Human rights and civil liberties

In this March 11, 1982 photo, from left, Jan Cornelius Kuiper, director, Koos Koster, producer, Johannes Willemsen, cameraman, and Hans ter Laan, soundman walk north of the capital, San Salvador, days before they were killed in El Salvador. Calls are mounting for Col. Mario Reyes Mena, a former Salvadoran army colonel, to be brought to justice for the killings. (AP Photo)
March 25, 2019 - 10:01 pm
It was 1982, the height of the civil war in El Salvador. Four Dutch TV journalists had linked up with leftist rebels near the town of El Paraiso, which has an army base on its outskirts. Planning to spend several days behind rebel lines, the newsmen hoisted rucksacks onto their backs and, carrying...
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FILE - In this March 10, 2019, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., addresses a rally during a campaign stop in Concord, N.H. “Medicare for All” legislation has two provisions that could make it even more politically divisive for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates: It lifts curbs on government health insurance for people in the country illegally and revokes longstanding restrictions on taxpayer-funded abortions. Embracing these will give Democratic candidates a boost with the party’s liberal base in the primaries. But that could complicate things for an eventual nominee seeking support from voters in the middle (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
March 25, 2019 - 3:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The "Medicare for All" legislation that's become a clarion call for progressives has two little-noticed provisions that could make it even more politically perilous for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. The legislation from White House hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, along...
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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses a press conference in Wellington, New Zealand Monday, March 25, 2019. Ardern has announced a top-level inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the massacre of 50 people in two Christchurch mosques on March 15. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)
March 25, 2019 - 1:25 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand will hold a top-level inquiry into the massacre of 50 people at two Christchurch mosques that will examine what roles guns, social media and spy agencies played preceding the attacks. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday that it would hold a...
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FILE - In this March 18, 2019, file photo, a student lights candle during a vigil to commemorate victims of March 15 shooting, outside the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealanders are debating the limits of free speech after their chief censor banned a 74-page manifesto written by a man accused of massacring 50 people at two mosques. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
March 24, 2019 - 8:41 pm
DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders are debating the limits of free speech after their chief censor banned the 74-page manifesto written and released by the man accused of slaughtering 50 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch. The ban, issued Saturday, means anybody caught with...
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks with a reporter while eating lunch at a restaurant Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
March 24, 2019 - 5:54 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke said Sunday that his personal use and ownership of firearms taught him the responsibility of having guns and can help bridge politically fraught discussions about gun control in the U.S. The former Texas congressman told The...
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Marchers move through the streets Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The group was calling for justice the day after former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld was acquitted in the homicide trial where he was charged with shooting and killing 17-year-old Antwon Rose II last summer near Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
March 23, 2019 - 5:56 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The father of a slain black teenager pleaded for peace Saturday after the acquittal of a white police officer triggered an apparent retaliatory shooting at the defense attorney's office and touched off protests in the streets of Pittsburgh. Police put officers on 12-hour shifts...
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FILE - In this Thursday, July 26, 2012 file photo, an AR-15 style rifle is displayed at the Firing-Line indoor range and gun shop, in Aurora, Colo. A new poll shows a majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws, and most believe schools and places of worship have become less safe over the last two decades, according to a poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research both before and after last week’s mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
March 23, 2019 - 2:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws, and most believe places of worship and schools have become less safe over the last two decades, according to a new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The survey was conducted both before...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 19, 2019, file photo, a man who only gave his first name as Ariel, of Honduras, center in blue shirt, crosses into the United States to begin his asylum case with others after being returned to Mexico in Tijuana, Mexico. A U.S. judge in San Francisco will scrutinize the Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico during a court hearing Friday, March 22, 2019, to help him decide whether to block the practice. Civil rights groups have asked Judge Richard Seeborg to put the asylum policy on hold while their lawsuit moves forward. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
March 22, 2019 - 6:46 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A U.S. judge appeared skeptical Friday of one of the key arguments that civil liberties groups have made to try to block the Trump administration's policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico until their cases are heard. Judge Richard Seeborg also had tough questions for a...
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March 22, 2019 - 3:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres went to the first mosque built in New York City on Friday to show solidarity with the Muslim community, urging people everywhere "to reaffirm the sanctity of all places of worship and the safety of all worshippers." Speaking a week after the...
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March 22, 2019 - 3:04 pm
A 17-year-old boy was charged Friday with making online threats of "ethnic cleansing" against black and Hispanic students at the public high school in Charlottesville, Virginia, a city that was the site of a deadly white nationalist rally in 2017. The threats had shut down the city's public schools...
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