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Global climate protests start in Australia before UN summit

Sep. 19, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Thousands of protesters are gathering at rallies around Australia as a day of worldwide demonstrations begins ahead of a U.N. climate summit in New York. Some of the first rallies in what is being billed as a "global climate strike" started Friday in Australia's largest city,...

Biden flexes 2020 muscle with new Black Caucus endorsements

Sep. 19, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

Joe Biden sought to demonstrate a broad appeal to Democrats on Thursday with new endorsements from leading African American lawmakers and a former governor of a pivotal swing state. The backing from Reps. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri and Charlie Crist of Florida reflects Biden's...

Arkansas court won't let judge hear execution cases again

Sep. 19, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court said Thursday it won't allow a judge who participated in an anti-death penalty demonstration the same day he blocked the state from using a lethal injection drug to resume hearing execution cases. The court rejected the request by Pulaski County Circuit...

China attacks Pelosi for meeting Hong Kong activists

Sep. 19, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign ministry on Thursday accused U.S. congressional leader Nancy Pelosi of making irresponsible remarks about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, one day after she welcomed activists from the city to the U.S. Capitol. Spokesman Geng Shuang said Pelosi and other American...

In new Sudan, women want more freedom, bigger political role

Sep. 19, 2019 7:59 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — On her daily walks from home to her job at a primary school in the city of Port Sudan, Khalda Saber would urge people to join the protests against the three-decade rule of Sudan's autocratic President Omar al-Bashir. At school, she rallied fellow teachers to join the pro-democracy uprising. "I...

Prosecutor son's job prompts turning over telescope arrests

Sep. 18, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — To avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, the Hawaii attorney general's office will take over prosecution of protesters arrested for blocking construction of a giant telescope. Big Island prosecutor Mitch Roth said Wednesday he turned over the cases in response to an Associated...

AP Interview: Nicaragua opposition leader sees long road

Sep. 18, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Opposition leader Félix Maradiaga said Thursday after returning to Nicaragua from 14 months in exile that he will not leave again, even though he believes President Daniel Ortega has imposed a "peace of the graveyard." In an interview with The Associated Press, the...

Judge partially blocks law aimed at oil pipeline protests

Sep. 18, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked enforcement of some new South Dakota laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. A lawsuit spearheaded by the American Civil Liberties Union against Gov. Kristi Noem and state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg alleges that...

The Latest: Union protesters arrested at Tennessee GM plant

Sep. 18, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the United Auto Workers union's strike that has crippled U.S. production at General Motors (all times local): 5:15 p.m. A United Auto Workers official says about seven to nine union picketers were arrested for blocking a roadway at a General Motors plant in Tennessee. Local UAW...

Arkansas attorney general wants judge barred from her cases

Sep. 18, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to reassign cases involving her office from a judge who has been prohibited from handling execution cases, accusing him of regularly being biased against her staff. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's office on Tuesday...