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Police stand guard while protesters block the parliament in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday Oct. 28, 2020. People across Poland stayed off their jobs and huge crowds poured onto the streets for a seventh straight day of protests Wednesday, enraged over a top court ruling that bans abortions in cases of fetal abnormalities. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland: New protests as PM urges restraint amid virus spike

Oct. 29, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — New protests broke out in Polish cities late Thursday against a recent high court ruling that tightens already strict abortion laws, with participants ignoring an appeal by Poland's prime minister to desist due to pandemic restrictions as COVID-19 infections hit a huge spike. Hundreds...

Enrique Balcazar, of Migrant Justice, an advocacy group representing immigrant farmworkers in Vermont, speaks to a crowd outside the federal court on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement has agreed not to deport Balcazar or two other activists in a settlement of the activists' lawsuit accusing the federal government of targeting them in retaliation for their activism. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

ICE settles lawsuit filed by immigrant activists in Vermont

Oct. 28, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The federal government has agreed not to deport three immigrant activists in Vermont who sued two years ago after they were arrested, saying they were targeted in retaliation for their activism, according to the settlement filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Vermont. As part...

Agence France-Presse’s Kashmir correspondent Parvaiz Bukhari, centre, talks to his colleagues after National Investigation Agency personnel searched his premises on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Indian agency raids home of journalist, activists in Kashmir

Oct. 28, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India’s premier investigating agency on Wednesday said it raided 10 locations in Indian-controlled Kashmir, including the offices and residences of a journalist and two prominent activists, triggering concerns of a crackdown on information and a free press in the disputed...

Diane di Prima, Beat poet and activist, dead at 86

Oct. 28, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Diane di Prima, a poet, activist and teacher who was one of the last surviving members of the Beats and one of the few women writers in the Beat movement, has died at age 86. Di Prima's longtime partner Sheppard Powell told The Associated Press that di Prima had been in failing health and...

Supporters of restoring Florida felons' voting rights march to an early voting precinct, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition led marches to the polls in dozens of Florida counties. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Black men's votes courted as some search for political home

Oct. 28, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For Phillip Agnew, engaging Black male voters ahead of the general election isn’t just about persuading them to choose former Vice President Joe Biden over incumbent Donald Trump. As an activist and organizer who gained acclaim after leading protests in Florida over the 2012 shooting...

FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo, the leader of the now dissolved Democrat Party's Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, center, and secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, right, arrive at the parliament in Bangkok, Thailand. Leaders of the former popular political party warned Wednesday that a reported plan to charge them with a crime could inflame the country's current political crisis. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Dissolved Thai party leaders decry possible legal charges

Oct. 28, 2020 11:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Leaders of a popular Thai political party dissolved by the courts eight months ago warned Wednesday that a reported plan to charge them with a crime could inflame the country’s current political crisis. Executives of the former Future Forward Party were responding to Thai media...

Supporters of Islami Oikya Jote, an Islamist political party, hold up an effigy representing French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against the publishing of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad they deem blasphemous, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Muslims in the Middle East and beyond on Monday called for boycotts of French products and for protests over the caricatures, but Macron has vowed his country will not back down from its secular ideals and defense of free speech. Posters read

Hundreds of Muslims hold anti-France protest in Bangladesh

Oct. 28, 2020 8:34 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Hundreds of activists from an Islamist political party protested in Bangladesh’s capital on Wednesday against the French president's support of secular laws that deem caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad as protected under freedom of speech. The protesters from the...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, a Qatar Airways jet approaches Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. Qatar apologized Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, after authorities forcibly examined female passengers from a Qatar Airways flight to Australia to try to identify who might have given birth to a newborn baby found abandoned at the airport earlier this month. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Qatar apologizes, investigates forced airport examinations

Oct. 28, 2020 7:23 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar apologized Wednesday after authorities forcibly examined female passengers from a Qatar Airways flight to Sydney to try to identify who might have given birth to an abandoned newborn baby, even as Australia said it was only one of 10 flights subjected to the...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2020, file photo, pro-democracy demonstrators march to the German Embassy in central Bangkok, Thailand. Fed up with an archaic educational system and enraged by the military's efforts to keep control over their nation, a student-led campaign has shaken Thailand’s ruling establishment with the most significant campaign for political change in years. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

Thai student-protesters aim for ambitious political change

Oct. 27, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — He was only 7 when he saw his first military coup. He was 15 during the second. Now 21, he is among those at the front of Thailand's growing pro-democracy movement pushing for sweeping political reforms. And because of his activities, Bunkueanun Paothong has been charged with crimes that...

Women's rights activists with posters of the Women's Strike action protest against recent tightening of Poland's restrictive abortion law in front of the parliament building as inside, guards had to be used to shield right-wing ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski from angry opposition lawmakers, in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. Massive nationwide protests have been held ever since a top court ruled Thursday that abortions due to fetal congenital defects are unconstitutional. Slogan reads 'Women’s Strike'. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland's leader wants churches defended, condemns protests

Oct. 27, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s powerful ruling party leader urged his supporters Tuesday to defend the predominantly Catholic nation's churches, potentially setting the stage for clashes with demonstrators angry at a court ruling that severely restricts abortions. The call Tuesday by Jaroslaw...