Human rights and civil liberties

Injured men receive treatment at a hospital, after a clash between Taliban and security forces in Kunduz province north of Afghanistan, Saturday, April 13, 2019. An Afghan official says the Taliban fighters have launch attacks on Afghan security forces in northern Kunduz city, killing six people and so far more than 50 others were wounded. (AP Photo/Bashir Khan Safi)
April 18, 2019 - 11:31 pm
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A first round of Afghan-to-Afghan peace talks that would have seen Taliban and government officials sit together for the first time were postponed indefinitely Thursday after a falling out over who should attend. Sultan Barakat, director of Qatar's Center for Conflict and...
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FILE - In this May 13, 1975, file photo, Kate Smith sings "God Bless America" before an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers in Philadelphia. The New York Yankees have suspended the use of Smith's recording of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the singer. (AP Photo, File)
April 18, 2019 - 7:39 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees have suspended the use of Kate Smith's recording of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the singer. The New York Daily News reported Thursday there are conflicting claims about Smith's 1939 song "...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2019, file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk leaves Manhattan Federal Court, in New York. In a letter filed on Thursday, April 18, 2019, lawyers for Musk and the U.S. government asked for another week to negotiate a deal to keep Musk from being found in contempt of court. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 18, 2019 - 5:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Tesla CEO Elon Musk and U.S. securities regulators are getting another week to negotiate a deal to keep Musk from being found in contempt of court. Both sides say in a letter filed Thursday with a federal court in New York that they talked for over an hour this week and...
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Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez, left, challenges for the ball with Tottenham's Danny Rose during the Champions League, round of 8, first-leg soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
April 18, 2019 - 11:01 am
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Soccer players in England are backing a 24-hour boycott of social media to demand a crackdown on racial abuse on the platforms. Following a series of high-profile cases, the Professional Footballers' Association has gathered support from players to stay off Twitter,...
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FILE - In this Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, file photo, then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivers his annual budget projection at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Former Virginia Gov. McAuliffe won't run for president in 2020, according to two people familiar with calls he made Wednesday, April 17, 2019, to allies. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
April 17, 2019 - 8:59 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe won't run for president in 2020, meaning establishment, centrist Democrats will have one less option in a nominating free-for-all that so far has highlighted the party's leftward shift. McAuliffe said Wednesday night that instead of joining...
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April 17, 2019 - 11:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Both sides in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault case want the press and the public barred from the disgraced movie mogul's next court appearance. Prosecutors argue the April 26 hearing should be closed to protect Weinstein's right to a fair trial and for the privacy of women whose...
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FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba reacts after winning a Women's 800m semifinal during the World Athletics Championships in London. Olympic and world championships medalist in the 800 meters, Niyonsaba, acknowledged in an interview with the Olympic Channel Wednesday April 17, 2019, that she has the hyperandrogenism condition that gives her high levels of naturally occurring testosterone. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, FILE)
April 17, 2019 - 8:50 am
Caster Semenya's closest rival also has a condition that gives her high levels of naturally occurring testosterone and would be affected if track and field's governing body implements a contentious rule to control hormone levels. Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, who won silver medals behind Semenya...
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Police begin to remove climate activists who glued themselves on top of a Dockland Light Railway train at Canary Wharf station in east London as part of the ongoing climate change protests in the capital on Wednesday April 17, 2019. The group Extinction Rebellion is calling for a week of civil disobedience against what it says is the failure to tackle the causes of climate change. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)
April 17, 2019 - 7:20 am
LONDON (AP) — Climate change protesters have glued themselves to a train and blocked major London intersections on the third day of a civil disobedience campaign. Three demonstrators were arrested after stopping Docklands Light Railway services at Canary Wharf station on Wednesday. Police have...
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April 16, 2019 - 8:20 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's legislature gave final passage Tuesday to a bill to require doctors and nurses to care for babies born alive during a failed late-term abortion or face big penalties, a measure opponents deemed legally unnecessary and a threat to abortion providers. House...
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April 16, 2019 - 7:07 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge said Tuesday it appeared the Trump administration could identify potentially thousands of children who were separated from their families at the border in much less time than the one to two years officials want to complete the work, though he was reluctant to impose a...
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