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U.S. civil rights groups call for Facebook ad boycott over hate speech

Jun 18, 2020 - 6:42 PM

'Today, we ask all companies in solidarity with the American values of freedom, equality and justice not to advertise Facebook services in July,' says a statement on the Anti-Defamation League website

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U.S. top court rules civil rights law protects LGBTQ+ workers

Jun 15, 2020 - 11:00 PM

The landmark decision says Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlaws discrimination against employees because of a person's sex, also covers sexual orientation and transgender status

SUPREME COURT. The US Supreme Court is seen amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 15, 2020 as stay at home order has been extended in Washington, DC until May 15. File photo by Daniel Slim/AFP

U.S. civil rights leader Joseph Lowery dies – media

Mar 28, 2020 - 2:40 PM

'Tonight, the great Reverend Joseph E. Lowery transitioned from earth to eternity. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,' the King Center in Atlanta says in a tweet

JOSEPH LOWERY. In this file photo U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Freedom to Reverend Joseph E. Lowery during a ceremony at the White House August 12, 2009 in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images North America/AFP

Civil rights groups call for Facebook board overhaul

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:42 AM

The groups ask Facebook to expand the board with members reflecting the social network's diverse global community

FACEBOOK. In this file photo, a handout photograph released by the UK Parliament on November 27, 2018, shows the chair and the name plate for Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg who was invited to give evidence, but declined the invitation of the Houses of Parliament. File Photo by Gabriel Sainhas/UK Parliament/AFP

Turkey changes road name for new U.S. embassy to 'Malcolm X Street'

Oct 14, 2018 - 2:30 AM

The new embassy building, located in the Cukurambar district on the western outskirts of Ankara, is on what is currently named 1478 Street

EMBASSY. A picture taken on August 20, 2018 shows a general view of the US Embassy, in Ankara. File photo STR/AFP

SC applicants agree with U.S ruling favoring baker in gay wedding cake case

Jun 14, 2018 - 6:15 PM

‘The right to religious belief in the hierarchy of values should prevail,’ says Court of Appeals Associate Justice Ramon Garcia

GAY WEDDING CAKE CASE. (L-R) Court of Appeals Associate Justices Oscar Badelles, Amy Lazaro-Javier and Ramon Garcia agree with the U.S Supreme Court ruling that upheld the religious right of a baker to refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Screenshots from JBC

Pepsi drops ad accused of mocking 'Black Lives' protests

Apr 06, 2017 - 9:10 AM

The spot provokes an outcry and widespread derision on social media claiming Pepsi is seeking to profit from the social justice movement

CONTROVERSIAL. A scene from the Pepsi ad shows model Kendall Jenner (L) giving a policeman a can of Pepsi. Frame grab courtesy Pepsi

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Mar 03, 2017 - 11:29 AM

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U.S. Supreme Court says electoral maps must be reviewed for racial bias

Mar 02, 2017 - 10:13 AM

The ruling is particularly noteworthy as civil rights organizations fear a tightening of voting rights for minorities under President Donald Trump

This file photo taken on March 31, 2012 shows the US Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Karen Bleier/AFP

White House overturns Obama-era protections for transgender students

Feb 23, 2017 - 9:14 AM

The Trump administration is now leaving it up to states and school districts to decide whether students should have access to bathrooms that do not reflect their biological sex

In this file photo, a gender neutral sign is posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill on May 11, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. Sara D. Davis/Getty Images/AFP

At least 11 U.S. Jewish centers get bomb threats

Feb 21, 2017 - 4:38 PM

The latest phoned in threats at 11 separate sites bring to 69 the total number of such incidents – at 54 Jewish community centers in 27 US states and one Canadian province

FAST FACTS: What is active non-violence?

Feb 18, 2017 - 3:28 PM

UPDATED This form of peaceful protest has been employed in many countries including the Philippines in response to issues ranging from racism to oppression

WALK FOR LIFE. Thousands gather to walk for life. Photo by Angie de Silva

What happens during a deportation raid in the U.S.?

Feb 16, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Activists complain about a lack of transparency in ICE s proceedings – many are confused about whether the coordinated sweep across the country is a sign of more to come

A man is detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents on October 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Malacañang: We respect U.S. immigration ban

Jan 29, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Palace spokesperson: We respect the policy of the United States of America if they have prohibitions or they would be banning people from entering their country because that is their right

Protestors rally at a demonstration against the new ban on immigration issued by President Donald Trump at Logan International Airport on January 28, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Scott Eisen/Getty Images/AFP

Muslim world shocked, outraged at U.S. visa ban

Jan 29, 2017 - 7:16 PM

Families split a father unable to reach his son s wedding and officials warning of a gift to extremists – the visa ban triggers shock and confusion among those affected

'NO MUSLIM BAN' Protesters gather to denounce President Donald Trump's executive order that bans certain immigration, at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on January 28, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. G. Morty Ortega/Getty Images/AFP

Trump unleashes attack on U.S. civil rights icon

Jan 15, 2017 - 7:37 AM

A growing number of Democratic lawmakers announce they will not attend the inauguration on Friday January 20 in the wake of Trump s attack against congressman John Lewis

BOYCOTT. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, on January 13, 2017 became the most high-profile Democratic lawmaker to announce he is boycotting Donald Trump's inauguration. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/AFP

Obama opens new African American Museum amid racial strife

Sep 25, 2016 - 8:50 PM

African American history is not somehow separate from our larger American story It is central to the American story says US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama speaks during the opening ceremony for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture September 24, 2016 in Washington, D.C. / AFP PHOTO / ZACH GIBSON

National Guard activated after fatal Milwaukee shooting

Aug 15, 2016 - 6:24 AM

While an uneasy calm had returned to the affected neighborhood by Sunday afternoon Mayor Tom Barrett says the city still faces a very volatile situation

A handout picture made available by the Milwaukee Police Department shows a damaged police car after violence broke out in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, August 13, 2016. Milwaukee Police Department/Handout/EPA

Anger as Italy cooks gay civil unions bill

Feb 25, 2016 - 8:38 AM

Last minute marathon talks rage within the upper house of parliament all day to reach a deal on a fresh version of the law after stiff Catholic opposition over attempts to give adoption rights in some cases to gay couples

Supporters of the bill 'Cirinna' to be voted at the Italian Senate allowing gay civil unions, demonstrate on February 21, 2016 at Piazza Duomo in Milan. Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Australia targets 2017 referendum on Aboriginal recognition

Feb 11, 2016 - 10:08 AM

The nation s founding document fails to mention Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people and a campaign has been under way for several years to recognize the continent s first inhabitants via a referendum

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, February 5, 2016. Mick Tsikas/EPA

Beyoncé takes US by storm with new activist role

Feb 09, 2016 - 8:18 AM

Beyoncé has suddenly transformed from crowd pleasing entertainer to outspoken spokeswoman for the burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement

State of emergency in Ferguson as teen charged in police shootout

Aug 11, 2015 - 8:40 AM

St Louis County executive Steve Stenger says county police will immediately take charge of police emergency management in Ferguson and surrounding districts

ON GUARD. Officers from the St. Louis County Police, wearing riot gear, guard the perimeter of the scene of an officer-involved shooting on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, August 10, 2015. Sid Hastings/EPA

Thousands protest in US over police 'injustices'

Apr 30, 2015 - 9:51 AM

Freddie Gray s death is the latest instance in the United States of a black man succumbing at the hands of police

Protestors participate in a demonstration held to support the protests in Baltimore against police brutality following the death of Freddie Gray, in New York, New York, USA, April 29, 2015. Andrew Gombert/EPA

Baltimore braced for new night of protest as Obama warns police

Apr 29, 2015 - 10:03 AM

Obama condemns the rioting but also says that a series of recent incidents – beginning last year with the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson Missouri – is worrying

TENSIONS. Demonstrators fill the intersection of North and Pennsylvania Avenue in the wake of protests for the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, April 28, 2015. Noah Scialom/EPA

Baltimore deploys Guard troops as riots erupt

Apr 28, 2015 - 8:16 AM

UPDATED Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declares a state of emergency in the port city of 620 000 and activates the National Guard as rioters prowl

UNREST. Youths stand on a demolished police car as police respond to people protesting the death of Freddie Gray, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, April 27, 2015. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Violence erupts at Baltimore police death protest

Apr 26, 2015 - 9:50 AM

Tensions have been simmering in the blue collar Mid Atlantic port city of 620 000 as investigators try to establish the circumstances that led to Freddie Gray s death

PROTEST. Demonstrators raise their fists during a protest for the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, April 25, 2015. Noah Scialom/EPA

Malaysia passes anti-terrorism law, raising rights fears

Apr 07, 2015 - 11:20 AM

The Prevention of Terrorism Act allows authorities to detain terrorism suspects without charge and the political opposition as well as legal and rights groups urge its withdrawal

SEAT OF POWER. A general scene of the Prime Minister's Office building in Putrajaya, the government city next to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 03 April 2013. Ahmad Yusni/EPA

Man charged in Ferguson shooting

Mar 16, 2015 - 12:31 PM

Jeffrey Williams 20 is charged with first degree assault armed criminal action and shooting a firearm from a motor vehicle causing injury

Police crime scene tape lies in the gutter outside the Ferguson Police Department at the spot where two police officers were shot during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, 13 March 2015. Tannen Maury/EPA

Ferguson activists press ahead, undeterred by latest shooting

Mar 15, 2015 - 11:27 AM

Activists take the first steps to force the mayor out of office while residents awaited signs of progress in the investigation

Police crime scene tape lies in the gutter outside the Ferguson Police Department at the spot where two police officers were shot during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, USA, 13 March 2015. Tannen Maury/EPA

Officers shot in Ferguson released from hospital

Mar 12, 2015 - 1:58 PM

4th UPDATE An intense manhunt was under way for a suspect or suspects in the shootings of the officers

Protestors chant on the steps of the City of Ferguson Police Department and Municipal Court in Ferguson Missouri, March 11, 2015. Kate Munsch/Reuters

Ferguson police chief quits after racism report

Mar 12, 2015 - 11:56 AM

Thomas Jackson is the latest prominent official in the St Louis suburb to stand down

A file picture dated 01 December 2014 shows Ferguson, Missouri Police Chief Thomas Jackson (C) outside the first meeting of the Ferguson Commission at the Ferguson Community Center in Ferguson, Missouri, USA. Robert Cohen/St Louis Post-Dispatch/EPA

Senior Ferguson official out after 'racism' report

Mar 11, 2015 - 2:24 PM

The Ferguson City Council votes unanimously on a mutual separation agreement with Shaw effective immediately

Protesters gesture in front of a burning auto parts store in Ferguson Missouri, USA, 25 November 2014. Tannen Maury/EPA

Police officer shoots, kills black teen in Wisconsin

Mar 08, 2015 - 2:23 PM

The incident touches off protests in the Midwestern university city

Obama in Selma: 'Our march is not over'

Mar 08, 2015 - 1:30 PM

Obama pays a stirring tribute to the sacrifice of a generation of activists who marched so that black Americans could enjoy civil rights and opened the road that eventually led him to the White House

Policeman cleared in US town that 'targeted blacks'

Mar 05, 2015 - 10:38 AM

The US Justice Department says it found a widespread pattern of racial discrimination and multiple violations of citizens constitutional rights

AFTER FERGUSON. In this file photo, aprotester holds her hands up in front of a police car in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 25, 2014 during demonstrations a day after violent protests and looting following the grand jury decision in the fatal shooting of a 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown. Photo by Jewel Samad / AFP

25,000 attend German anti-Islam march, but counter-protests bigger

Jan 13, 2015 - 8:24 AM

The impressive turnout was dwarfed by 100 000 counter demonstrators calling for tolerance nationwide

Participants in a rally of the Anti-Islamic Pegida (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West) movement in Dresden, Germany, 12 January 2015. Arno Burgi/EPA

German anti-migrant march draws highest turnout, opponents rally

Jan 06, 2015 - 9:26 AM

Immigration and the emergence of PEGIDA have prompted heated debate in Europe s top economy

LIGHTS OUT. The lighting of the Cologne Cathedral are switched off to make a statement against racism during protest against right-wing initiative PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the Occident) in Cologne, Germany, 05 January 2015. Maja Hitij/EPA

Thousands bid farewell to murdered New York cop

Jan 05, 2015 - 7:21 AM

A sea of blue uniformed officers line the streets outside a Brooklyn funeral home to honor Wenjian Liu 32 shot in the head with partner Rafael Ramos 40 on December 20

GOODBYE. Pei Xia Chen (C), wife of slain New York Police Officer Wenjian Lui, holds a picture of her late husband during his funeral at the Aievoli Funeral Home in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 04 January 2015. Peter Foley/EPA

Protesters defy New York call for moratorium

Dec 24, 2014 - 9:12 AM

Dozens of anti police protesters defy a call from Mayor Bill de Blasio urging New Yorkers to suspend demonstrations until after murdered police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu are buried

TRIBUTES. A man pays his respects at a memorial where two New York Police Department officers who were shot and killed last Saturday on December 23, 2014 in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

Record 17,000 rally against 'Islamization' in Germany

Dec 23, 2014 - 4:18 PM

A record 17 000 anti Islamic protesters ralliy in eastern Germany celebrating the rise of their far right populist movement by singing Christmas carols

A supporter of the movement 'Pegida' (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident) wave German national flags during a rally against what Pegida claims to be excess of immigration by refugees, in Dresden, Germany, 22 December 2014. Kay Nietfeld/EPA

No charges for Milwaukee cop who shot a black man

Dec 23, 2014 - 10:30 AM

A US police officer from Milwaukee who shot and killed an African American man in a park last April will not be charged

AFTER MILWAUKEE. Demonstrators protest against the August 9 police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by holding their hands up while gathered on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri late on August 16, 2014. Photo by Joshua Lott / AFP

Shock, anger in NY after police murders

Dec 22, 2014 - 7:11 AM

The double killing in a city where murders are at their lowest rates in 20 years further strains the already fraught relations between Mayor Bill de Blasio and police

'ASSASSINATED.' Police Officers Wenjian Liu (L) and Rafael Ramos (R). Images courtesy New York Police Department

Gunman kills two New York City police officers

Dec 21, 2014 - 8:00 AM

The shootings came amid anger over the death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer and a grand jury s decision not to press charges against him

NYPD SHOT. Police are seen on the scene at Tompkins and Myrtle avenues in Brooklyn where two New York City police officers were shot in New York, New York, USA, 20 December 2014. The 2 police officers died from their wounds and the shooter fled to a nearby subway station where he died reportedly from a self-inflicted gunshot, according to media and police reports. EPA/JOHN TAGGART

Second night of violent protests in California over cop killings

Dec 08, 2014 - 6:11 PM

Demonstrations over cop killings have erupted across the United States over the past two weeks

'WE CAN'T BREATHE' Protestors block the traffic on 34th Street during a protest against the decision of a grand jury not to indict a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, in New York, New York, USA, 05 December 2014. John Taggart/EPA

Third night of US protests against police killings

Dec 06, 2014 - 2:15 PM

The signs of growing discontent take place as a New York prosecutor says a grand jury would consider charges in one of the cases that has again brought to the fore the distrust felt by many African Americans towards the police

'WE CAN'T BREATHE' Protestors block the traffic on 34th Street during a protest against the decision of a grand jury not to indict a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, in New York, New York, USA, 05 December 2014. John Taggart/EPA

US faces questions as racially charged cases mount

Dec 05, 2014 - 11:06 PM

Names like Michael Brown Tamir Rice and Eric Garner are now chapters in the long saga of tense and often violent relations between America s black community and mainly white police forces

JUSTICE. A man protests the grand jury decision to not indict New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Eric Garner's death in December 3, 2014 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. File photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

New York race protests vent anger over police killings

Dec 05, 2014 - 3:27 PM

The largely peaceful demonstrations come as details emerge of another racially tinged death

GUILTY SYSTEM. Dena Wessel stands near police officers during protests in Seattle, Washington, USA, 03 December 2014. Photo by Matt Mills McKnight/EPA

Protests after no charges in NYC police death of black man

Dec 04, 2014 - 7:30 AM

UPDATE Eric Garner s death is one of a string of high profile racially charged incidents in which white officers have been accused of using unreasonable force or being too quick to fire at black suspects

A man protests the grand jury decision to not indict New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Eric Garner's death on December 3, 2014 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

Mayor vows to rebuild riot-torn Ferguson

Dec 01, 2014 - 7:34 AM

Mayor James Knowles: We are recommitted to rebuilding the city and to once again becoming a thriving community for economic development and residential stability

HOLIDAY CHEER. Ferguson resident Karen Gold paints on a boarded window of her store in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 26, 2014. Jewel Samad/AFP

Video: US police shot black boy after seconds on scene

Nov 27, 2014 - 8:59 AM

The sudden end to the incident stokes anger at police tactics in the United States in the wake of rioting triggered by a decision not to prosecute a white officer who killed an unarmed black teenager

Protesters carry a photo of Tamir Rice as they march during a rally at Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 24 November 2014. David Maxwell/EPA