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Polish senator sues party leader over surveillance remarks

Jan. 10, 2022 15:01 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish opposition senator whose phone was hacked with advanced spyware has filed a civil suit against Poland's ruling party leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, for slander over comments suggesting that he was placed under surveillance in connection to wrongdoing. ...

Polish leader admits country bought powerful Israeli spyware

Jan. 07, 2022 11:08 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's most powerful politician has acknowledged that the country bought advanced spyware from the Israeli surveillance software maker NSO Group, but denied that it was being used to target his political opponents. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of...

Rights group verifies Polish senator was hacked with spyware

Jan. 06, 2022 14:27 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Amnesty International said Thursday it has independently confirmed that powerful spyware from the Israeli surveillance software maker NSO Group was used to hack a Polish senator multiple times in 2019 when he was running the opposition’s parliamentary election campaign. ...

South Africa's president is urged to root out corruption

Jan. 05, 2022 12:37 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is challenged to take decisive action against the corruption that has been documented in a judicial report presented to him and made public, according to experts. The damning findings by the state commission of inquiry —...

Court shuts down another human rights group in Russia

Dec. 29, 2021 07:11 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow on Wednesday granted a request to shut down another prominent human rights organization amid a sweeping crackdown on Russian rights groups, independent media and opposition supporters. The Moscow City Court's decision to shut down the Memorial Human...

Critics abound as Tunisia demands mandatory vaccination pass

Dec. 22, 2021 13:30 PM EST

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — COVID-19 vaccination passes became obligatory for Tunisians on Wednesday, who now must have proof of two vaccine doses to enter public spaces and to keep working at state institutions, universities and some private businesses. But human rights groups called...

Libya parliament says 'impossible' to hold presidential vote

Dec. 22, 2021 12:48 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan parliamentary committee said Wednesday that it has become “impossible” to hold the long-awaited presidential election in two days as scheduled, a major blow to international efforts to end a decade of chaos in the oil-rich country. The announcement was the...

'I cannot escape': New abuses alleged in Ethiopia's Tigray

Dec. 16, 2021 10:52 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — New witness accounts allege that thousands of ethnic Tigrayans have been forcibly expelled, detained or killed in one of the most inaccessible areas of Ethiopia’s yearlong war in the latest wave of abuses carried out with machetes, guns and knives. Following...

Amnesty flags Qatar rights abuses with French soccer body

Dec. 15, 2021 06:41 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Human rights activists in France have urged the country’s soccer officials to pay attention to rights violations of migrant workers in Qatar a year before the World Cup. Amnesty International activists unveiled a giant banner Wednesday in central Paris on the French...

Hong Kong tycoon, two others convicted over Tiananmen vigil

Dec. 09, 2021 02:21 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong tycoon and prominent pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai and two others were convicted Thursday for their roles in last year’s banned Tiananmen candlelight vigil, amid a crackdown on dissent in the city and Beijing’s tightening political control. Lai,...