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'Outside agitators,' a phrase from the civil rights era, resurfaces in Georgia governor’s race

'Outside agitators,' a phrase from the civil rights era, resurfaces in Georgia governor’s raceRepublican Brian Kemp, in a tight race with Democrat Stacey Abrams for Georgia governor, resurrects the civil rights era charge that “outside agitators” are behind her campaign.



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Civil Rights Groups Sue Georgia Over Discriminatory Voter Maintenance Practice

Civil Rights Groups Sue Georgia Over Discriminatory Voter Maintenance PracticeCivil rights groups sued Georgia in federal court on Thursday over a process



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Senate approves measure giving airline passengers new rights

Senate approves measure giving airline passengers new rightsThe Senate passed a measure Wednesday that would give airline passengers new rights and should help make an often frustrating experience easier.



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Senate approves measure giving airline passengers new rights

Senate approves measure giving airline passengers new rightsThe Senate passed a measure Wednesday that would give airline passengers new rights and should help make an often frustrating experience easier.



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UN rights council renews Yemen war crimes probe

UN rights council renews Yemen war crimes probeThe United Nations Human Rights Council voted to extend an international probe of alleged war crimes committed in Yemen despite strong opposition from Saudi Arabia and several of its allies. Last month, investigators detailed evidence of possible war crimes committed in Yemen by both the Saudi-led coalition and the Huthi rebels supported by Iran. The coalition and the Yemeni government, which together are battling the Huthis, strongly criticised the probe’s initial report, arguing that it underplayed rebel violations and Iran’s role.



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Susan Collins Downplays Brett Kavanaugh Email About Abortion Rights And 'Settled Law'

Susan Collins Downplays Brett Kavanaugh Email About Abortion Rights And 'Settled Law'WASHINGTON ― Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on Thursday downplayed the



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Democrats Say Brett Kavanaugh Is Trying To 'Fool' Women About Abortion Rights

Democrats Say Brett Kavanaugh Is Trying To 'Fool' Women About Abortion RightsWASHINGTON ― Democrats on Thursday seized on a newly released 2003 email sent



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Florida video game contest shooting reignites gun rights debate

Florida video game contest shooting reignites gun rights debateWith Florida voters scheduled to pick candidates for governor and Congress on Tuesday, some Democratic contenders said the shooting was further evidence of the need for stricter gun legislation while other hopefuls canceled campaign appearances. “We as society have to come together and say enough of this,” Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson told reporters in Jacksonville, near the site of the shooting at a Madden 19 online football game tournament. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office identified the shooter, who took his own life, as David Katz, 24, of Baltimore.



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Facebook bans Myanmar army chief, top brass over rights abuses

Facebook bans Myanmar army chief, top brass over rights abusesFacebook banned Myanmar’s army chief and other top military brass on Monday after a UN investigation recommended they face prosecution for genocide for a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. Facebook acknowledged this was the first time it had banned a state or military actor, noting it was a “unique” situation. “We’ve taken this step in Myanmar following findings by international experts, including a recent UN-commissioned report, that many of these officials committed serious human rights abuses in the country,” Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja said.



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Saudi Arabia seeks its first death penalty against a female human rights activist

Saudi Arabia seeks its first death penalty against a female human rights activistSaudi Arabia's public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against five human rights activists from the kingdom's Eastern Province currently on trial in a secretive terrorism court, groups including Human Rights Watch (HRW) said. Among the detainees is Israa al-Ghomgham, whom Saudi activists said was the first woman to possibly face the death penalty for rights-related work. Charges against her include incitement to protest and providing moral support to rioters. "Any execution is appalling, but seeking the death penalty for activists like Israa al-Ghomgham, who are not even accused of violent behavior, is monstrous," Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at HRW, said in a statement on Wednesday. ALQST, a London-based Saudi rights group, reported the decision involving Ghomgham's case earlier this week. A government communications office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Activists said the trial was ongoing, and denied social media reports that the detainees had already been executed. Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy where public protests and political parties are banned, has enacted some high-profile social and economic reforms in recent years under powerful young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. They have, however, been accompanied by a crackdown on dissent, with dozens of clerics, intellectuals and activists arrested in the past year, including women who had campaigned for the right to drive in the deeply conservative Muslim country. A roundup of senior royals, ministers and businessmen last November on charges of corruption sent shockwaves through the kingdom, stunning allies and foreign investors. Most of those detainees were released after reaching undisclosed financial settlements with the government. Ghomgham is a prominent Shia Muslim activist who documented mass demonstrations in the Eastern Province starting in 2011. She was arrested from her home in December 2015 along with her husband. Most of the country’s Shia minority lives in the oil-producing Eastern Province and some have complained that their religious ceremonies are banned or interfered with by Sunni authorities, and that they lack opportunities for work and education. The government has denied the charges. Saudi Arabia has previously executed Shia activists on what rights groups called politically-motivated charges. It views protests among Shia in the context of tensions with Shi’ite power and regional rival Iran, which it has accused of fomenting the unrest. The authorities have carried out security operations against suspected Shia militants in the Eastern Province, which has seen unrest and occasional armed attacks for years.



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