Human rights and civil liberties

June 26, 2019 - 9:57 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Gambian beauty pageant winner has accused the country's former dictator Yahya Jammeh of raping her four years ago, the latest allegation of human rights abuses committed by the ex-president now living in exile in Equatorial Guinea. Fatou "Toufah" Jallow, now 23, made an...
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Protesters gather near the U.S. Consulate as they stage a protest in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Hong Kong activists opposed to contentious extradition legislation on Wednesday called on leaders of the U.S., the European Union and others to raise the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping at this week's G-20 summit in Japan. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 26, 2019 - 9:49 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people joined Hong Kong's latest protest rally Wednesday night against legislation they fear would erode the city's freedoms, capping a daylong appeal to world leaders ahead of a G-20 summit this week that brings together the heads of China, the United States and other...
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FILE In this file photo taken on Friday, May 24, 2019, Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, who was arrested in Moscow at the end of last year, waits for a hearing in a court in Moscow, Russia. An American man kept behind bars in Russia on spying charges has appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump for help. Whelan, who also holds British, Irish and Canadian citizenship, appealed to Trump in a Moscow court on Thursday, June 20, 2019 to intervene in his case and "defend" him. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)
June 26, 2019 - 7:42 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Moscow says that it has officially protested the reported mistreatment of a U.S. national who is kept in jail on spying charges. The U.S. Embassy said in a statement on Wednesday that it has sent a note of protest to the Russian foreign ministry, asking it to...
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A protester holds up a placard outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Hong Kong activists opposed to contentious extradition legislation on Wednesday called on leaders of the U.S., the European Union and others to raise the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping at this week's G-20 summit in Japan. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 26, 2019 - 5:27 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong activists opposed to extradition legislation urged the leaders of the U.S., the European Union and others on Wednesday to raise the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping at this week's G-20 summit in Japan. Beijing has strongly opposed any such discussion, saying Hong...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file image made from video, Australia's Federal Police, top, enter the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the national public broadcaster, during a raid on their offices in Sydney, Australia. Australia's three largest media organizations have joined forces to demand press freedom law reforms that would prevent journalists from risking prison for doing their job. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP, File)
June 26, 2019 - 4:03 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's three largest media organizations joined forces on Wednesday to demand legal reforms that would prevent journalists from risking imprisonment for doing their jobs. The demands came after unprecedented raids against media organizations by police searching for...
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June 26, 2019 - 2:37 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's three largest media organizations joined forces on Wednesday to demand law reforms that would prevent journalists from risking prison for doing their job, in reaction to recent police raids hunting government documents. News Corp. Australia, Australian...
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A protester holds up a placard outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Hong Kong activists opposed to contentious extradition legislation on Wednesday called on leaders of the U.S., the European Union and others to raise the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping at this week's G-20 summit in Japan. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 26, 2019 - 2:28 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong activists opposed to contentious extradition legislation on Wednesday called on leaders of the U.S., the European Union and others to raise the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping at this week's G-20 summit in Japan. Beijing has strongly opposed such a development,...
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FILE - In this May 15, 2019, file photo, acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner John Sanders, left, joins Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., right, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sanders says he's stepping down amid outrage over his agency's treatment of detained migrant children and said in a message to CBP employees Tuesday that he would resign on July 5. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
June 26, 2019 - 2:11 am
HOUSTON (AP) — The acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection resigned Tuesday amid an uproar over the discovery of migrant children being held in pitiful conditions at one of the agency's stations in Texas. Acting Commissioner John Sanders' departure deepened the sense of crisis and added...
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A protester holds up a placard outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Hong Kong activists opposed to contentious extradition legislation on Wednesday called on leaders of the U.S., the European Union and others to raise the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping at this week's G-20 summit in Japan. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 26, 2019 - 1:19 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong activists opposed to contentious extradition legislation on Wednesday called on leaders of the U.S., the European Union and others to raise the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping at this week's G-20 summit in Japan. Beijing has strongly opposed such a development,...
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In this photo taken Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Chris Puehse, left owner of Foothill Ammo helps a customer at his shop in Shingle Springs, Calif. Californians will have to undergo criminal background checks every time they buy ammunition starting July 1 under a 2016 voter-approved ballot initiative. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
June 26, 2019 - 1:10 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has among the most stringent gun laws in the country and on Monday a far-reaching new initiative to curb violence will require background checks for every ammunition purchase. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other proponents said it will save lives but opponents are suing...
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