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Group says arrests raise fears of fresh crackdown in Egypt

May. 18, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says the recent arrests of a rights lawyer and an activist have raised fears of a fresh crackdown by Egyptian authorities on dissent. Amnesty International said late Friday that Egyptian prosecutors ordered this week Haitham Mohammdeen and Mustafa Maher to remain...

Aid groups say conditions in northwest Syria at crisis point

May. 17, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — U.N. officials and dozens of international aid groups warned Friday that humanitarian conditions in Syria's northwest have reached a new "crisis point," as government troops push to retake the rebels' last stronghold. The violence has effectively shattered a cease-fire negotiated by Russia...

Amnesty International says civilians attacked in Libya

May. 16, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Combatants in Libya committed "unlawful" attacks against civilians during fighting in the capital Tripoli, Amnesty International said Thursday, and called on the United Nations to impose an arms embargo on the war-ridden country. The global rights group issued a statement quoting its Deputy...

Security agents attack Sudanese sit-ins, 5 killed in clashes

May. 14, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudanese protesters said Tuesday that security agents loyal to ousted President Omar al-Bashir attacked their sit-ins overnight, setting off clashes that killed five people, including an army officer, and heightened tensions as the opposition holds talks with the military. Both the...

Amnesty International: China-owned NYC building denies lease

May. 13, 2019 8:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A giant shipping conglomerate owned by the Chinese government has declined to lease space in a building it owns in lower Manhattan to the U.S. chapter of Amnesty International, an organization that's been critical of China's human rights abuses. Amnesty International U.S.A. told The New...

Saudi ship facing arms protests leaves Spanish port

May. 13, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Saudi cargo ship that Spanish arms control groups suspect is carrying European weapons for possible use in Yemen left the port of Santander on Monday and sailed for Genoa, Italy. The Bahri Yanbu left the northern Spanish port after loading two containers, Alberto Estevez, of the Control...

Pro-LGBT poster with revered icon stirs Poland

May. 7, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Rights groups and government critics in Poland protested Tuesday after police temporarily detained a human rights activist for putting up posters depicting the country's most revered Catholic icon with the LGBT rainbow on the halos of Mary and baby Jesus. Prosecutors in the central...

Rights group urges Yemen's rebels to release 10 journalists

May. 1, 2019 4:35 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A rights group is calling on Yemen's Houthi rebels to release 10 journalists detained nearly four years ago on "trumped-up" spying charges. Amnesty International says Wednesday that "these men are being punished for peacefully exercising their right to freedom of expression." It says nine...

Sri Lanka lifts social media ban imposed after Easter blasts

Apr. 30, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka on Tuesday lifted a social media ban that was imposed after the Islamic State-claimed Easter bombings, a sign of security easing even as a Cabinet minister said he and others had received intelligence that they could be targeted by the same group in possible new attacks....

Monitors: US-led coalition killed 1,600 civilians in Raqqa

Apr. 25, 2019 2:16 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition killed more than 1,600 civilians in the northern Syria city of Raqqa during months of bombardment that liberated it from the Islamic State group, hundreds more than the number the U.S.-led coalition claims over the entire four-year campaign against IS, Amnesty...