Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - This Aug. 17, 2018, file photo provided by the Alexandria (Va.) Detention Center shows Maria Butina. Butina, who admitted being a secret agent for the Kremlin believed Russian officials would consider her notes and analysis to be “valuable” as she tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups. (Alexandria Detention Center via AP, File)
May 10, 2019 - 7:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian gun rights activist who admitted she was a secret agent for the Kremlin and tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups while Donald Trump rose to power says she believed her notes and analysis would be "valuable" for Russian officials. Maria Butina, who...
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This photo from video provided by KCBS/KCAL-TV shows investigators from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the police inspecting a large cache of weapons seized at a home in the affluent Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Authorities seized more than a thousand guns from the home after getting an anonymous tip regarding illegal firearms sales in a posh area near the Playboy Mansion and served a search warrant around 4 a.m. Wednesday at the property on the border of the Bel Air and Holmby Hills neighborhoods. (KCBS/KCAL-TV via AP)
May 09, 2019 - 5:14 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 57-year-old man was released Thursday on bond a day after his arrest during a law enforcement raid on a Los Angeles mansion that uncovered more than 1,000 guns, according to jail records. Girard Saenz was arrested on suspicion of unlawful transportation and of giving, lending...
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Members of a Roma family leave after meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican Basilica of St. John Lateran, in Rome, Thursday, May 9, 2019. Angry protesters on Wednesday insulted the mayor of Rome for providing a home for a 14-person Roma family in the city's Casal Bruciato neighborhood. The protest follows other recent cases of verbal abuse and violence against the minority as municipal authorities sought to place them in public housing. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 09, 2019 - 3:13 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met and prayed Thursday with hundreds of people from Europe's Roma and Sinti communities, telling them he suffers when he reads about abuse and prejudice directed at the minority groups. Francis' meeting came a day after protesters insulted the mayor of Rome for...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2019 file photo John T. Earnest appears for his arraignment hearing in San Diego. Federal officials announced Thursday, May 9, 2019, that they have filed 109 hate crime charges against Earnest, accused of opening fire in a Southern California synagogue on April 27, the last day of Passover, a major Jewish holiday. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, Pool,File)
May 09, 2019 - 1:51 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal officials announced Thursday that they have filed 109 hate crime charges against the man suspected of opening fire in a Southern California synagogue and said he called a 911 dispatcher afterward to report that he had done it to "defend my nation" against the Jewish people...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2013 file photo second-grade teacher Vickie Boudouris goes over a an English work sheet with her students at the Cordova Villa Elementary School, in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The California State Board of Education is set to vote, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, on new guidance for teaching sex education in public schools. The guidance is not mandatory but it gives teachers ideas about teaching a wide range of health topics. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
May 08, 2019 - 8:54 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has overhauled its sex education guidance for public school teachers, encouraging them to talk about gender identity with kindergartners and give advice to LGBT teenagers for navigating relationships and having safe sex. LGBT advocates praised the new...
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FILE - In this Sunday, April 28, 2019 file photo, a San Diego county sheriff's deputy stands in front of the Poway Chabad Synagogue in Poway, Calif. The gunman who attacked the synagogue last week fired his semi-automatic rifle at Passover worshippers after walking through the front entrance that synagogue leaders identified last year as needing improved security. The synagogue applied for a federal grant to better protect that area. The money, $150,000, was approved in September but only arrived in late March. "Obviously we did not have a chance to start using the funds yet," Rabbi Scimcha Backman told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)
May 08, 2019 - 11:42 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI has more than 850 open investigations into domestic terrorism across the country, and the threat continues to grow, top counterterrorism officials said Wednesday. FBI, Justice Department and Homeland Security officials gave testimony before a congressional committee on...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2019, file phtooHealth and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Azar says drugmakers will soon have to reveal prices of their prescription medicines in those ever-present TV ads. The Trump administration will issue final regulations on May 8 requiring drug companies to disclose list prices of medications costing more than $35 for a month’s supply. Azar tells The Associated Press if drugmakers are scared to put prices in ads that means they should lower those prices. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
May 08, 2019 - 9:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Those ever-present TV ads for prescription drugs will soon carry prices, too, the nation's top health official said Wednesday, responding to a public outcry for government action to restrain medication costs. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the Trump...
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File - In this Saturday, May 12, 2018 file photo, Netta from Israel celebrates after winning the Eurovision song contest in Lisbon, Portugal, during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final. Israel says it has uncovered a network of bots and fake Twitter accounts urging a boycott of the upcoming Israeli-hosted Eurovision song contest Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs on Thursday said the Palestinian-led movement that promotes boycotts against Israel is behind the effort. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)
May 08, 2019 - 7:20 am
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian artists are calling on Eurovision song contest contestants to boycott the international music competition that Israel is hosting next week. The Gaza Strip-based Palestinian Artists Association said Wednesday that Israel is using the event to "perpetuate...
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President Cyril Ramaphosa casts his vote at the Hitekani Primary School in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa Wednesday, May 8, 2019. South Africans are voting Wednesday in a national election that pits President Cyril Ramaphosa's ruling African National Congress against top opposition parties Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters, 25 years after the end of apartheid. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
May 08, 2019 - 6:35 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans voted Wednesday in presidential and parliamentary elections, with early signs of a relatively low turnout, as voters say they are disillusioned by widespread corruption and unemployment. It is 25 years since the end of apartheid, but despite the demise of the...
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Elderly voters queue to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections, near Durban, South Africa on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. South Africans have started voting in presidential and parliamentary elections amid issues of corruption and unemployment. It is 25 years after the end of apartheid, but despite the demise of the system of racial discrimination the country remains divided by economic inequality. (AP Photo/Mlungisi Mbele)
May 08, 2019 - 5:28 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on South Africa's elections (all times local): 12:25 p.m. South Africa's president has voted in the national election. President Cyril Ramaphosa tells reporters that he is "truly humbled" by the turnout. He says South Africans want to see a country that is working and...
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