Amnesty finds Saudi anti-terror court a weapon of repression

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia has used a secretive court established to try terrorism cases as "a weapon of repression" to imprison peaceful critics, activists, journalists, clerics ...

Indonesian acquitted of blasphemy for taking dog into mosque

CIBINONG, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian woman who doctors say should receive psychiatric treatment was acquitted Wednesday of blasphemy charges for taking a dog into a mosque. Suzet...

Liberal watchdog group hires Amnesty director as new CEO

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The executive director of Amnesty International USA will take over as chief executive of the liberal watchdog Southern Poverty Law Center, which is trying to steady itself afte...

Guardian of Monarch butterfly grounds eulogized in Mexico

OCAMPO, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of farmers and agricultural workers thronged the funeral of activist Homero Gómez González on Friday, and the homage to him was like a tribute to the monarch butterfly h...

Rights groups to Italy: Don't renew migrant deal with Libya

ROME (AP) — Human rights advocates and aid groups slammed Italy on Friday for deciding to extend a deal that facilitates the return of Europe-bound migrants to detention centers in Libya where detaine...

Mauritania arrests 10 gay men after purported gay wedding

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania (AP) — Authorities in Mauritania have arrested 10 men after a video appeared on social media of a gay couple appearing to take part in a traditional wedding ceremony, human righ...

Rights group criticizes Greek sea barrier plan for migrants

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Amnesty International on Thursday criticized Greece's plans to deploy a floating barrier as a way to prevent migrants from reaching the Greek islands from nearby Turkey. ...

Mexico president calls conservationist's death 'regrettable'

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Thursday called the death of a rural leader who fought to conserve the monarch butterfly's wintering grounds “regrettable” and “pain...

Amnesty Int'l: Asia seeing growing repression, resistance

BANGKOK (AP) — Authoritarian governments in Asia are undermining human rights and demonizing their critics, but they face a rising tide of protest from young people who defy grave risks to protest suc...

Mali's 2012 coup leader released on bail amid trial delays

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Former military Gen. Amadou Haya Sanogo, who overthrew Mali's president in 2012, was released on bail Tuesday as he awaits a long-delayed trial on charges he had 21 soldiers killed...

Downing of jet in Iran reveals Islamic Republic's wider woes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Ukrainian jetliner stood ready for takeoff at Iran's main international airport bound for Kyiv, packed with passengers and so many bags on one of the cheapest ro...

Taliban say frustrated by additional demands of US

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban, in a rambling commentary published on their website, expressed frustration with what they describe as additional U.S. demands in peace talks — even after they had offered...

New Lebanese minister says he won't permit attacks on police

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's new interior minister said Thursday he won't permit attacks on security forces amid angry rioting that has gripped the country's capital amid a deepening eco...

Key events leading up to report on Jeff Bezos phone hack

Experts at the United Nations said Wednesday that the phone of Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was likely hacked through a file sent from an account used by Saudi Crown Prince Moh...

Islamic extremists kill Nigerian pastor, attack his hometown

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic militants in Nigeria have killed a Christian pastor who had pleaded for his life in a video just days earlier, and a human rights activist said Tuesday that other extremi...