Human rights and civil liberties

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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August 13, 2019 - 8:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are using public outrage over this month's mass shootings in Texas and Ohio to try pressuring President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on curbing gun violence and investigating white supremacists. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's office...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, file photo, Octavia Spencer arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Spencer will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network with its Inspiration Award at a gala in October 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
August 13, 2019 - 7:01 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Octavia Spencer will be honored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network with its Inspiration Award at a gala later this year. The group known as GLSEN announced Tuesday that the star of "Hidden Figures and "The Help" will receive the honor at the group's Respect Awards...
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Travelers wait at the check-in counters in the departure hall of the Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. Protesters clogged the departure area at Hong Kong's reopened airport Tuesday, a day after they forced one of the world's busiest transport hubs to shut down entirely amid their calls for an independent inquiry into alleged police abuse. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
August 13, 2019 - 2:47 am
HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Hong Kong's airport has cancelled all remaining departing flights for the second day after protesters took over the terminals. The airport authority announced early Tuesday evening that check-in services for departing...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 31, 2019, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., walks to the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington. Paul is easing back into public activities after his recent lung surgery sidelined him for part of the August congressional break. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
August 12, 2019 - 10:18 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is easing back into public activities after his recent lung surgery sidelined him for part of the August congressional break. The Kentucky Republican is set to deliver a speech Tuesday at a chamber of commerce luncheon in southern Kentucky. It marks his...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, after a confrontation between authorities and protesters, police use pepper spray as multiple groups, including Rose City Antifa, the Proud Boys and others protest in downtown Portland, Ore. Portland police are mobilizing in hopes of avoiding clashes between out-of-state hate groups planning a rally Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, and homegrown anti-fascists who say they’ll come out to oppose them. (Dave Killen/The Oregonian via AP, File)
August 12, 2019 - 10:11 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police are mobilizing to prevent clashes between out-of-state far-right groups planning a rally here and the homegrown anti-fascists who oppose them as America's culture wars seep into this progressive haven. Saturday's rally — and the violence it may bring — are a...
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