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The Download | August 17th: Georgia Police Chief defends Officer who twisted young Black boy arm + Officers identified in the death of Morehouse graduate, Chinedu Valentine Okobi

A Georgia Police chief is defending the officer who twisted the arm of a 12-year-old who was trying to sell his music CDs at a mall. Chief Michael Register says the officer was within his rights to touch the boy and says the boy was trespassing by selling CDs. An activist posted the video which went […] The post The Download | August 17th: ...

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Border Insecurity in Iran Amid Regime Crackdown on Minorities   

Armed conflict between Iranian security forces and separatist militants on the Iranian border is growing, as the government tightens its grip on the minority population.  With a population of more than 80 million people, Iran is predominantly ethnic Persian. The country's religion is Shi'ite Islam, and it is home to millions of ethno-religious ...

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Mother Mushroom, Vietnamese Activist, Is Said to Be Released

The blogger, whose real name is Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, was freed to fly to the U.S. as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was visiting, rights groups said.

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Immigrant Caravan Organizer Held After Trump Threatens Honduras

The organizer of a migrant caravan from Honduras was detained Tuesday in Guatemala after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to withdraw funding ...

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Nicaragua frees protesters after international outcry

Police release dozens of demonstrators they had detained after an anti-government demonstration.

From 'gay plague' to 'test and treat': How America's AIDS crisis shifted over 40 years

From Reagan’s press secretary laughing about the AIDs crisis to the activist group ACT UP shutting down the FDA, we look back at the early days of ...

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Immigrants Face Hurdles to Prove Abuse by US Agents

Within hours of being booked at a Border Patrol station in far West Texas, two teenage sisters from Guatemala came forward to allege that an agent conducted an improper strip search. The agent in question denied the allegations, including the ...

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Matthew Shepard’s Murder Haunts Wyoming 20 Years Later

When two roofing workers beat a young gay man to death in Wyoming in 1998, the gruesome crime quickly reverberated around the U.S. and turned the sandy-haired college student into a powerful symbol of the quest for acceptance and equal rights. But two decades after Matthew Shepard was bludgeoned, tied to a rail fence and left to die on the cold ...

US pastor Andrew Brunson freed by Turkish court

A Turkish court has freed US pastor Andrew Brunson two years after he was detained, charged with helping to plot a coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

German court orders extradition of suspect in Bulgarian journalist's killing

A court in Germany has ordered the extradition of a Bulgarian man who was detained earlier this week on suspicion of the rape and murder of Bulgarian ...

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U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson leaves Turkey after being detained for 2 years

The evangelical cleric was convicted of aiding terrorism but sentenced only to time served.

German court orders extradition of suspect in Bulgarian journalist's killing

A court in Germany has ordered the extradition of a Bulgarian man who was detained earlier this week on suspicion of the rape and murder of Bulgarian journalist Viktoriya Marinova.

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Trump to Host US Pastor Freed by Turkish Court

U.S. President Donald Trump said he will meet at the White House Saturday with American pastor Andrew Brunson, who returned to the U.S. after being detained in Turkey for two years. "It will be wonderful to see and meet him," Trump wrote in a Saturday morning tweet. "He is a great Christian who has been through such a tough experience." Trump ...

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Harvard Bias Trial to Spotlight Use of Race in College Admissions

A lawsuit challenging the use of race as a factor in U.S. college admissions will go to trial in Boston on Monday, when Harvard University will face accusations that it discriminates against Asian-American applicants. The lawsuit, backed by the Trump administration, could eventually reach the Supreme Court, giving the newly cemented five-member ...

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American Pastor on Trial in Turkey

The trial of an American pastor whose detention has sparked a diplomatic standoff between Ankara and Washington resumed Friday in Turkey. Speculation has been growing that Turkey could allow Andrew Brunson to return to the United States, ending ... /
Activist attorney Zahra Billoo addresses the Muslim fight demanding police brutality reform in California

Zahara Billoo, a civil rights attorney who provides direct legal services for victims of law enforcement targeting and Islamophobia is representing ...

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British PhD student detained in UAE

The Durham University student is being held "without explanation" following a research trip in May.

Israel tells US student to renounce views or leave the country

Israel has detained an American graduate student at Ben Gurion International Airport for more than a week, accusing her of supporting the Palestinian-led boycott movement of Israel.

Bulgarian detained over rape and murder of journalist

A Bulgarian man has been detained in Germany over the killing of journalist Viktoria Marinova, Bulgarian Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said Wednesday.

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US Condemns Venezuela for Alleged Involvement in Opposition Activist's Death

The U.S. denounced Wednesday what it said was the Venezuelan government's participation in the death of opposition activist Fernando Alban. The White House said in a statement the U.S. would continue to pressure the government "until democracy is restored in Venezuela." The White House also called for "the immediate release of all Venezuelan ...

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A Venezuelan Dissident Dies in Custody, and Questions Emerge

The U.N. joined the U.S. and Spain in questioning the death of opposition activist Fernando Albán, who authorities say fell from a 10th floor window.

Wife of ex-Interpol chief fears for her life with her husband detained in China

In an exclusive interview with CNN, the wife of Interpol's former chief says she fears for her life and that of her twin boys after her husband was ...

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US Student Detained in Israel for Alleged Boycott Support

Israel has held an American graduate student in detention at its international airport for the past week, accusing her of supporting a ...

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Libyan forces capture Egyptian jihadist al-Ashmawy

Hisham al-Ashmawy was a special forces officer before he became a radical Islamist.

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Libyan forces capture Egyptian jihadist Hisham Ashmawi

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Killer Mike says he can forgive Bette Midler, but she needs to do better

Atlanta rapper Killer Mike says he can forgive singer and vocal anti-Trump activist Bette Midler for a tweet he says was disrespectful to black women. But Killer Mike, who talked to TMZ at Los Angeles International Airport, also encouraged Midler to embrace her activism and connect with black women who are working to change things. […] The ...

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Interpol Chief Meng Hongwei Quits and Is Detained by China

Days after he was reported missing, a Chinese agency announced it had Mr. Meng under investigation. Hours earlier, his wife said he had sent her an emoji of a knife.

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