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Sanders video highlights lack of Reno affordable housing

Jun. 26, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has released an online campaign video spotlighting the lack of affordable housing in Reno. The Vermont senator's campaign released a video Wednesday featuring interviews with a northern Nevada tenant rights activist, footage of a Sanders...

Kenya court stops building of coal plant in heritage site

Jun. 26, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan environmental tribunal Wednesday blocked the construction of a government-backed coal power plant in Lamu County, which hosts a UNESCO world heritage site. Environmental rights activists celebrated the decision inside and outside the court. Environmental groups had challenged...

Protesters urge discussion of Hong Kong issue at G-20 summit

Jun. 26, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people joined Hong Kong's latest rally Wednesday night against legislation they fear would erode the city's freedoms, capping a daylong appeal to world leaders ahead of a G-20 summit that brings together the heads of China, the United States and other major nations later this...

18-year-old arrested in brutal killing of activist in 2015

Jun. 25, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities have arrested an 18-year-old man in the brutal killing of a Minneapolis activist in 2015. The man was 14 at the time of Susan Spiller's murder. His name is not being released and authorities could say little Tuesday because he was charged as a juvenile. Prosecutors say...

Democratic candidate Sanders to speak at black press meeting

Jun. 25, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders will be the featured speaker at a black press convention that begins Tuesday evening in Cincinnati. National Newspaper Publishers Association organizers expect hundreds of people to join in events that begin Tuesday evening with a...

Egypt arrests 8, including ex-lawmaker and secular activists

Jun. 25, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian police arrested at least eight people on Tuesday, including a former lawmaker and key secular activists in the country's 2011 uprising, for their alleged ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, authorities said. The arrests mark the latest in a years-long crackdown by President...

Stonewall: How a raid and rebellion became a rights movement

Jun. 24, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Olenick was 19 and living a secret social life, letting loose with friends at a speakeasy-like bar with blacked-out windows and one of the few floors in town where men danced with other men. Then the lights came on and the police strode into the Stonewall Inn. Adrenaline pumping,...

Criticism as Turkey puts 16 on trial for anti-govt protests

Jun. 24, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Prominent philanthropist Osman Kavala and 15 others went on trial in Turkey Monday accused of organizing anti-government protests in 2013, with defendants and rights groups calling the charges baseless and aimed at silencing civil society activities. The prosecutor claims the defendants,...

Judge: Census question might have discriminatory motive

Jun. 24, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — New evidence paints a "disturbing picture" that racial discrimination may be the motive behind the Trump administration's push to ask everyone in the country about citizenship status, a federal judge wrote in a Monday filing. Last week, U.S. District Judge George Hazel of Maryland ruled...

Activist arrested for chanting 'Down with Polish fascism!'

Jun. 24, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An activist in Poland has been arrested and charged with the crime of insulting the Polish nation for chanting "Down with Polish fascism!" in response to Polish nationalists disturbing a public event. The incident comes under a conservative nationalist government that has used police...