Human rights and civil liberties

October 19, 2017 - 3:40 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A white former Oklahoma reserve deputy who fatally shot an unarmed black man in 2015 when he mistook his firearm for a stun gun was released from prison Thursday after serving less than half of his four-year sentence. Family members of the slain man, Eric Harris, said they hope...
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Protesters, one of them holding a pro-independence flag, gather at the gates of the Barcelona offices of the Spanish central government as they protest against the National Court's decision to imprison civil society leaders, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. A National Court judge ordered the preventive jailing of ANC's Jordi Sanchez and Omnium's Jordi Cuixart for allegedly orchestrating protests in mid-September that hindered a judicial probe into preparations for the Oct. 1 referendum that has been deemed unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
October 19, 2017 - 1:18 pm
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political crisis (all times local): 7:15 p.m. A few dozen protesters are braving downpours in Barcelona to protest the arrest of two Catalan pro-independence activists who are being investigated as part of a sedition probe. The protesters...
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In this Sept. 1, 2000 file photo, former Yugoslav army chief of staff General Nebojsa Pavkovic, left, and General Vladimir Lazarevic, right, attend military exercise, near the eastern Serbian town of Pirot, Serbia. Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin told Serbia's state TV on Thursday Oct. 19, 2017 that Gen. Vladimir Lazarevic, a former general convicted for war crimes and other Serb commanders who took part in a bloody crackdown against Kosovo's Albanians in the 1990s, will be invited to teach at the Balkan country's military academy. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)
October 19, 2017 - 12:12 pm
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A former Serb general convicted of war crimes and two other commanders who took part in a bloody crackdown against Kosovo's Albanians in the 1990s will be invited to teach at the Balkan country's military academy, Serbia's defense minister said Thursday. Defense Minister...
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In this June 10, 2017 file photo Polish police officers forcibly remove protesters staging an anti-government demonstration in the center of Warsaw, Poland. Amnesty International has issued a report alleging that Poland's authorities have used surveillance, prosecutions and harassment, and even excessive force in rare cases, against peaceful anti-government protesters since 2016. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, file)
October 19, 2017 - 7:49 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Klementyna Suchanow, a women's rights activist, was filming an anti-government protest in Warsaw in July when she says a police officer grabbed her without warning, pushed her against a traffic light pole and elbowed her in the face. The 43-year-old's case is just one cited by...
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FILE - In this June 30, 2017 file photo, ex-Tulsa police officer Shannon Kepler, left, arrives with his legal team for afternoon testimony in his third trial in Tulsa, Okla. Jurors in the fourth murder trial for Kepler, a white former Oklahoma police officer, heard a 911 call Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 where his daughter screams to dispatchers that her father had shot her 19-year-old black boyfriend. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
October 18, 2017 - 7:26 pm
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on the fourth murder trial of a white former Oklahoma police officer charged with killing his daughter's black boyfriend (all times local): 6:20 p.m. Jurors in the fourth trial of a white former Oklahoma police officer accused of killing his daughter's black boyfriend...
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In this photo taken Monday, June 5, 2017, a refugee pastor from the Yei area of South Sudan, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution from South Sudanese intelligence officials, covers his face with his Bible inscribed with the word "Redemption," promising revenge, as he is photographed in his hut in Bidi Bidi refugee settlement in northern Uganda. When the region of Yei in South Sudan fell into ethnic cleansing in 2016, a handful of UN and US officials begged their leaders for help but the pleas fell on deaf ears, an AP investigation has found. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
October 18, 2017 - 8:10 am
YEI, South Sudan (AP) — Until the summer of 2016, South Sudan's Yei region was a leafy oasis in the midst of the country's civil war. But when a national peace deal broke down and government soldiers ransacked the area, a handful of U.N. and U.S. officials begged their leaders for help. The United...
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Christopher R. Sharpley appears before the Senate Intelligence Committee to be confirmed as the CIA inspector general, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
October 18, 2017 - 3:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to be the CIA's independent watchdog has told Congress that he's never read the Senate's so-called torture report, an exhaustive, classified report of the agency's treatment of terror suspects after 9/11. Christopher Sharpley, who has been deputy...
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FILE - In this June 22, 2016 file photo, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D- Bell Gardens, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Women lawmakers, lobbyists and staffers in California's Capitol are encouraging each other to share stories of sexual harassment in the workplace in an effort to show its pervasiveness and to ensure more men stand up against it. Assemblywoman Garcia, said legislative leadership has taken positive steps toward empowering more women, but that work is far from done. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
October 18, 2017 - 1:19 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Women lawmakers, lobbyists and staffers in California's Capitol are encouraging each other to share stories of sexual harassment in the workplace in an effort to show its pervasiveness and to ensure more men stand up against it. The open letter from nearly 150 women posted...
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October 18, 2017 - 1:16 am
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan electoral commissioner announced her resignation on Wednesday and said the presidential vote just eight days away cannot credibly proceed as planned. Roselyn Akombe issued a statement from New York, but it was not clear if she had fled there. She said electoral...
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This photo provided by the Case County Jail in Plattsmouth, Neb. shows Matthew J. Stubbendieck, of Weeping Water, Neb., who faces an assisted suicide charge after authorities say he helped his girlfriend, Alicia Wilemon-Sullivan of Orange City, Florida., kill herself in the woods near Weeping Water in early August. Stubbendieck believed his girlfriend had stage-four cancer, but a pathologist who performed an autopsy didn't report any cancerous masses or tumors, according to court records. (Case County (Neb.) Jail via AP)
October 17, 2017 - 12:41 pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Investigators say a Nebraska man facing an assisted suicide charge in his Florida girlfriend's death believed she had stage-four cancer, but an autopsy didn't find any tumors. Cass County sheriff's deputies charged Matthew J. Stubbendieck last week in the death of 38-year-old...
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