Human rights and civil liberties

FILE - This Thursday, July 5, 2018 file photo provided by Nabaa Media, a Syrian opposition media outlet, shows smoke rising over buildings that were hit by Syrian government forces bombardment, in Daraa province, southern Syria. Syrian activists and state media said Thursday, July 12, 2018 that the rebels have agreed to surrender Daraa, the first city to revolt against President Bashar Assad with Arab Spring-inspired protests seven years ago, to government forces. (Nabaa Media via AP, File)
July 15, 2018 - 12:21 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces unleashed hundreds of missiles on a rebel-held area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday, activists said, the latest phase in an offensive to clear southern Syria of insurgents. The government's push came after it had secured control of most of...
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FILE - In this April 9, 2003, file photo, relatives of Guatemalan born Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Antonio Gutierrez, one of the first combat casualties of the Iraq War, gather around his coffin at his funeral at Los Cipreses cemetery in Guatemala City. The Guatemalan-born Gutierrez, who entered to U.S. illegally as an orphan teen, was killed in battle around the port city of Umm Qasr. Hundreds attended his memorial service outside of Los Angeles. He was granted American citizenship posthumously. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)
July 15, 2018 - 12:01 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged . A few said the Army informed them they had been labeled as security risks because they have relatives abroad or because the...
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FIFA President Gianni Infantino, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin embrace each other as they attend the gala-concert dedicated to the closing of FIFA Soccer World Cup at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Yuri Kadobnov/Pool Photo via AP)
July 15, 2018 - 6:57 am
MOSCOW (AP) — When Gianni Infantino is in the orbit of Vladimir Putin, the head of world soccer cannot stop beaming. Particularly when he's juggling a ball in the Kremlin or sharing screen time with Putin as they watched the World Cup. Two years after his election, FIFA's president gives the...
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English fans applaud their players after the third place match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. Belgium defeats England 2-0. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
July 15, 2018 - 3:19 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of foreign men have flooded into Russia for the monthlong World Cup, setting off a fierce debate in the host nation about the roles and rights of women. Russian women who have dated the soccer fans have been shamed by some Russian commentators, denounced for...
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U.S. President Donald Trump waves to protesters while he plays golf at Turnberry golf club, Scotland, Saturday, July 14, 2018. Trump is spending the weekend at his sea-side Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland, where aides had said he would be busy preparing for his Monday summit in Helsinki, Finland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
July 14, 2018 - 11:42 pm
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Two days before a high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump played golf and tweeted Saturday from one of his namesake resorts, blaming his predecessor for Russian election meddling and lashing out at the free press from foreign soil...
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In this Sept. 22, 2009 file photo, a police officer, top right, watches migrants in the camp known as the "Jungle" in Calais, northern France. President Donald Trump's recent lament this week that immigration is "changing the culture" of Europe is echoing rising anti-immigrant feelings on both sides of the Atlantic, where Europe and the United States are going through transformative demographic changes that makes some of the white majority uncomfortable. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, file)
July 14, 2018 - 9:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lament this week that immigration is "changing the culture" of Europe echoed rising anti-immigrant feelings on both sides of the Atlantic, where Europe and the United States are going through a demographic transformation that makes some of the white...
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FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2017, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang. Trump’s persistence in pursuing a bromance with Putin has highlighted a growing disconnect within his administration over Russia policy. While Trump speaks fondly of Putin and a desire for better relations with Moscow, the rest of the executive branch remains highly critical and deeply suspicious of the Russian president and Kremlin intentions (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, file)
July 14, 2018 - 4:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's persistence in pursuing friendly ties with Vladimir Putin has highlighted a growing disconnect within his administration over Russia policy. Trump speaks fondly of Putin and a desire for better relations with Moscow, but the rest of his executive branch...
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Marlene Burkgren, 67, of Ashburn, Va., teaches a Tai Chi class at Cascades Loudoun County Senior Center, Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in Sterling, Va. It stands to shift the direction of the nation’s highest court for decades, but President Donald Trump’s move to fill a Supreme Court vacancy has barely cracked the consciousness of voters in the nation’s top political battlegrounds. In northern Virginia, here two-term Congresswoman Barbara Comstock is considered one of the nation’s most vulnerable Republicans, Burkgren says she feels powerless to stop Trump’s party from confirming Kavanaugh. “I’m a little disappointed with the way things have worked out,” said Burkgren, a volunteer teach tai chi teacher at the local senior center.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
July 14, 2018 - 9:26 am
OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — It stands to shift the direction of the nation's highest court for decades, but President Donald Trump's move to fill a Supreme Court vacancy has barely cracked the consciousness of some voters in the nation's top political battlegrounds. Even among this year's most prized...
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White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner arrives at the campaign headquarters of Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, in Mexico City, Friday, July 13, 2018. Kushner is part of Cabinet-level delegation led by the U.S. Secretary of State. Lopez Obrador will replace the current president in December. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)
July 14, 2018 - 3:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Cabinet-level delegation's meetings with officials in Mexico City (all times EDT): 4:15 p.m. Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has given a high-level U.S. delegation a proposal for how the two countries can...
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July 13, 2018 - 7:27 pm
In the first known case of its kind, U.S. drug agents supplied unwitting cocaine-trafficking suspects in California with smartphones they thought were encrypted but had been rigged to allow eavesdropping, Human Rights Watch reported Friday. The advocacy group said it feared the technique could be...
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