Human rights and civil liberties

Two men accused of having gay sex are handcuffed as they arrive at the Shariah court in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. A Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further tarnishing the country's moderate image after a top Christian politician was imprisoned for blasphemy. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)
May 17, 2017 - 2:51 am
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — A Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further tarnishing the country's moderate image after a top Christian politician was imprisoned for blasphemy. The court on Wednesday said the men,...
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May 17, 2017 - 2:28 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time, further tarnishing the country's moderate image after a top Christian politician was imprisoned for blasphemy. The court on Wednesday said the men, aged...
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May 17, 2017 - 1:44 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A Shariah court in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province has sentenced two gay men to public caning for the first time. The court on Wednesday said the men, aged 20 and 23, would each be subjected to 85 lashes for having sexual relations. One of the men cried as his...
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FILE - In this March 30, 2012, file photo, Drew Phoenix, left, and his girlfriend, Ellen Robertson, talk about a ballot initiative going before local voters that calls for equal legal protections for gay and transgender residents, in Anchorage, Alaska. The Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, rejected the appointment of Phoenix, a transgender man, to serve on the state's human rights commission. In a phone interview Tuesday evening, Phoenix said he was "incredibly upset and disheartened" by the vote. (AP Photo/Rachel D'Oro, File)
May 17, 2017 - 1:24 am
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature on Tuesday rejected the appointment of Drew Phoenix, a transgender man, to serve on the state's human rights commission. The vote came near the end of an hours-long joint session called to consider Gov. Bill Walker's nominees to boards, commissions and...
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May 16, 2017 - 7:16 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez plans to meet with an anti-abortion Democratic group amid divisions within the party over whether to back candidates opposed to abortion. Democrats for Life Executive Director Kristen Day said Tuesday that the DNC and her...
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President Donald Trump meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 16, 2017 - 1:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Trump's talks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (all times local): 1:20 p.m. President Donald Trump is holding his first face-to-face talks with Turkey's president amid accusations that Trump gave Russian officials classified intelligence from an...
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May 16, 2017 - 12:31 pm
GENEVA (AP) — Microsoft announced Tuesday that it intends to contribute $5 million over five years to the United Nations human rights office, assistance the Geneva-based agency called a "landmark partnership" that could prod other big private-sector donors to follow suit. The Redmond, Washington-...
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This photo taken at The Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday, March 14, 2017, shows the scene where an unarmed man died after police squeezed his neck during a struggle to subdue him. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, which led a push for use-of-force reforms after Las Vegas police were involved in 25 shootings in 2010, said Monday, May 15, 2017, that it will seek a review of the training that allows officers to use what the department calls "lateral vascular neck restrain." (Billy Winkler via AP)
May 16, 2017 - 10:16 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An unarmed man's death after Las Vegas police grabbed him in a neck hold has put a much-criticized law enforcement technique to subdue people back in the spotlight. Las Vegas police train to use a version of a chokehold designed to avoid restricting the airway while cutting the...
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This photo taken at The Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday, March 14, 2017, shows the scene where an unarmed man died after police squeezed his neck during a struggle to subdue him. The American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada, which led a push for use-of-force reforms after Las Vegas police were involved in 25 shootings in 2010, said Monday, May 15, 2017, that it will seek a review of the training that allows officers to use what the department calls "lateral vascular neck restrain." (Billy Winkler via AP)
May 16, 2017 - 9:39 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An unarmed man's death after Las Vegas police grabbed him in a neck hold has put a much-criticized law enforcement technique to subdue people back in the spotlight. Las Vegas police train to use a version of a chokehold designed to avoid restricting the airway while cutting the...
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May 16, 2017 - 9:30 am
STATESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina city is sticking with plans to rename a park to honor slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Local news outlets reported that Statesville City Council on Monday night heard supporters and opponents of renaming Lakewood Park for King. The...
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