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Iraq officials: 4 protesters killed in Baghdad clashes

Nov. 14, 2019 3:02 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Clashes between Iraqi protesters and security forces in central Baghdad killed four people and wounded 62 on Thursday, Iraqi medical and security officials said, as authorities continued to clamp down on the anti-government demonstrations. According to the officials, the casualties occurred...

Human Rights Watch says Croatia should not join Schengen

Nov. 8, 2019 1:31 PM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia should not be allowed into Europe's border-free travel zone because of its treatment of migrants crossing into the country from neighboring Bosnia and Serbia, a leading international human rights body said Friday. In a report, Human Rights Watch criticized the European...

Cambodian rival stopped from going home to challenge Hun Sen

Nov. 7, 2019 7:52 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Cambodia's most prominent opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, was stopped from boarding a flight in Paris on Thursday in his attempt to return home to challenge his country's longtime autocratic leader, but he assured his followers he will go ahead with his plan. He and fellow leaders of the banned...

Colombia defense minister quits amid firestorm over deaths

Nov. 6, 2019 10:31 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's defense minister resigned Wednesday after coming under fire for failing to disclose the deaths of several minors in a military operation against dissidents belonging to the nation's once largest guerrilla. Guillermo Botero submitted a resignation letter to President...

Israeli high court greenlights rights activist's expulsion

Nov. 5, 2019 1:29 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for the expulsion of the local director of Human Rights Watch, rejecting an appeal against a lower court's decision and sparking fierce criticism by rights groups that the ruling would harm freedom of expression and their work in the...

Report says CIA-trained Afghan forces behind war atrocities

Oct. 31, 2019 7:06 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Heavily armed men burst into the home in the middle of night, hustling four brothers into separate rooms, their hands bound. Afghan special forces then shot them in the head and heart. The operation, the CIA-trained Afghan unit said, targeted Islamic State militants in a remote region of...

Rights groups criticize Tanzania's leader over repression

Oct. 28, 2019 4:27 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Four years of Tanzanian President John Magufuli's rule have stifled independent journalism and severely restricted the activities of non-governmental organizations, two international human rights groups said Monday. With one year to go before the next elections, repressive laws have...

4 Burundi reporters charged with undermining state security

Oct. 26, 2019 3:45 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Four journalists in Burundi and their driver were charged Saturday with undermining state security, according to their newspaper and Human Rights Watch. The journalists for Iwacu, one of the few remaining private media organizations in the East African nation, were arrested earlier this...

Medical workers released in Libya after 2-week abduction

Oct. 24, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Six medical workers were released in Libya after being abducted and held hostage for nearly two weeks by unknown armed men, a leading human rights group said Thursday. Human Rights Watch's statement said the four physicians, a nurse and an anesthetic technician were released the previous day....

Extremist attacks intensify at Mali, Burkina Faso border

Oct. 23, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Assaya Ngweba says Islamic extremists transformed his once-peaceful village in Burkina Faso, near the border with Mali, into "a place of misfortune and death." Now the 78-year-old is among half a million people who have fled the area this year as the extremists linked to al-Qaida and...