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Thai authorities seeking suspect in southern car bombing

Nov. 23, 2022 03:02 AM EST

HAT YAI, Thailand (AP) — Police said Wednesday they were trying to identify the suspect in a bombing of police housing that killed one officer and wounded 45 other people in a part of southern Thailand troubled by a Muslim separatist insurgency for almost two decades. Police said...

Mothers of LGBTQ children join forces in Latin America

Nov. 20, 2022 09:56 AM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Fabu Olmedo is so nervous about clubs and restaurants in Paraguay that before a night out she often contacts one to make sure that she'll be let in and won't be attacked or harassed. Olmedo doesn't know if she can go out in public safely becauses...

UN committee takes step to treaty on crimes against humanity

Nov. 18, 2022 20:48 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A key U.N. committee took a first step Friday toward negotiating a treaty on crimes against humanity, which can be committed at any time, not just during conflicts. The committee that deals with legal issues approved a resolution by consensus that would...

World Cup draws attention to equal rights, including attire

Nov. 17, 2022 16:14 PM EST

Official-looking flyers have circulated on social media describing cultural expectations for fans attending the World Cup in Qatar. Some include rules for women’s attire: Shoulders and knees must be covered. Problem is, it’s bogus. While the local organizing...

The Latest | UN Climate Summit

Nov. 17, 2022 05:19 AM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — A senior Human Rights Watch official slammed the Egyptian government’s human and environmental rights record, saying that the space for environmental activism in Egypt “is severely curtailed.” Richard Pearshouse, director of environment and human...

Rights group: Labor abuses widespread at World Cup stadiums

Nov. 10, 2022 10:33 AM EST

Migrant laborers who built Qatar's World Cup stadiums often worked long hours under harsh conditions and were subjected to discrimination, wage theft and other abuses as their employers evaded accountability, a rights group said in a report released Thursday. The 75-page report by...

Live updates | UN Climate Summit

Nov. 08, 2022 16:45 PM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — ___ KEY DEVELOPMENTS: — Treaty against fossil fuels floated at UN climate summit — UN experts urge stringent rules to stop net zero greenwash — Clock ticking for jailed Egypt activist...

Rights group: Turkey water cuts worsen Syria cholera problem

Nov. 07, 2022 12:45 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey isn't ensuring an adequate water flow downstream into the Euphrates River in Syria, worsening a water crisis believed to have increased the spread of cholera in the war-torn country, a prominent rights group said Monday. Human Rights Watch also blamed the...

Amnesty: Egypt has days to save jailed activist's life

Nov. 06, 2022 21:35 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International's head on Sunday warned that the proceedings of COP27 in Egypt could be stained by the death of one of the country's leading rights activists from a hunger and water strike in prison if Egyptian authorities do not release him within days. ...

Activists fear for Qatar workers as World Cup spotlight dims

Nov. 06, 2022 01:44 AM EDT

With just days to go before Qatar hosts the World Cup, rights groups fear that a window for addressing the widespread exploitation of foreign workers could soon close. The long run-up to this month's World Cup has brought unprecedented scrutiny to the treatment of the millions of...