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Intel CEO out after consensual relationship with employee

Jun. 21, 2018 10:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has resigned after the company learned of what it called a consensual relationship with an employee. Intel said Thursday that the relationship was in violation of the company's non-fraternization policy, which applies to all managers. Chief Financial Officer Robert...

UN, Russia call on US to rethink human rights body move

Jun. 21, 2018 9:10 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging the United States to rethink its decision to pull out of the organization's human rights body. Guterres told reporters Thursday that "We, of course, would much prefer for the United States to remain in the Human Rights Council." Guterres...

Report: Ukrainian filmmaker on hunger strike is well

Jun. 21, 2018 8:44 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A state news agency is quoting a Russian human rights official as saying that jailed Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is in satisfactory condition despite a monthlong hunger strike. Sentsov, a vocal opponent of Russia's annexation of Crimea, has been refusing food since mid-May. He was...

Orlando International Airport to scan faces of US citizens

Jun. 21, 2018 8:29 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida's busiest airport is becoming the first in the nation to require a face scan of passengers on all arriving and departing international flights, including U.S. citizens, according to officials there. The expected announcement Thursday at Orlando International Airport alarms some...

Police officer charged with raping teen submits resignation

Jun. 21, 2018 7:50 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police lieutenant charged with forcibly raping a teen relative has resigned. Al.com reports Birmingham Police Lt. Pete Williston submitted his resignation Tuesday. Defense attorney Scott Morro says Williston is remorseful and he and his family along with the police...

Imprisoned Bahrain opposition leader acquitted in spy case

Jun. 21, 2018 7:38 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent Shiite cleric in Bahrain who led a now-shuttered opposition party was acquitted Thursday of spying charges with two colleagues, marking a rare victory for activists in the island kingdom amid a yearslong clampdown on dissent. Sheikh Ali Salman headed the...

Historic Emmett Till marker in Mississippi to be rededicated

Jun. 21, 2018 7:31 AM EDT

GLENDORA, Miss. (AP) — A historic marker describing the lynching of Emmett Till is being rededicated. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that speakers will include Till's cousin Wheeler Parker, now 79. Parker was an eyewitness to Till's 1955 abduction. The sign defaced last year stands near the spot where...

Historic Emmett Till marker in Mississippi to be rededicated

Jun. 21, 2018 6:53 AM EDT

GLENDORA, Miss. (AP) — A historic marker describing the lynching of Emmett Till is being rededicated. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that speakers will include Till's cousin Wheeler Parker, now 79. Parker was an eyewitness to Till's 1955 abduction. The sign defaced last year stands near the spot where...

Sexual abuses rampant in UAE-controlled prisons in Yemen

Jun. 21, 2018 6:40 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The torturers followed a schedule. Beatings on Saturdays, torture on Sundays, and Monday was a break. The next three days were the same routine. On Fridays, it was time for solitary confinement. From inside a Yemeni prison controlled by the United Arab Emirates — a top U.S. ally...

Yemeni prisoners say Emirati officers sexually torture them

Jun. 21, 2018 6:38 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The 15 officers who arrived at the prison in southern Yemen hid their faces behind headdresses, but their accents were clearly foreign — from the United Arab Emirates. They lined up the detainees and ordered them to undress and lie down. The officers then searched the anal cavity of...