Human rights and civil liberties

A "Banana Bloc Dance Party" gathering is held near Battleship Oregon Memorial Marine Park on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in downtown Portland, Ore. Hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed the downtown area, as police set up concrete barriers and closed streets and bridges in an effort to contain and separate the rival groups. (AP Photo/Moriah Ratner)
August 18, 2019 - 2:58 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With both the left and the right declaring victory following a long-hyped rally that had Portland, Oregon, on edge it seems the liberal city will continue to be a flashpoint in an increasingly divided country. City officials were mostly relieved that a downtown gathering...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump reacts at the end of his speech at a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
August 18, 2019 - 1:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the diplomacy of coercion. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their...
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Protesters march in the rain in Hong Kong Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. Heavy rain fell on tens of thousands of umbrella-toting protesters Sunday as they marched from a packed park and filled a major road in Hong Kong, where mass pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity this summer. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
August 18, 2019 - 11:34 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong streets were turned into rivers of umbrellas on Sunday as hundreds of thousands of people marched through heavy rain down a major road in the Chinese territory, where massive pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity. Organizers said at least 1.7...
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Members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing demonstrators march across the Hawthorne Bridge during an "End Domestic Terrorism" rally in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. The group includes organizer Joe Biggs, in green hat, and Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio, holding megaphone. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
August 17, 2019 - 11:31 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police arrested at least 13 people and seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons Saturday as hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon. Authorities closed bridges and streets to try to keep the rival groups...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2019, file photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi smiles during a news conference at a hotel in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. There’s an American leader whose words increasingly resonate abroad, who’s adored in foreign capitals and who sends a message just by her arrival. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has emerged as an alternative ambassador in the Trump era. (AP Photo/Elmer Martinez)
August 17, 2019 - 5:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an American leader whose words resonate on the global stage. Who draws attention in foreign capitals. Who carries a message from the United States by simply arriving. It's not just President Donald Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is emerging as an alternative...
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FILE - In this June 18, 2019 file photo Dravon Ames, holding microphone, speaks to Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, as his fiancee, Iesha Harper, right, holds 1-year-old daughter London, at a community meeting in Phoenix. Still stinging from national outrage sparked this summer by a videotaped encounter of officers pointing guns and cursing at the family, community members are holding low-key meetings aimed at helping Phoenix officials figure out how citizens could help oversee the city's officers. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
August 17, 2019 - 12:15 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Dozens of people, mostly African Americans, huddled around tables scattered across a church gymnasium on a recent evening, discussing past run-ins with Phoenix police officers and ways to hold them accountable. In a city still stinging from a video of officers pointing guns and...
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FILE - This May 22, 2018, file photo, shows a voter access card inserted in a reader during voting in the Georgia primary in Kennesaw, Ga. A federal judge has ordered Georgia to stop using its outdated voting machines after 2019. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, issued the order after voting integrity advocates and individual voters asked her to order the state to immediately switch to hand-marked paper ballots. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)
August 17, 2019 - 11:22 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials have for years ignored, downplayed and failed to address serious problems with the state's election management system and voting machines, a federal judge said in a scathing order this week. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg said those problems place a...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo, a person walks past a Google sign in San Francisco. Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won’t work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement _ the latest in a year full of political and social pushback from the tech giant’s workforce. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
August 16, 2019 - 7:28 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won't work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It's the latest in a year full of political and social pushback from the tech giant's workforce. A group of employees...
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In this Saturday, June 22, 2019 photo, Democratic presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., speaks at the South Carolina Democratic Party state convention in Columbia, S.C. Buttigieg is focusing his efforts this weekend on campaigning in South Carolina, where the majority of Democratic primary voters are black. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
August 16, 2019 - 3:24 pm
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Joe Darby, a South Carolina pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, pondered a sensitive question that he knew was on the mind of his congregation. Would black voters be able to reconcile their conservative religious doctrine with voting for a gay candidate for...
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Kashmiri Muslims shout pro-freedom slogans at a demonstration after Friday prayers during curfew like restrictions in Srinagar, India, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. India's government assured the Supreme Court on Friday that the situation in disputed Kashmir is being reviewed daily and unprecedented security restrictions will be removed over the next few days, an attorney said after the court heard challenges to India's moves.(AP Photo/Dar Yasin)
August 16, 2019 - 12:38 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Latest on India revoking status of Indian-administered Kashmir (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The U.N. Security Council met behind closed doors for the first time in decades on Jammu and Kashmir, and Pakistan's U.N. ambassador says the session showed that people in the region "...
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