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Kyrgyz policemen detain an activist of the Femen women's rights movement at Victory Square during celebration of the International Women's Day in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Sunday, March 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Vladimir Voronin)

Scores detained at women's rally in Kyrgyzstan

Mar. 8, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Police in the capital of Kyrgyzstan have detained about 60 people after an unauthorized rally to mark International Women's Day was broken up by a group of men. The disorder took place Sunday at a main square in Bishkek. Demonstrators gathered for a rally to express support for women's and...

Spain searches for migrants on boats near Canary Islands

Feb. 18, 2020 7:58 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain was searching for possibly dozens of migrants missing on three boats en route to the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, Spain's maritime rescue service said Tuesday. A Civil Guard airplane was searching for the boats near the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, off the...

UN chief: 250 million children in conflict-affected nations

Feb. 12, 2020 10:37 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Some 250 million children live in countries affected by conflict, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday. And he said 2018 saw more than 12,000 children killed or injured as a result of those conflicts, the highest number since 1996. Speaking...

This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Joseph Henn, a former Catholic priest charged in Arizona with molestation of a child. A lawsuit filed Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix alleged that Henn had sexually abused a girl at a parish in Phoenix about 40 years ago. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Arizona church sued over decades-old abuse allegations

Feb. 12, 2020 10:18 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Two children were sexually abused by Catholic priests about 40 years ago in an Arizona parish and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix covered up the problem, according to newly filed lawsuits. Both lawsuits were brought Monday under a 2019 state law that extends the right of people who say...

Myon Burrell, convicted in the murder of Tyesha Edwards, an 11-year-old girl pierced in the heart by a stray bullet in 2002 while doing homework at her family's dining room table, is interviewed at the Stillwater Correctional Facility, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Stillwater, Minn. Burrell, convicted with no gun, fingerprints or hard evidence implicating him, has drawn a growing number of legal experts, community leaders and civil rights activists who are worried that the black teenager may have been wrongly convicted. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

ACLU criticizes conviction of black Minnesota teen

Feb. 7, 2020 5:11 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota called Friday for an investigation into the conviction of a black teenager who is serving life in prison, after The Associated Press uncovered serious flaws and inconsistencies in the police probe. Myon Burrell was found guilty in the 2002...

Russia repatriates 26 children from Syrian refugee camp

Feb. 7, 2020 6:16 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has repatriated 26 Russian children from Syria and plans to take dozens more home in the future, a Kremlin official said Friday. Presidential children's rights ombudswoman Anna Kuznetsova visited Syria to organize the effort and met with Syrian President Bashar Assad's wife, Asma, in...

Rights group says criminals terrorizing miners in Venezuela

Feb. 4, 2020 3:24 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Criminal groups that run gold mines in the south of Venezuela have mutilated miners accused of stealing, extorted business owners and forced young children to work without security equipment as they tighten their grip on a region that is rich in minerals, Human Rights Watch said in...