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A statue of soldier carries balance, symbol of justice, is seen outside the military court in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. A year after anti-government protests roiled Lebanon, dozens of protesters are being tried before military courts that human rights lawyers say grossly violate due process and fail to investigate allegations of torture and abuse. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

In Lebanon, army courts target anti-government protesters

Nov. 22, 2020 2:31 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Khaldoun Jaber was taking part in an anti-government protest near the presidential palace outside Beirut last November when several Lebanese intelligence officers in plainclothes approached and forcibly took him away. The demonstration was part of a wave of protests sweeping Lebanon against...

FILE - In this May 30, 2020, file photo, protesters gather in Minneapolis. Almost six months after the death of George Floyd, criminal justice reform advocates are cheering multiple victories in the 2020 election. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Criminal justice reformers cheer multiple election victories

Nov. 21, 2020 10:06 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Almost six months after the death of George Floyd, criminal justice reform advocates are cheering the election of a handful of progressive prosecutors, the passage of ballot initiatives designed to ease mass incarceration and the decriminalization of drugs in several states. Voters also...

Hashim Thaci who resigned as Kosovo's president to face charges including murder, torture and persecution, and his attorney David Hooper, left, make their first courtroom appearance before a judge at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers court in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. An international prosecutor has indicted Thaci on 10 charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes for his leadership of fighters with the Kosovo Liberation Army who are accused of illegally imprisoning, abusing and murdering captured opponents and perceived traitors during the war. (Jerry Lampen via AP Photo, Pool)

Lawyers for Kosovo suspects: Trial can't start before 2022

Nov. 18, 2020 7:45 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Defense lawyers for former leaders of Kosovo guerrillas, including ex-president Hashim Thaci, said Wednesday that their trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity cannot begin before the summer of 2022 at the earliest. The comments came at a procedural hearing...

FILE- A protester holds a placard depicting Palestinian Maher al-Akhras, 49, who has been on a hunger strike after he was arrested and placed into administrative detention by Israel in late July, outside of a prison in Ramla, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Al-Akhras, a Palestinian prisoner held by Israel has agreed to end a hunger strike that has lasted over 100 days, his family and a prisoner rights' advocate said Friday,  Nov. 6 claiming he had received assurances from Israeli authorities that his open-ended detention will not be extended beyond the end of the month. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Palestinian in Israel prison ends 100-plus day hunger strike

Nov. 6, 2020 3:10 PM EST

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian prisoner held by Israel has agreed to end more than 100 days of hunger strike, his family and a prisoner rights’ advocate said Friday, claiming he had received assurances from Israeli authorities that his open-ended detention wouldn't be extended beyond the...

FILE - In this March 30, 2019, file photo, Alexanda Amon Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh, who were allegedly among four British jihadis who made up a brutal Islamic State cell dubbed

US charges British IS members in deaths of American hostages

Oct. 7, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Islamic State militants from Britain were brought to the United States on Wednesday to face charges in a gruesome campaign of torture, beheadings and other acts of violence against four Americans and others captured and held hostage in Syria. El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey are...

Group: Egypt police arbitrarily arrest, torture LGBT people

Oct. 1, 2020 5:58 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent human rights group Thursday accused Egyptian police of arbitrarily arresting and torturing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and urged authorities to end prosecutions for adult, consensual sexual relations. Security forces routinely make random arrests of people based...

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2005 file photo, Mexican Army soldiers inspect the surrounding the top-security Puente Grande prison, on the outskirts Guadalajara City, Mexico. The Mexican government announced Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, that it will close the Puente Grande federal prison made famous by the 2001 escape of convicted drug lord Joaquin

Mexico to close prison famous for drug lord escape

Sep. 29, 2020 3:52 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico announced Monday it will close the “Puente Grande” federal prison made famous by the 2001 escape of convicted drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The prison was known for such lax standards that it earned the nickname “Puerta Grande,” or...