Human rights and civil liberties

February 23, 2019 - 4:50 am
PARIS (AP) — French yellow vest protest organizers are trying to tamp down violence and anti-Semitism in the movement's ranks as they launch a 15th straight weekend of demonstrations. Hundreds of people gathered Saturday at the Arc de Triomphe monument for a march through well-off neighborhoods to...
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February 22, 2019 - 9:30 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on charges against singer R. Kelly (all times local): 9 p.m. R. Kelly's attorney says one of the charges the R&B star faces appears to be tied to a decade-old child pornography case. Steve Greenberg also told reporters shortly after Kelly turned himself in to Chicago...
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February 22, 2019 - 6:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday set up new obstacles for women seeking abortions, barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from making abortion referrals. The new policy is certain to be challenged in court. The final rule released Friday by the Health and Human Services...
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February 22, 2019 - 1:56 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The story Jussie Smollett told police had it all: racism, homophobia, politics, celebrity — all tied up with a hangman's noose. There was no question the news coverage was going to be massive. In many ways, that coverage is an object lesson in the foibles of modern reporting. The...
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February 22, 2019 - 10:30 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's acting foreign minister has doubled down on his divisive claim that Poles collaborated with the Nazis and "suckled anti-Semitism with their mothers' milk." Israel Katz said in a live TV interview late Thursday that he did not regret his comment, insisting that "I, as a son...
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This Feb. 21, 2019 photo released by the Chicago Police Department shows Jussie Smollett. Police say the "Empire" actor turned himself in early Thursday to face a charge of making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck. (Chicago Police Department via AP)
February 22, 2019 - 7:07 am
Democratic politicians and celebrities called it a shocking instance of Trump-era racism and hate. Republicans now depict it as yet another example of liberals and mainstream media rushing to judgment while disparaging the president's supporters as bigots. The case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett...
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February 22, 2019 - 6:51 am
BEIJING (AP) — Forgot to pay a fine in China? Then forget about buying an airline ticket. Would-be air travelers were blocked from buying tickets 17.5 million times last year under a controversial "social credit" system the ruling Communist Party says will improve public behavior. Some 5.5 million...
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February 22, 2019 - 6:39 am
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Vandals suspected of being soccer hooligans from The Hague have painted graffiti including swastikas and anti-Semitic texts on buildings in Amsterdam. The graffiti was discovered Friday, ahead of Sunday's match between ADO and Ajax in The Hague. Ajax fans are banned from attending...
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February 22, 2019 - 4:02 am
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court has postponed a ruling on whether to decriminalize same sex relationships. Justice Chaacha Mwita of the High Court said Friday the ruling will not be made until May 24 because some judges had been busy. The delay has disappointed several activists who went to...
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"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail following his release, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Chicago. Smollett was charged with disorderly conduct and filling a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, a police said. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)
February 21, 2019 - 7:30 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — As authorities laid out their case against "Empire" actor Jussie Smullett, the narrative that emerged Thursday sounded like that of a filmmaker who wrote, cast, directed and starred in a short movie. Prosecutors said Smollett gave detailed instructions to the accomplices who helped...
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