Human rights and civil liberties

Police stand guard at fencing surrounding the Legislative Council to help block protesters during upcoming meetings on the government's extradition law bill, in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Local media reports said police were mobilizing thousands of additional officers to keep order amid calls for protesters to begin gathering Tuesday night. Some businesses have also announced plans to close on Wednesday and scattered reports told of students planning to boycott classes. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
June 11, 2019 - 7:48 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Opponents of legislation in Hong Kong that would allow criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China are planning more protests and labor strikes in an attempt to block the move, which they say endangers the territory's judicial independence and Western-style freedoms. The...
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FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, South Korean protesters and North Korean defectors hold portraits of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a rally urging the United States to discuss North Korean human rights issues in the upcoming summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un near the U.S. embassy in Seoul, South Korea. The Seoul-based human rights group Transitional Justice Working Group said Tuesday, June 11, 2019, it has carried out research to identify hundreds of sites where witnesses claim North Korea has carried out public executions as it continues to aggressively use the death penalty to intimidate its citizens. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
June 11, 2019 - 2:58 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A human rights group said Tuesday it has identified hundreds of spots where witnesses claim North Korea carried out public executions and extrajudicial state killings as part of an arbitrary and aggressive use of the death penalty that is meant to intimidate its citizens...
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CORRECTS THE NAME OF THE GROUP TO THE MYSTIC SEVEN SISTERS INSTEAD OF THE VOODOO PRIESTESSES - A group called The Mystic Seven Sisters participates in a funeral precession for Leah Chase from St. Peter Claver Church to her restaurant "Dooky Chase's" in New Orleans, Monday, June 10, 2019. Fellow chefs, musicians, family and friends were among hundreds of admirers who filed through the church on Monday to pay last respects to Leah Chase, the "Queen of Creole Cuisine" who ran a family restaurant where civil rights strategies were discussed over gumbo and fried chicken in the 1950s and '60s. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
June 10, 2019 - 11:44 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For celebrated Creole chef Leah Chase, the goodbye had all the ingredients of a typical New Orleans sendoff: warm reminiscences and mourning mixed with a Mardi Gras-style celebration of her life. Fellow chefs, musicians, family and friends were among hundreds who filed through a...
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Vinton Cerf, vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, answers a question during a news conference at United Nations headquarters, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
June 10, 2019 - 9:55 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An independent U.N. panel called Monday for much greater cooperation to bring digital technology to roughly half the world's people, and a senior Google executive said mobile phones with internet access are being created to sell for about $20 that can help make this possible...
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FILE - In this Sunday, June 12, 2016 file photo, Mayor Buddy Dyer, center right, and then-Police Chief John Mina, center left, arrive for a news conference after the mass shooting at the Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Mina, now the Orange County, Fla., sheriff, says after the attack, police officers were equipped with another layer of body armor that stops rifle rounds. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
June 10, 2019 - 4:35 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Only days before the third anniversary of the worst attack on gay people in the U.S., members of central Florida's congressional delegation said Monday they were introducing legislation that would designate as a national memorial the gay nightclub where 49 people were massacred...
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FILE - This July 17, 2015 file photo shows the entrance to the Bohemian Grove encampment in Monte Rio, Calif. A retreat for members of the elite Bohemian Club is facing renewed scrutiny for excluding women. This comes after the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors raised questions about whether sheriff's deputies should provide security for an event that discriminates by gender. Female supervisors say they were inspired by the #MeToo movement and in threats to women's rights nationally. (Kent Porter/Press Democrat via AP, File)
June 10, 2019 - 3:28 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An annual retreat staged in California by an elite club that has included powerful U.S. political and business leaders is facing scrutiny for excluding women after female county supervisors questioned whether they should continue allowing sheriff's deputies to provide security...
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June 10, 2019 - 2:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democrats on Capitol Hill are intent on preserving a four-decade ban on taxpayer-financed abortions despite calls from their party's presidential candidates to abandon it. Lawmakers are arguing that any attempt to undo the longstanding consensus is doomed to fail and not worth...
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Unknown assailants killed at least 95 people in an ethnic Dogon village overnight.;
June 10, 2019 - 1:41 pm
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Assailants raided a central Mali village early Monday, killing at least 95 people in the latest massacre in a growing ethnic conflict that has been enflamed by Islamic extremists, government officials said. Nineteen people were missing after the ethnic Dogon village of Sobame Da...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2013, file photo, Missouri Sen. Eric Schmitt, leads a meeting at the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. A new report shows that black drivers in Missouri are 91% more likely than white motorists to be pulled over by police. Newly collected data released by Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt shows that African-American drivers are even more likely to be stopped in the communities where they live. The data shows that's the greatest disparity recorded in the nearly two decades since the state first began compiling data. (Kile Brewer/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP, File)
June 10, 2019 - 1:14 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A report from Missouri's attorney general shows that black drivers across the state are 91% more likely than white motorists to be pulled over by police and newly collected data shows that African-Americans are even more likely to be stopped in many communities where they...
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In this May 23, 2019, photo, the U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Supreme Court is rejecting a challenge to federal regulation of gun silencers, just days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in Virginia. The justices did not comment Monday, June 10, in turning away appeals from two Kansas men who were convicted of violating federal law regulating silencers (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
June 10, 2019 - 10:57 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to federal regulation of gun silencers Monday, just days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in Virginia. The justices did not comment in turning away appeals from two Kansas men who were convicted of violating...
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