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CORRECTING COUNTRY IN CAPTION TO BELARUS - People with old Belarusian National flag gather in a street protesting the election results in Minsk, Belarus, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The demonstrators are contesting the official count showing President Alexander Lukashenko winning a sixth term with 80% of Sunday's vote, with crowds taking to the streets every night since to demand a recount. (AP Photo)

Thousands in Belarus decry president's reelection as rigged

Aug. 12, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Thousands of protesters rallied in Belarus’ capital and other cities for a fourth straight night Wednesday, decrying an election they say was rigged to extend the 26-year rule of the country's authoritarian leader and the crackdown on subsequent demonstrations. In several parts...

Outcry in Somalia as new bill would allow child marriage

Aug. 12, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An outcry is rising in Somalia as parliament considers a bill that would allow child marriage once a girl’s sexual organs mature and would allow forced marriage as long as the family gives their consent. The bill is a dramatic reworking of years of efforts by civil society to...

UN report: North Korean officials abused repatriated women

Jul. 28, 2020 4:46 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights office reported Tuesday that scores of North Korean women who had traveled abroad in a desperate search for work were abused by security officials and police through beatings, detention in unsanitary conditions, undernourishment and invasive body searches after being...

Mother of UN rights chief Bachelet dies in Chile

Jul. 2, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The mother — and once fellow inmate — of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, now the U.N.'s human rights chief, died Thursday in Chile at age 93, the country's Air Force announced. Ángela Jeria Gómez was imprisoned along with Bachelet by the military...

FILE - This Feb. 18, 2020 file photo, shows a view of the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Efraim on the hills of the Jordan Valley. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to annex the valley and all of Israel's far-flung West Bank settlements, in line with President Donald Trump's Middle East plan, which overwhelmingly favors Israel and has been rejected by the Palestinians. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

Israeli leaders at odds over West Bank annexation plan

Jun. 29, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's top two leaders appeared to feud Monday about the timing of the country's planned annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, complicating the task of American officials who were in Jerusalem trying to finalize a plan. The comments by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his...

UN rights chief urges Mali to probe abuse by security forces

Jun. 26, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief said Friday that 580 civilians have been killed in central Mali this year amid worsening inter-communal violence, faulting security forces for rights violations and saying radical groups like the regional wings of al-Qaida and Islamic State are fanning and...

Italy, Germany, US seek Libya cease-fire after Egypt threat

Jun. 23, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy, Germany and the United States pushed Monday for a cease-fire and de-escalation of tensions in Libya following a warning by Egypt that it would intervene militarily if Turkish-backed forces attack the strategic city of Sirte. Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and his German...

Delegates are seen prior to the vote at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, June 19, 2020. The U.N.’s top human rights body has voted unanimously to commission a U.N. report on systemic racism and discrimination against blacks. (Fabrice Coffrini/Pool Photo via AP)

UN rights body to report on racism after Floyd killing

Jun. 19, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s top human rights body agreed unanimously Friday to commission a U.N. report on systemic racism and discrimination against black people while stopping short of ordering a more intensive investigation singling out the United States after the death of George Floyd sparked...

This undated photo posted on Twitter on June 18, 2020 by Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, shows CITGO oil executives  Jose Angel Pereira, from left to right, Gustavo Cardenas, Jorge Toledo, Jose Luis Zambrano, Tomeu Vadell and Alirio Jose Zambrano, standing outside the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service, in Caracas, Venezuela. The men have been jailed for over two years since officials under Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro asked them to travel from the Houston-based CITGO headquarters for a meeting, when they were arrested. (Posted on Twitter by Jorge Arreaza/Venezuela's Foreign Ministry via AP)

Video shows 6 American oil executives jailed in Venezuela

Jun. 18, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela has released a video showing six American oil executives jailed in Caracas as relatives appealed for international help in securing their release over fears about the men's health amid the coronavirus pandemic. The men have been jailed for over two years since officials...