Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2018 file photo demonstrators hold a poster with a photo of Angela Merkel and the writing 'Traitor, war criminal, terror godparent - the Merkel regime must go" during Merkel's visit to the Saxonias state parliament in Dresden, eastern Germany. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP)
August 23, 2018 - 10:09 am
BERLIN (AP) — A trade union representing German journalists called Thursday for authorities to examine the treatment of the media by police following two incidents in which officers prevented reporters from covering far-right demonstrations. The chief executive of the DJV union, Cornelia Hass,...
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FILE - This Sept. 19, 2017, file photo, shows a Confederate monument honoring Henry Lawson Wyatt at the state Capitol in Raleigh, N.C. A North Carolina historical commission decided Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, that this Confederate monument and two others should remain on the state Capitol grounds with newly added context about slavery, weighing in less than two days after another rebel statue was torn down by protesters at the state’s flagship university. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
August 23, 2018 - 12:21 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Three Confederate monuments on the North Carolina Capitol grounds will feature signs with historical context about slavery and civil rights, following a decision by a state historical panel that said a monument honoring African-Americans also should be added The state...
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Lilly Ledbetter, an activist for workplace equality, left, is joined by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, as they address demonstrators opposed to President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, in front of the Supreme Court, in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
August 22, 2018 - 7:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Women's rights advocates rallied in the rain Wednesday in opposition to Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court, saying he had a discouraging track record on issues that matter to women. Standing outside the Supreme Court for more than an hour in periods of rain,...
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FILE - This Sept. 19, 2017, file photo, shows a Confederate monument honoring Henry Lawson Wyatt at the state Capitol in Raleigh, N.C. A North Carolina historical commission decided Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, that this Confederate monument and two others should remain on the state Capitol grounds with newly added context about slavery, weighing in less than two days after another rebel statue was torn down by protesters at the state’s flagship university. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
August 22, 2018 - 6:39 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Three Confederate monuments will remain on the North Carolina Capitol grounds, but with newly added context about slavery and civil rights. That's the decision from a state historical panel, two days after protesters tore down another rebel statue at the state's flagship...
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Bob Lamey watches the Indianapolis Colts NFL football team practice in Westfield, Ind., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. Longtime announcer Bob Lamey, who has announced his retirement as voice of the Indianapolis Colts, used a racial slur while retelling a story last week to a "friend." Lamey's attorney released a statement Wednesday morning, Aug. 22, 2018, acknowledging Lamey used "inappropriate" language during an off-the-air conversation last week and immediately apologized to those involved. (The Indianapolis Star via AP)
August 22, 2018 - 4:44 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An off-the-air racial slur prompted the immediate retirement of longtime Indianapolis Colts' radio voice Bob Lamey last weekend, team officials and Lamey's attorney confirmed Wednesday. Local attorney James Voyles issued a statement acknowledging Lamey used "inappropriate"...
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August 22, 2018 - 3:19 pm
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A museum official who questioned "Star Wars" actor Adam Driver's recent comments about remembering frequent Ku Klux Klan rallies during his youth in northern Indiana now acknowledges he was wrong. Driver made the comments during a USA Today interview about his role in the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 24 2017, file photo, Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee gestures while speaking at a memorial service for former coach and general manager of the Senators, Bryan Murray, at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. Lee has resigned amid charges of harassment dating from an incident at the NHL scouting combine in May. The team announced Lee’s resignation in a news release Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
August 22, 2018 - 9:07 am
Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee resigned Tuesday amid charges of harassment stemming from an incident at the NHL scouting combine in May. The team announced Lee's resignation and added a search is underway to find his replacement. The team said it would have no further comment...
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August 21, 2018 - 6:29 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Video of a young black girl walking dejectedly out of a New Orleans area Catholic school in tears after being told her hair extensions violated school policy prompted thousands of social media comments Tuesday— many expressing puzzlement or outrage. Some accused Christ the King...
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Police stand guard after the confederate statue known as Silent Sam was toppled by protesters on campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
August 21, 2018 - 6:23 pm
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Protesters at North Carolina's flagship university took advantage of a non-confrontational police response to topple a century-old Confederate statue that's long been the target of critics who say it symbolizes racism. Now, backlash over the Monday night takedown could make...
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File-This combination of May 20, 2018, file photos shows Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp in Atlanta. A predominantly black county in rural Georgia is facing a nationwide backlash over plans to close about 75 percent of its voting locations ahead of the November election. Officials have fired a consultant, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, after widespread opposition erupted over a proposal to close most polling places in a predominantly black Georgia county, the county’s lawyer said Thursday. Randolph County lawyer Tommy Coleman gave The Associated Press a letter he sent Wednesday to consultant Mike Malone ending the contract. (AP Photos/John Amis, File)
August 21, 2018 - 5:45 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A predominantly black county in rural Georgia is facing a nationwide backlash over plans to close about 75 percent of its voting locations ahead of the November election. County officials say the locations are inaccessible to those with disabilities; critics say the closures will...
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