Human rights and civil liberties

Li Wenzu, wife of prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang wears a sweater with her husband's portrait printed with the words "Release Quanzhang" after Wang's sentencing, at her house in Beijing, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. Wang was sentenced to 4 and half years in prison on the charge of subversion of state power Monday, more than three years after he was detained in a wide-ranging crackdown on the legal profession. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
January 28, 2019 - 5:34 am
BEIJING (AP) — Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was sentenced to 4½ years in prison on the charge of subversion of state power Monday, more than three years after he was detained in a sweeping crackdown on the legal profession. The No. 2 Intermediate Court in the northeastern...
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FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2014 file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said late Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 that Turkey is preparing to take steps to launch an international investigation into the killing of Khashoggi. The Washington Post columnist, who wrote critically about the Saudi crown prince, was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)
January 28, 2019 - 4:00 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — A U.N. human rights expert has arrived in Turkey for a weeklong visit over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard and her team of experts on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu...
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Mary Radnofsky, diagnosed with a rare form of leukoencephalopathy and in the early stages of dementia, holds her service dog Benjy at her home, on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Alexandria, Va. Faced with an aging American workforce, U.S. companies are increasingly navigating delicate conversations with employees suffering from cognitive declines or dementia diagnoses, experts say. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)
January 28, 2019 - 2:02 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Faced with an aging American workforce, companies are increasingly navigating delicate conversations with employees grappling with cognitive declines, experts say. Workers experiencing early stages of dementia may struggle with tasks they had completed without difficulty...
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A red rose lies on a slab of the Holocaust Memorial to commemorate the victims of the Nazis in Berlin, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. The International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp on Jan. 27, 1945. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
January 27, 2019 - 4:29 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on International Holocaust Remembrance Day (all times local): 11:25 p.m. A peaceful walk to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day in central California was interrupted by a motorist shouting insults against Jews. KSBW-TV reports about 100 people gathered in Salinas on...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, file photo, France's President Emmanuel Macron speaks to military forces as part of his visit to the 11th Brigade of the Paratroopers of the Infantry at Toulouse-Francazal air base, near Toulouse, southern France. Macron aims to speak out stronger than in the past about human rights issues while in Egypt, where France seeks to reinforce strategic ties with a country he considers a key regional partner, he told reporters on Sunday, Jan. 27. (Guillaume Horcajuelo/Pool Photo via AP, File)
January 27, 2019 - 3:41 pm
CAIRO (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron aims to speak out stronger than in the past about human rights issues while in Egypt, where France seeks to reinforce strategic ties with a country he considers a key regional partner, he told reporters on Sunday. Heading a large delegation on a three-...
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds up his fists during a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, amid a political power struggle with an opposition leader who has declared himself interim president. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
January 26, 2019 - 4:51 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Venezuela's government has backtracked on an order that gave U.S. Embassy personnel 72 hours to leave the country. The Foreign Affairs Ministry said that it is now negotiating the establishment of a U...
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An Italian Coast Guard patroller flanks the Sea-Watch rescue ship off the Sicilian coast where it found shelter, about one nautical mile from Siracusa, from gale winds sweeping the Sicilian Channel, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The Sea-Watch is carrying 47 people saved from the sea. Italian Interior minister Salvini yesterday tweeted that the government is "ready to send food, medicine and whatever may be needed, but Italy's ports are and will remain closed". (AP Photo/Salvatore Cavalli)
January 26, 2019 - 12:20 pm
ROME (AP) — Three United Nations agencies appealed Saturday to Italy to allow 47 migrants off a private rescue ship after a week in cold weather and decried a "'boat-by-boat" approach that keeps vulnerable asylum-seekers at sea while European nations squabble. Sea-Watch 3, operated by a German aid...
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This 2017 photo provided by Lambda Legal in January 2019 shows Megan Winters at Joint Base Anacostia-Billing in Washington. Among those active-duty trans service members is Winters, 30, a plaintiff in the Lambda-Outserve lawsuit who has been in the Navy almost six years. She formerly served with the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington and now is assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush, based in Norfolk, Va. "I do my job to the best of my ability every single day and will do that as long as I'm able to," she said in a telephone interview. "I recall how I felt the first time I put on the uniform. I genuinely wish that upon any American who wishes to serve." Asked if Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 Supreme Court vote made her apprehensive, Winters paused before saying it was hard to answer. (Lambda Legal via AP)
January 26, 2019 - 11:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Long term, lawyers and activists battling to ensure that transgender people can serve openly in the U.S. military are convinced they will prevail. Short term, they are braced for anguishing consequences if the Trump administration proceeds with its plan to sharply restrict such...
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Opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks to supporters at a public plaza in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. Guaido declared himself interim president on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
January 25, 2019 - 10:24 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 12:10 a.m. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is granting precautionary measures to protect Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido and his family. The human rights body of the Organization of...
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This undated photo released by the St. Louis Police Department shows officer Katlyn Alix. St. Louis police say an officer "mishandled" a gun and accidentally shot and killed Alix early Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at an officer's home. On Friday, Jan. 25, 2019 officer Nathaniel Hendren, 29, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Alix, a 24-year-old military veteran. (St. Louis Police Department via AP)
January 25, 2019 - 8:21 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A male St. Louis police officer was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a female officer during what was described as a deadly game with a revolver. Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner announced the charge against Nathaniel Hendren, 29, in the death of 24...
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