UN report ‘extremely concerned’ about Burundi’s new leader

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A United Nations commission of inquiry on Burundi says it is “extremely concerned” that new President Evariste Ndayishimiye has appointed senior officials who face international sanctions for alleged human rights abuses in the country’s 2015 political turmoil. In a report released Thursday, the commission also said that targeted killings, intimidation and sexual […]

Jacob Blake releases video from his hospital bed

Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot seven times in the back by Wisconsin police officers, released a video from his hospital bed Saturday night.

Former Wisconsin police chief to review Jacob Blake shooting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s attorney general announced Monday that he has selected a former Madison police chief to serve as an independent consultant for prosecutors weighing whether to file charges against the officer who shot Jacob Blake, a Black man who was left paralyzed from the waist down. The shooting of Blakeon Aug. 23 […]

Family: Soldier believed dead was happy until recently

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An aunt of a soldier whose body is believed to have been found about 30 miles from the Texas base where he was stationed says her nephew had been happy in the Army up until a few months ago, when he reported being sexually assaulted by a superior. A body that […]

JK Rowling returns award from group linked to Kennedy family

LONDON (AP) — Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling says she is returning an award from a human rights group linked to the Kennedy family after the president of the organization criticized her comments about transgender issues. Rowling’s decision comes after Kerry Kennedy, the president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the late senator’s daughter, […]

NYC’s new sex crimes chief has a background in nursing

NEW YORK (AP) — The new head of New York City’s sex crimes unit is not only a veteran police investigator, but also a forensic nurse who has conducted the physical exams and evidence collection vital to solving such cases. Deputy Inspector Michael King started Monday as commander of the NYPD’s Special Victims Division, the […]

Appeals court sides with teen who spoke out against assault

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a lower court was justified in blocking the suspension of a Maine high school student who posted a note in a bathroom to draw attention to sexual assault. Cape Elizabeth schools suspended Aela Mansmann, then a 15-year-old sophomore at Cape Elizabeth High School, after […]

The Latest: Romney won’t oppose Senate vote on Trump pick

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Ginsburg (all times local): 10 a.m. Utah Sen. Mitt Romney says he will not oppose a Senate vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. In a statement Tuesday, Romney said he intends to follow the […]

UN protection back for threatened Nobel-winning Congo doctor

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — For weeks, a Nobel Peace Prize-winning Congolese doctor has faced death threats, leading alarmed supporters to urge the United Nations to reinstate the peacekeepers who were withdrawn from his hospital months ago. On Wednesday, after international expressions of concern, the peacekeepers returned. “They will be there as long as necessary,” a spokesman […]

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