Human rights and civil liberties

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang gives a speech during the press conference at the end of the meeting with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, left, at The Great Hall Of The People in Beijing, on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (Andrea Verdelli/Pool Photo via AP)
September 11, 2019 - 3:43 am
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it's important for her country to engage in dialogue with China, including on issues such as human rights. Speaking to lawmakers during parliament's annual budget debate Wednesday, Merkel said China has a "growing responsibility for the global...
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A man visits Memorial Gardens Park in Odessa, Texas, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, walking by the seven Texas flags that represent the seven killed in a recent shooting in the Odessa and Midland area. (Ben Powell/Odessa American via AP)
September 10, 2019 - 10:19 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The gunman who killed seven people in West Texas over Labor Day weekend was arrested in 2001 for trying to break into a woman's bedroom after threatening to kill her brother, and hospital staff later determined he had "suicidal tendencies," according to arrest reports obtained by The...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., arrives for a news conference following a Senate policy luncheon on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
September 10, 2019 - 9:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Democrats are engaging in "theatrics" over gun control legislation, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned that "people are dying" because the Senate leader refuses to act. After a summer of devastating mass shootings,...
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Marianne Turnbull poses Tuesday, September 10, 2019, in her St. Paul, Minn. home. She used to be a clinical social worker for the St. Paul Public Schools but had to retire in 2015 after she was diagnosed. She has stage IV ovarian cancer and will be among the people testifying Wednesday, September 11, before the Minnesota House Health and Human Services Policy Committee in a public hearing in support of the End-of-Life Option Act. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
September 10, 2019 - 1:56 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman with terminal cancer will tell her story Wednesday before a Minnesota House committee considering a bill that would allow adults with less than six months to live to obtain medication to end their lives on their own terms. The bill is patterned after an Oregon law that...
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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2011 file photo, supporters of Iranian soccer team Esteghlal, hold flags of their favorite team, at the Azadi (Freedom) stadium, in Tehran, Iran. Sahar Khodayari, an Iranian female soccer fan died after setting herself on fire outside a court after learning she may have to serve a six-month sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium where women are banned, a semi-official news agency reported Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. The 30-year-old was known as the "Blue Girl" on social media for the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team, Esteghlal. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
September 10, 2019 - 11:09 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian woman detained for dressing as a man to sneak into a soccer stadium to watch a match has died after setting herself on fire upon learning she could spend six months in prison, semi-official news outlets reported Tuesday. The self-immolation death of 29-...
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joined at right by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., calls for a Senate vote on the House-passed Bipartisan Background Checks Act as Congress returns for the fall session with pressure mounting on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to address gun violence, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Associated Press
September 09, 2019 - 7:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats pressed President Donald Trump on Monday to intervene with Senate Republicans and demand passage of a bipartisan bill to expand background checks for gun purchases. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump's "urgent,...
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A man carries a banner at a demonstration outside a court in solidarity with detained journalist Hajar Raissouni, in Rabat, Morocco, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Banner in Arabic reads "Freedom to Hajar Raissouni" (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
September 09, 2019 - 3:55 pm
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A judge ruled that a Moroccan journalist remain in custody after she appeared Monday in a packed courtroom on charges that she had an illegal abortion after becoming pregnant while single. The case has gained attention among journalists and rights groups. The 28-year-old Hajar...
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This image released by The CW shows, from left, KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, and Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, in a scene from "Riverdale." The cast and creators of “Riverdale” will receive an award from a gay rights education group for the show’s portrayal of LGBTQ relationships in a high school setting. (Diyah Pera/The CW via AP)
September 09, 2019 - 2:33 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The cast and creators of "Riverdale" will receive an award from a gay rights education group for the show's portrayal of LGBTQ relationships in a high school setting. The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network announced Monday that "Riverdale" will be honored with its...
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September 09, 2019 - 10:41 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In a story Sept. 6 about the death of former Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Mugabe was "the first post-colonial leader of what had been British-controlled Rhodesia." In fact, a white minority government in what was then known...
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A "no trespassing" sign sits near the entrance of the parking lot for the Whole Woman's Health clinic in Fort Worth, Texas, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Faced with drives of four hours or more to Fort Worth, Dallas, El Paso or out-of-state clinics, many women in West Texas and the Panhandle need at least two days to obtain an abortion _ a situation that advocates say exacerbates the challenges of arranging child care, taking time off work and finding lodging. Some end up sleeping in their cars. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
September 09, 2019 - 10:36 am
After seven states passed sweeping abortion bans this year, speculation soon arose about the potentially onerous travel burdens the laws could someday impose on women seeking to end unwanted pregnancies. Across a huge swath of West Texas and the Panhandle, there's no need for speculation. The...
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