PHOTOS: South Africa marks Freedom Day, end of apartheid

World 04/27/19, 11:13

Sporting a lively array of colorful outfits, about 3,500 South Africans attended celebrations on Saturday in Kwa-Thema township, east of Johannesburg, on Freedom Day, the public holiday marking the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid. Many wore the bright yellow, green and black colors of the African National Congress, ...

South Africa marks Freedom Day; apartheid ended 25 years ago

World 04/27/19, 10:14

Calls for more jobs for South Africa's black majority and respect for the rights of the LGBTI community have marked Freedom Day celebrations commemorating the 25th anniversary of the end of apartheid.Singing and dancing punctuated one gathering on Saturday of about 3,500 people on the outskirts of Johannesburg.A quarter-century ago ...

After son was expelled, lobbyist tries to change state law

U.S. 04/26/19, 16:30

A lobbyist whose son was expelled from college under a federal sex-discrimination law successfully enlisted a Missouri state lawmaker to introduce a bill that would overhaul how such complaints are handled — a measure that one opponent called "revenge legislation."Republican Rep. Dean Dohrman said lobbyist Richard McIntosh asked him to ...

Interview: Blair on racism, human rights at sports events

Sports 04/26/19, 15:02

After leading Britain for a decade, believing society was becoming more tolerant, Tony Blair cannot comprehend how the national sport is being blighted by racism."I've been noticing and reading and hearing about it coming back in to football," the former British prime minister said in an interview with The Associated ...

Was There: Black South Africans get the vote

World 04/26/19, 06:30

journalist John Daniszewski reported on South Africa's first all-race election. We are reprinting the story now to mark the 25th anniversary of the vote and the end of the system of racial discrimination known as apartheid.___Black South Africans made history Tuesday, voting by the tens of thousands to take control ...

Thousands of Iraqi families bear the burden of IS legacy

World 04/24/19, 01:20

When Ahmed Khalil ran out of work as a van driver in the Iraqi city of Mosul three years ago, he signed up with the Islamic State group's police force, believing the salary would help keep his struggling family afloat.But what he wound up providing was a legacy that would ...

Tech firm VMware faces DACA discrimination lawsuit

Tech 04/23/19, 20:04

A participant in the federal program shielding young immigrants from deportation is suing a Silicon Valley company, saying she was denied a job she was qualified for despite being authorized to work in the U.S.The case is one of several filed recently against major U.S. corporations that allegedly refused to ...

Supreme Court to take up LGBT job discrimination cases

Politics 04/22/19, 09:57

The Supreme Court will decide whether the main federal civil rights law that prohibits employment discrimination applies to LGBT people. The justices say Monday they will hear cases involving people who claim they were fired because of their sexual orientation. Another case involves a funeral home employee who was fired after ...

Olympic silver medalist also has testosterone condition

Sports 04/17/19, 08:50

Caster Semenya's closest rival also has a condition that gives her high levels of naturally occurring testosterone and would be affected if track and field's governing body implements a contentious rule to control hormone levels.Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi, who won silver medals behind Semenya in the 800 meters at the ...

Tribes denounce North Dakota ID law in congressional hearing

Politics 04/16/19, 16:02

Native American voters face poor access to polling sites, discrimination by poll workers and unfair identification requirements, tribal leaders told members of Congress who traveled Tuesday to a reservation in North Dakota where voting rights were a key issue in last year's U.S. Senate race. A House elections subcommittee's meeting at ...

Microsoft overhauls how it investigates office misbehavior

Business 04/15/19, 15:45

Microsoft is revamping its practices for investigating workplace allegations after a group of women shared stories of discrimination and sexual harassment. CEO Satya Nadella sent a letter to employees about the changes Monday. Nadella says the company is increasing support services for workers who say they've experienced misbehavior, including a new "Employee ...

FIFA head wants refs to end soccer games if racism persists

Sports 04/13/19, 10:53

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has called for a crackdown on racism at soccer games after several high-profile incidents, and encouraged referees to abandon matches in the worst cases.The head of world soccer's governing body says "we will not hesitate to do everything in our power to eradicate racism, and any ...

Arizona governor signs repeal of HIV/AIDS instruction law

U.S. 04/11/19, 17:30

Arizona's Republican governor quickly signed a bill Thursday repealing a 1991 state law that had barred HIV and AIDS instruction that "promotes a homosexual lifestyle."The move was intended to end a discrimination lawsuit filed by LGBTQ groups.Gov. Doug Ducey's signature came less than an hour after the state Senate approved ...

Montenegro official issues partial racism apology in England

Soccer 04/02/19, 10:25

A week after Montenegro fans racially abused England players, a partial apology from the country has been delivered in person at Wembley Stadium.Montenegro Football Association general secretary Momir Djurdjevac intervened from the floor of a UEFA conference on discrimination to offer his account of the incident in a European Championship ...

Facebook facing housing discrimination charges from HUD

Business 03/28/19, 07:41

Facebook is being charged with housing discrimination by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.The claim Thursday from HUD comes less than a week after Facebook said it would overhaul its ad-targeting systems to prevent discrimination in housing , credit and employment ads as part of a legal settlement ...

Top firms decry religious exemption bills proposed in Texas

Business 03/27/19, 18:16

Some of the world's biggest companies are back to oppose a range of new Texas legislation they say is discriminatory, two years after Apple, Facebook and other Fortune 500 companies banded together with gay rights activists in defeating the state's "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people.The corporate giants, which also include ...

French league boss clarifies comments on anti-gay chants

Sports 03/26/19, 10:57

The French football league president has taken a clearer stance against homophobia after her comments linking insulting chants to football folklore were criticized by the government and anti-discrimination groups. At a meeting at the sports ministry on Tuesday, Nathalie Boy de la Tour clarified her position on the issue, saying she ...

Pogrebnyak fined for criticizing black Russia player

Sports 03/26/19, 10:27

Russian striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has been fined for remarks he made about black players on the Russia national team.Pogrebnyak told Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda this month he didn't believe Brazil-born Ari should play for Russia, adding "it's funny when a dark-skinned player plays for the Russia team."Pogrebnyak later said he ...

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