Human rights and civil liberties

Workers prepare to take down the statue of former Confederate general Robert E. Lee, which stands over 100 feet tall, in Lee Circle in New Orleans, Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
May 20, 2017 - 2:10 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — They were among the city's oldest landmarks, as cemented to the landscape of New Orleans as the Superdome and St. Louis Cathedral: a stone obelisk heralding white supremacy and three statues of Confederate stalwarts. But after decades standing sentinel over this Southern city,...
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Workers prepare to take down the statue of former Confederate general Robert E. Lee, which stands over 100 feet tall, in Lee Circle in New Orleans, Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
May 19, 2017 - 9:26 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — They were among the city's oldest landmarks, as cemented to the landscape of New Orleans as the Superdome and St. Louis Cathedral: a stone obelisk heralding white supremacy and three statues of Confederate stalwarts. But after decades standing sentinel over this Southern city,...
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CORRECTS TITLE FROM PRESIDENT TO GENERAL Workers prepare to take down the statue of Robert E. Lee, former general of the Confederacy, which stands in Lee Circle in New Orleans, Friday, May 19, 2017. The city is completing the Southern city's removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
May 19, 2017 - 6:28 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — They are among the city's oldest landmarks, as cemented to the landscape of New Orleans as the Superdome and St. Louis Cathedral: a stone obelisk heralding white supremacy and three statues of Confederate stalwarts. But after decades standing sentinel over this Southern city, the...
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FILE - In this May 4, 2017, file photo, Jane Meyer, former senior associate athletic director at the University of Iowa, gets a hug from her partner Tracey Griesbaum, right, following a news conference in Des Moines, Iowa. The University of Iowa will pay $6.5 million to settle high-profile discrimination lawsuits filed by former athletic administrator Jane Meyer and her partner, former women's field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, according to settlements released Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
May 19, 2017 - 5:39 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa will pay $6.5 million to settle discrimination lawsuits filed by former athletic administrator Jane Meyer and her partner, former women's field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, according to settlements their attorneys called historic Friday. Iowa will pay...
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In this photo taken March 3, 2017, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks speaks outside the Justice Department in Washington. Sources tell The Associated Press that Brooks will not be returning as the civil rights organization's leader when his contract expires this summer. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 19, 2017 - 5:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — NAACP President Cornell William Brooks will not be returning as the leader of the nation's oldest civil rights organization after his contract expires this summer, officials said Friday. Brooks has been the NAACP's leader since 2014 but will not be kept on past June 30, the end of...
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CORRECTS TITLE FROM PRESIDENT TO GENERAL Workers prepare to take down the statue of Robert E. Lee, former general of the Confederacy, which stands in Lee Circle in New Orleans, Friday, May 19, 2017. The city is completing the Southern city's removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
May 19, 2017 - 5:31 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Workers tied ropes around a towering statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee, preparing to take down the last of New Orleans' four Confederate monuments Friday as hundreds gawked and some danced in the streets. The statue of Lee, who commanded Confederate armies against the Union in the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015 file photo, the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in Lee Circle in New Orleans. The city of New Orleans plans to take down the confederate statue on Friday, May 18, 2017, completing the southern city’s removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
May 19, 2017 - 9:29 am
The city of New Orleans will take down a prominent statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee on Friday, completing the Southern city's removal of four Confederate-related statues that some called divisive. Unlike the first three statues, city officials plan to take Lee's statue down during the day, with Mayor...
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In this undated photo provided by Sahar Nasief, Nassief, right, poses with her mother Naila Mohammed Saleh Nasief, center, and daughter Lubna Jamjoom, while wearing blue wrist bands that say in Arabic, "I am my own guardian," In Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. The three generations of Saudi women have lived their lives under restrictive male guardianship laws that they say should be changed to give women more control of their lives. (Sahar Nasief via AP)
May 19, 2017 - 5:38 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — First she's in the hands of her father, then she moves to her husband. Often, she ends up under the power of her son. From childhood through adulthood into old age, every Saudi woman passes from the control of one legal guardian to another, a male relative whose...
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May 19, 2017 - 5:29 am
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudanese pro-government forces killed 114 civilians in a single town last year amid growing ethnic violence in the country's civil war, a new United Nations report said Friday. The investigation released by the U.N. human rights office said those cases and other...
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May 19, 2017 - 5:12 am
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — A new United Nations report says South Sudanese pro-government forces killed 114 civilians in recent months amid the country's civil war. The report released Friday by the U.N. human rights office says those cases and other abuses in the town of Yei between July and January...
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