Human rights and civil liberties

Yalitza Aparicio arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
March 04, 2019 - 6:39 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A television personality for the Mexican-based Televisa network is facing strong criticism after dressing up in "brownface" and wearing a prosthetic nose to make fun of indigenous Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio. Televisa's Yeka Rosales recently posted photos and videos of...
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Mahmoud Abu Zaid, a photojournalist known as Shawkan, center, is hugged by his parents at his home in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, March 4, 2019. Shawkan was released after after five years in prison. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
March 04, 2019 - 12:11 pm
CAIRO (AP) — A prominent Egyptian photojournalist was released after five years in prison and returned home Monday to hugs from family and friends, pledging to continue working despite severe restrictions imposed on his movements, including having to spend the nights at a police station nearby...
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A swastika is seen on a the door of a former synagogue in Mommenheim, eastern France, Monday; March 4, 2019. Vandals have scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti on a former synagogue in eastern France, the latest in a string of such incidents that have caused nationwide concern. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
March 04, 2019 - 8:32 am
MOMMENHEIM, France (AP) — Vandals have scrawled anti-Semitic graffiti on a former synagogue in eastern France, the latest in a string of incidents that have caused nationwide concern. Swastikas were discovered Monday on the door and facade of a building in the town of Mommenheim that formerly held...
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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., third from left, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson march to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge Sunday, March 3, 2019, during the Bloody Sunday commemoration in Selma, Ala. The infamous “Bloody Sunday” on March 7, 1965, galvanized support for the passage of the Voting Rights Act that year. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)
March 04, 2019 - 3:42 am
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Thunder rolling above Brown Chapel AME Church, Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker warned Sunday of a looming threat to American democracy and called for protecting the legacy of the civil rights movement with love and action. "It's time for us to defend the dream,"...
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U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., speaks during a commemorative service Sunday, March 3, 2019, at Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Ala. Several Democratic White House hopefuls are visiting one of America's seminal civil rights sites to pay homage to that legacy and highlight their own connections to the movement. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)
March 03, 2019 - 3:45 pm
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential hopefuls at events commemorating the 54th anniversary of the civil rights march on Selma, Alabama, known as "Bloody Sunday" (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Sen. Cory Booker delivered a fiery address on Sunday to hundreds commemorating the civil...
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Salena Manni, the fiancee of Stephon Clark, who was shot and killed by Sacramento police in 2018, wipes tears from her eyes as she discusses the decision to not file charges against the two officers involved, during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, March 2, 2019. Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced that Officers Terrance Mercadal and Jared Robinet did not break any laws when they shot Clark after the 22-year-old vandalism suspect ran from them into his grandparents' backyard. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
March 03, 2019 - 11:03 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the decision by a prosecutor not to charge the police officers who shot an unarmed black man last year (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The fiancee of a man killed by police says prosecutor's decision not to file charges continues a "shameful legacy" of officers...
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FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2011 file photo, Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Egypt's top Muslim cleric, meets with Egyptian presidential candidate Mohamed El Baradei, in Cairo, Egypt. Al-Tayeb has stirred up controversy after saying that polygamy is an "injustice" for women. His comments, aired Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, on state TV said "those who say that marriage must be polygamous are all wrong." He said polygamy is restricted in Islam and requires fairness. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
March 03, 2019 - 10:40 am
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's top Muslim cleric has stirred up controversy after saying that polygamy is an "injustice" for women, but stopped short of calling for a ban on the practice. "Those who say that marriage must be polygamous are all wrong. We have to read the (Quranic) verse in full, said Sheikh...
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A billboard from a campaign of the Hungarian government showing EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Hungarian-American financier George Soros with the caption "You, too, have a right to know what Brussels is preparing to do." is displayed at a street in Budapest, Hungary, Feb. 26, 2019. The Hungarian government claims that EU leaders like Juncker, backed by Soros, want to bring mass migration into Europe. The billboard has been sprayed with graffiti saying "Orban thief," in reference to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. (AP Photo/Pablo Gorondi)
March 03, 2019 - 8:22 am
BERLIN (AP) — Hungary's populist prime minister says members of a European Parliament group calling for his party's expulsion are playing into the hands of left-wing opponents. Viktor Orban's comments to Germany's Welt newspaper Sunday come after calls within the center-right European People's...
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks as he kicks off his second presidential campaign, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Sanders pledged to fight for "economic justice, social justice, racial justice and environmental justice." (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
March 03, 2019 - 2:28 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential campaign Saturday miles from the rent-controlled apartment where he grew up in Brooklyn and forcefully made the case that he is nothing like fellow New Yorker Donald Trump, proclaiming himself the Democrat best prepared to beat the...
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President Donald Trump invites to speak in the podium to Hayden Williams, a field representative of the Leadership Institute, who was assaulted at Berkeley campus speaks at Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2019, in Oxon Hill, Md., Saturday, March 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
March 02, 2019 - 6:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Saturday he would soon sign an executive order requiring colleges and universities to support free speech if they want federal resources. Trump is highlighting concerns from some conservatives that their voices were being censored, whether on...
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