Human rights and civil liberties

Two same-sex couples seal their legal marriage with a kiss at the registration office in Xingyi District in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, May 24, 2019. Hundreds of same-sex couples in Taiwan are rushing to the household registration office on the first day that a landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage has taken effect. (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)
May 24, 2019 - 5:23 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Hundreds of same-sex couples in Taiwan rushed to get married Friday, the first day a landmark decision that legalized same-sex marriage took effect. Taiwan became the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage last week in a legislative vote on a cause that the island's...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange puts his fist up as he is taken from court in London. The Justice Department has charged Assange with receiving and publishing classified information. The charges are contained in a new, 18-count indictment announced May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
May 24, 2019 - 2:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case with significant First Amendment implications, the U.S. filed new charges Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources...
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Presidential candidate and former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro speaks with a supporter prior to rallying with McDonald's employees and other activists demanding fairer pay, better working conditions, and the right to unionize in Durham, N.C., Thursday, May 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
May 23, 2019 - 2:37 pm
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro joined a march to a McDonald's restaurant in North Carolina on Thursday to draw attention to workers' efforts to raise the minimum wage and secure other protections. Nearly all the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2019, file photo, actor Jussie Smollett waves as he leaves Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. A judge in Chicago has ordered the file in the Smollett criminal case unsealed. Cook County Judge Steven Watkins said Thursday, May 23, 2019, that while there are good arguments in favor of keeping the file sealed, the "Empire" actor forfeited his rights to keep the case sealed to protect his privacy by talking to the media before and after prosecutors dismissed the charges against him. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
May 23, 2019 - 2:13 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A judge in Chicago ordered the file in Jussie Smollett's criminal case unsealed Thursday, saying the actor's actions did not appear to be those of someone seeking to maintain his privacy. The order by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Steven Watkins follows requests by The Associated...
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This image released by Madeline Michel shows Monticello Drama director Michel, foreground left, on stage with Monticello High School students in Charlottesville, Va. Michel will be the recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Theatre Education Award on June 9 at the Tony Awards in New York City. (Madeline Michel via AP)
May 23, 2019 - 1:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The special Tony Award that honors educators this year will go to a drama teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia, who has encouraged her students to explore their differences and heal riffs, especially following a deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in the city. Madeline Michel from...
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Dean of Eastern Virginia Medical School of Medicine, Richard Homan, left, speaks to the media as attorney for McGuire Woods law firm, Ben Hatch, center, and McGuire Woods partner, Richard Cullen, right, listen during a news conference on a report announcing the results of an investigation into a blackface photo that appeared on the yearbook page of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam from his Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook in Norfolk, Va., Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
May 22, 2019 - 8:00 pm
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the results of an investigation into how a racist photo appeared on a yearbook page for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (all times local): 5:00 p.m. The inconclusive report into whether Virginia's governor was in a racist yearbook photo has been met with shrugs by some...
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FILE - This undated California Department of Motor Vehicles photo provided by the U.S. Department of Justice shows Mark Domingo. A federal grand jury has indicted the U.S. Army veteran for allegedly plotting to plant a bomb at a planned rally by white supremacists in California. The U.S. Attorney's office says Wednesday, May 22, 2019, that the indictment charges Domingo with providing material support to terrorists and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. (U.S. Department of Justice via AP, File)
May 22, 2019 - 6:20 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A U.S. grand jury on Wednesday indicted an Army veteran in a plot to plant a bomb at a rally by white supremacists in California. The indictment charged 26-year-old Mark Domingo with providing material support to terrorists and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, the U...
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., urges Senate to take up a bill renewing the Violence Against Women Act at a news conference Wednesday, May 22, 2019, outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Matthew Daly)
May 22, 2019 - 5:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated Democrats ramped up their rhetoric Wednesday as they pressured the Senate's Republican leader to allow a vote on a bill that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the bill to renew the Violence Against Women Act was...
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This undated photo provided by the Panola County Sheriff shows suspect Matthew Paul Kinne. The north Mississippi police officer is charged with murder in the death of a woman that he was romantically involved with. Oxford Police Officer Kinne has been charged with murder by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, according to a court order signed Tuesday, May 21, 2019, by Lafayette County Circuit Judge Andrew Howorth. Kinne was arrested Monday night after 32-year-old Dominque Clayton was found dead on Sunday. (Panola County Sheriff via AP)
May 22, 2019 - 4:44 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Relatives of a slaying victim were outraged Wednesday when Mississippi court officials discussed possible bail for a white police officer accused of killing the black woman with whom he was romantically involved. Oxford police officer Matthew Kinne was arrested Monday and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019 file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a news conference in the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. A law firm has completed its investigation into how a racist photo appeared on a yearbook page for Northam. Eastern Virginia Medical School said in a statement Tuesday, May 21 that the findings of the investigation will be announced at a press conference on Wednesday, May 22. Northam's profile in the 1984 yearbook includes a photo of a man in blackface standing next to someone in Ku Klux Klan clothing. Northam denies being in the photo, which nearly ended his political career in February. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
May 22, 2019 - 3:58 pm
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The mystery of whether Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was in the racist yearbook photo that nearly destroyed his career remains unsolved. A monthslong investigation ordered up by Eastern Virginia Medical School failed to determine whether Northam is in the picture published in 1984...
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