Human rights and civil liberties

March 18, 2019 - 4:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems to be struggling with how to resolve a case that could help flip control of the Virginia House of Delegates to Democrats. The justices on Monday heard arguments in a case about the map Virginia was using to choose House delegates. A lower court said the map...
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Oyub Titiev, the head of a Chechnya branch of the prominent human rights group Memorial, stands behind bars in court before a hearing in Shali, Russia, Monday, March 18, 2019. Oyub Titiyev was detained in January 2018 and charged with drug possession in what has been largely perceived as a vendetta against this rare critic of the Chechen government. The court is due to issue its verdict Monday. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)
March 18, 2019 - 3:59 pm
KURCHALOY, Russia (AP) — A court in Russia's province of Chechnya on Monday sentenced a prominent rights activist to four years imprisonment on drug charges widely seen as an effort by authorities to stifle a critical voice. The court in the Chechen town of Shali found Oyub Titiyev guilty of drug...
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March 18, 2019 - 10:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he is unfairly being blamed for the New Zealand mosque massacre. Trump tweeted Monday that the media "is working overtime to blame me for the horrible attack in New Zealand." He adds: "They will have to work very hard to prove that one." The gunman in...
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March 18, 2019 - 9:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting a new appeal from a Georgia death row inmate, despite evidence that a juror in his capital case used racial slurs. The high court had previously blocked the execution of Georgia inmate Keith Leroy Tharpe. But the justices on Monday refused to take up...
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, left, speaks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, center, and Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, right, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels, Monday, March 18, 2019. EU foreign ministers hold talks with their Chinese counterpart as the bloc seeks to establish a new strategic balance with the Asian economic giant. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
March 18, 2019 - 7:39 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO and the European Union are condemning Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula five years after Moscow declared the region Russian territory. NATO allies said in a statement Monday that "we strongly condemn this act, which we do not and will not recognize." They...
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March 18, 2019 - 7:27 am
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — The European Union has welcomed Azerbaijan's decision to give amnesty to a number of political activists and journalists. European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said the amnesty for over 400 people included representatives of political parties, non-government...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2017, file photo, Uighur security personnel patrol near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in western China's Xinjiang region. China says on Monday, March 18, 2019 it has arrested nearly 13,000 people it describes as terrorists in the traditionally Islamic region of Xinjiang since 2014 and broken up hundreds of "terrorist gangs." The figures were included in a government report on the situation in the restive northwestern territory that seeks to respond to growing criticism over the internment of an estimated 1 million members of the Uighur and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
March 18, 2019 - 6:59 am
BEIJING (AP) — China has arrested nearly 13,000 people it describes as terrorists and has broken up hundreds of "terrorist gangs" in Xinjiang since 2014, the government said in a report Monday issued to counter criticism of internment camps and other oppressive security in the traditionally Islamic...
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke speaks to supporters at a coffee shop on Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Madison, Wisconsin. O'Rourke came in wearing a green cabbage St. Patrick's Day necklace given to him by a supporter during breakfast. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)
March 18, 2019 - 2:06 am
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke told supporters Sunday that he's never taken LSD and there's "nothing" he hasn't already revealed about his past that could come back to hurt his run for office. The former Texas congressman — who has become known for his...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a campaign house party, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Salem, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
March 17, 2019 - 11:56 pm
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic race for president (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Democratic White House hopeful Cory Booker said Sunday night he would reverse President Donald Trump's ban on transgender individuals serving in the military if elected president. Speaking to a crowd...
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In this image made from a video, a woman who Australia's Nine Network television says is a grandmother of Brenton Harrison Tarrant, the Australian man accused of carrying out the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques, is interviewed in Grafton, New South Wales, Australia Sunday, March 17, 2019. The woman, identified as Marie Fitzgerald, says, "It's just so much for everything to take in that somebody in our family would do anything like this." (CHANNEL 9 via AP)
March 17, 2019 - 9:44 pm
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand (all times local): 10 a.m. The organizers of New Zealand's largest gun show say they have canceled the event to show respect for victims of the Christchurch massacre and because of "elevated security...
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