Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp addresses the 2019 Season Joint Budget hearings, in Atlanta. Kemp is set to sign legislation on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, banning abortions at around six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
May 07, 2019 - 3:00 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the signing of an early abortion ban by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (all times local): 10:20 a.m. Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp has signed legislation banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That can be as early as six weeks, before many women know...
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Electoral campaign signs for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) stand next to a road junction in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The upcoming elections on Wednesday will take place 25 years after the end of apartheid and are the country's sixth all-race polls. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
May 07, 2019 - 12:05 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A quarter-century after the end of apartheid, South Africans go to the polls Wednesday for the sixth national elections since the demise of the harsh system of racial discrimination, although the country remains divided by economic inequality . The African National Congress, the...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp addresses the 2019 Season Joint Budget hearings, in Atlanta. Kemp is set to sign legislation on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, banning abortions at around six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they’re pregnant. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
May 07, 2019 - 11:13 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed legislation on Tuesday banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That can be as early as six weeks, before many women know they're pregnant. Kemp said he was signing the bill "to ensure that all Georgians have the...
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In this April 14, 2019 photo, Muqadas Ashraf speaks to The Associated Press in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Muqadas Ashraf was just 16 when her parents married her off to a Chinese man who had come to Pakistan looking for a bride. Less than five months later, Muqadas is back home in Pakistan, pregnant and seeking a divorce from a husband she says was abusive. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
May 07, 2019 - 7:12 am
GUJRANWALA, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds young women from Pakistan's small Christian minority have been trafficked to China as brides in recent months as their impoverished community is targeted in an aggressive new marriage market, activists and officials say. Brokers offer desperately poor parents...
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In this May 4, 2019, photo, a woman makes her way toward Johannesburg suburb of Sandton, background, on a pedestrian bridge that connects it to the black township of Alexandra. Twenty-five years after the end of apartheid, the neighboring suburbs are a stark example of how inequality is still on display in South Africa. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
May 07, 2019 - 6:30 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Perhaps nowhere in today's South Africa is the country's inequality on more dramatic display than in the neighboring Johannesburg suburbs of Sandton and Alexandra. With its gleaming high-rises and lush estates, Sandton is known as Africa's richest square mile. Alexandra, a...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2018 file photo, people walk past the gate of the Eastern Industrial Zone in Ethiopia in the town of Dukem near the capital, Addis Ababa. Ethiopian garment factory workers are now, on average, the lowest paid in any major garment-producing company worldwide, a new report said Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Elias Meseret, File)
May 07, 2019 - 4:48 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian garment factory workers are now, on average, the lowest paid in any major garment-producing company worldwide, a new report says. The report by the New York University Stern Center for Business and Human Rights comes as Ethiopia, one of Africa's fastest-...
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French unions members demonstrate at the start of the trial of French group France Telecom in front of the Paris' courthouse, Monday, May 6, 2019. French telecom giant Orange and seven former or current managers are going on trial accused of moral harassment over a wave of employee suicides a decade ago. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
May 06, 2019 - 1:57 pm
PARIS (AP) — The toll is shocking: 19 suicides, 12 suicide attempts and eight cases of serious depression among employees at France's main telephone and internet company over three years. A long-awaited trial began Monday in Paris accusing the telecom giant Orange and seven former or current...
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May 06, 2019 - 11:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Urban League is putting the focus on voting rights ahead of the 2020 elections. The group's State of Black America report out Monday says the threat of Russian interference combined with voter suppression could make it difficult for minorities to vote. The...
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May 06, 2019 - 5:34 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's Nobel-prize winning anti-apartheid crusader retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu cast his ballot in the upcoming elections. Tutu, 87, is in fragile health and took part in South Africa's special voting for the elderly and infirm where electoral officials go to...
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Pope Francis looks at children singing for him during his visit to a refugee center on the outskirts of Sofia, Bulgaria, Monday, May 6, 2019. Pope Francis is visiting Bulgaria, the European Union's poorest country and one that taken a hard line against migrants, a stance that conflicts with the pontiff's view that reaching out to vulnerable people is a moral imperative. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 06, 2019 - 5:01 am
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Pope Francis met Monday with refugees in Bulgaria's showcase refugee center and told them they are bearing the "cross of humanity," after he urged the migrant-skeptic government to not close its eyes to their suffering. Children from Iraq, Pakistan and elsewhere sang for...
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