Human rights and civil liberties

In this Wednesday, April 10, 2019, photo Mylinda Byrd Washington, 66, right, and Louvon Byrd Harris, 61, hold up photographs of their brother James Byrd Jr. in Houston. James Byrd Jr. was the victim of what is considered to be one of the most gruesome hate crime murders in recent Texas history. (AP Photo/Juan Lozano)
April 21, 2019 - 9:26 am
JASPER, Texas (AP) — A technology company was almost ready to bring up to 300 new jobs to Jasper, Texas, but in the final stages of recent negotiations, a potential deal-breaker emerged: the community's history as the place where three white men dragged a black man behind a pickup, killing him. The...
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Voters line up to enter a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 20, 2019. Egyptians are voting on constitutional amendments that would allow el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
April 20, 2019 - 2:13 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians cast their ballots Saturday on the first of three days of voting on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030 and broaden the military's role. Critics have blasted the proposed changes as another major step toward...
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FILE - In this July 28, 2016, file photo, a flag with a blue and black stripes in support of law enforcement officers, flies at a protest by police and their supporters outside Somerville City Hall in Somerville, Mass. An Oregon county has agreed to pay $100,000 to a black employee who sued after a co-worker pinned up a "Blue Lives Matter" flag. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Saturday, April 20, 2019, that Karimah Guion-Pledgure alleged in her January lawsuit that the flag demeans the "Black Live Matter" movement. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
April 20, 2019 - 1:25 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon county has agreed to pay $100,000 to a black employee who sued after a co-worker pinned up a Blue Lives Matter flag in the office. Karimah Guion-Pledgure alleged in her January lawsuit against Multnomah County that the flag demeans the Black Lives Matter movement and...
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A gay pride rainbow flag flies along with the U.S. flag in front of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, Kan., on Friday, April 19, 2019. There's at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America's largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
April 20, 2019 - 1:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — There's at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America's largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors. The...
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Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson (7) celebrates scoring against the Detroit Tigers in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, April 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
April 20, 2019 - 8:46 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson didn't go into detail Friday about what he said during a bench-clearing fracas with Kansas City earlier in the week after a report that he directed a racial slur at Royals pitcher Brad Keller. Anderson was suspended one game for his actions...
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Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez, left, challenges for the ball with Tottenham's Danny Rose during the Champions League, round of 8, first-leg soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
April 20, 2019 - 7:17 am
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Footballers in England boycotting social media in a protest against racism were targeted with abuse about the 24-hour campaign. Talks with the social media companies are now being urgently sought by the Professional Footballers Association, which coordinated the "Enough"...
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Anti-government protesters join a Stations of the Cross procession on Good Friday, carrying signs demanding the release of political prisoners in Managua, Nicaragua, Friday, April 19, 2019. Good Friday religious processions in Nicaragua’s capital have taken a decidedly political tone as people have seized on a rare opportunity to renew protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)
April 20, 2019 - 1:13 am
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Good Friday religious processions in Nicaragua's capital took on a political tone as people seized a rare opportunity to renew protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega. As hundreds of faithful walked in a traditional Stations of the Cross procession to...
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Protesters hold placards and gather to demand justice for an 18-year-old woman who was killed after she was set on fire for refusing to drop sexual harassment charges against her Islamic school's principal, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, April 19, 2019. Nusrat Jahan Rafi told her family she was lured to the roof of her rural school in the town of Feni on April 6 and asked to withdraw the charges by five people clad in burqas. When she refused, she said her hands were tied and she was doused in kerosene and set alight. Rafi told the story to her brother in an ambulance on the way to the hospital and he recorded her testimony on his mobile phone. She died four days later in a Dhaka hospital with burns covering 80% of her body. (AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu)
April 19, 2019 - 7:35 pm
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Dozens of protesters took to the streets in Bangladesh's capital to demand justice for an 18-year-old woman who died after being set on fire for refusing to drop sexual harassment charges against her Islamic school's principal. Nusrat Jahan Rafi told her family she was...
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Former vice president Joe Biden talks with officials after speaking at a rally in support of striking Stop & Shop workers in Boston, Thursday, April 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
April 19, 2019 - 5:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to join the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field next week. The decision answers one of the most significant outstanding questions of the early presidential primary season, which has already seen announcements from 18 other...
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Injured men receive treatment at a hospital, after a clash between Taliban and security forces in Kunduz province north of Afghanistan, Saturday, April 13, 2019. An Afghan official says the Taliban fighters have launch attacks on Afghan security forces in northern Kunduz city, killing six people and so far more than 50 others were wounded. (AP Photo/Bashir Khan Safi)
April 18, 2019 - 11:31 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A first round of Afghan-to-Afghan peace talks that would have seen Taliban and government officials sit together for the first time were postponed indefinitely Thursday after a falling out over who should attend. Sultan Barakat, director of Qatar's Center for Conflict and...
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