Human rights and civil liberties

August 02, 2018 - 3:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Department of Health and Human Services says 96 organizations will get funding under the federal family planning program this year. Twelve will be new. They include community health centers, state agencies and Planned Parenthood affiliates. The release of the list Thursday...
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A supporter of Zimbabwean's main opposition party MDC, who was arrested following clashes, is seen detained in a police vehicle outside the MDC headquarters, in Harare, Thursday Aug. 2, 2018. Gunfire, tear gas, and burning cars disrupted Harare's streets Wednesday as armed riot police and army troops clashed with rock-throwing opposition supporters after the Electoral Commission announced it would not give the results in July 30 2018 presidential elections today.(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
August 02, 2018 - 1:10 pm
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's ruling party and the main opposition group on Thursday both declared that they won the presidential election ahead of the imminent announcement of the result, reflecting a bitter rivalry that was exacerbated by deadly violence in the capital. The death toll from...
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Tokyo Medical University is seen Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, in Tokyo. A Tokyo medical school is investigating a reported allegation that it has discriminated against female applicants on grounds they tend to quit as doctors after starting families. (Ayaka Aizawa/Kyodo News via AP)
August 02, 2018 - 6:58 am
TOKYO (AP) — A Tokyo medical university faced a new allegation after a newspaper report Thursday that the school has allegedly discriminated against female applicants on grounds they tend to quit as doctors after starting families, causing staffing shortages. The Yomiuri newspaper said that Tokyo...
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August 02, 2018 - 12:24 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Abortion-rights advocates are stepping up efforts to make it easier for women to get abortions amid a new wave of state-level restrictions expected to occur under a reconfigured U.S. Supreme Court. The efforts include boosting financial aid for women needing to travel long distances...
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FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia. Facebook said it has uncovered “sophisticated” efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to influence U.S. politics on its platforms. The company said it removed more than 30 accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in “coordinated” behavior and appeared to be fake. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
August 02, 2018 - 12:21 am
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Organizers of a counter-protest of a white supremacist rally in the nation's capital say they are shocked and upset that Facebook disabled their event's page this week, saying it had been created by "bad actors" misusing the social media platform. Facebook defended the...
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FILE - In this July 5, 2018, file photo, state Sen. Laura Kelly, D-Topeka, makes a comment during a forum for Democratic candidates for governor in Topeka, Kan. Kelly the leading Democratic candidate for Kansas governor is under attack for her past backing of tough voter identification policies as her party prepares for the possibility that the champion of those measures, conservative Kris Kobach, will win the Republican nomination. (AP Photo/John Hanna File)
August 01, 2018 - 8:26 pm
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The leading Democratic candidate for Kansas governor is under attack for her past backing of tough voter identification policies as her party prepares for the possibility that the champion of those measures, conservative Kris Kobach, will win the Republican nomination. Democrats...
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August 01, 2018 - 7:20 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday promoted a female district judge to the Supreme Court in Iowa, the only state where all of its current justices are men. Susan Christensen will be the first woman on Iowa's high court in roughly eight years. The appointment doesn't...
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FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2016, file photo, the logo of the Israeli NSO Group company is displayed on a building where they had offices until few months ago in Herzliya, Israel. Human rights group Amnesty International says that a member of its staff was targeted by Israeli-made spyware from the NSO Group. An Amnesty official says the hacking attempt is emblematic of the increased digital risk faced by activists worldwide. (AP Photo/Daniella Cheslow, file)
August 01, 2018 - 5:38 am
LONDON (AP) — An Amnesty International employee has been targeted with Israeli-made surveillance software, the human rights group said Wednesday, adding to a growing number of examples of Israeli technology being used to spy on human rights workers and opposition figures in the Middle East and...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
July 31, 2018 - 7:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 7:55 p.m. President Donald Trump is comparing himself to an icon of the Republican Party, Abraham Lincoln. Trump asserted Tuesday night at a rally in Tampa, Florida, that he's the most popular person in the Republican Party...
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FILE - In this May 10, 2013, file photo, Cody Wilson, the founder of Defense Distributed, shows a plastic handgun made on a 3D-printer at his home in Austin, Texas. Eight states filed suit Monday, July 30, 2018, against the Trump administration over its decision to allow a Texas company to publish downloadable blueprints for a 3D-printed gun, contending the hard-to-trace plastic weapons are a boon to terrorists and criminals and threaten public safety. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)
July 31, 2018 - 7:55 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday stopped the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns as President Donald Trump questioned whether his administration should have agreed to allow the plans to be posted online. The company behind the plans, Austin,...
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