The report from labor rights groups says women sewing blue jeans for Levi’s, Wrangler, Lee and The Children’s Place in several African factories faced sexual harassment and gender-based violence and some were coerced into having sex with supervisors. (AP Photo/Wayne Partlow)
August 15, 2019 - 6:04 am
Women sewing blue jeans for Levi's, Wrangler, Lee and The Children's Place faced sexual harassment and gender-based violence and some were coerced into having sex with supervisors to keep their jobs in African factories, labor rights groups say. In response to the revelations, the brands have...
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Pages from a report released from the Washington-based Worker Rights Consortium, photographed in Washington, Thursday, August 15, 2019. The report from labor rights groups says women sewing blue jeans for Levi’s, Wrangler, Lee and The Children’s Place in several African factories faced sexual harassment and gender-based violence and some were coerced into having sex with supervisors. (AP Photo/Wayne Partlow)
August 15, 2019 - 6:01 am
A report from labor rights groups says women sewing blue jeans for Levi's, Wrangler, Lee and The Children's Place in several African factories faced sexual harassment and gender-based violence and some were coerced into having sex with supervisors to keep their jobs. The report released Thursday...
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An altar of candles and white hydrangea flowers stands in memoriam of the 22 victims of the recent El Paso shooting during a vigil Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at Alice Wilson Hope Park in Brownsville, Texas.(Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald via AP)
August 14, 2019 - 5:57 pm
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Leaders from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border will gather in El Paso Wednesday night to memorialize the 22 people killed this month when a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in the Texas border city. The mayors of El Paso and the neighboring Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez will...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2009, file photo, the Statue of Liberty stands in New York harbor. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
August 14, 2019 - 3:53 pm
Long before a Trump administration official suggested the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty welcomed only people from Europe, the words captured America's promise to newcomers at a time when the nation was also seeking to exclude many immigrants from landing on its shores. A biographer of...
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August 14, 2019 - 11:42 am
URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Steve King is defending his call for a ban on all abortions by questioning whether "there would be any population of the world left" if not for births due to rape and incest. Speaking Wednesday before a conservative group in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale, the...
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Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard during security lockdown in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. India has maintained an unprecedented security lockdown to try to stave off a violent reaction to Kashmir's downgraded status. Protests and clashes have occurred daily, thought the curfew and communications blackout have meant the reaction is largely subdued. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)
August 14, 2019 - 2:45 am
MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister assured Kashmiri people living in the Indian-administered part of the divided region that he supports them in their struggle for self-determination. In his statement Wednesday, Imran Khan condemned New Delhi's decision Aug. 5 to downgrade...
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FILE - In this June 14, 2019, file courtroom drawing, Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques on March 15, 2019 appears via video link at the Christchurch District Court, from the maximum security prison in Auckland where he's being held, Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealand officials admitted Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019 that they made a mistake by allowing Tarrant to send a hand-written letter from his prison cell. (AP Photo/Stephanie McEwin, File)
August 14, 2019 - 2:38 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand officials admitted Wednesday that they made a mistake by allowing the man accused of killing 51 people at two Christchurch mosques to send a hand-written letter from his prison cell. The six-page letter from Brenton Tarrant was posted this week on the...
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File- This July 22, 2019, file photo shows former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams addressing the 110th NAACP National Convention, in Detroit. Abrams is set to announce a multimillion-dollar initiative to staff and fund voter protection teams in battleground states across the country ahead of the 2020 elections. An aide familiar with the decision said she'll focus on the new program rather than run for president herself. The aide said Abrams would announce the initiative Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, during a speech before a labor union convention in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
August 13, 2019 - 4:15 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Democrat Stacey Abrams, who vaulted onto the national political stage championing voting rights during an unsuccessful 2018 run for Georgia governor, announced on Tuesday that she's launching a new multistate voter protection initiative and not running for president in 2020. Abrams...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. right, embraces Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., at a booth at the Iowa State Fair, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 13, 2019 - 1:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand is planning to hold a reproductive rights town hall in St. Louis, home of Missouri's last remaining abortion clinic. A new state law bans most abortions at the eighth week of pregnancy. But the restrictions have yet to take...
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This undated booking photo provided by the Montgomery County Sheriff shows Ethan Kollie. Federal agents say Kollie, a longtime friend of Dayton, Ohio, gunman, Connor Betts, bought the body armor, a 100-round magazine and a gun accessory used in a mass shooting, but there’s no indication that the man knew that his friend was planning a massacre. The accusations came as prosecutors unsealed charges against Kollie that they said were unrelated to the Aug. 4 shooting. (Montgomery County Sheriff via AP) (Montgomery County Sheriff via AP)
August 13, 2019 - 10:04 am
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities who have been trying to piece together a motive and other factors that led to a deadly mass shooting in Ohio will provide an update Tuesday on their findings. Dayton officials scheduled a news conference, a day after federal authorities announced charges against a...
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