US House backs 3 bills to support protests in Hong Kong

The House passed three bills Tuesday aimed at showing U.S. support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The action follows months of protests over the Beijing government's aggressive atte...

Money, hatred for the Kurds drives Turkey's Syrian fighters

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian fighters vowed to kill "pigs" and "infidels," paraded their Kurdish captives in front of cameras and, in one graphic video, fired several rounds into a man lying on the side o...

Pompeo talks religious freedom in Nashville speech

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is continuing to raise the alarm about religious freedom around the world. The top U.S. diplomat said Friday in a speech t...

US hopes to keep Venezuela off UN human rights panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is hoping to keep Venezuela from winning a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council. A State Department official said Friday that members of the U.N...

Dark days for Peru’s political dynasty after congress closes

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Inside a colonial-era mansion that has seen better days, leaders of Peru’s Fuerza Popular movement gathered for an urgent meeting Thursday, scrambling for ways to save their party’s ...

Today in History

Today in History Today is Thursday, Oct. 3, the 276th day of 2019. There are 89 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Oct. 3, 18...

Hugs or bullets? Mexico conflicted over how to fight crime

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican army _ the country’s last line of defense against violent gangs _ is struggling with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s desire to avoid confrontation while simultan...

Venezuela VP condemns countries that shunned Maduro

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Venezuela's vice president condemned the U.S. and more than 50 other governments that have recognized an opposition leader as her nation's rightful president, calling it the "wor...

US hits Cuba's Raul Castro, family with travel ban

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration is imposing a travel ban on former Cuban President Raul Castro and his immediate family for human rights abuses. Secretary of State Mike Pomp...

Ugandan leader questions US sanctions against former protege

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's longtime leader is disputing United States sanctions targeting a former protege accused of rights violations during his role as police boss between 2005 and 2018. ...

'Welcome back' - a reporter's fraught re-entry to Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The immigration officer lifted his stamp to put the visa into my passport and I heaved a sigh of relief. But then my passport was taken by a smiling woman who asked, "Have you ...

16 years after expulsion, a reporter returns to Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The immigration officer lifted his stamp to put the visa into my passport and I heaved a sigh of relief. But then my passport was taken by a smiling woman who asked, "Have you ...

'This is a plea for democracy': HK protest leaders urge US lawmakers to take action

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Pro-democracy Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong and Denise Ho testified on Capitol Hill Tuesday (Sept. 17), pleading with lawmakers to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and De...

Bill Gates to honor India's Modi despite Kashmir concerns

SEATTLE (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates aren't backing down from honoring India Prime Minister Narendra Modi despite concerns about human rights abuses in the disputed Kashmir region. ...

Pope’s visit to Thailand will also be a family reunion

UDON THANI, Thailand (AP) — Catholics in Thailand are celebrating the official announcement of the first papal visit in 35 years, but one 77-year-old nun in a far-flung corner of the country has...