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Rights groups call on Egypt authorities to free journalist

Oct. 15, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Committee to Protect Journalists and Amnesty International are calling for the Egyptian government to release a journalist who they say has been detained by security officials, and investigate allegations that she has been beaten and tortured in custody. The groups said Esraa Abdel...

Egypt activist claims she was tortured, beaten after arrest

Oct. 14, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian pro-democracy activist claims she was tortured and beaten after being arrested amid a sweeping government crackdown, a leading rights group said Monday. Amnesty International said Esraa Abdel-Fattah was brought before prosecutors late Sunday following her arrest by plainclothes...

4 dead as Guineans protest president's bid to extend power

Oct. 14, 2019 2:32 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — At least four people have been killed in Guinea's capital after police fired tear gas and bullets Monday to disperse thousands of opposition supporters, civil society groups and trade unionists gathering in Conakry and across the country to protest the president's bid to extend his...

The Latest: UN council to say well done in person to Ahmed

Oct. 11, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Latest on the Nobel Prizes (all times local): 12:40 p.m. The president of the U.N. Security Council says its 15 members will be delivering a message in person in 10 days to Nobel peace laureate Abiy Ahmed: "Well done! You made us proud." South Africa's U.N. Ambassador Jerry Matjila,...

Ethiopia's reformist PM Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel peace prize

Oct. 11, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to a dynamic young African leader whose sweeping reforms and surprising embrace of a bitter rival have been praised as an inspiration to the continent and a hopeful counterpoint to strongman movements far beyond it. Now the task for...

Amnesty International urges Malaysia to end death penalty

Oct. 10, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Amnesty International urged Malaysia's government on Thursday to keep its promise to abolish the death penalty, saying unfair trials and the use of harsh treatment to obtain confessions put people at risk of execution. The rights group released details of nearly two years of...

Several EU countries refuse to back migrant boat plan

Oct. 8, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — A large majority of European Union member countries have refused to back a plan to quickly get migrants off boats in the Mediterranean Sea and distribute them among willing EU partners. At a meeting of EU interior ministers, only Ireland, Luxembourg and Portugal offered to take part in the...

Report says South Sudan fails to provide war victims justice

Oct. 7, 2019 5:49 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan's government is failing to provide justice for victims of atrocities committed during the country's five-year civil war, Amnesty International asserted in a new report Monday. A lack of political will to hold warring parties accountable for crimes including rape and...

Trump administration proposes historically low refugee limit

Sep. 26, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration wants to cap the number of refugees admitted into the United States to the lowest number since the resettlement program was created in 1980. A State Department proposal released Thursday would put a cap on the number of refugees at 18,000 for the fiscal year that...

3 associated with US-based Iran activist reportedly detained

Sep. 25, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rights groups say people associated with a U.S.-based Iranian activist who advocates against the Islamic Republic's mandatory hijab for women have been detained. Amnesty International and the Center for Human Rights in Iran said Wednesday that the arrests targeted people...