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Libya's west-based government denounces rights report

May. 13, 2022 08:08 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — One of Libya’s rival governments has said that a report by an international human rights group accusing it of abuses contains false accusations. Earlier this month, the London-based watchdog Amnesty International issued the report, which documents abuses against migrants by a...

Amnesty International: Russia must face war crimes justice

May. 06, 2022 05:57 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Amnesty International says it has documented extensive war crimes by Russian forces in communities around the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, including arbitrary executions, bombardments of residences and torture. “The pattern of crimes committed by Russian forces...

Catalan: Spain spy chief admits legally hacking some phones

May. 05, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A leading Catalan separatist politician said Thursday that Spain's top intelligence official acknowledged that her agency had hacked into the cellphones of “some” of the dozens of politicians reported to be targeted by spyware but she said it had proper judicial...

Nigeria's Senate passes bill to bar kidnap ransom payments

Apr. 28, 2022 16:08 PM EDT

ANAMBRA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian lawmakers have taken steps to bar the payment of ransoms to kidnappers at a time when thousands are in captivity, including passengers kidnapped during a train attack in late March near the nation's capital. Nigeria’s Senate has passed a bill...

Singapore executes Malaysian despite pleas he was disabled

Apr. 27, 2022 05:20 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore on Wednesday executed a Malaysian man convicted of drug smuggling after a court dismissed a last-minute challenge from his mother and international pleas to spare him on grounds he was mentally disabled. Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam, 34, had been on death...

Iran court sentences 2 students to 16-year prison terms each

Apr. 26, 2022 04:21 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A court in Iran has sentenced two students to 16-year prison terms each on charges of endangering national security, the judiciary’s spokesman said Tuesday. According to the spokesman, Zabihollah Khodaeian, the two sabotaged public facilities, tried to...

Libya's rival officials conclude election talks without deal

Apr. 19, 2022 11:11 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Rival Libyan officials wrapped up weeklong talks in the Egyptian capital without an agreement on constitutional arrangements for elections, the United Nations said Tuesday. Twelve lawmakers from Libya’s east-based parliament and 12 from the High Council of State, an...

Spyware use on separatists in Spain "extensive," group says

Apr. 18, 2022 13:23 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The phones of dozens of pro-independence supporters in Spain's northeastern Catalonia, including the regional chief and other elected officials, were hacked with controversial spyware available only to governments, a cybersecurity rights group said Monday. Citizen...

UK plan to fly asylum-seekers to Rwanda draws outrage

Apr. 14, 2022 13:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain announced a deal with Rwanda on Thursday to send some asylum-seekers thousands of miles to the East African country — a plan it said would stop people-smugglers sending desperate migrants on treacherous journeys across the English Channel. U.K. opposition...

Migrants to South Africa face threats, says Amnesty report

Apr. 13, 2022 13:00 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Migrants in South Africa are living in fear of attacks and even death, Amnesty International said Wednesday, days after a Zimbabwean man was burned to death amid renewed violence against foreigners in some poor neighborhoods of Johannesburg. Zimbabweans, who...