Human rights and civil liberties

A woman lies injured on the tarmac after been injured during protests in Harare, Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. Zimbabwe's police patrolled the streets of Harare Friday morning while many residents stayed home and shops were shut fearing violence from an anti-government demonstration. Zimbabwe's High Court has upheld the police ban on the opposition protest. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
August 16, 2019 - 10:47 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's police used tear gas, arrests and beatings Friday to quell anti-government protests in the capital, Harare. Seven people were injured, including one in critical condition, and 80 people were arrested, said Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Movement for Democratic...
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A woman lies in the road after being injured by police during protests in Harare, Friday, Aug, 16, 2019. The main opposition Movement For Democratic Change party is holding protests over deteriorating economic conditions in the country as well as to try and force Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa to set up a transitional authority to address the crisis and organize credible elections. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
August 16, 2019 - 4:09 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's anti-government demonstration (all times local): 11:05 a.m. Police are clashing with a few hundred anti-government protesters who gathered in central Harare. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd at Africa Unity Square but many protesters moved...
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FILE - This May 22, 2018, file photo, shows a voter access card inserted in a reader during voting in the Georgia primary in Kennesaw, Ga. A federal judge has ordered Georgia to stop using its outdated voting machines after 2019. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, issued the order after voting integrity advocates and individual voters asked her to order the state to immediately switch to hand-marked paper ballots. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)
August 16, 2019 - 3:01 am
ATLANTA (AP) — If Georgia election officials fail to meet the tight timeline they've set to implement an entirely new voting system, they'll have to quickly pivot to hand-marked paper ballots for the March presidential primaries. That's according to a Thursday ruling by U.S. District Judge Amy...
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In this Saturday, June 22, 2019 photo, Democratic presidential candidate, Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind., speaks at the South Carolina Democratic Party state convention in Columbia, S.C. Buttigieg is focusing his efforts this weekend on campaigning in South Carolina, where the majority of Democratic primary voters are black. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
August 15, 2019 - 11:09 pm
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — In South Carolina, many religious black voters are facing a conflict between a cultural openness for same-sex marriage and their deeply held biblical convictions that could impede support for the 2020 race's only gay candidate: Pete Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj). The...
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FILE - This Oct. 3, 2013, file photo shows a custom made semi-automatic hunting rifle with a detachable magazine, displayed at TDS Guns in Rocklin, Calif. A gun-rights group is suing to block California from enforcing its assault weapons ban, contending it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The lawsuit was filed Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in San Diego federal court on behalf of a political action committee and three San Diego County men who want the right to use large-capacity ammunition magazines in their legal rifles and pistols. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
August 15, 2019 - 9:35 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A gun-rights group sued Thursday to block California from enforcing its assault weapons ban, contending it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The lawsuit was the latest among gun advocacy and lobbying groups to challenge California's firearms laws, which are among...
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U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks during a town hall meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, in Boone, Iowa. King is defending his call for a ban on all abortions by questioning whether "there would be any population of the world left" if not for births due to rape and incest. Speaking Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, before a conservative group in the Des Moines suburb of Urbandale, the Iowa congressman reviewed legislation he has sought that would outlaw abortions without exceptions for rape and incest. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
August 15, 2019 - 5:17 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rep. Steve King's most recent insensitive remarks about rape are the kind that have doomed political candidates elsewhere, but some fellow Iowa Republicans say it's possible they actually could do more good than harm for the embattled congressman's re-election chances by...
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In this still image from video provided by WLNE-TV, protesters blocking an entrance to the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility begin to move as a pickup truck approaches, Wednesday night, Aug. 14, 2019, in Central Falls, R.I. The group, which was protesting federal immigration policies, said at least two people were injured. Rhode Island's attorney general said he is investigating the incident. (WLNE-TV via AP)MANDATORY CREDIT
August 15, 2019 - 4:38 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general and state police launched investigations Thursday after a truck drove at a group protesting federal immigration policies at a detention center, which has since placed an employee on leave. At least two people were injured, one seriously,...
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FILE - In this June 29. 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Trump is prioritizing China trade negotiations over defending the Hong Kong protesters. This contrasts with the stance normally taken by his White House predecessors, who would use such a flashpoint as a moment to espouse an American commitment to democratic values.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
August 15, 2019 - 2:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rather than speak up strongly for the Hong Kong protesters, President Donald Trump on Thursday suggested the answer to their complaints of Chinese oppression is simply for Beijing's "great leader," Xi Jinping, to meet with them and peacefully sort out the unrest that has been...
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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2018 file photo, people cast their ballots ahead of the Nov. 6, general election at Jim Miller Park in Marietta, Ga. Georgia election officials have little room for error as they work to replace thousands of outdated voting machines statewide in only a matter of months. The state is making a $106 million purchase of new voting machines. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)
August 15, 2019 - 1:53 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge overseeing a challenge to Georgia's outdated voting system said that after years of inaction in the face of warnings about vulnerabilities, state officials have finally taken a solid step in the right direction. But she foreshadowed a looming fight over the state's...
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File--- Picture taken March 25, 2019 shows the Cathedral in Berlin, Germany. A 9-year-old girl is suing a centuries-old German boys choir, that is located in the cathedral arguing she was illegally rejected due to her gender. (Paul Zinken/dpa via AP)
August 15, 2019 - 11:12 am
BERLIN (AP) — A 9-year-old girl is suing a centuries-old Berlin boys choir, arguing that her bid to join was only rejected because of her gender, in a case that has sparked debate over equal rights versus artistic freedom. The State and Cathedral Choir is one of the most renowned boys choirs in...
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