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Murder of election observer in Mozambique causes outcry

Oct. 8, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The murder of a key local election observer in Mozambique a week before the presidential vote has caused an outcry, especially after police confirmed on Tuesday that several of the suspects were police officers. "This is a serious — and chilling — escalation of election...

Egypt seals off Cairo's Tahrir Square, thwarting protest

Sep. 27, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian security forces on Friday sealed off Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the so-called Arab Spring uprising in 2011, thwarting a possible protest in the capital against the country's president. The closures came amid a harsh security clampdown following rare demonstrations in...

10 years after Guinea stadium massacre, justice is elusive

Sep. 27, 2019 11:25 AM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Mariam Bobo Bah talks through tears as she remembers the brutal stadium massacre of more than 150 protesters in Guinea's capital a decade ago, saying she still has trouble finding herself. "When the military opened fire on the crowd on Sept. 28, 2009, there was blood everywhere. 'You...

Israeli top court hears HRW activist's expulsion appeal

Sep. 24, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Tuesday heard the appeal of the local director of Human Rights Watch, who is seeking to block an attempt by the government to expel him for allegedly supporting an international boycott movement against Israel. A lower court in April upheld a decision not to renew...

US, El Salvador sign asylum deal, details to be worked out

Sep. 20, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States on Friday signed an agreement that paves the way for the U.S. to send many asylum-seekers to one of the world's most violent countries, El Salvador. But both countries must first take necessary legal actions and implement major border security and asylum procedures before...

Zimbabwe doctors march as abducted leader is still missing

Sep. 18, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A line of baton-wielding police on Wednesday stopped a march by Zimbabwean doctors protesting the alleged abduction of a union leader as fears grew about government repression — and about his fate. The Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association has said its president, Peter...

Rights group: Venezuela police unit targeting young men

Sep. 18, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A special Venezuelan police unit has been targeting and killing young men in poor neighborhoods as President Nicolás Maduro's administration seeks to clamp down on the opposition, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The rights group said it has documented nine cases involving...

Amazon tribe in Brazil patrols territory, braces for fight

Sep. 18, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

ALTO RIO GUAMA INDIGENOUS RESERVE, Brazil (AP) — Deep in the Amazon rainforest, there is talk of a looming conflict over land. The men in the Tembe indigenous group sometimes daub themselves in traditional war paint and patrol the forest. They carry bows and arrows, but feel increasingly vulnerable as they...

Rights group skeptical that Myanmar's military seeks justice

Sep. 2, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Plans announced by Myanmar's military to prosecute soldiers for actions at a village where security forces reportedly killed as many as 400 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority drew skepticism Monday from the New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch. The military announced...

Family of Thai Muslim who died in army custody seeks justice

Aug. 26, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Relatives of a Muslim man who died after interrogation in Thai army custody said Monday they'll pursue justice to see if his death was caused by torture. Abdulloh Esomuso was arrested July 20 on suspicion of being a Muslim separatist insurgent and was found unconscious the next day in his...