Human rights and civil liberties

In this Feb. 9, 2019, photo, invitees listen during an orientation for volunteers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo. Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries, and translate for lost fans. IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn’t be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers, and monarchs. That’s the case at next year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics where about 80,000 will be needed. Just over 200,000 have applied with orientation and interviews for Japan residents starting this month. (Mizuki Ikari/Kyodo News via AP)
February 15, 2019 - 3:22 am
TOKYO (AP) — Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries and translate for lost fans. IOC officials acknowledge the games couldn't be held without them; invariably smiling, helpful and praised by presidents, prime ministers and monarchs. The billion-...
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February 14, 2019 - 9:24 am
DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A discrimination and retaliation award is growing for a former women's hockey coach who sued the University of Minnesota Duluth. A federal judge granted a motion Wednesday to award Shannon Miller an additional $460,000 in pay and future benefits. That brings the total award to...
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FILE - In this March 9, 2018, file photo, Reims' Anatole Ngamukol controls the ball during a league II soccer match against Chateauroux in Reims, eastern France. French soccer players are turning to the courts to fight workplace bullying and the practice known in France by an English word, "le loft." (AP Photo/Christian Lantenois, File)
February 13, 2019 - 12:18 pm
PARIS (AP) — As it does for many footballers, the day finally came when Anatole Ngamukol was told by his club it was time for him to move on. Embarking on a new season in the French league , Reims decided it had no further use for the player who had helped the French side climb out of the second...
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Refugee soccer player Hakeem Al-Araibi, right, arrives in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, flanked by former Australia national team captain Craig Foster. Al-Araibi returned to Australia after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand. (David Crosling/AAP Image via AP)
February 11, 2019 - 10:52 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A refugee soccer player thanked Australians on his return home Tuesday hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand. Hundreds of supporters carrying welcome signs and singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" were...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2017, file photo, North Carolina House Democratic leader Darren Jackson holds up a copy of HB 186, which was a compromise bill to replace HB 2, in Raleigh, N.C. The NBA All-Star Game is set for North Carolina this weekend after the league delayed Charlotte hosting the event for two years because of the state’s “bathroom bill.” (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP, File)
February 11, 2019 - 1:17 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NBA All-Star Game is set for North Carolina this weekend after the league delayed Charlotte hosting the event for two years because of the state's "bathroom bill." It took the partial repeal of the 2016 law to persuade the league to restore the award for 2019. But the...
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In this Jan. 27, 2019, photo traffic passes by the statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson at the intersection Traffic passes by the statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson at the intersection of Monument Avenue and The Boulevard in Richmond, Va., Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. A city councilwoman and others are attempting to get the Boulevard named after tennis star Arthur Ashe. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 10, 2019 - 4:26 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A movement to rename a Richmond, Virginia, thoroughfare for groundbreaking black tennis player Arthur Ashe Jr. is cresting just as the state finds itself in turmoil over a blackface scandal involving the governor and attorney general. The man behind the street renaming says the...
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Tributes are placed outside the Cardiff City Stadium, Wales, for Emiliano Sala, Friday Feb. 8, 2019. Tributes are being paid across soccer to Argentine player Emiliano Sala, with the French league announcing a minute's applause before matches. French club Nantes says it will retire the No. 9 jersey worn by Sala before he was sold last month to Cardiff in the English Premier League. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
February 09, 2019 - 3:17 am
PARIS (AP) — It was a week of sad and shocking images for football. From the murky depths of the cold sea that separates France and England came a chilling photograph, shot remotely, of the crumpled plane that crashed Jan. 21 as it was flying Emiliano Sala to a new career in the English Premier...
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FILE -This is a May 19, 1966, file photo showing Baltimore Orioles' Frank Robinson at bat. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues, has died. He was 83. Robinson had been in hospice care at his home in Bel Air. MLB confirmed his death Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.(AP Photo/File)
February 08, 2019 - 1:45 am
Crowding the plate, fearsome and fearless, Frank Robinson hammered his way into the Hall of Fame. His legacy, however, was cemented that day in 1975 when he simply stood in the dugout at old Cleveland Stadium — the first black manager in Major League Baseball. Robinson, the only player to earn the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2017 file photo, former gymnast Rachael Denhollander speaks about former sports doctor Larry Nassar in Lansing, Mich. Denhollander, the first woman to publicly accuse now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse is expected to question USA Gymnastics' chief financial officer during a creditors' meeting two months after the embattled sport organization filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
February 07, 2019 - 7:16 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three women suing USA Gymnastics over alleged sexual abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar expressed frustration with its chief financial officer's lack of answers Thursday during a creditors meeting in the group's bankruptcy case, with one calling it "one big I-don't-know."...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2017 file photo, former gymnast Rachael Denhollander speaks about former sports doctor Larry Nassar in Lansing, Mich. Denhollander, the first woman to publicly accuse now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse is expected to question USA Gymnastics' chief financial officer during a creditors' meeting two months after the embattled sport organization filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
February 07, 2019 - 5:34 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on a creditors' meeting on USA Gymnastics' bankruptcy filing (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Three women who are suing USA Gymnastics over alleged sexual abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar expressed frustration with its chief financial officer's lack of answers during a...
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