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the lilly ledbetter fair pay act: 8 years later


equal pay for equal work has been a rallying cry for decades, but it wasn’t until jan. 29, 2009, that it be e federal law when former president barack obama signed the lilly ledbetter fair pay act into law, amending the civil rights act of 1964 and the age discrimination in employment act of 1967, making pay…






advocacy groups condemn u.s. suspension of refugee program


president donald trump’s order to temporarily suspend the u.s. refugee program and nationals from several majority-muslim countries, as well as to indefinitely ban the entry of syrian refugees, drew fierce condemnation from civil-rights organizations and leaders of faith-based groups charged with absorbing refugees.groups that support curbing immigration applauded the order, highlighting that it made good on the president’s paign...






key till witness gave false testimony, historian says


new york — the woman at the center of the trial of emmett till's alleged killers has acknowledged that she falsely testified he made physical and verbal threats, according to a new book.author timothy tyson told the ociated press on urday that carolyn donham broke her long public silence in an interview with him in 2008. his book, "the blood of emmett till," comes out next week.emmett till was a 14-year-old black teenager tortured and killed in 1955 in mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman, then known as carolyn bryant. his murder be e national news and was a galvanizing event in the civil rights movement. donham's then-husband, roy bryant, and his half-brother, j.w. milam, were acquitted by an all-white jury. both men have since died.






'fences' costar mykelti williamson on how to bridge a divided culture


veteran actor mykelti williamson ("heat," "forrest gump") is part of the "fences" ensemble that actor-director denzel washington embled. he stopped to chat while on the sag awards red carpet. what's an "alternative fact" you've heard about hollywood? "that the check is in the mail. it’s probably not." where are we right now with the #oscarssowhite conver ion? are we making any real progress? "i think we always will have it. i think the reason we keep having to blow the trumpet [is because] people get busy with their own stuff ... that they can’t think about it. as long as we keep blowing the trumpet, it will be at the forefront of their minds. because out of sight, out of mind." is it hard being at an awards show with all this political uncertainty going on right now? "there’s alway






report: children held by kurdish forces allege torture


irbil, iraq — an international human rights group says children are alleging they were tortured after being detained by iraq's kurdistan regional government on suspicion that they have connections to the islamic state group.human rights watch estimates more than 180 boys under the age of 18 are currently being held and government officials have not informed their families where they are, increasing the likelihood the children could be disappeared, according to the report published sunday.as iraqi security forces have retaken territory from is over the past year and a half, they have also detained hundreds of men and boys. many of those detained have likely suffered inhumane treatment or been tortured. rights groups warn such practices risk sowing resentment of iraqi security forces in the






pulitzer-prize winning p og her jack dykinga reflects on his career: digital p o


jack dykinga's career started in p ojournalism during the civil rights movement in the us during the 1960's and 70's. despite winning a pulitzer prize during his tenure at the chicago sun-times, he's never allowed himself to get too comfortable with one style. he later shifted his focus to fine art and landscape p og hy, a career move that's not too common among p ojournalists.he's now offering a retrospective on his unique career in his book 'a p og her's life'. his recent interview with resource travel also reveals some interesting insights. he has this to say about finding success in any field of p og hy:'i’m a tried and true pro and i know exactly what ons to push and what i need to do to capture the story, but it still boils down to your impression, your curiosity, what it is that piq






key till witness gave false testimony, historian says


new york (ap) — the woman at the center of the trial of emmett till’s alleged killers has acknowledged that she falsely testified he made physical and verbal threats, according to a new book.author timothy tyson told the ociated press on urday that carolyn donham broke her long public silence in an interview with him in 2008. his book, “the blood of emmett till,” comes out next week.emmett till was a 14-year-old black teenager tortured and killed in 1955 in mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman, then known as carolyn bryant. his murder be e national news and was a galvanizing event in the civil rights movement. donham’s then-husband, roy bryant, and his half-brother, j.w. milam, were acquitted by an all-white jury. both men have since died.






report: children held by kurdish forces allege torture


irbil, iraq (ap) — an international human rights group says children are alleging they were tortured after being detained by iraq’s kurdistan regional government on suspicion that they have connections to the islamic state group.human rights watch estimates more than 180 boys under the age of 18 are currently being held and government officials have not informed their families where they are, increasing the likelihood the children could be disappeared, according to the report published sunday.as iraqi security forces have retaken territory from is over the past year and a half, they have also detained hundreds of men and boys. many of those detained have likely suffered inhumane treatment or been tortured. rights groups warn such practices risk sowing resentment of iraqi security forces in






essential politics: california politicians speak out against trump's actions on


california driver's licenses and birth certificates could have a third option for gender in addition to male or female under legislation unveiled thursday by democratic lawmakers. the bill by state sens. toni atkins (d-san diego) and scott wiener (d-san francisco) would establish a new nonbinary gender marker for official state documents. lawmakers framed the measure as an expansion of rights for transgender, inter and other people who do not identify as male or female. "it will keep california at the forefront of lgbtq civil rights," atkins said at a capitol news conference. the bill, sb 179, also would streamline the process for people to change their gender on such documents. it would remove the requirement that an individual obtain a sworn statement from a physician certifying med






missing pakistani activists make contact with family


islamabad, pakistan - two out of five disappeared pakistani activists have made contact with their families uring them that they are safe, family members told al jazeera, three weeks after the men first went missing.salman haider and ahmed raza naseer made contact via a telephone call on urday, the family members said, without offering comment on their relatives' current whereabouts.the disappearances prompted a series of protests by rights groups across the country, calling for the government to locate the men, or for them to be produced in a court to face formal charges if they had been detained by the state's intelligence agencies.haider - a noted progressive activist, poet and university lecturer - was abducted while on his way home on the outskirts of the pakistani capital islamabad o






trump executive order: us judge temporarily halts deportations


media captionprotesters shouted "let them in" at demonstrations at new york's jfk airporta us judge has issued a stay temporarily halting the deportation of visa holders or refugees under an executive order from president trump.the american civil liberties union (aclu) filed a legal case early on urday in response to the order.the judge's stay prevents those "caught up" in the aftermath from being deported, the aclu said.the group estimates that between 100 and 200 people were being detained at airports or in transit.the court decision e as thousands protested at airports in several us states over donald trump's clamp down on immigration.his executive order, signed on friday, halted the entire us refugee programme and also instituted a 90-day travel ban for nationals from iran, iraq, libya






missing activist salman haider reunited with family


islamabad, pakistan - one out of five disappeared pakistani activists has been released and is back with his family, and another one has made contact with his relatives, al jazeera has learned, three weeks after the men first went missing.salman haider and ahmed raza naseer made contact via a telephone call earlier on urday, family members told al jazeera, without offering comment on their relatives' current whereabouts.later on urday, zeeshan haider, salman's brother, confirmed his release."he's with the family, and we're happy that he's back," zeeshan haider told al jazeera. "he's in good condition [in terms of his health]."the disappearances prompted a series of protests by rights groups across the country, calling for the government to locate the men, or for them to be produced in a co






trump executive order: us judge temporarily halts deportations


media captionprotesters shouted "let them in" at demonstrations at new york's jfk airporta us judge has issued a temporary halt to the deportation of visa holders or refugees stranded at airports following president trump's executive order. the american civil liberties union (aclu) filed a case in response to the order issued on friday. the group estimates that between 100 and 200 people are being detained at airports or in transit.thousands of people have been protesting at us airports over mr trump's clampdown on immigration.his executive order halted the entire us refugee programme and also instituted a 90-day travel ban for nationals from iran, iraq, libya, somalia, sudan, syria and yemen.those who were already mid-flight were detained on arrival - even if they held valid visas or othe






protest at jfk airport over trump's refugee ban


protests have broken out at the john f kennedy (jfk) international airport in new york city as immigrants, including us green card holders, are detained following right-wing president donald trump's executive order placing harsh restrictions on travellers from several muslim-majority countries. hundreds of demonstrators chanted "no ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!" and "no hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here!" while gathering outside the airport's terminal four arrivals section. other protests were held at airports in chicago, san francisco, washington, dc, among other us cities. the protests e in response to p port holders from arab countries being blocked on urday from p ing through customs at us airports, while others were prevented from boarding us-bound planes.on friday, trump






protest at jfk airport over trump's refugee ban


protests have broken out at the john f kennedy (jfk) international airport in new york city as immigrants, including us green card holders, are detained following right-wing president donald trump's executive order placing harsh restrictions on travelers from several muslim-majority countries. hundreds of demonstrators chanted "no ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!" and "no hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here!" while gathering outside the airport's terminal four arrivals section. is donald trump's agenda symbolic?the protests e in response to p port holders from arab countries being blocked on urday from p ing through customs at us airports, while others were prevented from boarding us-bound planes.on friday, trump signed an executive order to curb immigration and the entry of refugee






report: children held by kurdish forces allege torture


irbil, iraq — children detained by iraq's kurdistan regional government on suspicion that they have connections to the islamic state group are alleging they were tortured, according to a report from an international human rights group published sunday.the children — who have not been formally charged with a crime — recount being held in stress positions, burned with cigarettes, shocked with electricity and beaten with plastic pipes, according to human rights watch, a new york based international watchdog.more than 180 boys under the age of 18 are currently being held, hrw estimates, and government officials have not informed their families where they are, increasing the likelihood the children could be disappeared.the rights group says they interviewed 19 boys aged 11 to 17 while they were






protest at jfk airport over trump's refugee ban


protests have broken out at the john f kennedy (jfk) international airport in new york city as immigrants, including us green card holders, are detained following right-wing president donald trump's executive order placing harsh restrictions on travelers from several muslim-majority countries. hundreds of demonstrators chanted "no ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!" and "no hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here!" while gathering outside the airport's terminal four arrivals section. is donald trump's agenda symbolic?the protests e in response to p port holders from arab countries being blocked on urday from p ing through customs at us airports, while others were prevented from boarding us-bound planes.on friday, trump signed an executive order to curb immigration and the entry of refugee






top adviser to myanmar's leader inated at airport


yangon, myanmar -- a gunman killed a legal adviser for myanmar’s ruling national league for democracy on sunday, shooting the lawyer in the head at close range as he walked out of the yangon airport, the government said.the gunman was arrested after he killed ko ni, a prominent member of myanmar’s muslim minority, and wounded a taxi driver who tried to stop him from fleeing, the ministry of information said in a video posted on state-run mrtv.ko ni was the supreme court advocate for the nld and a longstanding legal adviser to the country’s leader aung san suu kyi. he had just arrived from a trip overseas.a friend of ko ni who witnessed the shooting said the suspected in also s a taxi driver who tried to stop him from fleeing.“as i stopped my car by the airport, that’s where i saw ko ni’s b






protest at jfk airport over trump's refugee ban


protests have broken out at the john f kennedy (jfk) international airport in new york city as immigrants, including us green card holders, are detained following right-wing president donald trump's executive order placing harsh restrictions on travellers from several muslim-majority countries. hundreds of demonstrators chanted "no ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!" and "no hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here!" while gathering outside the airport's terminal four arrivals section.  other protests were held at airports in chicago, san francisco, washington, dc, among other us cities.  the protests e in response to p port holders from arab countries being blocked on urday from p ing through customs at us airports, while others were prevented from boarding us-bound planes.on friday, trum






gunman kills lawyer for myanmar's ruling party at airport


yangon, myanmar — a gunman killed a legal adviser for myanmar's ruling national league for democracy on sunday, shooting the lawyer in the head at close range as he walked out of the yangon airport, the government said.the gunman was arrested after he killed ko ni, a prominent member of myanmar's muslim minority, and wounded a taxi driver who tried to stop him from fleeing, the ministry of information said in a video posted on state-run mrtv.ko ni was the supreme court advocate for the nld and a longstanding legal adviser to the country's leader aung san suu kyi. he had just arrived from a trip overseas.a friend of ko ni who witnessed the shooting said the suspected in also s a taxi driver who tried to stop him from fleeing."as i stopped my car by the airport, that's where i saw ko ni's bo






trump’s immigration orders likely to face legal and fiscal challenges


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta scene from the u.s./mexico border in 2016. in the foreground, behind a barbed-wire fence, u.s. border patrol agents speak with each other in el paso, texas. across the rio grande, in the background, is cuidad juárez, mexico.a barrage of legal and fiscal challenges is sure to dog two executive orders president trump signed wednesday that reflect his promises to build a “great wall” and attack cities sympathetic to undocumented residents.on wednesday, trump ordered the department of homeland security to begin planning for a 2,000-mile-long u.s.-mexico wall — as well as the addition of additional border agents, more detention centers and a plan to withhold federal funds from so-called “sanctuary cities.”the president said his executive orders would restore “r






donald trump's #muslimban sparks outrage and fear


what trump orderedrefugee programme suspended for four monthsvisas to syrian nationals haltednumber of refugees us plans to accept cut to 50,000immigration from countries with "terrorism" concerns stopped for 90 daysthree-month ban applied to iraq, syria, iran, sudan, libya, somalia, yemen"disgraceful", "a travesty", "racist".these were some of the words used to describe a measure signed off by us president donald trump that suspends immigration from several muslim-majority countries, and indefinitely bans syrians - including refugees - from entering the united states.closing off his first week in office, trump signed the order on friday at the pentagon, saying the move would help protect americans from "terrorist" attacks."trump's latest executive order is likely to hurt the people most i






report: children held by kurdish forces allege torture


irbil, iraq (ap) — children detained by iraq’s kurdistan regional government on suspicion that they have connections to the islamic state group are alleging they were tortured, according to a report from an international human rights group published sunday.the children — who have not been formally charged with a crime — recount being held in stress positions, burned with cigarettes, shocked with electricity and beaten with plastic pipes, according to human rights watch, a new york based international watchdog.more than 180 boys under the age of 18 are currently being held, hrw estimates, and government officials have not informed their families where they are, increasing the likelihood the children could be disappeared.the rights group says they interviewed 19 boys aged 11 to 17 while they






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