Human rights and civil liberties

In this Jan. 14, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump, right, accompanied by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., speaks to members of the media as they arrive for a dinner at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. Reinforcing its standing with social conservatives, the Trump administration creates a federal office to protect medical providers who refuse to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures because of their moral or religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 18, 2018 - 3:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds. Leading Democrats and...
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January 18, 2018 - 2:34 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop who has led prayers at Arkansas anti-abortion rallies says he will not take part this year because its featured speaker is a public official who actively pushed for the state's aggressive execution schedule last year. Bishop Anthony Taylor wrote an...
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FILE – In this Oct. 19, 2017, file photo, white nationalist Richard Spencer speaks at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. A Kent State University spokesman confirmed Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, that Spencer's campus tour organizer is making a bid for him to speak at the Ohio school on May 4, 2018, the anniversary of shootings that killed four students during a Vietnam war protest in 1970. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
January 18, 2018 - 2:19 pm
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — White nationalist Richard Spencer wants to speak at Kent State University on the anniversary of the fatal Vietnam protest shootings, the school confirmed Thursday, the same day he was approved to speak at Michigan State University in March. Spencer, a leading figure in the white...
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January 18, 2018 - 1:34 pm
DALLAS (AP) — A black man shot by a police officer who mistook him for a thief as he tried to unlock his own truck has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Dallas suburb where the shooting happened and the since-fired officer. Lyndo Jones, who was injured in the November shooting, filed the...
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January 18, 2018 - 1:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew a critical foreign intelligence collection program dubbed the "holy grail" because it allows U.S. spy agencies to conduct surveillance on foreign targets abroad. The Senate voted 65-34 to reauthorize the program for six years. The bill...
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This is a July, 19, 2017 file photo of terminally-ill British Noel Conway, a 68-year-old retired lecturer from Shrewsbury, England. Conway has been granted permission on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 to challenge the country's law on assisted dying, after an earlier decision that rejected his case. (Aaron Chown/ PA via AP, File)
January 18, 2018 - 9:21 am
LONDON (AP) — A terminally ill British man has been granted permission to challenge the country's law on assisted dying, after an earlier decision that rejected his case. Noel Conway, 68, has motor neuron disease. He applied to the High Court last July, asking for a declaration that Britain's...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 file picture, Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, speaks during the annual press conference of the non governmental organization in Berlin, Germany. Human Rights Watch says in a report that new intolerance in countries like the United States is encouraging oppressive strongmen from Russia to China and Turkey. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn File)
January 18, 2018 - 3:32 am
PARIS (AP) — Human Rights Watch says that new intolerance in countries like the United States is encouraging oppressive strongmen from Russia to China and Turkey. The advocacy group's annual report released Thursday says immigrant-bashing and other populist policies pose "an enormous threat" to...
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January 17, 2018 - 9:50 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg were excited to see the wedding programs they ordered for their big day. But when the package arrived, the gay couple was horrified to instead find religious pamphlets with messages about temptation and sin, according to a federal lawsuit against...
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January 17, 2018 - 5:00 pm
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Authorities in Massachusetts say a Maine police officer accused officers of racial profiling as they arrested her for pushing through a concert crowd and refusing to leave after being asked dozens of time. Worcester police arrested 24-year-old Portland officer Zahra Munye Abu...
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January 17, 2018 - 4:57 pm
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A University of Alabama student who repeatedly used a racial slur in videos posted on social media is being investigated by the school's student conduct office, a university spokesman confirmed Wednesday. In the first Instagram video, the young woman uses a racial slur for...
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