US sanctions 5 South Sudan agents it says killed 2 critics

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The United States has imposed sanctions on five South Sudan officials, who it says are responsible for the abductions and likely murders in 2017 of two human rights ac...

Report: Burundi's youth militia runs pre-vote extortion ring

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Burundi’s ruling party is using its feared youth militia to extort money from citizens for next year’s elections, Human Rights Watch asserted Friday. The Imbonera...

US likely to hit China over human rights despite trade talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is poised to hand President Donald Trump a second chance in less than a month to anger the Chinese government and attack its record on human rights as he tries to deliver a ...

Rights group: Venezuela migrant kids left at risk in Brazil

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A new report by Human Rights Watch finds that hundreds of Venezuelan children are fleeing into Brazil alone and at risk of becoming homeless, abused or recruited by gangs. ...

Slovakia rejects bill requiring ultrasound before abortion

LONDON (AP) — Lawmakers in Slovakia have rejected a proposed bill that would have made it obligatory for women seeking abortions to first have an ultrasound and obtain the consent of the father before...

AP Exclusive: 629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China

Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China. The list, obtained by The Associated Press, was compiled by Pak...

China to suspend US Navy visits to Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the Hong Kong protests (all times local): 4 p.m. China says it will suspend U.S. Navy visits to Hong Kong and sanction a range of pro-democracy non-governmen...

Aid group says gunmen storm its compound in South Sudan

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An international aid group says armed men stormed its compound in South Sudan and sexually assaulted two staffers and wounded three others. Relief International...

In death and life, Lebanese woman shows religious law fight

BEIRUT (AP) — Nadyn Jouny’s sister taped up two messages in her memory inside a closet at the family home — one of motherly love tinged with pain, another of defiance. The first Joun...

Rights researcher deported by Israel vows to continue work

JERUSALEM (AP) — A human rights researcher who is being deported from Israel over his alleged boycott advocacy says he will remain in his position and continue doing the “important, urgent work” of do...

Journalist arrested in Vietnam for ‘anti-state’ activities

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — State media in Vietnam say a journalist has been arrested for “anti-state” activities. The official Vietnam News Agency said Pham Chi Dung was arrested Thursday...

Human rights experts debate risks and gains for FIFA, IOC

GENEVA (AP) — The tricky balancing act for sports bodies to push progressive policies while supporting host nations with human rights issues was in the spotlight at the United Nations on Thursday. ...

Pakistan’s rights body concerned over abduction of activist

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s independent rights body says last week’s abduction of an activist may be a case of forced disappearance and that he might have been taken or imprisoned by state security se...

Chilean police suspend use of pellet guns against protesters

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean police are suspending the broad use of pellet guns that have wounded thousands during protests and left more than 200 people without sight in one eye. ...

Group: Egypt targets relatives of dissidents living abroad

CAIRO (AP) — An international rights group says Egyptian authorities have arrested, raided houses and imposed travel bans against dozens of relatives of dissidents who live abroad, apparently in repri...