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Human rights groups highlight rise in Greek minority attacks

Apr. 18, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A report by human rights groups says the number of violent attacks on minorities in Greece increased in 2018, and the authors are expressing concern that divisive campaign rhetoric ahead of European and national elections this year could lead to a further rise. The Racist Violence...

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Apr. 11, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The latest on developments in Sudan (all times local): 1:20 a.m. Friday The U.S. State Department has ordered all non-essential U.S. government workers to leave Sudan, following the Sudanese military's ouster of President Omar al-Bashir after months of escalating public protests against his...

South Korean court orders easing of decades-old abortion ban

Apr. 11, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a major reversal, South Korea's Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the easing of the country's decades-old ban on most abortions, one of the strictest in the developed world. Abortions have been largely illegal in South Korea since 1953, though convictions for violating...

Amnesty: Detained Emirati activist on hunger strike

Apr. 10, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Amnesty International says a prominent activist in the United Arab Emirates has been on hunger strike for over three weeks to protest his prison conditions and conviction. Ahmed Mansoor is serving a 10-year prison sentence for criticizing the government in social media...

Hong Kong protest organizers free on bail before sentencing

Apr. 10, 2019 6:49 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court extended bail Wednesday for nine leaders of 2014 pro-democracy demonstrations who are awaiting sentencing after being convicted of public nuisance offenses. The guilty verdicts handed down Tuesday against the nine were condemned by rights activists as a likely sign of...

Sudanese activists: 14 more killed in clashes with police

Apr. 9, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese security forces tried again to break up an anti-government sit-in outside military headquarters in the capital, Khartoum, killing at least 14 people Tuesday, activists behind the demonstration said. The deaths brought the total number of fatalities in the sit-in since the weekend to...

US military review reveals civilian deaths in Somalia strike

Apr. 5, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just weeks after insisting that American airstrikes in Somalia had killed no civilians, U.S. Africa Command said Friday that new information reveals that a woman and a child died last April when a U.S. strike targeted al-Shabab militants. The revelation comes on the heels of a report by...

Sri Lanka urged to halt death penalty plan

Apr. 3, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Amnesty International urged Sri Lanka Wednesday to halt plans to resume executions after more than four decades, saying capital punishment will not end drug-related crimes. The statement by the rights group came two days after Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena announced...

Rescued migrants hijack ship, demand it head toward Europe

Mar. 28, 2019 12:10 AM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Migrants hijacked a cargo ship that rescued them in the Mediterranean Sea and forced the crew to put the Libya-bound vessel on a course north toward Europe, authorities in two European countries said. Italy's interior minister, Matteo Salvini, identified the ship as the Turkish oil...

Amnesty slams Brunei's new 'vicious' Islamic criminal laws

Mar. 27, 2019 3:45 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Amnesty International on Wednesday slammed plans by Brunei to implement what the rights group called "vicious" Islamic criminal laws such as stoning to death for gay sex and amputation for theft. Amnesty said in a statement that the new penalties, which also apply to children,...