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European rights group: Moldova must stop violence in prisons

Dec. 13, 2018 11:04 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Europe's top human rights body on Thursday urged Moldova to stop "intimidation and violence" against prisoners allegedly carried out by other detainees with the tacit agreement of prison management. In the 21-page report, the Council of Europe's anti-torture committee urged the...

Artificial intelligence's rise exposes gaping gender gap

Dec. 13, 2018 10:46 AM EST

The challenges of making the technology industry a more welcoming place for women are numerous, especially in the booming field of artificial intelligence. To get a sense of just how monumental a task the tech community faces, look no further than the marquee gathering for AI's top scientists. Preparations for...

EU parliament urges Egypt to lift human rights constraints

Dec. 13, 2018 10:41 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The EU's lawmaking body has condemned Egyptian authorities for human rights abuses and is urging them to lift restrictions on free speech and assembly, halt mass trials and stop sentencing minors to death, and release political prisoners. In a resolution passed by a vote on Thursday, the...

Judge tosses suit by Maine GOP congressman who lost election

Dec. 13, 2018 10:40 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A federal judge rejected a lawsuit Thursday by a Republican incumbent from Maine who lost the nation's first congressional election held under a candidate-ranking system. Democrat Jared Golden defeated Bruce Poliquin in the November contest, which allowed voters to rank up to four...

Woman accused of being Russian agent expected to change plea

Dec. 13, 2018 10:02 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government was expected to plead guilty Thursday, days after prosecutors signaled they had reached a deal. Maria Butina, 30, was to appear before a federal judge, who must sign off on any plea arrangement. The gun rights activist,...

Veteran investigative journalist Ron Nixon joins AP

Dec. 13, 2018 9:58 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Nixon, an acclaimed reporter, editor and data journalist, will join The Associated Press as its international investigations editor, based in Washington. Nixon, currently homeland security correspondent for The New York Times, will manage a team of reporters based in London, Cairo, New...

Syrian Kurdish force: Turkey attack would impact war on IS

Dec. 13, 2018 8:32 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The main Syrian Kurdish-led militia warned on Thursday that threats by Turkey's president to launch a new military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria will negatively impact their fight against the Islamic State group. Nuri Mehud, spokesman of the Syrian Democratic Forces,...

Russian parliament runs rap song contest amid crackdown

Dec. 13, 2018 8:14 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian parliament on Thursday announced a rap song competition amid a crackdown on contemporary music that evoked Soviet-era censorship of the arts. A dozen rappers have had their shows cancelled recently after warnings from officials who claim that their music promotes the wrong values....

Cambodian lawmakers pass measure to ease political ban

Dec. 13, 2018 7:09 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's Parliament passed legislation Thursday that could allow the lifting of a five-year ban on political activity by some top opposition politicians. The action is the latest in a low-key charm offensive to improve relations with Western nations that accuse Prime Minister...

Barack Obama receives RFK Human Rights award at NYC gala

Dec. 13, 2018 5:25 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Barack Obama was honored with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award at a gala in midtown Manhattan Wednesday evening. "I'm not sure if you've heard, but I've been on this hope kick for a while now. Even ran a couple of campaigns on it. Thank you for...