Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, file photo, Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, charged with murder in the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014, listens during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. Attorneys are expected to start questioning possible jurors in Van Dyke's trial on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
September 10, 2018 - 8:24 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a Chicago police officer in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local): 7:20 p.m. Five people have been selected so far to sit on the jury for the murder trial of a Chicago police officer. Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald, a...
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In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, Maria Butina walks with Alexander Torshin then a member of the Russian upper house of parliament in Moscow, Russia. When gun activist Maria Butina arrived in Washington in 2014 to network with the NRA, she was peddling a Russian gun rights movement that was already dead. Fellow gun enthusiasts and arms industry officials describe the strange trajectory of her Russian gun lobby project, which U.S. prosecutors say was a cover for a Russian influence campaign. Accused of working as a foreign agent, Butina faces a hearing Monday, Sept. 10 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pavel Ptitsin)
September 10, 2018 - 4:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge imposed a gag order Monday on the lawyers involved in the case of Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights activist accused of working in America as a secret agent for Moscow. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan also denied a defense request that Butina, 29, be released on...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 file photo, a refugee stands next to a pool of mud at Moria refugee camp on the eastern Greek island of Lesbos. Greek regional authorities are threatening to shut an infamous migrant camp on the Aegean Sea island of Lesbos unless the government takes quick action to improve conditions there. The northern Aegean regional authority says the Moria camp is “unsuitable and a threat to public health and the environment.” (Petros Tsakmakis/InTime News via AP, file)
September 10, 2018 - 11:22 am
GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Greek regional authorities are threatening to shut a migrant camp on the Aegean Sea island of Lesbos unless the government takes quick action to improve conditions there. The northern Aegean regional authority says the...
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A human rights activist with T-shirts declaring support for Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker on hunger strike in a Russian prison, at the annual meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
September 10, 2018 - 10:43 am
MOSCOW (AP) — An imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker's health has suffered irreversible damage after 120 days of hunger strike, his lawyer said Monday. Oleg Sentsov, an opponent of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2015 for conspiracy to conduct terror attacks,...
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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Chilean Michelle Bachelet addresses her statement during the opening of 39th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
September 10, 2018 - 10:41 am
GENEVA (AP) — The new U.N. human rights chief on Monday announced plans to send teams to Italy and Austria to examine migrants' treatment, drawing a quick retort from Vienna. Both countries' governments take a hard line on migration, and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet...
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Prime minister and party leader of the Social Democrat party Stefan Löfven waves at an election party in Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. Preliminary results of the 2018 Swedish parliamentary elections showed on Sunday night that Centre-Left bloc of the Social Democratic Party, the Green Party and Left party gained 40.7 percent of votes, narrowly heading in the race. The opposition Center-Right alliance bloc of the Moderate Party, the Centre Party, the Liberal Party and the Christian Democrats gained 40.3 percent votes. Anti-immigration, the far-right Sweden Democrats scored 17.6 percent votes. (Claudio Bresciani/TT via AP)
September 10, 2018 - 7:29 am
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on Sweden's general election to renew the 349-seat Riksdag, the country's Parliament (all times local): 1:00 p.m. A senior German official is describing the Sweden's election, in which the governing party lost ground and a far-right party made gains, as a "turning point...
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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Chilean Michelle Bachelet addresses her statement during the opening of 39th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
September 10, 2018 - 5:37 am
GENEVA (AP) — The new U.N. human rights chief warned Monday about abuses worldwide, citing among others the Trump administration's "unconscionable" separations of migrant families and urging the European Union to create a dedicated search and rescue operation for migrants in the Mediterranean sea...
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FILE - In this file photo taken on Friday, June 12, 2011, Alexander Torshin, a member of the Federation Council, Russia's upper house of parliament, left, and then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, attend an award ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Accused of working as a foreign agent, gun activist Maria Butina faces a hearing Monday, Sept. 10 in Washington. U.S. court papers suggest the gun rights movement was a ruse, created to allow Butina and influential patron Alexander Torshin to infiltrate the NRA and pursue covert Russian back channels to American conservatives as Donald Trump rose to power. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
September 10, 2018 - 4:46 am
MOSCOW (AP) — As Siberian gun rights activist Maria Butina faces a hearing in Washington, here is a look at the unusual path that led to her arrest. She's accused of working as an undeclared foreign agent, based on FBI suspicions that she and patron Alexander Torshin sought to infiltrate the NRA...
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In this May 21, 2018, photo, a man walks into the Zion church in Beijing. China's government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations in Beijing and several provinces, destroying crosses, burning bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in China. In Beijing, the Zion church was shut on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 by around 60 government workers who arrived at 4:30 p.m. accompanied by buses, police cars and fire trucks, the church's pastor, Ezra Jin Mingri, said Monday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
September 10, 2018 - 3:20 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations in Beijing and several provinces, destroying crosses, burning bibles, shutting churches and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in...
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Sweden Democrats party leader Jimmie Åkesson speaks at the election party in Stockholm, Sweden, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. Returns reported by the Scandinavian country's election commission showed the Sweden Democrats placing third in the parliamentary election held Sunday. Addressing supporters after more than four-fifths of ballots were counted, Akesson said the victory was in the number of seats the party gained in the national assembly, the Riksdagen.(Anders Wiklund /TT via AP)
September 10, 2018 - 3:10 am
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Voters handed Sweden's ruling party its worst-ever election result Sunday and delivered a parallel lift to a far-right party with white supremacist roots, leaving the ideological outline of the Scandinavian country's next government uncertain. After a campaign dominated by debates...
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