Human rights and civil liberties

July 16, 2018 - 12:55 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's parliament has passed three controversial draft bills regulating the press and media. The draft bills, which won the parliament's approval on Monday, will also regulate the Supreme Media Regulatory Council, the National Press Authority and the National Media Authority. The...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to U.S. President Donald Trump during a press conference after the meeting of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
July 16, 2018 - 12:34 pm
HELSINKI (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): 7:25 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected allegations that Moscow has collected compromising materials on U.S. President Donald Trump or his family. Asked during a...
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I.A. Rehman, center, an official from the Human Rights Commission (HRCP) addresses a news conference regarding the upcoming elections, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, July 16, 2018. Pakistan's independent HRCP warned Monday of "blatant, aggressive and unabashed" attempts to manipulate the results of elections set for later this month, with prominent activist Rehman calling it "the dirtiest election" in the country's troubled relationship with democratic rule. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)
July 16, 2018 - 11:58 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's independent Human Rights Commission warned Monday of "blatant, aggressive and unabashed" attempts to manipulate the results of elections set for later this month, with prominent activist I.A. Rehman calling it "the dirtiest election" in the country's troubled...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2018 file photo, Ziad Itani, a Lebanese stage actor, who was indicted on charges of collaborating with Israel and drug possession, shouts as he speaks with journalists after he was released by Lebanese authorities, at his house, in Beirut, Lebanon. The New York-based Human Rights Watch called on Lebanese authorities to investigate allegations of torture made by Itani. The watchdog said Monday, July 16, 2018, that the case of Itani is a test for whether the law criminalizing torture, passed in November, will end impunity for security officials. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
July 16, 2018 - 11:56 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The New York-based Human Rights Watch is calling on Lebanese authorities to investigate allegations of torture made by a well-known actor who was detained and later exonerated of charges of spying for Israel. The watchdog said Monday the case of Ziad Itani is a test for whether the...
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Protesters hold a sign "Stop Putin In Ukraine, Save Europe" during a demonstration in Helsinki, Finland Monday, July 16, 2018. U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin are scheduled to meet in the Finnish capital. (Onni Ojala/Lehtikuva via AP)
July 16, 2018 - 10:42 am
HELSINKI (AP) — One sign in Helsinki read: "Build saunas not war!" Activists used Monday's summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold two days of high-profile protests in the Finnish capital over a variety of grievances. Abortion-rights activists dressed...
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In this Sunday, July 15, 2018 photo, a Syrian soldier stands guard at a checkpoint, in the eastern Ghouta region, near the Syrian capital Damascus, Syria. Arabic on the barrels reads, "Crown of the Arab Bashar", left, and " Assad's Syria". (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
July 16, 2018 - 10:14 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels and government forces clashed over a reconnaissance point near the frontier with Israel, a monitoring group said Monday, as the government pressed forward with military operations in the country's southwest. Government forces bombed villages and rebel positions around...
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A woman shows a poster as she attends a rally against the policy of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in central Helsinki, Sunday, July 15, 2018. President Trump and President Putin will meet in Finland's capital on Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
July 15, 2018 - 8:51 am
HELSINKI (AP) — Some 1,500 people are protesting in Helsinki to promote human and sexual rights, democracy and environmental issues ahead of Monday's summit in the Finnish capital between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. The demonstrators marched through central Helsinki on Sunday into Senate...
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FILE - This Thursday, July 5, 2018 file photo provided by Nabaa Media, a Syrian opposition media outlet, shows smoke rising over buildings that were hit by Syrian government forces bombardment, in Daraa province, southern Syria. Syrian activists and state media said Thursday, July 12, 2018 that the rebels have agreed to surrender Daraa, the first city to revolt against President Bashar Assad with Arab Spring-inspired protests seven years ago, to government forces. (Nabaa Media via AP, File)
July 15, 2018 - 8:50 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces unleashed hundreds of missiles on a rebel-held area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, activists said, the latest phase in an offensive to end the insurgents' presence in southern Syria. The government's push came after it had secured control...
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English fans applaud their players after the third place match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. Belgium defeats England 2-0. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
July 15, 2018 - 3:19 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of foreign men have flooded into Russia for the monthlong World Cup, setting off a fierce debate in the host nation about the roles and rights of women. Russian women who have dated the soccer fans have been shamed by some Russian commentators, denounced for...
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U.S. President Donald Trump waves to protesters while he plays golf at Turnberry golf club, Scotland, Saturday, July 14, 2018. Trump is spending the weekend at his sea-side Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland, where aides had said he would be busy preparing for his Monday summit in Helsinki, Finland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
July 14, 2018 - 11:42 pm
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Two days before a high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump played golf and tweeted Saturday from one of his namesake resorts, blaming his predecessor for Russian election meddling and lashing out at the free press from foreign soil...
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