Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2019 file photo, a sign is displayed at Planned Parenthood of Utah in Salt Lake City. Federal officials say they’re redirecting nearly $34 million to cover gaps in access to birth control by low-income women after Trump administration abortion restrictions led to an exodus of clinics from the federal family planning program. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
September 30, 2019 - 1:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials said Monday they're redirecting nearly $34 million to cover gaps in access to birth control for low-income women after Trump administration abortion restrictions led to an exodus of clinics from the federal family planning program. Diane Foley, director of the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2018, file photo, Megan Murphy, right in hat, embraces Cara Knoedler as Kenneth Wright wipes his eyes on the first anniversary of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. In the two years since the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the federal government and states have taken some action to tighten gun regulations. But advocates say they're frustrated more hasn't been done since the attack in Las Vegas killed 58 people on Oct. 1, 2017, and that mass shootings keep happening across the country. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
September 30, 2019 - 1:55 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — In the two years since the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the federal government and states have tightened some gun regulations. But advocates say they're frustrated that more hasn't been done since 58 people died at a concert on the Las Vegas Strip, and that mass...
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September 30, 2019 - 7:18 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met privately Monday with an American Jesuit who has been attacked by conservative U.S. Catholics for reaching out to gays, the latest evidence of Francis' willingness to shrug off right-wing criticism for the sake of his pastoral priorities. The Vatican listed the...
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September 30, 2019 - 3:22 am
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A court in Rabat is expected to deliver a ruling in the trial of a Moroccan journalist accused of undergoing an illegal abortion after becoming pregnant while being single. The case has gained attention among journalists and rights groups. Hajar Raissouni, 28, has been jailed...
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Aimee Stephens talks during in an interview in Ferndale, Mich., Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. The Supreme Court will hear Stephens’ case Oct. 8 over whether federal civil rights law that bars job discrimination on the basis of sex protects transgender people. Other arguments that day deal with whether the same law covers sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
September 30, 2019 - 2:44 am
FERNDALE, Michigan (AP) — Aimee Stephens lost her job at a suburban Detroit funeral home and she could lose her Supreme Court case over discrimination against transgender people. Amid her legal fight, her health is failing. But seven years after Stephens thought seriously of suicide and six years...
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A student holds a stuffed toy with a face mask symbolizing their pets support their protest movement during a school strike organized by students in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
September 29, 2019 - 10:45 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities have rejected an appeal for a major pro-democracy march on Tuesday's National Day's holiday after two straight days of protest-related violence in semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The Civil Human Rights Front says the appeals board on Monday upheld a police...
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Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
September 28, 2019 - 9:42 am
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Cuba is blasting the Trump administration for its "baseness and rot" as it denounces the U.S. decision to impose a travel ban to the United States on former Cuban...
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September 28, 2019 - 3:41 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has visited a memorial to a young South African woman whose rape and murder inspired thousands of people to protest the country's high rate of sexual violence. In a quiet stop during a royal tour, Meghan tied a ribbon to the memorial at the post...
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September 28, 2019 - 3:19 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has visited a memorial to a young South African woman whose rape and murder inspired thousands of people to protest the country's high rate of sexual violence. In a quiet visit, Meghan tied a ribbon to the memorial at the post office where...
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Demonstrators gather near a statue depicting a protester during a rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. Hong Kong police said Friday that students account for 29% of nearly 1,600 people detained in anti-democracy protests since June and urged young people to take the "straight and narrow path" as more major rallies loom this weekend. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
September 27, 2019 - 6:26 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police said that students accounted for 29% of nearly 1,600 people detained in pro-democracy protests since June and urged young people to take the "straight and narrow path" as more major rallies are planned this weekend. Police public relations chief Tse Chun-chung said...
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