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ODENTON, Md. | 2 deadly shootings send a chill through black gun owners

ODENTON, Md.  — Gun-rights advocates like to say, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” Some black gun owners, though, are not so sure it’s a wise idea for them to try to be the good guy and pull out a weapon in … Continue reading ODENTON, Md. | 2 deadly shootings send a chill through black gun owners

MINNEAPOLIS | Ruling in genital mutilation case shocks women’s advocates

MINNEAPOLIS — Women’s rights advocates said they were shocked when a federal judge in Michigan ruled this week that a law protecting girls from genital mutilation was unconstitutional. They called his decision a serious blow to girls’ rights. Legal experts said the judge made clear that U.S. states have authority to ban the practice, though … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Ruling in genital mutilation case shocks women’s advocates

NAIROBI, Kenya | Kenya launches internal police probe to help reform force

NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s internal security minister Friday launched a police internal affairs unit to investigate allegations of abuses in the force including corruption and accusations that officers kill suspects and perpetrate other human rights abuses. The new investigation body has been welcomed with optimism by some rights activists, but many remain skeptical on its … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Kenya launches internal police probe to help reform force

MOSCOW | Tajik journalist sentenced to 12 years in prison

MOSCOW — A Tajik journalist who also headed a comedy troupe has been sentenced to 12 years in prison in a case denounced by rights advocates. Khairullo Mirsaidov was sentenced Wednesday by a court in the northern city of Khujand, convicted of embezzling state funds, forgery and knowingly making false statements. Mirsaidov was arrested in … Continue reading MOSCOW | Tajik journalist sentenced to 12 years in prison