Human rights and civil liberties

The Women's soccer World Cup trophy is on display during its presentation in a Paris school, Tuesday, May 14, 2019. When FIFA released its global strategy for women’s soccer last year, it was met by some skepticism. But soccer’s governing body is making some strides in implementing the long-range plan, against a backdrop of this summer’s World Cup in France. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
May 15, 2019 - 11:54 am
When FIFA released its global strategy for women's soccer last year, it was met with some skepticism. But the sport's governing body is making some strides in implementing the long-range plan — against a backdrop of this summer's World Cup in France. Sarai Bareman, FIFA's chief women's football...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2014, photo a view of rainbow laces in Tottenham Hotspurs' Harry Kane boots, as part of an anti-homophobia campaign, as he warms up ahead of their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England. The French football league has set up an action plan to tackle homophobia in its stadiums that paves the way for judicial sanctions against abusive fans. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
May 13, 2019 - 4:51 am
PARIS (AP) — The French soccer league has set up an action plan to tackle homophobia in its stadiums, a system that will pave the way for judicial sanctions against abusive fans. Often heard at French league matches, homophobic chants have been tolerated for a long time by many club officials, and...
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FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2004, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies' Doug Glanville congratulates a teammate in the 10th inning against the San Diego Padres in San Diego. The Chicago Cubs say they're investigating a fan using what appeared to be an offensive hand gesture associated with racism behind Glanville, now a television reporter, who was on the air for NBC Sports Chicago. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)
May 08, 2019 - 5:45 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have banned indefinitely from Wrigley Field the fan that used what appeared to be a racist hand gesture behind an African American television reporter during a game at their ballpark. The Cubs sent a letter Wednesday to the bearded man who flashed the offensive sign...
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FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2004, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies' Doug Glanville follows through on an RBI triple hit off San Diego Padres pitcher Adam Eaton during the third inning in San Diego. The Chicago Cubs say they're investigating a fan using what appeared to be an offensive hand gesture associated with racism behind Glanville, now a television reporter, who was on the air for NBC Sports Chicago. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)
May 08, 2019 - 1:27 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the Chicago Cubs' investigation of a potentially racist hand gesture seen during a broadcast of a game against Miami (all times local): 3:15 p.m. The Chicago Cubs say they are trying to identify the fan who made a potentially racist hand gesture behind a TV reporter...
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FILE - In this April 5, 2018, file photo, United States' Allie Long (20) blocks Mexico's Renae Cuellar (21) path to the goal during the second half of an international friendly soccer match, in Jacksonville, Fla. Defender Ali Krieger and midfielders Allie Long and Morgan Brian have been included on the U.S. national team roster for the Women’s World Cup in France. All three were widely considered on the bubble for the 23-player roster announced Thursday, May 2, 2019, by coach Jill Ellis. The United States is the defending champion of soccer’s premier tournament, which starts on June 7. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
May 06, 2019 - 9:25 pm
The U.S. Soccer Federation has formally denied allegations of gender discrimination made by players of the U.S. women's national team. Twenty-eight members of the current women's player pool filed the lawsuit March 8 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the...
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FILE - This Sept. 25, 2015 file photo shows the FIFA logo outside FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA will hold talks with human rights groups about issues associated with expanding the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf beyond host Qatar. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)
April 27, 2019 - 5:24 am
FIFA assured human rights groups on Saturday it will talk to them about risks associated with expanding the 2022 World Cup in the Persian Gulf beyond host Qatar before taking a final decision. FIFA is formulating a formal plan on how logistical and political complexities can be overcome to expand...
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April 22, 2019 - 11:39 am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly three dozen men and women filed a federal class-action lawsuit alleging Florida authorities unlawfully videotaped them as they received legal massages at a parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft allegedly paid for sex. The lawsuit by 31 John and...
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The covered Kate Smith statue sits outside Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Friday, April 19, 2019. The Philadelphia Flyers covered the statue of singer Kate Smith outside their arena, following the New York Yankees in cutting ties and looking into allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of “God Bless America.” Flyers officials said Friday they also plan to remove Smith’s recording of “God Bless America” from their library. They say several songs performed by Smith “contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization.” (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
April 21, 2019 - 4:37 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith outside NHL team's arena, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of "God Bless America." On Friday, the Flyers said Smith's "God Bless America"...
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Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez, left, challenges for the ball with Tottenham's Danny Rose during the Champions League, round of 8, first-leg soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in London, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
April 20, 2019 - 1:20 pm
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Some soccer players in England boycotting social media in a protest against racism were targeted with abuse for posting about the 24-hour campaign. Talks with the social media companies are now being urgently sought by the Professional Footballers' Association, which...
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Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson (7) celebrates scoring against the Detroit Tigers in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, April 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
April 20, 2019 - 6:46 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson didn't go into detail Friday about what he said during a bench-clearing fracas with Kansas City earlier in the week after a report that he directed a racial slur at Royals pitcher Brad Keller. Anderson was suspended one game for his actions...
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