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Stories with subject: Human rights and civil liberties
  • new storyTibetan groups campaign against 2022 Olympics going to China 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 6:46 am

    BEIJING - Tibetan activists and others are calling on the International Olympic Committee not to award the 2022 Winter Games to Beijing, saying China's human rights record after the 2008 Olympics in the Chinese capital worsened rather than showing a hoped-for improvement.

  • EXCHANGE: Years often pass before stolen guns are recovered 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 5:06 am

    BLOOMINGTON, Illinois - The summer of 2012 was a dangerous one on Bloomington's streets as clusters of teens picked up handguns and went outside to settle disputes with rivals who also had access to bullets and weapons.

  • Lawyers chime in on feds' bid to join racial profiling suit 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 5:05 am

    PHOENIX - The attorneys who have pressed a racial profiling lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio say they won't oppose the U.S. Justice Department's request to become part of the case.

  • Almaty offers traditional winter setting in 2022 Olympic bid 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 4:51 am

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan - Instead of grand talk about how the Olympics will break new ground by going to a majority-Muslim country for the first time, or by making their first visit to Central Asia, Almaty's bid for the 2022 Winter Games is about tradition.

  • Summer camp for Iraqi Shiite boys: training to fight IS 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 2:53 am

    BAGHDAD - A quiet middle-class Shiite neighborhood in western Baghdad was transformed recently into a mini-boot camp, training teenagers for battle against the Islamic State group.

  • Rio de Janeiro prisons seek to protect transgender inmates story has photos
    Updated: Jul-28-15 1:59 am

    RIO DE JANEIRO - When Estefanie Ferraz went to prison, she had been living as a woman for around a decade, had undergone more than half a dozen plastic surgeries including breast and cheek implants to enhance her feminine looks, and was saving up for a sex change operation.

  • Thailand remains blacklisted by US for human trafficking story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-28-15 1:25 am

    BANGKOK - Thai authorities are upset about being blacklisted by the U.S. for the second year in a row for failing to do enough to combat modern-day slavery.

  • US, Turkey plan for 'safe zone' free of IS in northern Syria story has photos
    Updated: Jul-27-15 11:34 pm

    BEIRUT - Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the Islamic State group from a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border - a plan that opens the possibility of a safe haven for tens of thousands of displaced Syrians but one that also sets up a potential conflict with U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces in the area.

  • Gun-control law overcomes amendments to pass legislature 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 9:43 pm

    RALEIGH, North Carolina - A gun-control bill won lopsided approval in the North Carolina Senate Monday, a reflection of the bipartisan coalition formed in the House to delete a proposed repeal of the state's pistol permit requirement.

  • Boy Scouts of America end total ban on gay adults story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-27-15 8:53 pm

    NEW YORK - The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons.

  • Attorney general gives glowing report to court on education 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 8:47 pm

    SEATTLE - The Washington attorney general's office said Monday the state has made so much progress toward fully paying the cost of basic education that the state Supreme Court should dissolve its contempt order on education funding.

  • Judge: Citizens United must disclose donor information to NY 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 8:19 pm

    NEW YORK - A nonprofit conservative organization advocating for less government must disclose information about its major donors to New York's attorney general if it wants to solicit money in the state, a judge said Monday.

  • 2 New Rochelle men sue NYC over shooting attack last year 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 6:43 pm

    NEW YORK - Two New Rochelle men sued New York City on Monday, saying its police department's lax attitude toward alcohol was partially to blame for an off-duty officer shooting repeatedly at their car.

  • Parental rights ended for mom convicted of killing 2 kids 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 6:18 pm

    DETROIT - A judge has terminated the parental rights of a Detroit mother who was convicted of killing two of her four children and placed their bodies in a deep freezer in the family's home.

  • US appeals court rejects apartheid cases against Ford, IBM 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 6:05 pm

    NEW YORK - Victims of apartheid in South Africa cannot sue IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Co. in New York because they cannot show that the companies' alleged offending behavior occurred in the United States, a federal appeals court said Monday.

  • Judge tosses lawsuit seeking fatal drugs for terminally ill 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 6:04 pm

    SAN DIEGO - A judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit against the state on behalf of three terminally ill Californians seeking doctor-prescribed fatal medication.

  • NSA will stop looking at old US phone records 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 5:31 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop examining - and will ultimately destroy - millions of American calling records it collected under a controversial program leaked by former agency contractor Edward Snowden.

  • Amnesty: Mexico bodies report highlights 'shocking' crisis story has photos
    Updated: Jul-27-15 4:55 pm

    MEXICO CITY - The discovery of 129 bodies in clandestine graves during months of searching for 43 missing students highlights a crisis of disappearances in Mexico, Amnesty International said Monday.

  • March, civil disobedience planned next month in Ferguson story has photos
    Updated: Jul-27-15 4:43 pm

    FERGUSON, Missouri - A silent march and a day of civil disobedience are among the events being planned for next month in Ferguson to mark the first anniversary of the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer, an event that galvanized the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

  • March, civil disobedience planned in Ferguson 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 3:53 pm

    FERGUSON, Missouri - Several groups are joining together for events in Ferguson, Missouri, for the anniversary of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

  • Colombia unearths landfill looking for scores of disappeared 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 3:19 pm

    MEDELLIN, Colombia - The last contact Margarita Restrepo had with her daughter was a hurried phone call on Oct. 25, 2002. The school day was over and 17-year-old Carol Vanesa was going to meet friends at a metro stop near the sprawling Comuna 13 hillside slum.

  • GOP lawmakers call to arm more military members 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 2:45 pm

    ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Minnesota Republican lawmakers announced a bill in the works on Monday to allow more active duty members of the military and National Guard to carry weapons, the latest of nationwide responses to a deadly shooting at military facilities in Tennessee.

  • Ex-Oklahoma officer charged with sex assaults back in jail 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 1:41 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A former Oklahoma City police officer charged with sexually assaulting women while on duty has been ordered to serve 15 days in jail for violating terms of his bond.

  • Lawyer: School that blocked gay speech didn't discriminate 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 1:17 pm

    LONGMONT, Colorado - A school didn't discriminate by blocking a graduation speech by a valedictorian who wanted to disclose that he is gay, according to an outside attorney hired by Twin Peaks Charter Academy to investigate the decision.

  • South Albany High becoming Rebels in name only 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 1:08 pm

    ALBANY, Oregon - They removed the Confederate battle flag from South Albany High School 20 years ago. A Confederate soldier does not dance during football games. This year, one of the school's 10 black students led the cheers.