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In this 2018 photo taken in London shows Karim Ennarah and his now-wife Jess Kelly posing for a photograph after they graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies.  The acting director of a prominent Egyptian rights group says its three staffers, Ennara, Executive director Gasser Abdel-Razek and Mohammed Bashir, who were arrested last month have been freed on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.  They were arrested in November after EIPR hosted foreign diplomats to discuss the human rights situation in Egypt. They were charged with terrorism and spreading false information. (Courtesy of Jess Kelly via AP)

Rights group says Egypt has freed 3 of its arrested staffers

Dec. 3, 2020 3:53 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Three Egyptian rights workers who were arrested and slapped with terrorism-related charges last month were freed on Thursday after an outcry over the government’s crackdown on one of the last rights groups still operating in the country. The government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi...

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad talks during a joint statement along with Nobel Peace Laureat Denis Mukwege and European Union Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini, at European Council's Europa building in Brussels.  Murad says the coronavirus pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women “on the line.”  The 27-year-old activist, who was forced into sexual slavery by Islamic State fighters in Iraq, says curfews, lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed by governments to slow the spread of the virus “have had unintended consequences on women worldwide.” (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

Nobel laureate says pandemic raising violence, trafficking

Dec. 1, 2020 2:00 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad said the coronavirus pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women “on the line.” The 27-year-old activist, who was forced into sexual slavery by Islamic State fighters...

People demonstrate against police violence and an attempted restriction on abortion rights in Warsaw Poland, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. Nationwide protests Saturday were scheduled to coincide with Polish women gaining the right to vote 102 years ago. Weeks of protests against a high court's ruling to further restrict Abortion rights have evolved into the largest protest movement since communism fell 30 years ago.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Police block Warsaw march against abortion ruling, force use

Nov. 28, 2020 2:57 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police blocked protesters from marching in Poland's capital as demonstrations took place across the country against an attempt to restrict abortion rights and recent police violence. Police and protesters played a game of cat and mouse in Warsaw as officers set up cordons which the...

Posters of women victims of domestic violence are pictured at the Saint Michel fountain Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020 in Paris. With domestic violence on the rise amid the pandemic, activists are holding protests Wednesday from France to Turkey and world dignitaries are trying to find ways to protect millions of women killed or abused every year by their partners. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Global push to end domestic violence, worse amid COVID-19

Nov. 25, 2020 3:01 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a global push to end violence against women, activists held rallies Wednesday and world leaders called for action to stop the abuse, which has worsened because of the coronavirus pandemic this year. Protests from France to Ukraine were held on the International Day for the Elimination of...

FILE - This Nov. 30, 2014 image made from video released by Loujain al-Hathloul, shows her driving towards the United Arab Emirates - Saudi Arabia border before her arrest on Dec. 1, 2014, in Saudi Arabia. Al-Hathloul, a leading Saudi women's rights activist who's been imprisoned for over two years will be tried by a court established to oversee terrorism cases, her family said Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. They said she had been on hunger strike for two weeks until mid-November. (AP Photo/Loujain al-Hathloul, File)

Leading Saudi women's activist referred to terrorism court

Nov. 25, 2020 2:07 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A leading Saudi women’s rights activist who’s been imprisoned for 2 1/2 years and drawn attention to the kingdom’s hard limits on dissent will be tried by a court established to oversee terrorism cases, her family said Wednesday. The referral of...

A woman looks at the Mexico’s Human Rights Commission (CNDH) headquarters which has been occupied for almost three months by women’s rights activists who have converted it into a refuge for victims of gender violence in Mexico City, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Feminist activists are occupying the building to demand justice for the victims of sexual abuse, femicide, and other gender violence, and are hosting some women and their children after the government either failed to solve or investigate sexual attacks on their guest’s daughters. (AP Photo/Ginnette Riquelme)

AP PHOTOS: Occupied Mexico rights office becomes refuge

Nov. 25, 2020 12:01 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — In a colonial-era building in downtown Mexico City, dozens of feminist activists and crime victims have settled in after nearly three months of occupying the headquarters of Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission. The women said they took over the building because the...

Pakistani suspected in rape of mother, child killed in raid

Nov. 13, 2020 2:10 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police said they brought along a suspect they had arrested earlier this week for the abduction and rape of a mother and her 5-year-old daughter on a raid Friday to identify his accomplice in the shocking crime — only to have the man shot and killed by the alleged...

Daily anti-government protests in Poland enter third week

Nov. 5, 2020 2:51 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Daily anti-government protests in Poland entered a third week Thursday with grandmothers rallying in Warsaw and smaller demonstrations held in other cities and towns. Women’s rights activists say the nationwide protests they lead will be taking on new forms, including on the...

FILE - In this July 22, 2020 file photo, Luke Letlow, R-Start, chief of staff to exiting U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham, speaks after signing up to run for Louisiana's 5th Congressional District  in Baton Rouge, La. The balance of power in Louisiana’s U.S. House delegation — five Republicans and one Democrat — is unlikely to change in Tuesday, Nov. 3 election. But there's a question as to who will represent a heavily Republican district where the incumbent isn't seeking re-election.  (AP Photo/Melinda Deslatte, File)

House incumbents win in Louisiana; Runoff for empty seat

Nov. 4, 2020 1:40 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four incumbent Republicans and an incumbent Democrat all won reelection to the U.S. House in Tuesday's election, while a race to replace a Republican who is stepping down from Congress will be settled in a December runoff. Republican Rep. Ralph Abraham is stepping down from his northeast...

Protesters hold signs reading in Polish

Poland delays implementing abortion ruling amid protests

Nov. 3, 2020 7:37 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s right-wing government is delaying the publication and implementation of a high court ruling that tightens the abortion law and that has triggered almost two weeks of nationwide protests. A government official said Tuesday that the leaders are taking time to debate the...