Human rights and civil liberties

Roger Marshall pumps his fist after speaking to supporters near Pawnee Rock, Kan., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, after defeating Kris Kobach in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)
August 04, 2020 - 10:34 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republicans on Tuesday nominated Rep. Roger Marshall for the Senate over polarizing conservative Kris Kobach, heeding the party establishment’s advice as it tries to keep a normally safe seat out of play in what could be a difficult year for the GOP. Marshall prevailed...
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FILE - In this July 3, 2020, file photo, Aurora Police Department Interim Chief Vanessa Wilson speaks during a news conference in Aurora, Colo. Wilson was picked to be the chief of the Aurora Police Department in a 10-1 vote Monday night, Aug. 3 becoming the first woman to hold the job, after competing with three other nationwide finalists to lead the agency in Colorado’s third largest city, a diverse community east of Denver. (Philip B. Poston/Sentinel Colorado via AP, File)
August 04, 2020 - 5:41 pm
DENVER (AP) — The interim chief of a suburban Denver police department has become the first woman to permanently lead the agency that's looking to regain public trust following a tumultuous year since the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man officers stopped on the street and put into a...
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Amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, census worker Ken Leonard wears a mask as he mans a U.S. Census walk-up counting site set up for Hunt County in Greenville, Texas, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
August 04, 2020 - 11:31 am
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Census Bureau is cutting its schedule for data collection for the 2020 census a month short as legislation that would have extended the national head count's deadlines stalls in the U.S. Senate. The move is worrying researchers, politicians and others who say the...
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Zimbabwean main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, right, accompanied by his lawyer Thabani Mpofu leave Harare remand prison after visiting prominent journalist Hopwell Chin'ono in Harare, Tuesday, Aug, 4, 2020. Zimbabwe's president has labelled the main opposition party "terrorist" and vowed to continue a clampdown in which scores of opposition members and government critics have been arrested and rights groups allege security forces have carried out illegal abductions and torture.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
August 04, 2020 - 10:53 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s president, calling the main opposition party “terrorist,” vowed to flush out opponents in an ongoing clampdown in which scores of opposition members and government critics have been arrested and rights groups allege security forces have carried out illegal...
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This cover image released by Random House shows "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson. Oprah Winfrey has chosen Wilkerson’s “Caste” as her new book club selection. The book looks at American history and the treatment of Blacks and finds what she calls an enduring, unseen and unmentioned caste system. (Random House via AP)
August 04, 2020 - 7:36 am
NEW YORK (AP) — If not for the coronavirus, Oprah Winfrey says, she would be out in the streets and marching with the Black Lives Matter protesters. She has instead found other ways to add her voice. She is working with Lionsgate on a multimedia adaptation of The New York Times' “1619 Project” on...
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Koko Kondo speaks at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park with a backdrop of Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, western Japan, on June 6, 2018. Kondo, who survived the blast of the first atomic bomb as a baby, is the daughter of the Rev. Kiyoshi Tanimoto, one of six atomic bomb survivors featured in John Hersey's book “Hiroshima.” She struggled for decades until she reached middle age to overcome the pain she experienced in her teens and the rejection by her fiance. She was almost 40 when she decided to follow her father's path and become a peace activist. She was inspired by his last sermon, in which he spoke about devoting his life to Hiroshima's recovery. (Kyodo News via AP)
August 04, 2020 - 12:23 am
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) — For nearly 70 years, until he turned 85, Lee Jong-keun hid his past as an atomic bomb survivor, fearful of the widespread discrimination against blast victims that has long persisted in Japan. But Lee, 92, is now part of a fast-dwindling group of survivors, known as...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 1, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at an SEIU event before the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco. Harris is only the second Black woman to serve in the Senate, and in 2020, a prominent contender for the vice-presidential ticket. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
August 03, 2020 - 11:12 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — She's too ambitious. She's not apologetic enough. She should smile more. The debate over Joe Biden's running mate has recently ticked through a familiar list of stereotypes about women in politics as the Democratic presidential candidate and his allies stumble through a search they...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 1, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at an SEIU event before the 2019 California Democratic Party State Organizing Convention in San Francisco. Harris is only the second Black woman to serve in the Senate, and in 2020, a prominent contender for the vice-presidential ticket. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
August 03, 2020 - 8:57 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — She's too ambitious. She's not apologetic enough. She should smile more. The debate over Joe Biden's running mate has recently ticked through a familiar list of stereotypes about women in politics as the Democratic presidential candidate and his allies stumble through a search they...
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August 03, 2020 - 4:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The deputy White House liaison for the U.S. Agency for International Development has been fired after posting a series of anti-LGBTQ tweets and complaining of anti-Christian bias by her now former colleagues. Officials said Merritt Corrigan was fired on Monday just hours after...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 21, 2020 file photo, the sun shines above Britain's Houses of Parliament as the country is in lockdown to help curb the spread of coronavirus, in London. The conviction of a British lawmaker for sexual assault, and the arrest of another on rape allegations, are increasing pressure on Britain’s political leaders to confront a political culture that has often let abuse go unchecked. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
August 03, 2020 - 9:40 am
LONDON (AP) — The weekend arrest of a British lawmaker accused of rape and the sexual assault conviction of a former legislator last week are increasing pressure on Britain’s political leaders to confront a political culture that has often let abuse go unchecked. A Conservative Party lawmaker who...
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