Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - In this March 16, 2016, file photo, Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie passes the ball during practice for the team's first-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Des Moines, Iowa. Former UConn basketball coach Ollie has brought his $10 million dispute with the school over his firing to both state and federal court. Lawyers for Ollie and the university were to give oral arguments Friday, Jan. 25, in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport on a motion that would allow Ollie to move forward with a racial discrimination complaint against the school without jeopardizing his right to an arbitration hearing with UConn over his firing last year. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
January 25, 2019 - 1:21 am
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former UConn basketball coach Kevin Ollie has brought his $10 million dispute with the school over his firing to both state and federal court. A hearing is scheduled Friday in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on a motion that would allow Ollie to move forward...
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Microsoft Corp.'s Bing appp is seen with other mobile apps on a smartphone in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. Chinese internet users have lost access to Microsoft Corp.'s Bing search engine, triggering grumbling about the ruling Communist Party's increasingly tight online censorship. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
January 24, 2019 - 8:51 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese internet users lost access to Microsoft's Bing search engine for two days, setting off grumbling about the ruling Communist Party's increasingly tight online censorship. Microsoft Corp. said Friday that access had been restored. A brief statement gave no reason for the...
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FILE- In this Jan. 3, 2018, file photo, the angel Moroni statue, silhouetted against the sky, sits atop the Salt Lake Temple at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. The Mormon church says it won't oppose strengthening hate-crimes legislation in Utah to include protections for LGBT people. The announcement Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, could break a longtime legislative logjam. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
January 24, 2019 - 4:27 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church said Thursday it doesn't oppose hate-crimes legislation in Utah that includes protections for LGBT people, an announcement that could break a longtime legislative logjam on the issue. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' sought to clarify that it...
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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, people gather at the site of an explosion in the Adawi neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. Syrian state media reported that the bomb caused property damage but no casualties. The Russian Embassy is located several hundred meters (yards) away. (SANA via AP)
January 24, 2019 - 1:37 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Members of the Islamic State group failed Thursday to break a siege imposed by U.S.-backed fighters in the last area they control in Syria, leading to fierce fighting that inflicted casualties on both sides, Syrian opposition activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for...
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January 24, 2019 - 6:58 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese police detained three juveniles Thursday amid a spate of attacks on police and night-time burnings of sidewalk trash cans and recycle bins. Rocks and a homemade incendiary device were thrown at officers who went to investigate a fire, police said in a statement...
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FILE - In this Friday, March 27, 2015 file photo, Amanda Knox, left, talks to reporters as her mother, Edda Mellas, right, looks on outside Mellas' home in Seattle. Europe's human rights court has ordered Italy to pay Amanda Knox around 18,000 euros ($20,000) in financial damages for police failure to provide legal assistance and a translator during questioning following the Nov. 1, 2007 killing of her British roommate. The European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg, France, has ruled on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 that Italy must pay Knox 10,400 euros damages plus 8,000 euros for costs and expenses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)
January 24, 2019 - 5:35 am
MILAN (AP) — Europe's human rights court on Thursday ordered Italy to pay Amanda Knox financial damages for police failure to provide legal assistance and a translator during a long night of questioning following the Nov. 1, 2007 murder of her British roommate. But the court said there was...
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Australian Defense Minister Christopher Pyne speaks to the journalists at the Australian Embassy in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. Pyne says he will raise issue of a missing Chinese-Australian writer with his Chinese counterpart to call for consular assistance and transparency in the case. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
January 24, 2019 - 1:39 am
BEIJING (AP) — Australia's defense minister said Thursday he will press Chinese officials to treat a Chinese-Australian writer fairly and release all information about his case, days after the man was detained during a visit to his homeland. Christopher Pyne told reporters at the start of his visit...
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James Jackson, right, confers with his lawyer during a hearing in criminal court, Wednesday Jan. 23, 2019 in New York. Jackson, a white supremacist, pled guilty Wednesday, to killing a black man with a sword as part of a racist plot that prosecutors described as a hate crime.  He faces life in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
January 23, 2019 - 9:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A white supremacist pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing a black man with a sword as part of an attack that authorities said was intended to incite a race war in the United States. James Jackson admitted to fatally stabbing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman in March 2017 after stalking a...
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January 23, 2019 - 8:48 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Thursday urged China to treat a Chinese-Australian writer fairly and transparently almost a week after he was detained in what a friend suspects is part of a backlash against Canada's arrest of a top Chinese telecommunications executive. Spy novelist and...
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Anti-government protesters show a sign that reads in Spanish "Guaido President of Venezuela" after a rally demanding the resignation of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. The head of Venezuela's opposition-run congress declared himself interim president at the rally, until new elections can be called.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
January 23, 2019 - 8:13 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on nationwide protests in Venezuela (all times local): 10:10 p.m. Mexico and Uruguay are urging all parties involved in Venezuela's crisis, both inside and outside the South American country, to try to reduce tensions and prevent an escalation of violence...
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