Human rights and civil liberties

Ken Roth, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, poses for a photo prior to an interview with the Associated Press in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
January 17, 2019 - 3:38 am
BERLIN (AP) — Human Rights Watch says there is a growing resistance around the world against the abuses of autocrats by coalitions of states, civic groups and popular movements, which are all pushing back against populists seeking to curtail freedoms. The advocacy group said in its annual report...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2018 file photo, Michigan State University interim President John Engler listens as he runs his first Michigan State University Board of Trustees meeting on campus in East Lansing, Mich. Engler will resign as interim president of Michigan State University amid public backlash over his comments about women and girls sexually assaulted by now-imprisoned campus sports doctor Larry Nassar, a member of the school's Board of Trustees said Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP, File)
January 16, 2019 - 8:33 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The former governor brought in to help Michigan State University recover from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal resigned Wednesday as the school's interim president amid backlash over his comments about some of the ex-sports doctor's victims. John Engler, who had resisted...
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, Karen Pence smiles as she gives a tour of the holiday decorations at the Vice President's residence in Washington. It’s back to school for Karen Pence. Mrs. Pence began teaching art to elementary students at Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
January 16, 2019 - 12:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Karen Pence's return to teaching at a Virginia school that lists "homosexual or lesbian sexual activity" as among the disqualifying criteria for employees is drawing criticism from the nation's largest gay rights advocacy group. The office of the vice president's wife said it was...
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A policeman stands guard as some of the people arrested during demonstrations over the hike in fuel prices, make their court appearance at the magistrates courts in Harare, Zimbabwe, Wednesday, Jan,16, 2019. Some dozens of people appeared in court and were charged with public violence and a human rights group in Zimbabwe says a few people were killed in clashes between demonstrators protesting fuel hikes and security forces who opened fire on some crowds. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
January 16, 2019 - 12:42 pm
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police armed with AK-47 rifles arrested a prominent activist and pastor on Wednesday, along with scores of others, in a harsh crackdown over protests against dramatic fuel price hikes in the economically shattered country. Zimbabwe's state security minister says...
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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 file photo, Brother Tomasio Venditti of Steubenville, Ohio, right, holds a Trump-Pence campaign sign as he and Lis Kelly of Notre Dame, Ind., background, wear white gowns depicting the Lady of Guadalupe during an anti-abortion rally on the National Mall in Washington during the annual March for Life. The annual march to proteststhe Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision that declared a constitutional right to abortion. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 16, 2019 - 12:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to...
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January 16, 2019 - 11:29 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local) 7:25 p.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that an explosion that killed American service members in Syria may have been an act aimed to deter the United States from withdrawing troops. Erdogan said, however, that U.S...
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January 16, 2019 - 10:36 am
DETROIT (AP) — A Marine veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder was held for three days for possible deportation before federal authorities learned that he was a U.S. citizen born in Michigan, lawyers said Wednesday. Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, 27, lives in the Grand Rapids area. He was released on Dec...
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Gov. Jay Inslee points toward the gallery above where his family sits at the conclusion of his State of the State address Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in Olympia, Wash. Inslee, who is mulling a 2020 White House bid, highlighted his clean energy agenda in the annual speech. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
January 15, 2019 - 4:50 pm
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's lieutenant governor declined to preside at Gov. Jay Inslee's State of the State speech Tuesday, saying he was concerned people might bring concealed weapons to the joint session of the Legislature. Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib, a Democrat, noted that the state House...
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The first and largest piece of the remnants of a Confederate statue known as "Silent Sam" is lifted before being transported to the bed of a truck early Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. The last remnants of the statue were removed at the request of UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt, who also announced her resignation in a move that increases pressure on the system's board of governors to give up on plans to restore the monument. (Julia Wall/The News & Observer via AP)
January 15, 2019 - 2:22 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hours after the last remnants of a Confederate statue were removed overnight from North Carolina's flagship public university, the state university system's governing board pushed out the official who ordered them gone. UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol Folt had said Monday that...
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FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2014, file photo, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, of Iowa speaks in Des Moines. A senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus is pushing formal punishment for King over his comments about white supremacy. Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush said Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, that he will introduce a censure resolution over the Iowa Republican’s remarks to the New York Times. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
January 15, 2019 - 10:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are dialing up the pressure on Rep. Steve King, with one GOP leader suggesting Tuesday that the nine-term Iowan leave Congress after the latest in a string of what she called his "racist" comments. "I'd like to see him find another line of work," Rep. Liz Cheney, the...
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