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UN: Most Sudan rebels and neighbors back Darfur peace hope

Jan. 20, 2020 8:36 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say most rebel groups and all of Sudan’s neighbors except Libya support the peace process in Darfur but local security incidents in that troubled western region have increased, ranging from rapes to clashes between farmers and herders. The panel's report to the...

In this Jan. 14, 2020 photo, tears well up in Ana Lucia Salazar's eyes as she tells her story of abuse, during an interview in Mexico City. Salazar says that she was sexually abused by a Legion of Christ priest when she was eight. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

10 years after Vatican reform, Legion in new abuse crisis

Jan. 20, 2020 3:57 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The administrator of the elite Catholic school in Cancun, Mexico, used to take the girls out of class and send them to the chapel, where the priest from the Legion of Christ religious order would sexually abuse them. “As some were reading the Bible, he would rape the others in...

Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courthouse after a second day of jury selection for his trial on rape and sexual assault charges, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

#MeToo prosecutors deploy experts early to thwart defense

Jan. 20, 2020 9:23 AM EST

When his trial opens in the coming days, Harvey Weinstein’s defense team is expected to go on the offensive against the women who have accused him of rape and sexual assault, in part by questioning if they acted like victims afterward. New York City prosecutors intend to counter with a strategy...

Russian group reports 8 arrests at Moscow human rights march

Jan. 19, 2020 9:38 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian group that monitors political repressions said eight people were detained by police Sunday at a march in Moscow commemorating a human rights lawyer and a journalist who were fatally shot 11 years ago. There was no immediate information from the OVD-Info group about charges against...

FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. Federal prosecutors said Thursday Jan. 9, 2020, that jailhouse video no longer exists of the area around Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell on a day he survived an apparent suicide attempt.  (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

Documentary 'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein' to air on Lifetime

Jan. 18, 2020 2:04 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — An investigative documentary about Jeffrey Epstein and how the millionaire sex offender avoided scrutiny is coming to Lifetime. The four-hour film, “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein,” will air this summer, the cable channel said Saturday. Epstein, 66, killed himself in his...

Man convicted of raping girl sentenced to life in prison

Jan. 18, 2020 8:11 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Mill City man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole following his second rape conviction. The sentence Thursday came more than 20 years after he was first convicted of raping a minor, the Statesman Journal reported. A Marion County jury earlier this...

Ex-USA Gymnastics trainer has sexual assault count dropped

Jan. 17, 2020 7:27 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas prosecutors on Friday dropped a sexual assault charge against a former trainer who worked alongside imprisoned ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar at the famed Karolyi gymnastics ranch. Debra Van Horn, 64, was charged in Walker County, Texas, in June 2018 with a count of...

Fired officer arrested, accused of accessing rape database

Jan. 17, 2020 5:48 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina police officer who had been fired for harassing rape victims continued to access a police database to obtain information about the women, authorities said. Paul George Matrafailo, 34, was arrested Monday and charged with illegally accessing government computers,...

Ex-youth center counselor's lawyer sees greed behind charges

Jan. 17, 2020 5:44 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An attorney for a man charged with repeatedly raping a teenage boy at New Hampshire's state-run youth detention center in the 1990s said Friday the allegations are motivated by “money and greed.” Stephen Murphy, 50, was charged in July with 26 counts of rape. He and...

Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courtroom after attending jury selection for his trial on rape and sexual assault charges, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial

Jan. 17, 2020 4:05 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury of seven men and five women was selected Friday for Harvey Weinstein's rape trial after an arduous, two-week process in which scores of people were dismissed because they had already made up their minds about the disgraced Hollywood mogul. Opening statements are expected Wednesday in...