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No Hong Kong response as activists' deadline passes

Jun. 20, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A deadline imposed by activist groups for Hong Kong's government to meet demands including the scrapping of controversial extradition legislation has passed without an official response. The groups say they will call on supporters to surround government headquarters if their demands...

Man says fire Phoenix officers who aimed guns at his family

Jun. 20, 2019 12:52 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The young black man shown in a videotaped encounter that showed Phoenix police pointing guns and yelling obscenities at him and his pregnant fiancee told the City Council on Wednesday that he wants the officers fired. Dravon Ames, 22, told councilmembers that he and his family "could have...

Sudan's army calls for unconditional talks with protesters

Jun. 19, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's military council said talks on the transition of power should resume without preconditions, signaling a continued standoff with opposition leaders who launched nighttime demonstrations to push for civilian rule. Protest leaders have set conditions for a resumption of talks,...

Chicago panel clears 2 white officers in black man's death

Jun. 19, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A review board has cleared two white Chicago police officers in the fatal shooting of a black man that led to demonstrations. Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability said in a statement Tuesday that officers Joseph Treacy and Sgt. Thomas Derouin acted "within policy" in the 2016...

The Latest: Phoenix man in video calls for police firings

Jun. 19, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the videotaped police encounter after a reported shoplifting (all times local): 4:57 p.m. The young black man who was targeted in a videotaped encounter that showed Phoenix police pointing guns at him and his pregnant fiancee has told the City Council he wants the officers to...

UN human rights chief makes first visit to Venezuela

Jun. 19, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United Nations' top human rights official arrived in Venezuela Wednesday for a visit that comes amid heightened international pressure on President Nicolás Maduro for allegedly silencing opponents with jail, torture and excessive violence. On her first visit to the South...

ACLU attacks restrictions on protests in Kansas Statehouse

Jun. 19, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union asked a federal judge Wednesday to make it easier to protest inside the Kansas Statehouse, as some members of the Republican-controlled Legislature worry that liberal demonstrators have become increasingly disruptive. An ACLU lawsuit challenges rules...

Push to legalize recreational pot fails in New York

Jun. 19, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A push to legalize recreational marijuana in New York has failed after state leaders did not reach a consensus on several key details in the final days of the legislative session. Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat and the lead sponsor of the main legalization bill in her chamber,...

Media in Russia's south protest journalist's arrest

Jun. 19, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Journalists in southern Russia are protesting the arrest of a newspaper editor on terrorism charges they say were trumped up as part of an official campaign to silence independent media. Abdulmumin Gadzhiev, the religious affairs editor of the independent weekly Chernovik, was arrested Friday...

New group calls for end elective to abortions in Utah

Jun. 19, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new anti-abortion group is launching a push to end all elective abortions in Utah. Abortion-Free Utah rallied Wednesday at the state capitol to start the effort to ban the procedure and push Planned Parenthood out of the state. Planned Parenthood CEO Karrie Galloway says her group...