Human rights and civil liberties

A National Guard armored vehicle drives towards anti-government protesters during clashes in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for Venezuelans to fill streets around the country Wednesday to demand President Nicolás Maduro's ouster. Maduro is also calling for his supporters to rally. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
May 02, 2019 - 5:06 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 11 p.m. Venezuelans heeded opposition leader Juan Guaidó's call to fill streets around the nation Wednesday but security forces showed no sign of answering his cry for a widespread military uprising,...
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Demonstrators holding wooden shields are confronted by police during a protest against the Federal Fiscal Control Board, as part of the May Day celebration in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. The U.S. Congress established the appointed Fiscal Control Board to oversee the debt restructuring in order to combat the Puerto Rican government-debt crisis. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
May 01, 2019 - 9:35 pm
BERLIN (AP) — Higher salaries, better working conditions, maternity leave, minimum wage and an end to discrimination against temporary or foreign workers: These were among the concerns as hundreds of thousands of union members and labor activists rallied around the world to mark May Day. The...
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In this Tuesday, April 30, 2019 photo, René Norton, a friend and neighbor of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, wipes away tears after leaving flowers at a memorial for Damond in Minneapolis. Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was found guilty Tuesday of manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Damond, a 40-year-old dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia whose death bewildered and angered people in both countries. "I'm so glad that there's justice for Justine," said Norton. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP)
May 01, 2019 - 5:06 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It's believed to be the first time a Minnesota police officer has been convicted of murder for an on-duty shooting. With no video of Mohamed Noor shooting Justine Rusczyk Damond and conflicting testimony about the moments leading up to her death, some activists and community...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 file photo, Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, speaks during an inauguration ceremony in New York. New York state’s attorney general has begun an investigation into the National Rifle Association. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Letitia James said Saturday, April, 27, 2019 that James’ office has issued subpoenas as part of an investigation related to the NRA. William A. Brewer, the NRA’s outside lawyer, said the NRA “will fully cooperate with any inquiry into its finances.” James, a Democrat, vowed during her campaign last year to investigate the NRA’s not-for-profit status if elected. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
May 01, 2019 - 3:12 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York state official overseeing investigations of President Donald Trump or entities linked to him says his frequent criticism of the media undermines the public's trust in a free press. Democratic Attorney General Letitia James didn't mention the Republican president's...
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Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz sits in court at the Broward Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Wednesday May 1, 2019 for a motion by the Public Defender's Office to withdraw from the case due to Cruz receiving an inheritance that can be used to pay for a private attorney. Defense attorney Melisa McNeill and Diane Cuddihy sit with their client. Nikolas Cruz, who faces the death penalty if convicted. Cruz is accused of killing 17 and wounding 17 in the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool)\
May 01, 2019 - 1:09 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — More Florida classroom teachers could carry guns in school under a bill passed Wednesday by state lawmakers, the latest response to last year's mass shooting at a Parkland high school. The Republican-led House voted 65-47 on Wednesday to send the bill to GOP Gov. Ron...
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In this Nov. 11, 2015 photo, Frank Sherlock, the then-poet laurel of Philadelphia, poses outside Dirty Franks, a bar in Philadelphia where he worked as a bouncer. Sherlock, who focused on bringing poetry to neighborhoods and the city’s young people, has been outed as a former white nationalist. He was appointed to the year-long post in 2014 during the administration of Mayor Michael Nutter, who is black. In the late 1980s, Sherlock was a 19-year-old skinhead and vocalist for a white nationalist punk band called New Glory. (Charles Fox/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
May 01, 2019 - 12:23 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia's second poet laureate, who focused on taking poetry to neighborhoods and the city's young people, has been outed as a former white nationalist. In the late 1980s, Frank Sherlock was a 19-year-old skinhead and vocalist for a white nationalist punk band called New...
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Balloons and flags fly over the crowd as people prepare to walk on Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, with the St. Basil's Cathedral in the background. As in Soviet times, people paraded across Red Square on May Day, but instead of red flags with the Communist hammer and sickle, they waved the Russian tricolor. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
May 01, 2019 - 5:09 am
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on May Day events and rallies around the world (all times local): 12 p.m. Greece has been left without national rail, island ferry and other transport services for a day as unions hold strikes and rallies to celebrate May Day. Hundreds of people gathered in central Athens...
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Women's heath clinic escorts, from left Mia Raven, Margeaux Hartline and Kari Crowe walk into the gallery to watch debate on the abortion ban bill at the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday April 30, 2019. The House of Representatives on Tuesday will debate the proposal to make performing an abortion a felony. The bill contains an exemption for the mother's health but not for rape or incest. The legislation is purposely designed to conflict with the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationally. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
April 30, 2019 - 6:32 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to outlaw almost all abortions in the state as conservatives take aim at the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. The Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted 74-3 for legislation that would make...
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Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor walks through the elevator lobby of the Hennepin County Government Center with his legal team in Minneapolis on Friday, April 26, 2019. (Leila Navidi/Star Tribune via AP)
April 30, 2019 - 5:13 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a Minneapolis police officer charged with murder and manslaughter in the 2017 shooting of an unarmed woman (all times local): 5:20 p.m. A Minneapolis police officer has been convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who approached...
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Samuel Moncada, Venezuela's ambassador to the United Nations, holds up documents from his office as he speaks during a news conference at the U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
April 30, 2019 - 5:08 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 6:05 p.m. A group of Latin American nations and Canada is backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó in what it calls his efforts "to restore democracy" to his South American country. It rejects...
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