Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - In this June 17, 2019, file photo made available by the Malacanang Presidential Photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the 121st Philippine Navy Anniversary at Sangley point, Cavite province, Philippines. Duterte is "seriously considering" cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, which spearheaded a resolution that asked the U.N.'s top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects under his anti-drug crackdown. (Robinson Ninal Jr./Malacanang Presidential Photo via AP, File)
July 15, 2019 - 6:31 pm
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine president has signed a bill into law penalizing a range of acts of sexual harassment including catcalling, wolf-whistling and persistent telling of sexual jokes, which pro-women's groups have accused him of committing. Philippine officials released on...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2013, file photo, Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state's then-commissioner of workers' compensation, Godfrey, in 2011 because he's gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million for emotional distress, a jury said Monday, July 15, 2019. (The Des Moines Register via AP, File)
July 15, 2019 - 6:25 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state's then-commissioner of workers' compensation in 2011 because he's gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million for emotional distress, a jury said Monday. Polk County jurors found that...
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FILE - In this June 6, 2019 file photo, musician R. Kelly departs the Leighton Criminal Court building after pleading not guilty to 11 additional sex-related charges in Chicago. A U.S. Attorney’s office spokesman says Kelly was arrested Thursday night, July 11 on federal sex-crime charges in Chicago. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)
July 15, 2019 - 5:13 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that R&B singer R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case off the witness stand during a 2008 trial that ended with his acquittal on all charges. "R. Kelly bought his acquittal," Avenatti said...
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July 15, 2019 - 4:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Time is running out for federal prosecutors to take action in the 2014 death of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man heard on video crying "I can't breathe" after a white New York City police officer put him in an apparent chokehold. The U.S. Justice Department faces a deadline...
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A pedestrian crosses Gratiot Avenue in Rep. Rashida Tlaib's, D-Mich., 13th district in Detroit, Monday, July 15, 2019. Injecting race into his criticism of liberal Democrats, President Donald Trump said four congresswomen of color, including Tlaib, should go back to the "broken and crime infested" countries they came from, ignoring the fact that all of the women are American citizens and three were born in the U.S. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
July 15, 2019 - 4:03 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When President Donald Trump tweeted that four congresswomen should "go back to where they came from," Erika Almiron was reminded of the first time she heard the same comments. She was a new fourth-grader at a predominantly white Italian-Catholic school. Since then, the daughter...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2019 file photo, Ashlyn Myers of the Coalition for Life St. Louis, waves to a Planned Parenthood staff member in St. Louis, Mo. The Trump administration says its new regulation barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions is taking effect immediately. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
July 15, 2019 - 3:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women to abortion providers immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women's rights...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a Made in America showcase event on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
July 15, 2019 - 3:16 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans remained largely silent after President Donald Trump said over the weekend that four women of color in Congress should "go back" to the countries they came from. By Monday, some in the party were speaking up. Several GOP senators, and some House Republicans, said...
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Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez attends her second trial at court, after her 30-year sentence for abortion was overturned in February, in Ciudad Delgado on the outskirts of San Salvador, El Salvador, Monday, July 15, 2019. The young woman who was prosecuted under the country's highly restrictive abortion laws after birthing a baby into a pit latrine says she had no idea she was pregnant, as a result of a rape. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)
July 15, 2019 - 2:46 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A young woman who gave to birth to a baby in an outhouse toilet in El Salvador was back in court Monday facing a second trial for murder in a case that has drawn international attention because of the country's highly restrictive abortion laws. Evelyn Beatriz...
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James Alex Fields Jr., is led out of General District Court courthouse after his sentencing on state charges, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Charlottesville, Va. Fields, an avowed white supremacist, was sentenced to life plus 419 years on state charges for deliberately driving his car into anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia. Last month, Fields received a life sentence on 29 federal hate crime charges. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
July 15, 2019 - 2:31 pm
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — An avowed white supremacist was sentenced to life in prison plus 419 years Monday for deliberately driving his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters during a rally in Virginia, killing one woman and injuring dozens. James Alex Fields Jr., 22, remained stoic as...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2009, file photo, people walk by a poster from the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP/UDC) depicting a woman wearing a burqa in front of a Swiss flag upon which are minarets which resemble missiles, at the central station in Geneva, Switzerland. Later in the month, a successful referendum banned the construction of new minarets in the country. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)
July 15, 2019 - 2:03 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Government restrictions on religion have increased markedly in many places around the world, not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe's democracies, according to a report surveying 198 countries that was released Monday. The report released by the Pew Research...
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