Human rights and civil liberties

Actor Danny Glover, right, and author Ta-Nehisi Coates, left, testify about reparation for the descendants of slaves during a hearing before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 19, 2019 - 2:19 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The debate over reparations for descendants of slaves catapulted from the campaign trail to Congress on Wednesday with an impassioned plea from actor Danny Glover and others for lawmakers to address compensation for America's blighted heritage of racism and Jim Crow laws. Glover,...
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This undated photo provided by Netflix shows a scene from the series "Jinn." By global Netflix standards, its first original Arabic series “Jinn” hardly pushes the envelope. But when the show debuted worldwide last week, many Jordanians were shocked and appalled by a program that they say violates the country’s conservative norms. The outrage has shaken Jordan’s self-image as a bastion of tolerance in a turbulent region and reflects a cultural gap between the country’s Western-allied ruling elite and deeply conservative Muslim public. (Netflix via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 1:04 pm
AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — On a high school trip to Jordan's ancient city of Petra, a group of teenagers sneak out at night to drink beer, smoke weed and gossip around a bonfire. A girl asks her frisky boyfriend to take things slow. By global Netflix standards, its first original Arabic series "Jinn"...
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Tiffany Haddish presents the trailblazer award at the MTV Movie and TV Awards on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
June 19, 2019 - 11:32 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiffany Haddish says she chose to join a boycott of Georgia after she read the state's new anti-abortion legislation. Haddish announced this week that she had cancelled a show in the state and explained her reasoning Tuesday. "The reason that I cancelled the show, is because I...
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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, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Phoenix. The community meeting stems from reaction to a videotaped encounter that surfaced recently of Ames and his pregnant fiancee, Harper, having had guns aimed at them by Phoenix police during a response to a shoplifting report, as well as the issue of recent police-involved shootings in the community. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
June 19, 2019 - 6:38 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Police Chief Jeri Williams promised change in her department after being booed by some of hundreds of people gathered Tuesday night to discuss a videotaped police encounter that has caused a national outcry. The meeting at a downtown church was called by the city in the wake of the...
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In this photo taken Tuesday, May 28, 2019, LGBT refugee Nina Muregwa, 17, left, from Burundi, who says she left Burundi after her lover's mother threatened to kill her, sits with others in the house where they take shelter in a low-income neighborhood of the capital Nairobi, Kenya. LGBT refugees allege they have been harassed by police in recent weeks in Kenya, which is a rare regional haven for the gay community yet maintains that gay sex is illegal. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
June 19, 2019 - 6:15 am
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi national Nina Muregwa says she feels threatened again. After escaping death threats back home over her sexual identity the 17-year-old thought she had found a sanctuary in Kenya. Recent incidents, however, have left her scared for her life once more. She and other LGBT...
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In this Tuesday, June 18, 2019, photo, pro life demonstrators gather outside the Victorian State Parliament, opposing the voluntary assisted dying laws, in Melbourne. Voluntary euthanasia became legal in an Australian state on Wednesday, June 19, more than 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)
June 19, 2019 - 4:49 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Voluntary euthanasia became legal in an Australian state on Wednesday more than 20 years after the country repealed the world's first mercy-killing law for the terminally ill. The process of dying in an assisted suicide after an initial approach to a doctor in Victoria...
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Pro-democracy lawmakers pay a silent tribute to the man who fell to his death on Saturday evening after hanging a protest banner on scaffolding on a shopping mall, at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Hong Kong lawmakers are meeting for the first time in a week, after massive protests over an extradition bill that eventually was suspended.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
June 19, 2019 - 3:43 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong lawmakers grilled the city's security secretary Wednesday over allegations of police brutality during protests over an extradition bill that eventually was suspended. The agenda for the meeting showed that pro-democracy members were planning to file a motion of no-...
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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, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Phoenix. The community meeting stems from reaction to a videotaped encounter that surfaced recently of Ames and his pregnant fiancee, Harper, having had guns aimed at them by Phoenix police during a response to a shoplifting report, as well as the issue of recent police-involved shootings in the community. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
June 19, 2019 - 1:16 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Police Chief Jeri Williams promised change in her department after being booed by some of hundreds of people gathered Tuesday night to discuss a videotaped police encounter that has caused a national outcry. The meeting at a downtown church was called by the city in the wake of the...
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June 18, 2019 - 7:10 pm
A federal watchdog agency said Tuesday that public schools have significantly underreported their use of restraint and seclusion to control students' behavior. The Government Accountability Office detailed reporting errors in which New York City, Philadelphia and other districts entered zeros in...
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FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2019 file photo, Bloomfield High School transgender athlete Terry Miller, second from left, wins the final of the 55-meter dash over transgender athlete Andraya Yearwood, far left, and other runners in the Connecticut girls Class S indoor track meet at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn. Three Connecticut girls who participate on high school track teams have filed a federal discrimination complaint against a statewide policy on transgender athletes, saying it has cost them top finishes in competitions and possibly college scholarships. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb, File)
June 18, 2019 - 5:34 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Three Connecticut girls who have run high school track have filed a federal discrimination complaint saying a statewide policy on transgender athletes has cost them top finishes in races and possibly college scholarships. The complaint filed Monday with the U.S. Education...
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