Human rights and civil liberties

This image provided by an activist who requested to remain unnamed, shows Bahraini security forces during a raid on a sit-in demonstration, in Diraz, Bahrain, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Bahrain police raided a town where the sit-in has been going on for months in support of Sheikh Isa Qassim, a prominent Shiite cleric, who had his citizenship stripped by the government. An activist said one protester was killed. Bahrain's Interior Ministry said on Twitter Tuesday that the operation targeting Diraz was to "maintain security and public order." (AP Photo)
May 23, 2017 - 10:05 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain police raided a town Tuesday that is home to a prominent Shiite cleric facing possible deportation, arresting 286 people in an assault in which officers fired tear gas and shotguns at protesters. At least five demonstrators were killed and others wounded...
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Bill Cosby, center, arrives with one of his attorneys Angela Agrusa, right, for the second day of jury selection in his sexual assault case at the Allegheny County Courthouse, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The case is set for trial June 5 in suburban Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 23, 2017 - 12:42 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Latest on jury selection in Bill Cosby's sex assault case (all times local): 12:35 p.m. A man in his 30s who says he doesn't watch much news has now become the eighth juror chosen in Pittsburgh for Bill Cosby's sex assault trial. Lawyers have now selected five men and three...
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Shariah law official whips one of two men convicted of gay sex during a public caning outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, Aceh province Indonesia, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Two men in the province were publicly caned dozens of times Tuesday for consensual sex, a punishment that intensifies an anti-gay backlash and which rights advocates denounced as "medieval torture." (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)
May 23, 2017 - 11:06 am
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Two men in Indonesia's Aceh province were publicly caned dozens of times Tuesday for consensual gay sex, a punishment that intensifies an anti-gay backlash in the world's most populous Muslim country and which rights advocates denounced as "medieval torture." More than...
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FILE - In this Wednesday April 28, 2010 file photo, United Nations World Heath Organization Director-General Margaret Chan, left, shakes hands with North Korea's No. 2 leader Kim Yong Nam, before sitting down for a formal meeting in Pyongyang. After leading the World Health Organization for the last decade, Dr. Margaret Chan knows all too well how politics infuses actions at nearly every level of the U.N. agency. As WHO member countries prepare to elect her successor on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 the Associated Press reveals eyebrow-raising details from internal documents that show how she appeased dictators in Turkmenistan and North Korea - and told then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin she'd see to how WHO might hire more Russians. (AP Photo, file)
May 23, 2017 - 5:10 am
LONDON (AP) — As the World Health Organization struggled to coordinate vaccine production during the 2009 swine flu pandemic, its director-general met with Vladimir Putin, then Russia's prime minister, during an official visit to Moscow. Dr. Margaret Chan commended Russia's public health...
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Thai forensic officers carry out collected evidence from Phramongkutklao Hospital, a military-owned hospital that is also open to civilians, in Bangkok after a bomb wounded more than 20 people, in Bangkok Monday, May 22, 2017. The deputy commissioner of the Royal Thai Police said investigators found traces of batteries and wires at the scene Monday. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
May 22, 2017 - 11:38 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — A human rights watchdog condemned the bombing of a Thai hospital that wounded more than 20 people on the third anniversary of a military coup, saying the blast was an inexcusable crime. Investigators found remnants of batteries and wires at the scene of Monday's blast on the ground...
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This photo made available Saturday, May 20, 2017, by the Tampa Police Department, Fla., shows Devon Arthurs, 18. A man arrested after leading police to the bodies of his two roommates told officers that he killed them because they were neo-Nazis who disrespected his recent conversion to Islam. (Tampa Police Department via AP)
May 22, 2017 - 8:54 pm
A man told police he killed his two roommates because they were neo-Nazis who disrespected his recent conversion to Islam, and investigators found bomb-making materials and Nazi propaganda after he led them to the bodies. Devon Arthurs, 18, told police he had until recently shared his roommates'...
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May 22, 2017 - 5:08 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi lawmaker has apologized for saying Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments, only after his comment sparked broad condemnation in both states. "The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our family and fellow...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2017 file photo, a security guard looks out of the the News Corp. headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. Three new lawsuits Monday, May 22, allege racial discrimination or sexual harassment at Fox News, deepening the network's legal woes. The cases increase to 23 the number of past or present Fox employees represented by attorney Doug Wigdor, the majority centered on alleged racial hostility by a since-fired financial executive. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
May 22, 2017 - 4:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Three new lawsuits filed Monday allege racial discrimination or sexual harassment at Fox News, deepening the network's legal woes. The cases increase to 23 the number of past or present Fox employees represented by attorney Doug Wigdor, the majority having cases alleging racial...
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In this photo taken April 4, 2017, the Supreme Court Building is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina Monday, May 22, 2017, because race played too large a role in their creation, a decision voting rights advocates said would boost challenges in other states. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 22, 2017 - 1:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court struck down two congressional districts in North Carolina Monday because race played too large a role in their creation, a decision voting rights advocates said would boost challenges in other states. The justices ruled that Republicans who controlled the state...
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FILE - In this March 24, 2017, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott talks to reporters outside the White House in Washington. A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas - though it may only apply to public schools. Abbott has said he wants to sign a bathroom bill into law. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
May 22, 2017 - 1:21 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A transgender "bathroom bill" reminiscent of one in North Carolina that caused a national uproar now appears to be on a fast-track to becoming law in Texas, though it may only apply to public schools. A broader proposal mandating that virtually all transgender people in the...
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