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Yasmin Ullah, a member of the Rohingya community, is all smiles as she walks out of the International Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, after the court ordered Myanmar take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingya. The United Nations' top cour issued a decision on a request by Gambia. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Rohingya hail UN ruling ordering Myanmar to prevent genocide

Jan. 23, 2020 6:38 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a sweeping legal victory for members of the Rohingya Muslim minority, the United Nations' top court on Thursday ordered Myanmar take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingya people. The court's president, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, said the...

Amtrak ends policy resulting in $25,000 bill for activists

Jan. 22, 2020 9:33 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Amtrak announced Wednesday the suspension of a pricing policy that resulted in a $25,000 travel bill for a group of wheelchair-bound activists heading to Bloomington-Normal, Illinois from Chicago for a conference and rally on disability rights. The passenger rail agency told Chicago-based...

ACLU demands answers on censored Women’s March photo

Jan. 22, 2020 9:16 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is demanding answers from the National Archives in the wake of a scandal over politically motivated edits to a photo of the 2017 Women's March. The rights group filed a Freedom of Information Act request Wednesday demanding all correspondence relating...

Anti-government protesters throw stones at the riot police during ongoing protests in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.  Lebanon's new government has held its first meeting a day after it was formed following a three-month political vacuum. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanese Cabinet faces multiple challenges, growing unrest

Jan. 22, 2020 6:56 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's new government made up of appointees nominated by the Shiite group Hezbollah and its allies got down to business Wednesday, a day after it was formed. Questions arose immediately about its ability to halt spiraling violence and economic and financial collapse. As the government...

Indonesia detains American journalist over visa regulations

Jan. 22, 2020 8:14 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An American journalist is facing up to five years in an Indonesian jail and a fine on charges of violating immigration regulations, a lawyer and officials said Wednesday. Philip Jacobson of California was detained Tuesday in Palangkaraya city on Borneo island. He is accused of...

South Korean army Sergeant Byun Hui-su speaks during a press conference at the Center for Military Human Right Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. South Korea's military decided Wednesday to discharge Byun who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, a ruling expected to draw strong criticism from human rights groups.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

S. Korean military decides to discharge transgender soldier

Jan. 22, 2020 6:10 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's first known transgender soldier pleaded to be allowed to continue serving after the military decided Wednesday to discharge her for undergoing gender reassignment surgery. It was the first time in South Korea that an active-duty member has been referred to a military...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2011 file photo a Monarch butterfly sits on a tree trunk at the Sierra Chincua Sanctuary in the mountains of Mexico's Michoacan state. On Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, prosecutors in western Mexico have called in 53 local police officers for questioning in the Jan. 14 disappearance of a long-time promoter and protector of the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

Mexico questions police over disappeared butterfly activist

Jan. 21, 2020 7:04 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in western Mexico have called in 53 local police for questioning in the Jan. 14 disappearance of a long-time promoter and protector of the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly. The police in the Michaocan towns of Angangueo and Ocampo were called in late Monday after...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, House speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, flashes a thumbs up at a Democratic colleague prior to the start of the first session of the new year at the State House House in Augusta, Maine. Planned Parenthood announced Tuesday that it is endorsing Gideon, a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose abortion.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Planned Parenthood endorses challenger to Sen. Susan Collins

Jan. 21, 2020 5:48 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Planned Parenthood on Tuesday endorsed a Democratic challenger to Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, saying Collins “turned her back” on women and citing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court as well as other judicial nominees who oppose...

Gun-rights supporters pack the hill on Capitol Square as speakers talk in Richmond, Va., Monday Jan. 20, 2020. Gun-rights activists and other groups are descending on Virginia’s capital city of Richmond to protest plans by the state's Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation.(Rob Ostermaier/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

West Virginia invites NRA as Virginia plans for gun-control

Jan. 21, 2020 5:13 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia senator is inviting the National Rifle Association to move to his state as lawmakers pursue gun-control measures in neighboring Virginia, where the group now has its headquarters. The invitation came in a Monday letter from Republican Sen. Randy Smith to NRA...

Supporters of gun laws hold us photos of gun violence victims during the meeting of the Senate Judiciary committee at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. The Committee passed several gun related bills. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia Senate advances 'red flag' gun law, despite rally

Jan. 21, 2020 4:26 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The day after a massive gathering of gun-rights activists at the Virginia Capitol, the state Senate on Tuesday advanced legislation that would allow authorities to take guns away from people deemed dangerous to themselves or others. The Democratic-led Senate gave preliminary approval...