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Algerian professor gets 3-year jail term for offending Islam

Apr. 22, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian court on Thursday convicted a high-profile university professor specializing in Islam of offending the Muslim religion, and sentenced him to three years in prison. Said Djabelkhir was not immediately jailed and said he would appeal,...

Fate of Polish judge hangs in balance as panel deliberates

Apr. 22, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A disputed disciplinary body within Poland's Supreme Court spent a second day Thursday examining a motion that could result in the arrest of a judge who has become a symbol of resistance for those who believe judicial independence is threatened in the country. ...

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Apr. 22, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

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Hundreds gather for Minneapolis funeral of Daunte Wright

Apr. 22, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Daunte Wright, the young Black man shot by police during a traffic stop in suburban Minneapolis, was being remembered Thursday at a funeral just two days after a former police officer was convicted of murdering George Floyd and amid a national reckoning on racism and...

Black ex-firefighter awarded $2.43M in discrimination case

Apr. 22, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Black Kansas City firefighter was subjected to racial discrimination then fired in retaliation for his complaints, a federal jury found Thursday in a trial that highlighted systemic racism in the department. The Unified Government of Wyandotte...

Talks narrow on a compromise to changes in US policing laws

Apr. 22, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bolstered with new momentum, Congress is ready to try again to change the nation’s policing laws, heeding President Joe Biden’s admonition that the guilty verdict in George Floyd’s death is “not enough” for a country confronting a legacy of police violence. ...

Grim list of deaths at police hands grows even after verdict

Apr. 22, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

Just as the guilty verdict was about to be read in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, police in Ohio shot and killed a Black teenager in broad daylight during a confrontation. The shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who was swinging a knife during...

Lawsuit against attorney Mike Morse can go ahead, court says

Apr. 22, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A woman who claims a high-profile Detroit-area lawyer grabbed her breast can pursue a claim of emotional distress after the Michigan Supreme Court declined to intervene in the case. The decision means an appeals court ruling will stand in a...

Police chiefs hail Chauvin verdict as a key step to healing

Apr. 22, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

Not long after a jury convicted former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of killing George Floyd, police chiefs across the U.S. started speaking up. And it wasn't to defend the police. New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said convicting Chauvin on...

Police department apologizes for post critical of Floyd

Apr. 22, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts police department is apologizing after a social media post critical of George Floyd was shared on the department's official Facebook page. The since-deleted post appeared shortly after a Minnesota jury found former Minneapolis...