Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - This June 23, 2019 file photo shows Tyler Perry accepting the ultimate icon award at the BET Awards in Los Angeles. Perry says he cannot “just up and leave” filming in Georgia despite Hollywood’s backlash against the state’s “heartbeat” abortion law. Perry made the remarks Friday, Sept. 27, while discussing the upcoming opening of a massive new Atlanta-based studio. Some celebs have urged TV and film companies to abandon the state after Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed the restrictive abortion bill in May. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
September 27, 2019 - 4:03 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyler Perry said he cannot "just up and leave" filming in Georgia despite Hollywood's backlash against the state's "heartbeat" abortion law. The actor-director-writer made the remarks to The Associated Press on Friday while discussing the upcoming opening of his massive Atlanta-...
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Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, right, meets with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
September 27, 2019 - 2:15 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces on Friday sealed off Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the so-called Arab Spring uprising in 2011, thwarting a possible protest in the capital against the country's president. The closures came amid a harsh security clampdown following rare demonstrations...
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Asylum seekers in Tijuana, Mexico, listen to names being called from a waiting list to claim asylum at a border crossing in San Diego, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. The Trump administration played "bait and switch" by instructing migrants to wait in Mexico for an opportunity to apply for asylum before imposing sharp restrictions on eligibility, attorneys said in a court filing Thursday. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat)
September 27, 2019 - 12:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil rights groups are demanding an investigation by Homeland Security's watchdog into the practice of sending pregnant women back over the U.S.-Mexico border to wait out their asylum claims. Pregnant women have been forced to sleep on the floor and were provided inadequate food...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. The BBC is facing a backlash after finding one of its presenters in breach of its editorial guidelines on impartiality for comments that were critical of U.S. President Donald Trump. Journalists and celebrities are demanding the BBC overturn its decision, expressing support for BBC Breakfast anchor Naga Munchetty, who was discussing Trump’s remark on July 17 that four female American lawmakers should return to the “broken and crime infested places from which they came.’’ (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, file)
September 27, 2019 - 8:27 am
LONDON (AP) — The BBC faced a backlash Friday after finding one of its presenters in breach of its editorial guidelines on impartiality for comments that were critical of U.S. President Donald Trump. Journalists and celebrities were demanding that the BBC overturn its decision and expressed support...
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Britain's Prince Harry walks through a minefield in Dirico, Angola Friday Sept. 27, 2019, during a visit to see the work of landmine clearance charity the Halo Trust, on day five of the royal tour of Africa. Prince Harry is following in the footsteps of his late mother, Princess Diana, whose walk through an active mine field in Angola years ago helped to lead to a global ban on the deadly weapons. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP)
September 27, 2019 - 6:50 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A body armor-wearing Prince Harry on Friday followed in the footsteps of his late mother, Princess Diana, whose walk through an active mine field in Angola years ago helped to lead to a global ban on the deadly weapons. The prince walked through a dusty mine field marked with...
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Ajay Kumar, 33, greets reporters and supporters after being released on bond from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement in El Paso, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Kumar went on a hunger strike for more than 70 days in July to protest his detention since August of 2018, enduring painful forced feeding through a tube in his nose. Kumar, from India, was initially denied an application for political asylum and ordered deported and is appealing the ruling. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)
September 26, 2019 - 6:32 pm
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — An Indian immigrant who lost a third of his weight during a 70-day hunger strike over the rejection of his asylum claim won temporary release Thursday after a year in U.S. detention. Ajay Kumar, 33, bowed with his hands clasped together in a traditional Indian greeting as he...
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September 26, 2019 - 6:21 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Religious-based adoption agencies that contract with the state of Michigan will be allowed to refuse to place children in LGBT homes under a preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge Thursday. District Judge Robert Jonker in Grand Rapids blocked Democratic state...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to a question during a community dialogue with selected participants at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Hong Kong, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. Scores of protesters chanted slogans outside the venue as Lam began the town hall session Thursday aimed at cooling down months of demonstrations for greater democracy in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
September 26, 2019 - 6:02 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam came under a barrage of criticism at a town hall session Thursday, with citizens accusing her government of turning a deaf ear to months of protests calling for democratic reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The community dialogue was the...
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FILE- In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on 'Foreign Influence Operations and Their Use of Social Media Platforms' on Capitol Hill in Washington. Facebook and civil rights group Color of Change are hosting a meeting Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in Atlanta to discuss problems around discrimination, racism and political deception on the site. Sandberg didn’t directly respond to questions about the decision by Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, during a discussion by the two. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
September 26, 2019 - 4:57 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Some civil rights groups agree Facebook has made progress in addressing their concerns, but other advocates are criticizing the tech giant's reiteration that it won't remove newsworthy posts from elected officials, even if they're misleading or break the site's rules against things...
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens during an event hosted by the Department of State's Energy Resources Governance Initiative in New York, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
September 26, 2019 - 10:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration is imposing a travel ban on former Cuban President Raul Castro and his immediate family for human rights abuses. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says in a statement released Thursday that Castro and his four children will be hit with the ban. He says it is in...
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