Human rights and civil liberties

In this April 11, 2019, photo, former Vice President Joe Biden departs from a forum on the opioid epidemic, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. As he prepares to note the passing of longtime South Carolina Sen. Fritz Hollings, Biden is returning to his role as eulogizer in chief. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
April 15, 2019 - 2:40 am
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — On the cusp of an expected White House run, Joe Biden is returning to a familiar role this week as the one of the nation's top eulogists. The former vice president will speak Tuesday at the funeral of Fritz Hollings, the longtime South Carolina Democratic senator who was Biden...
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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2010 file photo, an employee looks through the scope of long gun at a gun store in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. When Canada first sought to restrict gun access in the 1990s, the National Rifle Association threatened a boycott by U.S. hunters spending tourism dollars in the country. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 14, 2019 - 6:32 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The recent revelation that National Rifle Association representatives had met with Australian politicians to discuss talking points after a mass shooting generated outrage from various politicians. The reality is that the NRA has been exerting its influence on gun debates...
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Forensic police examine items at the scene of a multiple shooting outside Love Machine nightclub in Melbourne, Sunday, April 14, 2019. A shooting outside the nightclub early Sunday left at least two people critically wounded, police said. (Ellen Smith/AAP Image via AP)
April 13, 2019 - 10:31 pm
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A drive-by shooting outside a popular Melbourne nightclub in Australia early Sunday left one man dead, another critically wounded and two others injured, police said. Police said shots were fired from a car into a crowd standing outside the two-story Love Machine club,...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a rally in Warren, Mich., Saturday, April 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
April 13, 2019 - 8:16 pm
DENMARK, S.C. (AP) — The issue of workers' rights is a focus this weekend for some of the Democrats running for president. At a rally in Warren, Michigan, where General Motors is closing a plant, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called on President Donald Trump to "go back to the drawing board" on the...
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In this Friday, April 12, 2019 photo, people enter the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta. The country's only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year. The move marks a major shift for Morehouse College at a time when higher education institutions around the nation are adopting more welcoming policies toward LGBT students. Morehouse College leaders told The Associated Press that its board of trustees approved the policy Saturday. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
April 13, 2019 - 7:42 pm
The country's only all-male historically black college will begin admitting transgender men next year, marking a major shift for the school at a time when higher education institutions around the nation are adopting more welcoming policies toward LGBT students. Leaders of Morehouse College in...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during the 29th AFC Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 6, 2019. The Asian Football Confederation holds its presidential election on Saturday. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
April 13, 2019 - 3:55 pm
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for a crackdown on racism at soccer games after several high-profile incidents, and encouraged referees to abandon matches in the worst cases. "We will not hesitate to do everything in our power to eradicate racism, and any other form of discrimination,...
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FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sits with fellow Democrats on the House Education and Labor Committee during a bill markup, on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Donald Trump is weighing in on the most recent controversy involving Omar, retweeting video edited to suggest that the Minnesota congresswoman was dismissive of the significance of the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
April 13, 2019 - 2:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democrats on Saturday rushed to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar after President Donald Trump retweeted video that was edited to suggest she was being dismissive of the significance of the worst terrorist assault on U.S. soil. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi scolded Trump for using the "...
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In this April 8, 2019 photo, Naia Al-Anbar stands on a street in the Glendale section of Los Angeles. Anbar, who generally supports the idea of a new category, on the 2020 census said. "The truth is we aren't ever going to be white in their eyes and we will still be discriminated against." Al-Anbar, who has a Saudi Arabian father, would mark "other" on the census if a more precise category isn't offered. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
April 13, 2019 - 12:13 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Yousuf Abdelfatah already knows the answer he'll give about his race on the 2020 census questionnaire will be wrong. He's an Arab American, but the only race options on the census are white, black, Asian and categories for American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian Pacific...
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In this Thursday, April 4, 2019, photo, kindergarten teacher Haniyfa Scott gives a lesson during class in Montreal. The Quebec government's recently tabled Bill 21 bans the wearing of religious symbols for new government placed employees within schools, the courts and law enforcement. Bill 21 is Quebec’s fourth legislative attempt since 2011 to regulate the wearing of religious symbols for people working in the public sphere, and for the first time it invokes a constitutional clause allowing local governments to override some constitutional rights. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 13, 2019 - 10:32 am
MONTREAL (AP) — A proposal to ban many public employees from wearing religious clothing is creating a fiery debate in the Canadian province of Quebec, where people are fighting to freely practice their religion — or to be free of it. The measure introduced late last month would prohibit civil...
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Los Angeles artist Erik Brunetti, the founder of the streetwear clothing company "FUCT," poses for a photo in Los Angeles Thursday, April, 11, 2019. “We wanted the viewer to question it: Like, is that pronounced the way I think it’s pronounced?” he said of his streetwear brand “FUCT,” which began selling clothing in 1991. On April 15, the Supreme Court will hear Brunetti’s challenge to a part of federal law that says officials should refuse to register trademarks that are “scandalous” or “immoral.” (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
April 13, 2019 - 7:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Erik Brunetti's four-letter fashion brand starts with an "F'' and rhymes with "duct." The federal government calls it "scandalous" and "immoral" and has refused to register the trademark. Brunetti has a different word for his brand and designs — "thought-provoking." On Monday, the...
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