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Activists flood Statehouse to protest family separations

Jun. 20, 2018 3:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of activists have flooded the halls of the Massachusetts Statehouse to protest the Trump administration policy of separating children from families after they are detained crossing the U.S. border illegally. Protesters held signs that read "Families Belong Together" and "History is...

Birthplace of singer, activist Nina Simone to be preserved

Jun. 19, 2018 4:19 PM EDT

TRYON, N.C. (AP) — The dilapidated wooden cottage in North Carolina that was the birthplace of singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone now has the protection of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The trust said in a news release Tuesday that it will develop and find a new use for the house...

3 gay rights activists shot to death in southern Mexico

Jun. 19, 2018 4:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say three LGBTQ activists have been shot dead and left along a highway in the troubled southern state of Guerrero. Guerrero security spokesman Roberto Alvarez says the bodies were found Sunday on a road between Taxco and Cuernavaca with bullet wounds to the head....

A big stink erupts over landfills ringing Russia's capital

Jun. 19, 2018 7:22 AM EDT

KOLOMNA, Russia (AP) — Walking to a store in March, Olga Yevseyeva was hit by the familiar, noxious stench of rotten eggs wafting from the town landfill a few miles away. It was a moment that changed her life. "This smell just made me explode with anger," she recalled of that spring night in Kolomna, a...

Iran's Revolutionary Guard chief criticizes open letter

Jun. 19, 2018 5:25 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard has criticized Iranian activists who signed an open letter last week asking Iran's leaders to take part in direct talks with Washington, saying they have "sided with the U.S., the enemy of the people." The website of the Guard on Tuesday...

AFI highlights Clooney's life of acting, activism and pranks

Jun. 18, 2018 2:10 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — George Clooney's Hollywood career spans more than three decades, with memorable roles including fighting vampires, playing Batman and drifting through space in "Gravity." But Clooney's other accomplishments, including directing, screenwriting and activism, led to him becoming the latest...

Airport authorities detain 2 rights advocates in Yemen

Jun. 18, 2018 1:54 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni rights advocates are reporting that two of the country's most prominent activists have been detained and taken to an undisclosed location at an airport in western Yemen. The advocates, including Tawakol Karman, who won the Noble Prize for Peace in 2011, denounced the arrest of...

Jewish artifacts disappear from Damascus in fog of Syria war

Jun. 18, 2018 12:23 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Jewish artifacts, including ancient parchment torahs from one of the world's oldest synagogues, have gone missing from the Syrian capital amid the tumult of ongoing civil war, with some precious items reportedly surfacing abroad. Activists say the artifacts, moved from the now-destroyed Jobar...

Parkland students, activists registering voters in Chicago

Jun. 16, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago anti-violence activists and a group of Florida high school shooting survivors fanned out across the city's South Side on Saturday, knocking on doors and registering people to vote in a bid to build support for changing the nation's gun laws. Ryan Deitsch, 18, from Marjory Stoneman...

Trump congratulates Hungarian leader who shares border views

Jun. 16, 2018 3:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is congratulating Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary on his recent re-election. The White House says Trump spoke Saturday with the Hungarian leader known for his hardline views on immigration and criticism of investor and political activist George Soros. The...