Human rights and civil liberties

May 24, 2018 - 8:38 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An international security body says it is deploying 22 long-term and 350 short-term observers to monitor Turkey's June 24 snap presidential and parliamentary elections. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif. NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. The decision was announced Wednesday, May 23, 2018, by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's spring meeting in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
May 24, 2018 - 7:48 am
ATLANTA (AP) — With its popularity threatened and critics stretching all the way to the White House, the NFL just wanted to get past the debate over taking a knee during the national anthem. Put the focus back on football. Instead, the league seemed to muddle the divisive issue even more with a new...
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Map Syria shows the latest areas of control by Pro-Assad, Kurdish, Islamic State and Free Syrian Army forces.; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;
May 24, 2018 - 5:38 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Airstrikes overnight in eastern Syria killed at least 12 pro-government fighters, all reportedly foreign nationals, a war-monitoring group said Thursday. The Syrian government-run media blamed the strikes on the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group. In Damascus, the...
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In this May 17, 2018, photo, Republican Senate candidate Kelli Ward talks about her platform policies at a Scottsdale Tea Party event in Scottsdale, Ariz. Arizona conservatives are torn between two icons of their movement - former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and former state senator Ward - in the GOP Senate primary. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
May 24, 2018 - 2:51 am
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (AP) — Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was asking dozens of tea party activists for their backing in Arizona's Republican Senate primary when one audience member said it was a shame disgruntled conservatives couldn't send "both of you" to Washington. The man wasn't...
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Ed Scruggs, Board Vice-Chair of Texas Gun Sense – Advocacy group that promotes common sense, right, listens to Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott, left, during a roundtable discussion to address safety and security at Texas schools in the wake of the shooting at Santa Fe, at the state Capitol in Austin, Texas, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Abbott, a Republican who has worked to expand gun rights in the state, called for the meetings as he weighs ideas for possible legislative action or executive orders. Two dozen groups were invited to attend the session, which was expected to include conversations on monitoring students' mental health. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
May 24, 2018 - 12:54 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The focus of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's meetings on school safety and mass shootings is shifting to those who have been closest to the recent violence, including students, surviving victims and even one person who grabbed a gun and fought back. Abbott called for the meetings...
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FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif. NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come to the field. The decision was announced Wednesday, May 23, 2018, by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's spring meeting in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
May 24, 2018 - 12:49 am
ATLANTA (AP) — Stand or stay out of sight. Looking to quell a national debate that was sparked by Colin Kaepernick, stoked by President Trump and some say chipped away at the very popularity of America's game, NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday that allows players to protest during the...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2009 file photo, Michael Jackson announces upcoming concerts at the London O2 Arena in London. The estate of Michael Jackson is objecting to the airing Thursday night of an ABC TV special on the end life of the late King of Pop. The estate said in a statement Wednesday, May 23, 2018, that “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” is not approved by Jackson’s heirs, and will most likely violate their intellectual property rights. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
May 23, 2018 - 8:15 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The estate of Michael Jackson is objecting to an ABC TV special on the end of the King of Pop's life, calling it a crass attempt to exploit Jackson without respect for his legacy or children. The estate said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday that "The Last Days...
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A young woman cries, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, by a memorial for Santa Fe High School freshman Aaron Kyle McLeod who was killed Friday during a shooting at the school, in Santa Fe, Texas. (Marie D. De Jesus/Houston Chronicle via AP)
May 23, 2018 - 7:34 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the mass shooting at a Texas high school (all times local): 6:35 p.m. The mother of one of the students killed in last week's school shooting is voicing her opposition to unfettered gun rights. Rhonda Hart, the mother of 14-year-old Kimberly Vaughan and a military...
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FILE - In this May 4, 2018, file photo, attendees walk by a display of AR-15's and AR-10's at the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas. Gun-control advocates push for tougher laws, including universal background checks to prohibiting the sale and possession of AR-style long guns. NRA and many Republican leaders insist the root of the problem is not guns but a range of issues such as mental health, school security, video games and excessive prescriptions of attention-deficit disorder drugs such as Ritalin. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
May 23, 2018 - 6:55 pm
In the aftermath of recent school shootings, a familiar pattern has played out in the debate over guns. Gun-control advocates push for tougher laws, including universal background checks to prohibiting the sale and possession of AR-style long guns. The National Rifle Association and many Republican...
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May 23, 2018 - 6:54 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally exporting high-caliber handguns to customers in Australia, Norway and other countries with strict weapons laws. Eric Daniel Doyle shipped 25 to 35 firearms to customers outside the...
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