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Los Angeles authorities looking into Asia Argento allegation

Aug. 20, 2018 10:49 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities said Monday that they are looking into sexual assault allegations by a young actor against Italian actress Asia Argento — one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment. Los Angeles County sheriff's Capt. Darren Harris said...

Cambodian king pardons 4 imprisoned land rights activists

Aug. 20, 2018 9:47 PM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A prominent leader of Cambodia's land rights movement and three female activists imprisoned with her were freed Monday under a royal pardon. The pardon from King Norodom Sihamoni at the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen came less than a week after the second anniversary of Tep...

Poland bans Ukraine activist from Europe, raising questions

Aug. 20, 2018 12:48 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland has used its powers as a European Union member to ban a human rights Ukrainian activist from all 26 countries in Europe's Schengen area, saying she poses a security threat following allegations that she works for Russian interests. Some government critics, however, have...

Israeli journalist and peace activist Uri Avnery dies at 94

Aug. 20, 2018 5:27 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Uri Avnery, a trailblazing Israeli journalist and peace activist and one of the first to openly advocate for a Palestinian state, died Monday at the age of 94. Avnery passed away at a Tel Aviv hospital after suffering a stroke. For decades, he was a symbol of the Israeli peace camp, easily...

US criticizes Vietnam for jailing peaceful activists

Aug. 17, 2018 11:29 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The United States said it was deeply concerned over Vietnam's conviction and sentencing of an activist this week, calling the trend of increased arrests and harsh sentences of government critics "troubling." A State Department statement Friday also called on the communist government...

School group pays $20K to end suit in firing of GOP activist

Aug. 17, 2018 2:24 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Association of School Boards will pay $20,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a lawyer and GOP activist who was fired after publicly praising Gov. Kim Reynolds. Association director Lisa Bartusek said Friday the deal includes $5,000 in wages for Anna Bergman and $15,000 from...

Plant owner agrees to plead guilty after immigration raid

Aug. 17, 2018 1:37 PM EDT

BEAN STATION, Tenn. (AP) — The owner of a Tennessee meatpacking plant where a federal immigration raid took more than 90 people into custody has agreed to plead guilty to employing unauthorized immigrants. News outlets report James Brantley also agreed to plead guilty to tax evasion and wire fraud this...

Moroccan feminist activist arrested amid abortion campaign

Aug. 17, 2018 11:38 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — A prominent Moroccan feminist activist has been arrested for alleged public drinking and disturbance of order, in what her association called an attempt to quash its campaigning for abortion access and LGBT rights. An online campaign was launched soon after Ibtissam Lachgar's arrest...

Mormon critics challenge church's tax-exempt status

Aug. 16, 2018 9:17 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Mormon critics are asking the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to investigate allegations that the church uses a Hawaii cultural center to commit tax fraud. Gay-rights activist and Mormon critic Fred Karger delivered a complaint to a Honolulu IRS office Thursday asking for an investigation...

Ugandan pop star, a government critic, faces military court

Aug. 16, 2018 3:30 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A pop singer and prominent critic of Uganda's government was charged with unlawful possession of firearms in a military court on Thursday for his alleged role in clashes in which the longtime president's motorcade was attacked by people throwing stones. The arrest of lawmaker...