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UAW strike puts Trump, GOP in political bind in key states

Sep. 21, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats were quick to back working-class United Auto Workers in their strike against General Motors, delivering doughnuts and holding picket signs outside factories to show solidarity. It's a union they long have aligned with politically. There were no doughnuts from Republicans....

Youth leaders at UN demand bold climate change action

Sep. 21, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Fresh off the climate strike that took hundreds of thousands of young people out of classrooms and into the streets globally, youth leaders gathered at the United Nations Saturday to demand radical moves to fight climate change. "We showed that we are united and that we, young people,...

Activist: Egyptian authorities arrest brother to silence me

Sep. 20, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S.-based Egyptian activist whose Facebook page helped ignite the 2011 pro-democracy uprising said authorities have arrested his brother in Cairo. Wael Ghonim, a computer engineer, said his recent criticism of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi prompted authorities to retaliate by...

Q&A: Climate activist Greta Thunberg on global strikes

Sep. 20, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said she's overwhelmed by the success of Friday's climate protests. But the 16-year-old who sparked the global movement said she was underwhelmed by the United States government's approach to climate change. Thunberg spoke with The Associated...

The Latest: Young Mexicans urge leaders to act on climate

Sep. 20, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the global climate protests being held in cities around the world (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Hundreds of mainly young demonstrators are marching through downtown Mexico City, chanting "political change, not climate change!" That was an apparent reference to President...

Thousands of youths turn out for Boston climate strike

Sep. 20, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Thousands of young climate change activists have marched and rallied in Boston as part of a global, youth-led day of environmental action. The high school age students who organized the event walked out of classes Friday. They were bolstered by supporters coming from earlier rallies on the...

Syrian activists: Anti-govt protests held in oil-rich east

Sep. 20, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say anti-government protesters have captured at least two army checkpoints in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the protests occurred in government-held areas close to those controlled by U.S.-backed...

Climate change will grab globe's focus with summit, strikes

Sep. 20, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Get ready to hear about global warming — or the "climate emergency " as the United Nations is calling it. In the next week, there will be climate strikes, climate summits, climate debates, a dire climate science report, climate pledges by countries and businesses, promises of...

Indonesia's president delays vote on new criminal code

Sep. 20, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president urged lawmakers on Friday to delay a vote on a proposed new criminal code amid mounting criticism of the bill, which opponents say threatens democracy and discriminates against minorities. Updating Indonesia's criminal code, a legacy of the Dutch colonial...

AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

Sep. 20, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean that were published in the past week. Haiti came to a standstill with no public transportation and banks, government offices and schools shut down amid street protests over a...