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Myanmar junta attacks western town that resisted coup

May. 16, 2021 01:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.S. and British embassies in Myanmar expressed concern about reports of fierce government attacks on a town in western Chin state, where the ruling junta declared martial law because of armed resistance to military rule. The fighting began around 6...

The Latest: China calls for UN council action, slams US

May. 15, 2021 23:40 PM EDT

The Latest on the continuing violence between Israel and Gaza's militant Hamas rulers amid the latest escalation in the Middle East: ___ BEIJING — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has called on the U.N. Security Council to seek an early...

Israel strikes Gaza home of Hamas leader, destroys AP office

May. 15, 2021 22:46 PM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel slammed the Gaza Strip with airstrikes, in a dramatic escalation that included bombing the home of a senior Hamas leader, killing a family of 10 in a refugee camp — most of them children — and pulverizing a high-rise that housed The Associated Press...

Protesters in major US cities decry airstrikes over Gaza

May. 15, 2021 22:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets of Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta and other U.S. cities on Saturday to demand an end to Israeli airstrikes over the Gaza Strip. Thousands of people shut down traffic on a major...

'Sins of our past': Apologies for 1970 Jackson St. shootings

May. 15, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of Mississippi's capital city and a state senator both apologized Saturday for shootings 51 years ago by city and state police officers that killed two people and injured 12 others on the campus of a historically Black college. Jackson...

Police fire tear gas on banned Palestinian march in Paris

May. 15, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French riot police fired tear gas and used water cannons Saturday in Paris as protesters supporting Palestinians in the Gaza Strip defied a ban on marching in the French capital. Thousands of people marched peacefully in other cities in France and elsewhere...

Bleak futures fuel widespread protests by young Colombians

May. 15, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of young people and college students have been at the forefront of Colombia's antigovernment protests for more than two weeks, armed with improvised shields made from garbage cans and umbrellas. They have taken the brunt of the...

Ethiopia again delays national election amid deadly tensions

May. 15, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopia has again delayed its national election after some opposition parties said they wouldn’t take part and as conflict in the country’s Tigray region means no vote is being held there, further complicating Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's efforts to centralize...

Myanmar frees Japanese journalist as gesture to Tokyo

May. 15, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — An arrested Japanese reporter returned home Friday after being released by Myanmar's ruling junta in what it called a gesture of friendship to Japan. Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Yuki Kitazumi was released after efforts by Japanese...

India police jail 21 Kashmiris amid pro-Palestinian rallies

May. 15, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir said Saturday that 21 people were arrested for disturbing public order by expressing solidarity with Palestinians and holding protests against Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. Police said in a statement...