Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - In this June 28, 2020 file photo, armed homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey, standing in front their house along Portland Place confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house in the Central West End of St. Louis. Sen. Josh Hawley on Thursday, July 16, 2020, urged Attorney General William Barr to launch a federal civil rights investigation of St. Louis' elected prosecutor, accusing Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner of abusing her power in her investigation of the McCloskey's who wielded guns while defending their home during a protest. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP File)
July 16, 2020 - 11:09 am
O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley on Thursday urged Attorney General William Barr to launch a federal civil rights investigation of St. Louis' elected prosecutor, accusing her of abuse of power in her investigation of a white couple who wielded guns while defending their home during a...
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July 16, 2020 - 8:44 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Darrin Bell, the Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist acclaimed for his sharp takes on race, gender and President Donald Trump, has a two-book deal. Henry Holt & Company announced Thursday that Bell will publish two graphic memoirs that explore racism and his personal...
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Mondaire Jones, winner of the Democratic primary for the 17th Congressional District, addresses a Black Lives Matter rally, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, outside the Westchester County courthouse in White Plains, N.Y. If he wins in November, Jones will join a record number of openly-LGBTQ elected officials in the United States. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
July 16, 2020 - 8:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of openly LGBTQ elected officials in the United States has more than doubled in the past four years — and those ranks could soon grow, thanks to a record field of LGBTQ candidates this year, according to new data from an advocacy and research group. The LGBTQ Victory...
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A Beijing supporter displays a placard during a protest against the U.S. sanctions outside the U.S. Consulate in Hong Kong Thursday, July 16, 2020. China has accused the U.S. of seeking to obstruct its development with moves to sanction officials who undermine local autonomy in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
July 16, 2020 - 6:19 am
BEIJING (AP) — On Monday, it was the South China Sea. On Tuesday, it was Hong Kong. On Wednesday, Huawei and human rights. The Trump administration appears to be accelerating a push to define China as a strategic threat, a worrying trend for the country's leaders as the ambitions of a rising...
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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2018, file photo Nick Cannon poses for a portrait in New York. Cannon's “hateful speech” and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories led ViacomCBS to cut ties with the performer, the media giant said. “ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism," the company said in a statement Tuesday, July 14, 2020. It is terminating its relationship with Cannon, ViacomCBS said. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)
July 15, 2020 - 11:12 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Cannon apologized late Wednesday for “hurtful and divisive” anti-Semitic comments that led ViacomCBS to cut ties with the TV host and producer. “I extend my deepest and most sincere apologies to my Jewish sisters and brothers for the hurtful and divisive words that came out...
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FILE - This undated file photo from video provided by Hawaii News Now shows Honolulu police officer John Rabago outside federal court in Honolulu. A former Honolulu police officer has been sentenced to four years in prison for forcing a homeless man to lick a public urinal. A U.S. judge sentenced a former Honolulu police officer Wednesday, July 15, 2020, to four years in prison for forcing a homeless man to lick a public urinal, telling him to imagine someone doing that to his two young daughters. Rabago offered apologies to the victim. (Hawaii News Now via AP, File)
July 15, 2020 - 10:36 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — A U.S. judge sentenced a former Honolulu police officer Wednesday to four years in prison for forcing a homeless man to lick a public urinal, telling him to imagine someone doing that to his two young daughters. The homeless man was just as defenseless and powerless as the children...
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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2018, file photo Nick Cannon poses for a portrait in New York. Cannon's “hateful speech” and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories led ViacomCBS to cut ties with the performer, the media giant said. “ViacomCBS condemns bigotry of any kind and we categorically denounce all forms of anti-Semitism," the company said in a statement Tuesday, July 14, 2020. It is terminating its relationship with Cannon, ViacomCBS said. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File)
July 15, 2020 - 10:06 pm
The Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish leaders on Wednesday condemned what they called “hurtful words” and anti-Semitic theories expressed by Nick Cannon, a day after ViacomCBS severed ties with him for the remarks made on a podcast. And after the TV host and producer wrote a lengthy Facebook...
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A monitor displays the logo for "Huawei" behind Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
July 15, 2020 - 7:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday it will impose travel bans on employees of the Chinese technology giant Huawei and other Chinese companies the U.S. determines are assisting authoritarian governments in cracking down on human rights, including in China's western Xinjiang...
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A Berkeley police vehicle waits at a stop light near graffiti calling for the defunding of the Berkeley police department on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Berkeley, Calif. The city of Berkeley moved forward Wednesday with a proposal to eliminate police from conducting traffic stops and instead use unarmed civilian city workers as part of a broad overhaul of law enforcement. The City Council also set a goal of cutting the police budget by 50%. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
July 15, 2020 - 6:21 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After hours of emotional public testimony and a middle-of-the-night vote by Berkeley leaders, the progressive California city is moving forward with a novel proposal to replace police with unarmed civilians during traffic stops in a bid to curtail racial profiling. The City...
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Civil rights attorney Ben Crump wears a face mask with the words "Where's the love?" after announcing Wednesday, July 15, 2020 in Minneapolis the filing of a civil lawsuit against the city of Minneapolis and the officers involved in the death of George Floyd. Floyd died at the hands of police during an arrest on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
July 15, 2020 - 3:54 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd's family filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the city of Minneapolis and the four police officers charged in his death, alleging the officers violated Floyd's rights when they restrained him and that the city allowed a culture of excessive force, racism and impunity to...
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