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FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2019, file photo, Bradley fighting vehicles are parked at a U.S. military base at an undisclosed location in Northeastern Syria, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. The U.S. has deployed additional troops and armored vehicles into eastern Syria after a number of clashes with Russian forces, including a recent vehicle collision that injured four American service members. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

Syria minister calls Turkey main terrorism sponsor in region

Sep. 26, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Syria’s foreign minister accused Turkey on Saturday of being “one of the main sponsors of terror” in his country and the region, and said it is guilty of “a war crime and a crime against humanity" for cutting water to more than a dozen towns that resisted...

Black artist pulls exhibit from HistoryMiami to protest

Sep. 26, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — To the late songstress and civil rights activist Nina Simone, the role of an artist was quite clear: “An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times,” she once told an interviewer. Although filmed decades ago, Simone’s words feel...

Mural project aims to raise awareness of West End ‘Heroines’

Sep. 26, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — If the rain wasn’t getting in Ashley Dopson’s way, it was the taggers. The start of Atlanta’s ninth annual ELEVATE public art festival was just under three weeks away. At that point, the mural Dopson designed as a festival centerpiece was little more than white outlines...

Reports note issues at veterans home with fatal virus cases

Sep. 23, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Reports on the activities at a Hawaii nursing home with a fatal coronavirus outbreak found various problems, including what one investigation called a culture of complacency among staff. The COVID-19 outbreak at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home in Hilo has claimed the lives of 25...

An aerial view shows new village houses built by the Chinese government for ethnic minority in Ganluo county, southwest China's Sichuan province on Sept. 10, 2020. China's ruling Communist Party says its initiatives have helped to lift millions of people out of poverty. Yi ethnic minority members were moved out of their mountain villages in China’s southwest and into the newly built town in an anti-poverty initiative. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil)

China uproots ethnic minority villages in anti-poverty fight

Sep. 22, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

CHENGBEI GAN’EN, China (AP) — Under a portrait of President Xi Jinping, Ashibusha sits in her freshly painted living room cradling her infant daughter beside a chair labeled a “gift from the government.” The mother of three is among 6,600 members of the Yi ethnic minority who were...

MLB, union commit $10M to increase Black participation

Sep. 21, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players’ association say they have committed $10 million to fund programs of the new Players Alliance to improve representation of Black Americans in baseball. Management and the union said in a statement Monday that The Players Alliance will fund joint...

Ashley Cleveland is a volunteer with Outdoor Afro, in Salt Lake City, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. Utah is known for its outdoors culture, but people of color often don't have the same level of access to the state's famous natural features. Cleveland, 32, is an advisory committee member for the state Office of Outdoor Recreation and Utah’s only volunteer leader for Outdoor Afro, a nonprofit that helps Black people meet up and engage with the outdoors. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Advocate encourages people of color to explore the outdoors

Sep. 19, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ashley Cleveland was 8 years old, walking through Sequoia National Park, when a park ranger pointed out a banana slug dragging itself across the forest floor. The ranger explained the anatomy and diet of the slug to Cleveland and the group of young campers, and asked if any of them...

Illinois university to hire more faculty to help program

Sep. 19, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois university has decided to increase faculty numbers in their Africana Studies department, a move that officials said will help students prepare for cross-cultural society after graduation. Southern Illinois University officials plan to double the program's core faculty...

FILE - In this March 23, 2016 file photo, a foreign worker unloads fish from a U.S. fishing vessel at Pier 38 in Honolulu. On Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 the Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments on the legality of issuing licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii's longline commercial fishing fleet, which for years has been under scrutiny after an Associated Press investigation revealed claims of human trafficking and questionable labor practices.(AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

Hawaii court hears case on legality of foreign fishing labor

Sep. 18, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Supreme Court heard arguments Friday on the legality of granting licenses to foreign workers in Hawaii’s longline commercial fishing fleet, which for years has been under scrutiny after an Associated Press investigation revealed claims of human trafficking and questionable...

President Donald Trump speaks to the White House conference on American History at the National Archives museum, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump downplays legacy of slavery in appeal to white voters

Sep. 17, 2020 5:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump intensified efforts to appeal to his core base of white voters on Thursday by downplaying the historical legacy of slavery in the United States and blasting efforts to address systemic racism as divisive. The president’s comments marking the 233rd anniversary...