Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - A Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 file photo of an activist holding a banner reading: "For him impunity, for her a life sentence" during a protest in Paris. Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet provoked consternation by suggesting a legal minimum age of 13 for sexual consent "is worth considering." Activists protested in Paris to demand that the age of consent be set at 15. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
November 19, 2017 - 6:02 pm
PARIS (AP) — France is in a bind over where seduction ends and sexual harassment begins. Since the allegations of rape and sexual harassment emerged against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, the country synonymous with love has been stumbling as it addresses the issue of sexual harassment...
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November 19, 2017 - 3:42 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An upstate New York woman struggling to find a place to live and a job after ending an abusive relationship said a state employee helped her, only to use it as an excuse to sexually harass and assault her, and the governor's office knew and did nothing to stop it, according to a...
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November 19, 2017 - 2:51 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's highest court has declined to rehear a case involving The Episcopal Church and parishes that left the church five years ago over theological issues, including the ordination of gay priests. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the decision puts an end...
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A woman is caught in tear gas during running battles with police in Kibera Slums in Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. Kenyan opposition leaders say police are using gunfire and tear gas to disperse residents of a city slum protesting the overnight murder of four people in a suspected ethnic attack. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)
November 19, 2017 - 2:24 pm
Here are the AP's latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. ---------------- ONLY ON AP ---------------- NEUROLOGIST-SEXUAL ABUSE — A prominent neurologist, already charged with groping patients at a Philadelphia clinic, is facing a growing number of accusations that...
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November 19, 2017 - 6:44 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish officials have banned all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups in the country's capital. The ban took effect Saturday for an "indefinite" period and applies to all LGBTI film screenings, theaters, panels and exhibitions. The Ankara governor's...
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In this photo provided by China's Xinhua News Agency, firefighters work at the site of a fire in Daxing district of Beijing, capital of China, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The official Chinese news agency says a fire at a building advertising low-cost rental apartments in a southern Beijing suburb has killed more than a dozen of people. (Xinhua/Luo Xiaoguang)
November 18, 2017 - 9:15 pm
BEIJING (AP) — A fire at a building advertising low-cost rental apartments in a southern Beijing suburb killed 19 people and injured eight others, official media reported Sunday. Firefighters put out the fire at Xinjian Village in the district of Daxing by 9 p.m. Saturday, three hours after it was...
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In this Nov. 16, 2017, photo, former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a news conference in Birmingham, Ala., with his wife Kayla Moore, right. A sex scandal has relegated Moore's hard-line positions on LGBT issues to the background in Alabama's turbulent Senate race even as religious activists blame the "LGBT mafia" and "homosexualist gay terrorism" for his precarious political plight. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
November 18, 2017 - 5:45 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A smiling Roy Moore stood shoulder to shoulder with his fiercest religious allies. Flanked by a huge sign for Moore's Senate campaign, one supporter railed against the "LGBT mafia" and "homosexualist gay terrorism." Another warned that "homosexual sodomy" destroys those who...
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The Rev. William J. Barber speaks at a rally in opposition to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore at a church in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Barber and other speakers criticized Moore over allegations he made improper sexual advances toward teenage girls decades ago. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)
November 18, 2017 - 5:41 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A leading figure among religious liberals says the candidacy of Republican Roy Moore for U.S. Senate is a struggle for the "soul of the nation." The remarks Saturday by the Rev. William J. Barber come a day after a letter signed by dozens of progressive pastors in Alabama...
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In this Nov. 17, 2017, photo, the cover page of a FBI report on the rise of black “extremists” is photographed in Washington. The report is stirring fears of a return to practices of the Civil Rights era, when the agency notoriously spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former Alabama senator whose career has been dogged by questions about race and his commitment to civil rights, did not ease lawmakers’ concerns when he was unable to answer questions about the report or its origins during a congressional hearing on Nov. 14. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)
November 18, 2017 - 5:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — An FBI report on the rise of black "extremists" is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement, when the bureau spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws. The FBI said it doesn't target specific groups, and the report is...
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November 18, 2017 - 3:52 pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Friday that two sections of the state's domestic violence law should stand as written. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the ruling declared the sections that made gender references unconstitutional "as applied." That avoids a...
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