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Rights group denounces 'unfree and unfair' Egyptian vote

Apr. 24, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The referendum approved by Egyptian voters that allows President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to extend his rule to 2030 was held in an "unfair and unfree" environment and has "no pretense to legitimacy," an international rights group said. Human Rights Watch said the three-day vote on a set of...

Myanmar court rejects appeal of jailed Reuters reporters

Apr. 23, 2019 6:53 AM EDT

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the final appeal of two Reuters journalists and upheld seven-year prison sentences for their reporting on the military's brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo earlier this month shared with their colleagues the...

Myanmar Supreme Court to rule on appeal of Reuters reporters

Apr. 22, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's Supreme Court is to rule Tuesday on the appeal of two Reuters journalists who were sentenced to seven years in prison for their reporting on the military's brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo and their colleagues were awarded the Pulitzer Prize...

Rights group: Rebel land mines in Yemen hinder aid efforts

Apr. 22, 2019 5:23 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says the widespread use of land mines by Yemen's Houthi rebels not only kill civilians but block aid to the most needy, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis. Human Rights Watch says in a new report Monday that at least 140 people, including children, have been...

Egyptians vote on changes that would extend el-Sissi's rule

Apr. 20, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians cast their ballots Saturday on the first of three days of voting on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030 and broaden the military's role. Critics have blasted the proposed changes as another major step toward an...

Woman's brutal killing in Bangladesh triggers protests

Apr. 19, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Dozens of protesters took to the streets in Bangladesh's capital to demand justice for an 18-year-old woman who died after being set on fire for refusing to drop sexual harassment charges against her Islamic school's principal. Nusrat Jahan Rafi told her family she was lured to the...

Saudi runaway sisters plead for help on social media

Apr. 17, 2019 2:01 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two Saudi sisters appealed for help Wednesday from the former Soviet republic of Georgia after fleeing their country, in the latest case of runaways from the ultra-conservative kingdom using social media to seek asylum. Using a newly created Twitter account called...

Israel court orders expulsion of Human Rights Watch director

Apr. 16, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court on Tuesday upheld a deportation order against Human Rights Watch's local director and gave him two weeks to leave the country. The Jerusalem District Court rejected an appeal by Omar Shakir to remain in the country, saying that his activities against Israel's West Bank...

Sudan army removes leader, rejects al-Bashir extradition

Apr. 12, 2019 11:43 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Sudanese military on Friday swiftly replaced the country's transitional leader linked to the Darfur genocide after street rallies against him and said that it wouldn't hand over ousted President Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court, where he faces charges of crimes against...

Judges reject Afghanistan probe; cite lack of cooperation

Apr. 12, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a decision decried as "deeply flawed" and a "devastating blow for victims," International Criminal Court judges on Friday rejected a request by the court's prosecutor to open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan and alleged crimes by U.S. forces...