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Policemen and paramilitary soldiers patrol a road during curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Authorities clamped a curfew in many parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday, a day ahead of the first anniversary of India’s controversial decision to revoke the disputed region’s semi-autonomy. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, a civil administrator, said the security lockdown was clamped in the region’s main city of Srinagar in view of information about protests planned by anti-India groups to mark Aug. 5 as “black day.

Curfew in parts of Kashmir ahead of revocation anniversary

Aug. 4, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities imposed a curfew in many parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday, a day ahead of the first anniversary of India’s decision to revoke the disputed region’s semi-autonomy. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, a civil administrator, said the security lockdown was...

This satellite image provided by Manar Technologies taken June 14, 2020, shows the FSO Safer tanker moored off Ras Issa port, in Yemen. Houthi rebels are blocking the United Nations from inspecting an abandoned oil tanker moored off the coast of Yemen loaded with more than one million barrels of crude oil. UN officials and experts fear the tanker could explode or leak, causing massive environmental damage to Red Sea marine life. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Group: Yemen rebels should be sanctioned over moored tanker

Jul. 27, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading international rights group on Monday urged the U.N. Security Council to impose additional sanctions on Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels unless they provide U.N. experts access to an oil tanker moored off the coast of Yemen and in danger of leaking. The FSO Safer is loaded...

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2015 file photo, a Muslim Brotherhood member waves his hand from a defendants cage in a courtroom in Torah prison, southern Cairo, Egypt. A leading human rights group says the coronavirus has struck several Egyptian prisons and killed several detainees, as authorities seek to stifle news of the virus’s spread behind bars. Human Rights Watch, released an extensive report Monday, July 20, 2020 documenting multiple cases of detainees who died after experiencing virus symptoms without being tested or receiving adequate medical treatment. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Watchdog: Virus stalks Egypt's prisons amid news blackout

Jul. 20, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The coronavirus has infected people inside several Egyptian prisons and killed at least 14 detainees, as authorities seek to stifle news of the spread of the virus behind bars, a leading human rights watchdog said Monday. Human Rights Watch released a report based on letters smuggled from...

Soldiers in protective gear amid the new coronavirus pandemic patrol the streets of Usme, an area with a high number of COVID-19 cases in Bogota, Colombia, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. COVID-19 cases have been steadily increasing in Colombia, as the nation also grapples with massive coca production, drug trafficking, and the killing of social leaders and former guerrillas in the aftermath of Colombia’s historic 2016 peace accord. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Colombia: Illegal groups using violence to enforce lockdowns

Jul. 15, 2020 10:00 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Illegal armed groups are imposing strict COVID-19 quarantines in parts of Colombia where the state has a weak presence, threatening and even killing those who don’t comply, Human Rights Watch warned Wednesday. At least nine people have been assassinated in recent months for...

Employees and supporters of ABS-CBN raise their clenched fist as they sing outside their headquarters in Quezon City, Philippines Friday July 10, 2020. Philippine lawmakers voted Friday to reject the license renewal of the country's largest TV network ABS-CBN, shutting down a major news provider that had been repeatedly threatened by the president over its critical coverage. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Lawmakers vote to shut down Philippines' largest TV network

Jul. 10, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine lawmakers voted Friday to reject the license renewal of the country’s largest TV network, shutting down a major news provider that had been repeatedly threatened by the president over its critical coverage. The House of Representatives’ Committee on...

Rights group says 180 dead found in Burkina Faso mass graves

Jul. 8, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — At least 180 bodies were found in mass graves in northern Burkina Faso with evidence suggesting the government army was involved in large-scale executions turning the area into a “killing field,” Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday. The bodies of men were...

Over 80 killed in Ethiopia unrest after singer shot dead

Jul. 2, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — More than 80 people have been killed in unrest in Ethiopia after a popular singer was shot dead this week, the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation says. Hachalu Hundessa was buried Thursday amid tight security. He had been a prominent voice in anti-government protests...

Report: Detainees at high virus risk in crowded Yemen jail

Jul. 2, 2020 7:18 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A leading rights group Thursday accused secessionist Yemeni authorities of holding detainees at an overcrowded detention center in the country's south, exposing them to “serious health risks” amid the coronavirus pandemic. Human Rights Watch said detainees at Aden's informal...

Outrage in Colombia over alleged soldier abuse of Indigenous

Jul. 1, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Accusations that a group of soldiers sexually assaulted two young Indigenous girls in rural Colombia have sparked protests outside army bases and rekindled fears about the military’s human rights record, especially in parts of the country still recovering from decades of...

Burundi's President Evariste Ndayishimiye, left, and his wife Angeline Ndayubaha, right, attend his inauguration in Gitega, Burundi, Thursday, June 18, 2020. President Evariste Ndayishimiye took power two months early after the abrupt death of his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza. (AP Photo/Berthier Mugiraneza)

New Burundi leader hints he'll take COVID-19 more seriously

Jul. 1, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi’s new president has signaled that his government will take the coronavirus pandemic more seriously than his dead predecessor, calling the virus the country’s “worst enemy” and announcing new screenings. President Evariste Ndayishimiye on Tuesday...