Human rights and civil liberties

Pro-government supporters check out T-shirts promoting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and The Sandinista National Liberation Front ruling political party, ahead of a rally commemorating the uprising that ousted the Anastasio Somoza family, in Managua, Nicaragua, Thursday, July 19, 2018. Nicaragua marked the 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution against the dictator Somoza on Thursday amid protest and bloodshed. (AP Photo/Cristobal Venegas)
July 19, 2018 - 3:10 pm
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua marked the 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution against dictator Anastasio Somoza on Thursday, despite an ongoing political crisis that has seen hundreds killed in a government crackdown on protesters seeking President Daniel Ortega's exit from office...
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FILE - In this Friday, May 25, 2018, file photo, Australian Roman Catholic nun Sr. Patricia Fox, center, is greeted by fellow nuns as she arrives to file her at the Justice Department shortly after filing a petition seeking to review a Bureau of Immigration order revoking her missionary visa in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine immigration bureau has ordered the deportation of Sr. Patricia Fox who has angered the president by joining anti-government rallies but her lawyers call the move "persecution" and say they'll appeal. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
July 19, 2018 - 8:53 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine immigration bureau on Thursday ordered the deportation of an Australian nun who has angered the president by joining anti-government rallies, but her lawyers called the move "persecution" and said they would appeal. The Bureau of Immigration also wants to...
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In this photo taken on Sunday, April 21, 2013, Maria Butina, leader of a pro-gun organization in Russia, speaks to a crowd during a rally in support of legalizing the possession of handguns in Moscow, Russia. Butina, a 29-year-old gun-rights activist, served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on American officials and political organizations and working to establish back-channel lines of communications for the Kremlin, federal prosecutors charged Monday, July 16, 2018. (AP Photo)
July 19, 2018 - 5:55 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Embassy officials were to meet Thursday with a Siberian gun rights activist jailed in Washington on charges of spying on the United States, as Moscow blasted the arrest as "anti-Russian hysteria." The embassy said in a Facebook post that consular officials will meet with Maria...
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FILE - In this Sunday, May 13, 2018, file photo, Israelis wave national flags outside the Old City's Damascus Gate, in Jerusalem. Israel's parliament has approved a controversial piece of legislation that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Opponents and rights groups have criticized the legislation, warning that it will sideline minorities such as the country's Arabs. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
July 19, 2018 - 4:48 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament approved a controversial piece of legislation on Thursday that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people but which critics warn sidelines minorities. The government says the bill, passed in the early morning hours, will merely enshrine into...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, file photo, Rohingya Muslim children, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, wait pressed against each other to receive food distributed by a Turkish aid agency at the Thaingkhali refugee camp, Bangladesh. The Myanmar military has systematically prepared for attacks on Rohingya Muslims, confiscating knives and other sharp-edged tools, arming and training non-Muslim civilians and forcing Rohingya families to remove protective fencing from around their homes, the independent group Fortify Rights said Thursday. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)
July 19, 2018 - 3:48 am
BANGKOK (AP) — The Myanmar military systematically prepared for attacks on Rohingya Muslims, confiscating knives and other sharp-edged tools, arming and training non-Muslim civilians and forcing Rohingya families to remove protective fences around their homes, the independent group Fortify Rights...
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Armed pro-government militia members flash victory signs as they occupy the Monimbo neighborhood of Masaya, Nicaragua, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. On Tuesday, Nicaraguan government forces retook the symbolically important neighborhood that had become a center of resistance to Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)
July 18, 2018 - 8:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Organization of American States adopted a resolution Wednesday condemning human rights abuses committed by Nicaraguan police and armed pro-government civilians since protests against President Daniel Ortega began in mid-April. The resolution, which was adopted 21-3 with seven...
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Embattled UNAIDS chief Michel Sidibe gestures during a press conference held in Paris, France, Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Sidibe has said he will not quit his job over criticism of his handling of sexual harassment allegations at the Geneva-based agency. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
July 18, 2018 - 11:07 am
PARIS (AP) — The embattled UNAIDS chief said Wednesday he will not quit his post over criticism of his handling of sexual harassment allegations at the Geneva-based agency. "I need to deliver on my job," Michel Sidibe said in response to questions from The Associated Press during a Paris press...
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A Syrian soldier stands guard at his post overlooking the Damascus-Aleppo highway in the central Syrian town of Rastan, Homs province, Syria, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
July 18, 2018 - 7:25 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Talks to cede the largest opposition holdout in southwestern Syria to the government have failed, triggering an intense overnight bombing campaign on the densely populated town of Nawa that killed over a dozen people and injured over a hundred, activists and rescuers said Wednesday...
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U.S. President Barack Obama, right, listens to members of the Soweto Gospel Choir sing the National Anthem at the 16th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, July 17, 2018. In his highest-profile speech since leaving office, Obama urged people around the world to respect human rights and other values under threat in an address marking the 100th anniversary of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
July 18, 2018 - 4:54 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans along with former U.S. President Barack Obama were marking the centennial of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth on Wednesday with acts of charity in a country still struggling with deep economic inequality 24 years after the end of white minority rule...
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In this July 17, 2018, photo provided by Aziz Abdul, the 25-year-old Sudanese refugee Abdul poses at the East Lorengau Refugee Transit Center on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. Abdul hopes to be chosen among the 1,250 refugees barred by Australia that President Donald Trump has reluctantly agreed to accept as part of a deal struck between the Australian government and the Obama administration. (Aziz Abdul via AP)
July 18, 2018 - 4:00 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — When Aziz Abdul reached Australia's Christmas Island aboard a smuggler's boat, he had no idea that weeks earlier in 2013, his fate as a refugee from Sudan seeking a new life in a new world had been sealed. Australia drew a line in the sand on July 19, 2013, to stem a...
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