Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, Rohingya refugees shout slogans during a protest against the repatriation process at Unchiprang refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, in Bangladesh. Sexual violence carried out by Myanmar's security forces against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority was so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit genocide as well as warrants prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to a U.N. report released Thursday Aug. 22, 2019. The Rohingya refugees still live in squalid camps in Bangladesh, and a planned effort Thursday to repatriate an initial large group to Myanmar collapsed when none showed up to be taken back. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, FILE)
August 22, 2019 - 5:48 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Sexual violence carried out by Myanmar's security forces against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority was so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit genocide as well as warrants prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity, a U.N. report charged...
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, center with Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen, right, and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, left, makes opening statements during a round table discussion, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Abbott is meeting in Austin with officials from Google, Twitter and Facebook as well as officials from the FBI and state lawmakers to discuss ways of combatting extremism in light of the recent mass shooting in El Paso that reportedly targeted Mexicans. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
August 22, 2019 - 3:11 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday met in Austin with officials from some of the world's biggest tech giants to discuss ways of combatting extremism in the wake of a mass shooting in El Paso that left 22 people dead. The officials from Google, Facebook and Twitter sat down with...
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Misty Dotson hugs her son's at their home Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Murray, Utah. Dotson is a 33-year-old single mother of two boys, ages 12 and 6, who goes to Planned Parenthood for care through the Title X program. Dotson is among the 39,000 people received treatment from Planned Parenthood of Utah in 2018 under a federal family planning program called Title X. The organization this week announced it is pulling out program rather than abide by a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
August 22, 2019 - 9:45 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases after its decision to quit a $260 million federal family planning program in an...
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Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross speaks with the media outside Police Administration Building at 8th and Race in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019. Ross abruptly resigned Tuesday, a day after a woman in the department claimed in a lawsuit that he allegedly ignored her claim of another officer's sexual harassment. (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
August 21, 2019 - 6:40 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two female police officers whose sexual harassment lawsuit led Philadelphia's police commissioner to resign have received promises from the city they won't be retaliated against or endure more transfers while the case plays out. Cpl. Audra McCowan and Patrol Officer Jennifer...
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FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump and visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu walk along the Colonnade of the White House in Washington. Netanyahu on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, is steering clear of Trump’s comments questioning the loyalty of American Jews who support the Democratic Party, ignoring condemnation from Jewish critics who accuse him of voicing longstanding anti-Semitic tropes. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
August 21, 2019 - 3:12 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Wednesday steered clear of Donald Trump's comments questioning the loyalty of American Jews who support the Democratic Party, in sharp contrast to the tide of condemnation from Jewish critics who accused him of trafficking in anti-Semitic stereotypes...
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President Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Washington. Trump is headed to Kentucky. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
August 21, 2019 - 2:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again backed tighter background checks for gun purchases, but said he wants to be careful that closing what he calls "loopholes" doesn't clear the way for more gun control. Speaking to reporters as he departed the White House for Kentucky,...
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In this photo taken Aug. 5, 2019, 14-year-old Rosibeth Vargas, who is seven months pregnant, stands in her home where she lives with her parents, 18-year-old sister and nephew, in the Tablitas area of the Caucaguita neighborhood on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela. Vargas said her school allows student mothers to bring their children to class, but that she dropped out after being bullied. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
August 21, 2019 - 11:47 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Dr. Saturnina Clemente pulls up to the small clinic in the impoverished Caucaguita neighborhood armed with one of Venezuela's most sought-after commodities: Hormonal implants to prevent pregnancy. In a country where contraceptives are in short supply, word in the...
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FILE - In this June 11 2004, file photo, supporters of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) display an old South African flag, second from left, an old Afrikaner "Vierkleur" flag and swastika-like flags as they await the release of their leader, Eugene Terre'Blanche from prison in Potchefstroom, South Africa where he was granted parole after serving three years of an effective five year sentence for the 1996 attempted murder of a black security guard. South Africa's Equality Court has restricted the display of the old apartheid-era flag in a ruling issued Wednesday Aug. 21, 2019, that it's gratuitous use amounts to hate speech and racial discrimination. (AP Photo, FILE)
August 21, 2019 - 9:16 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's Equality Court on Wednesday restricted the display of the country's old apartheid-era flag, ruling that its gratuitous use amounts to hate speech and racial discrimination. Judge Phineas Mojapelo said the ruling was not a complete ban, saying use of the flag is...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 21, 2019 - 8:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious lines, President Donald Trump said American Jews who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." Trump's claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said the Republican president...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2019 file photo Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia. The mayor of Philadelphia says on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, that Ross is resigning over new allegations of sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination against others in the department. Mayor Jim Kenney says that Richard Ross has been a terrific asset to the police department and the city as a whole and that he's disappointed to lose him. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
August 20, 2019 - 9:08 pm
Philadelphia's police commissioner resigned Tuesday amid allegations that members of his department engaged in sexual harassment and racial and gender discrimination against two women serving in the ranks. Mayor Jim Kenney said in a news release he was disappointed to lose Commissioner Richard Ross...
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