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FILE - In this Saturday, May 23, 2015 file photo, refugees who fled Burundi's violence and political tension wait to board a UN ship, at Kagunga on Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania, to be taken to the port city of Kigoma. At least 18 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers have been forcibly disappeared from refugee camps in Tanzania over roughly the past year, with many being tortured at a police station in Tanzania and seven remain missing, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

Report alleges Burundian refugees were disappeared, tortured

Nov. 30, 2020 12:42 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The men kicked down the door well before dawn. They shoved their way into the home of the Burundian refugee and put him in handcuffs, while asking why his wife was standing there crying. Within minutes, they were gone. That day in March was the last time she saw her husband, the woman...

Instagram celebrity Millen Cyrus, center, is escorted by Indonesian police as she is presented to the media during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Indonesian Police moved the trans woman Instagram celebrity to a special cell after the public outrage on social medias related to her initial placement at male detention cell  after the police arrested her for drug abuse. (AP Photo)

Indonesian police move transgender celebrity to private cell

Nov. 27, 2020 6:12 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police have moved a female transgender Instagram celebrity, Millen Cyrus, to a special cell following public outrage over her initial placement in a male detention cell after she was arrested as a suspect in a drug case. “As for her status on her ID, she is a...

Rights groups decry attacks on Pakistan's minority Ahmadis

Nov. 26, 2020 3:19 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Three international human rights groups on Thursday denounced recent attacks on Pakistan's minority Ahmadi community and asked Islamabad to “urgently and impartially investigate a surge" in violence. The joint appeal from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the...

A Tigray refugee girl who fled the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region, sits on aid she received from the UNHCR and WFP at Umm Rakouba refugee camp in Qadarif, eastern Sudan, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Ethiopian leader rejects international 'interference' in war

Nov. 25, 2020 2:21 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s prime minister is rejecting growing international consensus for dialogue and a halt to deadly fighting in the Tigray region as “unwelcome,” saying his country will handle the conflict on its own as a 72-hour surrender ultimatum runs out on Wednesday....

Report: Inmates killed in Colombia riot shot intentionally

Nov. 24, 2020 1:02 AM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — New evidence indicates most of the 24 inmates killed during a prison riot in Colombia’s capital earlier this year over fears that crowded, unhygienic conditions would fuel a virus outbreak were shot to death intentionally, according to a report released Tuesday by Human...

Tigray refugees who fled the conflict in the Ethiopia's Tigray arrive on the banks of the Tekeze River on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Hamdayet, eastern Sudan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. The U.N. refugee agency says Ethiopia's growing conflict has resulted in thousands fleeing from the Tigray region into Sudan as fighting spilled beyond Ethiopia's borders and threatened to inflame the Horn of Africa region. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Ethiopia warns civilians of 'no mercy' in Tigray offensive

Nov. 22, 2020 1:55 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia’s military is warning civilians in the besieged Tigray regional capital that there will be “no mercy” if they don’t “save themselves” before a final offensive to flush out defiant regional leaders — a threat that Human Rights...

An honor guard is formed at Defence Headquarters in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, before findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry are released. A shocking report into war crimes by elite Australian troops has found evidence that 25 soldiers unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

Rights group, Afghan envoy want more probes into war crimes

Nov. 19, 2020 2:44 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A leading international human rights group and an Afghan envoy on Thursday urged nations whose militaries have served as part of the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan — including America and Britain — to follow Australia's example and probe their own soldiers’ conduct...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a joint statement with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, Pool)

Pompeo is 1st top US diplomat to visit an Israeli settlement

Nov. 19, 2020 12:46 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday became the first top American diplomat to visit an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank as the State Department in a major policy shift announced that products from the settlements can be labeled “Made in Israel.” The...

People celebrate after the resignation of interim president Manuel Merino, at Plaza San Martin in Lima, Peru, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. Merino resigned after a violent crackdown on protests that left at least two people dead followed by an exodus of his cabinet members. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

Peru's interim president resigns as chaos embroils nation

Nov. 15, 2020 11:45 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s interim president resigned Sunday as the nation plunged into its worst constitutional crisis in two decades following massive protests unleashed when Congress ousted the nation’s popular leader. In a short televised address, Manuel Merino said Congress acted within...

Rights group asks Pakistan to unveil whereabouts of activist

Nov. 12, 2020 6:30 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A prominent rights group Thursday asked Pakistan to immediately disclose the whereabouts of an activist who authorities acknowledged was being held on a treason charge months after his disappearance. Pakistani rights activist Idris Khattak, who worked for both Amnesty...