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Stories with subject: Human rights and civil liberties
  • new storyNepal's sexual minorities parade to demand rights 
    Updated: Aug-30-15 5:34 am

    KATHMANDU, Nepal - Hundreds of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transvestites paraded through Nepal's capital to demand that rights for sexual minorities be included in the country's new constitution that is being finalized.

  • Doctors ask full appeals court to reconsider gun speech law 
    Updated: Aug-30-15 4:32 am

    MIAMI - Physician groups are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling upholding a Florida law restricting what doctors can ask patients about guns.

  • Egypt sentences 3 Al-Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison story has photos
    Updated: Aug-29-15 10:16 pm

    CAIRO - An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for broadcasting "false news," sparking an international outcry and underlining how authorities are trampling over free speech just over a year into general-turned-politician Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's presidency.

  • Pawn shop sells Jack Kevorkian's assisted suicide van story has photos
    Updated: Aug-29-15 9:25 pm

    SOUTHFIELD, Michigan - A pawn shop owner has sold an old Volkswagen van that was used by assisted suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.

  • Lebanese stage largest protests yet sparked by trash crisis story has photos
    Updated: Aug-29-15 4:04 pm

    BEIRUT - Thousands rallied in downtown Beirut Saturday in the largest anti-government protest yet over a summer garbage crisis, chanting "revolution, revolution" and setting a three-day ultimatum for authorities to respond to demands, including the resignation of a Cabinet minister.

  • Rowan County clerk closes office ahead of gay rights protest 
    Updated: Aug-29-15 1:07 pm

    MOREHEAD, Kentucky - The Kentucky clerk at the center of a conflict over same-sex marriage closed her office Saturday ahead of a rally protesting her refusal to issue marriage licenses.

  • Rowan County clerk closes office ahead of gay rights protest 
    Updated: Aug-29-15 12:47 pm

    MOREHEAD, Kentucky - The Rowan County clerk at the center of a conflict over same-sex marriage and religious conscience closed her office on Saturday ahead of a rally protesting her refusal to issue marriage licenses.

  • Citizens taking video of police see themselves facing arrest story has photos
    Updated: Aug-29-15 11:50 am

    HAUPPAUGE, New York - Thomas Demint's voice is heard only briefly on the eight-minute video he took of police officers arresting two of his friends, and body-slamming their mother. "I'm videotaping this, sir," he tells an officer. "I'm just videotaping this."

  • Katherine Boo to receive Lovejoy Award in Maine 
    Updated: Aug-29-15 10:04 am

    WATERVILLE, Maine - A former Washington Post reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing dire conditions in group homes for the mentally disabled will be this year's recipient of Lovejoy Award at Colby College.

  • Marshall professor making anti-discrimination film 
    Updated: Aug-29-15 9:41 am

    CHARLESTON, West Virginia - When Syrian immigrant George Rashid traveled to the United States in 1901, he arrived envisioning a life of prosperity and limitless opportunity.

  • The Latest: Canada asks for release of Al-Jazeera defendant story has photos
    Updated: Aug-29-15 7:47 am

    CAIRO - Here are the latest developments in Egypt's retrial of three Al-Jazeera English journalists (all times local):

  • Experts say tough talk on China overlooks economic realities 
    Updated: Aug-29-15 3:17 am

    CHARLESTON, South Carolina - If there was ever a week for the Republican presidential candidates to talk tough on China, this was it. Spurred by the stock market's wild ride, they lashed out at the world's most populous nation.

  • White supremacist takes stand in Jewish site shootings story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 10:41 pm

    OLATHE, Kansas - A white supremacist charged with killing three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City spent more than two hours Friday telling jurors how he planned the attacks and is sorry he didn't kill more people.

  • Prosecutors: Charges against activist likely to be dropped 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 9:19 pm

    EUGENE, Oregon - Prosecutors said Friday that they expect to dismiss child sex-abuse charges against prominent gay rights activist Terry Bean because the alleged victim is unlikely to show up for trial.

  • Venezuela extends border closure despite Colombia's protests story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 8:28 pm

    CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Friday broadened a crackdown on Colombian migrants and border smugglers that has drawn strong rebuke by Colombian leaders and international organizations.

  • TV shooting survivor's husband recounts story before gunfire story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-28-15 7:30 pm

    ROANOKE, Virginia - The woman who survived the on-air shooting that killed two TV journalists says she never saw the gunman walk up to the group because the camera's bright light blinded her.

  • Emmett Till relatives gather at boy's grave 60 years later story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 7:20 pm

    ALSIP, Illinois - The legacy of the lynching of thousands of black people in America was recalled when the death 60 years ago in Mississippi of just one - Emmett Till - was commemorated Friday at his gravesite in a suburban Chicago cemetery.

  • After TV slaying, reporter's dad finds voice on gun control story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 6:30 pm

    COLLINSVILLE, Virginia - Andy Parker's resolve to fight for gun control formed in the hours after his daughter was shot and killed on live television. In his first interviews after the tragedy, he briefly mentioned the issue as he eulogized Alison. By Friday, he was pledging a full-scale fight for tougher gun laws on national TV.

  • Arkansas attorney general: Law allows 'open carry' of guns 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 6:29 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A 2013 Arkansas law allows people to openly carry handguns if they don't plan on using them illegally against someone, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said Friday, contrasting with her Democratic predecessor's stance.

  • University defends mattress-carrying project against lawsuit 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 6:29 pm

    NEW YORK - Citing the importance of the First Amendment, Columbia University asked a judge Friday to reject a student's lawsuit alleging the school failed to protect him after a onetime friend called him a "serial rapist" and carried a mattress around campus to protest sexual abuse.

  • Man convicted of killing friend granted motion hearing 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 6:01 pm

    OMAHA, Nebraska - The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday ordered an evidentiary hearing be held for a Lincoln man convicted of murder who says his trial attorney failed him by not objecting to jurors being allowed to hear parts of recorded police interviews with him.

  • Twitter sets modest goals to diversity its workforce 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:58 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter is setting modest goals to diversify its workforce while it fights a proposed class-action lawsuit that says the online messaging service discriminates against its female employees.

  • Appeals court reverses ruling that found NSA program illegal 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:17 pm

    WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Friday ruled in favor of the Obama administration in a dispute over the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone data on hundreds of millions of Americans.

  • Man gets prison term for assaulting 2 corrections officers 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:09 pm

    FLORENCE, Arizona - A man accused of attacking two corrections officers in Pinal County in separate incidents has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

  • Arpaio lawyer hopeful that contempt case will get settled 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 4:44 pm

    PHOENIX - A lawyer for Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has expressed hope that a contempt-of-court case over his client's acknowledged disobedience of court orders in a racial profiling lawsuit could be settled before the lawman undergoes contempt hearings next month.