• Baltimore ends contract with lawyer accused of Neo-Nazi ties

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The city of Baltimore terminated its contract with a lawyer Thursday after a published report said he supported Neo-Nazi groups.

  • In this April 13, 2016, file photo, Eddie Johnson, left, speaks after being sworn in as the new Chicago police superintendent in Chicago. Superintendent Johnson says he will recommend the firing of seven officers involved in the Oct. 20, 2014 shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Thursday Aug. 18, 2016 he was accepting the recommendations of the city's inspector general who concluded that the officers filed false police reports. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

    Chicago police recommend firing of 7 cops for false reports

    CHICAGO (AP) — Seven Chicago police officers should be fired for filing false reports in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014, the police superintendent said Thursday, in a move aimed at repairing the reputation of a department dogged by decades of cover-ups and scandal.

  • In this Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, file photo, Syrian prisoners sit in a courtroom before their release in Damascus, Syria. The Amnesty report highlights new statistics from the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, or HRDAG, an organization that uses scientific approaches to analyze human rights violations, which indicate that 17,723 people died in custody across Syria between March 2011 and the end of 2015. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

    Rights group: More than 17,000 killed in Syrian state jails

    BEIRUT (AP) — The young Syrian activist was beaten, prevented from going to the toilet and saw her cellmates taken for rounds of whipping when she was held for more than a month in several government detention facilities.

  • In this Sunday, July 17, 2016, photo, an Afghan mental health doctor, center, talks with patients in the Mental Health and Drug Addicts' Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. After almost 40 years of conflict and crisis, experts say the vast majority of the Afghan population suffers from some form of post-traumatic stress disorder, yet arcane societal attitudes on mental health are holding back many from seeking help. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    After years of war, Afghans wary to talk of mental health

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Soheila Hashemi has hardly slept since a suicide bomber targeted a rally in the Afghan capital last month, killing more than 80 people and wounding scores in the deadliest attack in Kabul since the war with the Taliban began 15 years ago.

  • In this photo taken Tuesday April, 5. 2016 author Hadiza Nuhu Gudaji, reads through one of her novels in her bedroom in Kano, Nigeria. In the local market stalls are signs of a feminist revolution with piles of poorly printed books by women, as part of a flourishing literary movement centered in the ancient city of Kano, that advocate against conservative Muslim traditions such as child marriage and quick divorces.  dozens of young women are rebelling through romance novels, many hand-written in the Hausa language, and the romances now run into thousands of titles.  (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

    Romances by women authors in Nigeria challenge traditions

    KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Nestled among vegetables, plastic kettles and hand-dyed fabric in market stalls are the signs of a feminist revolution: Piles of poorly printed books by women that advocate forcefully against conservative Muslim traditions such as child marriage and quick divorce.