Human rights and civil liberties

Oyub Titiev, the head of a Chechnya branch of the prominent human rights group Memorial, stands behind bars in court before a hearing in Shali, Russia, Monday, March 18, 2019. Oyub Titiyev was detained in January 2018 and charged with drug possession in what has been largely perceived as a vendetta against this rare critic of the Chechen government. The court is due to issue its verdict Monday. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev)
March 18, 2019 - 12:59 pm
KURCHALOY, Russia (AP) — A court in Russia's province of Chechnya has sentenced a prominent rights activist to four years in prison on drug charges widely seen as an effort by the authorities to stifle a critical voice. The court in Chechnya's city of Shali sentenced Oyub Titiyev to four years in...
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FILE - This undated file photo supplied by Abdi Ibrahim, shows his 3-year-old brother, Mucaad Ibrahim, the youngest known victim of the March 15, 2019, mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand. Mucaad Ibrahim had big brown eyes and always seemed to be laughing. In some ways, a friend says, he seemed like an old soul. He had an intelligence beyond his years. And he loved watching his big brother play soccer. (Abdi Ibrahim via AP, File)
March 18, 2019 - 11:34 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — On March 15, New Zealand changed. Some are calling it a loss of innocence, a reminder that distance doesn't bring protection against violence. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to change gun laws and investigate what went wrong. This is how 36 minutes of...
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Religious representatives perform a special blessing ceremony on the site of Friday's shooting outside the Linwood mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Monday, March 18, 2019. Three days after Friday's attack, New Zealand's deadliest shooting in modern history, relatives were anxiously waiting for word on when they can bury their loved ones. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
March 18, 2019 - 9:21 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque shootings in New Zealand (all times local): 5 p.m. Australia is making public grants available to help places of worship bolster security after an Australian white supremacist was accused of a terror attack in New Zealand. Prime Minister...
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Students hold candles during a moment of silence as they gather for a vigil to commemorate victims of Friday's shooting, outside the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Monday, March 18, 2019. Three days after Friday's attack, New Zealand's deadliest shooting in modern history, relatives were anxiously waiting for word on when they can bury their loved ones. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
March 18, 2019 - 8:08 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A Christchurch gun shop on Monday acknowledged selling guns online to the 28-year-old white supremacist accused of killing 50 people in mosque shootings that have upturned New Zealand's reputation as among the world's most tolerant and safe nations. Separately, New...
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, left, speaks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, center, and Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, right, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels, Monday, March 18, 2019. EU foreign ministers hold talks with their Chinese counterpart as the bloc seeks to establish a new strategic balance with the Asian economic giant. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
March 18, 2019 - 6:39 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO and the European Union are condemning Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula five years after Moscow declared the region Russian territory. NATO allies said in a statement Monday that "we strongly condemn this act, which we do not and will not recognize." They...
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March 18, 2019 - 6:27 am
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — The European Union has welcomed Azerbaijan's decision to give amnesty to a number of political activists and journalists. European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said the amnesty for over 400 people included representatives of political parties, non-government...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2017, file photo, Uighur security personnel patrol near the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in western China's Xinjiang region. China says on Monday, March 18, 2019 it has arrested nearly 13,000 people it describes as terrorists in the traditionally Islamic region of Xinjiang since 2014 and broken up hundreds of "terrorist gangs." The figures were included in a government report on the situation in the restive northwestern territory that seeks to respond to growing criticism over the internment of an estimated 1 million members of the Uighur and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
March 18, 2019 - 5:59 am
BEIJING (AP) — China has arrested nearly 13,000 people it describes as terrorists and has broken up hundreds of "terrorist gangs" in Xinjiang since 2014, the government said in a report Monday issued to counter criticism of internment camps and other oppressive security in the traditionally Islamic...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., high-fives a foosball opponent as partner Casey Leach of Manchester, N.H., laughs at a campaign meet-and-greet, Friday, March 15, 2019, at To Share Brewing in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
March 18, 2019 - 1:06 am
And then there was one more. And maybe one more still to come? The large crop of Democrats who want to be president grew, technically, when New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand changed her status Sunday from exploring a 2020 White House run to becoming a full-fledged candidate. She'd spent more than a...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, then Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach responds to questions from reporters in Topeka, Kan. An appeals court in Salt Lake City, will consider Monday, March 18, 2019, the constitutionality of a struck down Kansas statute that had required people to provide documents proving U.S. citizenship before they could register to vote. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)
March 18, 2019 - 12:58 am
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court will hear arguments Monday over the constitutionality of a struck-down Kansas statute that had required people to provide documents proving their U.S. citizenship before they could register to vote. In a case with national implications for voting rights...
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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke high-fives Mitchell Murphy, 12, while he speaks at an event at the home of Dubuque County Recorder John Murphy in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Eileen Meslar/Telegraph Herald via AP)
March 17, 2019 - 10:43 pm
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic race for president (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke told hundreds of supporters who gathered Sunday to see him at a Madison, Wisconsin, coffee shop that it would have been justified for a person named O'...
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