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Ugandan pop star, a government critic, faces military court

Aug. 16, 2018 3:30 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A pop singer and prominent critic of Uganda's government was charged with unlawful possession of firearms in a military court on Thursday for his alleged role in clashes in which the longtime president's motorcade was attacked by people throwing stones. The arrest of lawmaker...

UN panel calls on Bahrain to release activist Nabeel Rajab

Aug. 16, 2018 9:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A special United Nations panel is urging Bahrain to immediately release imprisoned activist Nabeel Rajab, describing him as the victim of government-sponsored "persecution" for his political views in the island kingdom. The statement by the U.N.'s Working Group on...

Vietnam finds activist guilty of anti-government charges

Aug. 16, 2018 6:35 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in central Vietnam sentenced an activist to 20 years in prison Thursday after finding him guilty of attempting to overthrow the Communist government, his lawyer said, in a case decried by international rights groups. The court also sentenced Le Dinh Luong, 53, to five years of...

GOP's McCarthy slams California Democrats, faces heckling

Aug. 15, 2018 7:36 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy blasted his home state of California as out of touch Wednesday, criticizing leaders for increasing the gas tax and failing to get a handle on long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles. At the same time, the Republican defended the Trump...

The Latest: White House says Turkey treated pastor 'badly'

Aug. 15, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis (all times local): 11:15 p.m. The White House says "we won't forget" how Turkey has treated a detained American pastor, after a court rejected his appeal for release. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday that Andrew...

New Amnesty International leader's 1st move targets Zimbabwe

Aug. 15, 2018 11:29 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Amnesty International's new leader said Wednesday his first act is writing to Zimbabwe's next president about the disappearance of activist Itai Dzamara: "Whoever leads the new government must move to undo the injustices of the past." Kumi Naidoo, a South African-born former...

Jordanian immigrant gets death for Houston 'honor killings'

Aug. 14, 2018 6:36 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Jordanian immigrant was sentenced to death on Tuesday after being convicted in what Texas prosecutors described as the honor killings of his daughter's American husband and her friend who was an Iranian women's rights activist. Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan was found guilty of capital murder last...

In Haiti, slight progress for LGBT rights is seen as victory

Aug. 14, 2018 12:29 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Yaisah Val recently came out publicly as a transgender woman on YouTube, a potentially risky move in a country like Haiti where LGBT residents face pervasive hostility in most spheres of public life. Two proposed anti-LGBT laws are pending in Parliament. The major churches are...

Activist compares Beijing's rule in Hong Kong to colonialism

Aug. 14, 2018 5:55 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong pro-independence activist decried Beijing's rule over the city as modern-day colonialism in a speech Tuesday to a foreign journalists' association that defied the Chinese government's demand that the event be canceled. The Chinese government swiftly criticized the talk, saying...

Jury deliberates on life or death for Jordanian immigrant

Aug. 13, 2018 10:48 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A jury in Texas has begun deliberating whether a Jordanian immigrant convicted in what prosecutors describe as two "honor killings" will receive a death sentence or life in prison without parole. The Harris County jury began deliberations Monday in the penalty phase of Ali Mahwood-Awad...