Human rights and civil liberties

President Donald Trump gives his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at the Capitol in Washington. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
February 06, 2019 - 6:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a fierce denunciation of late-term abortions, President Donald Trump is making a move to re-energize evangelical voters whose support will be vital in heading off any possible 2020 primary challenge. Trump, at arguably the weakest point of his presidency, seized on abortion...
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Jake Patterson appears for a brief hearing in Barron County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Barron, Wis. Patterson, 21, is accused of killing James and Denise Closs on Oct. 15 and kidnapping their daughter , Jayme Closs, from their Barron home. Jayme escaped on Jan. 10, after 88 days.(Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)
February 06, 2019 - 6:28 pm
BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl and killing her parents waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday, telling his family, "I love you," moments after he was ordered to stand trial. Jake Patterson, 21, is accused of killing James and Denise Closs...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019, file photo, Seattle Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto answers questions during a press conference in Seattle. Major League Baseball's independent investigation found no credible evidence to support claims of disparaging comments and discriminatory treatment by members of the Seattle Mariners front office. MLB said in a statement Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, that the investigation found the Mariners did not violate baseball's "workplace code of conduct, or applicable anti-discrimination law," in the treatment of Lorena Martin or in her termination by the club. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP, File)
February 06, 2019 - 4:53 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Major League Baseball's independent investigation found no credible evidence to support claims of disparaging comments and discriminatory treatment by members of the Seattle Mariners front office. MLB said in a statement Wednesday that the investigation found the Mariners did not...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 17, 2018, file photo, Dr. Bernadith Russell hugs a friend as the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims, is removed from New York's Central Park. Sims was known as the father of modern gynecology, but critics say his use of enslaved African-American women as experimental subjects was unethical. Russell, a gynecologist, said at the time she was in medical school, "He was held up as the father of gynecology with no acknowledgement of the enslaved women he experimented on." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
February 06, 2019 - 11:58 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The racist photo on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook page wasn't the only thing that disgusted Monifa Bandele. She was especially appalled that the image was published as he was graduating from medical school on his way to becoming a pediatrician. The 1984 photo has stirred a...
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FILE - In this June 8, 2017 file photo, Michelle Carter sits in Taunton District Court in Taunton, Mass. Carter was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to prison for encouraging 18-year-old Conrad Roy, III to kill himself in July 2014. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts is expected to release it's ruling in the case on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. Her sentence was put on hold while the court reviewed the case and the defense argument that her actions were not criminal. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, Pool, File)
February 06, 2019 - 11:57 am
BOSTON (AP) — A young woman who as a teenager encouraged her boyfriend through dozens of text messages to kill himself is responsible for his suicide, Massachusetts highest court ruled Wednesday in upholding her involuntary manslaughter conviction. The Supreme Judicial Court said in a unanimous...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013 file photo, fighters from a Christian militia movement known as the "anti-balaka" display their makeshift weaponry in the village of Boubou, halfway between the towns of Bossangoa and Bouca, in the Central African Republic. Central African Republic and 14 rebel groups signed a peace deal on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 even as some expressed alarm about the possible suspension of prosecutions after five years of bloody conflict. (AP Photo/Florence Richard, File)
February 06, 2019 - 11:00 am
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic and 14 rebel groups signed a peace deal on Wednesday even as some expressed alarm about the possible suspension of prosecutions after five years of bloody conflict. The agreement is the eighth since the fighting began in 2013 but the...
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In this handout photo released by Courtesy of Jehovah's Witnesses, Dennis Christensen, who was leading the local Bible reading, is escorted from a court room in Oryol, Russia, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. A regional court in western Russia on Wednesday sentenced a Danish Jehovah’s Witness to six years in prison, in arguably the most severe crackdown on religious freedom in Russia in recent years. . (Yuriy Temirbulatov, Courtesy of Jehovah's Witnesses via AP)
February 06, 2019 - 10:14 am
MOSCOW (AP) — A regional court in western Russia on Wednesday sentenced a Danish Jehovah's Witness to six years in prison, in arguably the most severe crackdown on religious freedom in Russia in recent years. The court in Oryol found Dennis Christensen guilty of extremism, making him the first...
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February 06, 2019 - 5:55 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Kadiatou Balde grew up in a Senegalese village with the tradition of female genital mutilation. She never had a choice, but now as a community elder she is helping to banish the practice with the support of the Grandmothers Project. It is one of many efforts worldwide seeking...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2013 file photo, R. Kelly performs at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. R. Kelly is announcing a new tour, but it won't be in the United States. The embattled entertainer announced on social media Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, that he'll be going to Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File)
February 06, 2019 - 5:24 am
NEW YORK (AP) — R. Kelly is planning an international tour, but an Australian lawmaker wants the country to bar him from performing there. The embattled musician announced on social media Tuesday that he'll be going to Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. "See y'all soon" the post said,...
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President Donald Trump talks to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts while leaving the House chamber after giving his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at the Capitol in Washington. (Doug Mills/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
February 06, 2019 - 2:48 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister is pushing back after President Donald Trump said the country does "bad, bad things" and appeared to link it to the deadly attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue last year by an American anti-Semite. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted Wednesday that...
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