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Pro-China supporters holding Chinese national flags, toast during a rally to celebrate the approval of a national security law for Hong Kong, in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Hong Kong media are reporting that China has approved a contentious law that would allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong, sparking fears that it would be used to curb opposition voices in the semi-autonomous territory. A placard reads

Hong Kong security law takes aim at protester actions

Jun. 30, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — China on Tuesday approved a contentious national security law for Hong Kong that takes direct aim at some of the actions of anti-government protesters last year, in a move many see as Beijing’s boldest yet to erase the legal firewall between the semi-autonomous territory and the...

FILE - In this March 5, 2020 file photo, journalist and activist Omar Radi speaks to the media after his hearing at the Casablanca Courthouse, In Casablanca, Morocco. Amnesty International says sophisticated telephone surveillance software appears to have been used to spy on journalist-activist Omar Radi in Morocco, in a continuing crackdown on dissent in the North African kingdom. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)

Moroccan authorities deny using spyware to monitor critics

Jun. 27, 2020 7:11 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities said they “categorically reject” an Amnesty International report claiming the government used surveillance software to spy on the phone of a prominent journalist and human rights activist. In a report published this week, Amnesty said forensic...

FILE - In this March 5, 2020 file photo, journalist and activist Omar Radi speaks to the media after his hearing at the Casablanca Courthouse, In Casablanca, Morocco. Amnesty International says sophisticated telephone surveillance software appears to have been used to spy on journalist-activist Omar Radi in Morocco, in a continuing crackdown on dissent in the North African kingdom. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)

Amnesty says spyware used to monitor critics in Morocco

Jun. 22, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Amnesty International said Monday that sophisticated telephone surveillance software appears to have been used to spy on a journalist-activist in Morocco, in a continuing crackdown on dissent in the North African kingdom. The global rights watchdog said the intrusion continued despite...

Croatia jails 2 police amid migrant violence reports

Jun. 19, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia has detained two police officers suspected of hurting a migrant as the European Union country faces renewed reports of violence and pushbacks against people crossing from Bosnia or Serbia while trying to reach Western Europe. Croatian police in the past have repeatedly denied...

A health worker wearing protective gear prepares to take swab samples from people queuing in their cars to test for the coronavirus at a drive-through COVID-19 screening center at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Rights group: Egypt authorities shouldn't harass doctors

Jun. 18, 2020 6:09 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An international rights group urged Egyptian authorities Thursday to stop harassing and intimidating health care workers who have criticized the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic. In Pakistan, an increase of 5,358 cases over the last 24 hours pushed the number of...

Zimbabwe opposition activists arrested on accusations of lying that they were abducted make a court appearance at the magistrates courts in Harare, Friday, June 12, 2020.  The three opposition activists alleged that they were sexually abused by their abductors, whom they said took them from a police station in May following an anti government protest.  Despite being hospitalised at the time, prosecutors charged them with contravening lockdown regulations.(AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

3 Zimbabwean women denied bail, accused of lying about abuse

Jun. 15, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Three young female opposition activists in Zimbabwe, who charge they were tortured and sexually assaulted by state agents, were sent back to prison when a court denied them bail on new charges that they lied about their ordeal. The three women were returned to Chikurubi maximum...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020 file photo, Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter joins a meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Athens. A spokesman said late Wednesday, June 3, 2020, that forces allied with the U.N.-supported government in Libya have captured a key airport in Tripoli from rival troops attempting to take control of the capital for over a year. The fall of Tripoli International Airport came two days after the U.N. announced Libya’s warring parties agreed to resume cease-fire talks following weeks of heavy fighting. Since 2015, Libya has been divided between two governments, one in the east and one in the west. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Libya's Turkey-backed Tripoli forces take back another town

Jun. 5, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Forces allied with the U.N.-supported government in Libya’s capital said Friday they have retaken another key western town from rivals behind a year-long offensive on Tripoli. The development is yet another illustration of how Turkey’s support for the Tripoli government has...

Protesting lawyers detained in Moscow for violating lockdown

May. 31, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow police on Sunday detained demonstrators who were holding one-person pickets outside the headquarters of Russia’s main criminal investigative agency. The OVD-Info organization that monitors political arrests says at least seven people were detained and some of them were charged...

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 file photo, Ethiopian soldiers try to stop protesters in Bishoftu, during a declared state of emergency, in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. A new report by the rights group Amnesty International issued Friday, May 29, 2020 accuses Ethiopia's security forces of extrajudicial killings and mass detentions in the restive Oromia region even as the country's reformist prime minister was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. (AP Photo, File)

New report alleges killings, mass detentions in Ethiopia

May. 29, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A new report by the rights group Amnesty International accuses Ethiopia’s security forces of extrajudicial killings and mass detentions even as the country’s reformist prime minister was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The report issued Friday says security forces...

In this photo taken Monday, May 18, 2020, people use a hand-washing station installed for members of the public entering a market in Dodoma, Tanzania. As of late May 2020, the country’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases hasn’t changed for three weeks, and the international community is openly worrying that Tanzania’s government is hiding the true scale of the pandemic. (AP Photo)

Tanzania says virus defeated through prayer, but fears grow

May. 22, 2020 8:36 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — On just one day this month, 50 Tanzanian truck drivers tested positive for the coronavirus after crossing into neighboring Kenya. Back home, their president insists that Tanzania has defeated the disease through prayer. All the while, President John Magufuli has led a crackdown on...