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Players warm up before the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle and Liverpool at St. James' Park in Newcastle, England, Sunday, July 26, 2020. (Laurence Griffiths, Pool via AP)

Saudis' Newcastle bid ends after piracy, human rights issues

Jul. 30, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund withdrew its bid to buy English Premier League club Newcastle on Thursday after the process was stalled by concerns about piracy by the kingdom and human rights complaints. The league has spent four months considering whether to approve the 300 million pound ($392...

Rights group urges Indonesia to end caning under Islamic law

Jul. 30, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The human rights group Amnesty International urged Indonesia on Thursday to abolish caning after two women were struck about 100 times each as punishment for offering prostitution online. The women were caned publicly on Monday in Langsa city after they were found to have violated...

Group: Egypt executes 7 convicted of killing police officer

Jul. 29, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt executed seven people convicted of killing a police officer in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, after a trial that was “marred by serious allegations of torture,” an international rights groups said Wednesday. The defendants were accused of killing the officer and the...

Moroccan journalist jailed for suspected security breaches

Jul. 29, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A Moroccan journalist was jailed Wednesday on suspicions of undermining the security of the state and of rape, the Casablanca prosecutor's office said. Omar Radi, a 33-year-old journalist and human rights activist, was called in for questioning for the 10th time since June 24 then...

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan applauds during a conference in Istanbul, Tuesday, July 28, 2020. Turkish lawmakers were making their final speeches Tuesday before voting on a bill that would give the government greater powers to regulate social media, in what human rights groups and the opposition have decried as a violation of free expression online. Hundreds of social media users have already been investigated and some arrested for their posts on the COVID-19 pandemic, opposition to Turkish military offensives in Syria or insulting Erdogan and other officials. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)

Turkey: Social media law's passage raises censorship worries

Jul. 29, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s parliament approved a law early Wednesday that gives authorities greater power to regulate social media despite concerns of growing censorship in a country where critical voices are already muted. The law requires social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter to...

US military says airstrike killed civilian in Somalia

Jul. 28, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military on Tuesday acknowledged killing a civilian and wounding three others with an airstrike in Somalia earlier this year. This is the second in a new series of quarterly reports the U.S. Africa Command issues on airstrikes in Somalia and allegations of civilian deaths after...

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2017, file photo, Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers greet migrants as they enter into Canada at an unofficial border crossing at the end of Roxham Road in Champlain, N.Y. A Canadian court on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, invalidated the country's Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States. Under the agreement, immigrants who want to seek asylum in Canada at ground ports of entry from the United States are returned to the U.S. and told to seek asylum there. But if they request asylum on Canadian soil at a location other than an official crossing, the process is allowed to go forward. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Canadian court invalidates asylum agreement with the US

Jul. 22, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

A Canadian court Wednesday invalidated the country’s Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States, ruling elements of the law violate Canadian constitutional guarantees of life, liberty and security. But Federal Court Justice Ann Marie McDonald delayed the implementation of her decision for six...

Police officers detain protesters during a rally against the removal of opposition candidates from the presidential elections in Minsk, Belarus, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Election authorities in Belarus on Tuesday barred two main rivals of authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko from running in this summer's presidential election. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Police detain dozens in 2nd day of Belarus election protests

Jul. 15, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A Belarusian human rights group says police detained dozens of demonstrators in the capital and the city of Borisov on Wednesday as protests against the exclusion of two opposition candidates from the presidential ballot roiled the country. In Minsk, thousands of people stood in a...

FILE - In this Friday, July 10 2020 file photo, protesters clash with riot police on the steps of the Serbian parliament during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia. Thousands of people in Serbia are holding daily protests against the country’s president and his government in what was initially triggered by his plans to reintroduce lockdown measures to contain the new coronavirus outbreak in the Balkan country. Many in Serbia accuse increasingly authoritarian President Aleksandar Vucic of letting the virus crisis spin out of control in order to hold a parliamentary election on June 21 that tightened the ruling party’s grip on power. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, file)

AP Explains: Why Serbs are protesting against virus lockdown

Jul. 13, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people in Serbia have been holding protests against the country’s president and his government in what was initially triggered by his plans to reintroduce lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the Balkan country. Many in Serbia accuse...

FILE - In this March 5, 2020 file photo, journalist and activist Omar Radi speaks after a hearing at the Casablanca Courthouse, In Casablanca, Morocco. On Sunday, July 12, 2020 the Tel Aviv District Court rejected a request to strip the controversial Israeli spyware firm NSO Group of its export license over the suspected use of the company’s technology in targeting journalists, including Radi, and dissidents worldwide. The case, brought by Amnesty International in January, called on the court to prevent NSO from selling its technology abroad, especially to repressive regimes. The court ruled that Amnesty’s attorneys did not provide sufficient evidence. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)

Israeli court rejects petition to curb spyware company

Jul. 13, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court has rejected a request to strip the controversial Israeli spyware firm NSO Group of its export license over the suspected use of the company's technology in targeting journalists and dissidents worldwide. The case, brought by Amnesty International in January, called on the...