Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - This Nov. 23, 2018, file photo shows Felix Tshisekedi of Congo's Union for Democracy and Social Progress opposition party, at a press conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Congo's Constitutional Court early Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, declared the election of Tshisekedi as president, rejecting challenges to the vote by runner-up Martin Fayulu, who had alleged fraud. Tshisekedi, son of the late, charismatic opposition leader Etienne, is now set to be inaugurated on Tuesday.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
January 20, 2019 - 9:10 am
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's capital was calm Sunday with residents attending church after the Constitutional Court confirmed the presidential election victory of Felix Tshisekedi. It was not clear if the population would heed runner-up Martin Fayulu's call for non-violent protests against the...
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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke and his attorney Daniel Herbert listen during Van Dyke's sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Chicago, for the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
January 20, 2019 - 3:36 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Activists and others who were disappointed by the outcome of two historic cases involving the killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white Chicago police officer see a way forward — by turning tragedy into political power. A judge on Friday sentenced former Chicago police...
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Demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Av. during the women's march in Washington on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
January 19, 2019 - 10:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid internal controversies and a capital city deeply distracted by the partial government shutdown, the third Women's March returned to Washington on Saturday with an enduring message of anger and defiance aimed directly at President Donald Trump's White House. The original march...
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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. greets patrons at Stomping Grounds Cafe in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. Gillibrand continued her first trip to the leadoff caucus state since announcing the formation of an exploratory committee to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.(AP Photo/Juana Summers)
January 19, 2019 - 2:36 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It's certainly not an unwelcome challenge for advocates for gender equality that four or more women are running for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020. To many activists, that means a field more reflective of a party that counts women as a crucial voting bloc...
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January 19, 2019 - 2:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The third annual Women's March is returning to Washington this week amid inclement weather, ideological schisms and the longest government shutdown in American history. The original Women's March in 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of protesters; the exact size of the turnout is...
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January 19, 2019 - 1:30 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite government shutdowns, inclement weather and ideological schisms, the third annual Women's March is returning to Washington. Organizers had originally planned to gather Saturday on the National Mall, but with a weekend snowfall expected and the National Park Service no...
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Anti-abortion activists march towards the U.S. Supreme Court during the March for Life in Washington Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
January 19, 2019 - 1:06 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to assure opponents of abortion rights on Friday that he stands with them and would veto any legislation from a Democratic-controlled House that "weakens the protection of human life." Trump spoke via video to participants at this year's March for...
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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke attends his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Chicago, for the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
January 18, 2019 - 9:15 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The white Chicago officer who gunned down a black teenager in 2014 was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison, ending an explosive case that arose from a graphic dashcam video and added fuel to debates about race and policing and law enforcement's "code of silence." Jason...
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Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke confers with his attorney Daniel Herbert during his sentencing hearing for the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Chicago. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
January 18, 2019 - 7:53 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who fired the shots that killed black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Jason Van Dyke's lead attorney says the former Chicago police officer "truly felt great" and "was happy" with the nearly seven-year...
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Social Democrat leader Stefan Lofven, attends a new briefing after being voted back as Prime Minister on Friday Jan. 18, 2019, ending a 131-day political deadlock. Lofven passed Friday's vote after he secured the support of the Centre and Liberal parties, forming a government without the Sweden Democrats, which has neo-Nazi roots. (Jessica Gow / TT via AP)
January 18, 2019 - 2:12 pm
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish lawmakers on Friday approved a center-left minority government led by the current caretaker prime minister, Stefan Lofven, ending a four-month political deadlock. Swedish politicians have been trying for months to form a government without the Sweden Democrats...
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