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Chilean leader acknowledges excess force used in protests

Nov. 18, 2019 8:15 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s president is struggling to bring calm as demonstrators took to the streets again Monday, a month into a potent protest movement that has dramatically altered the political landscape of the South American nation. More protests erupted after President Sebastián...

Reed takes office as Montgomery's first black mayor

Nov. 12, 2019 8:12 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed was sworn in Tuesday as the capital city's first African American leader. Reed took the oath of office after easily winning the mayoral runoff last month. He is the first black mayor of a city that was the first capital of the Confederacy and later the...

Former military insider tries to rally Egypt's opposition

Nov. 6, 2019 12:48 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A self-exiled businessman who claims to know the secrets of Egypt's ruling military says he is marshaling political groups to try to topple President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, despite the opposition movement's increasingly bleak prospects. Mohamed Ali, 45, pitches himself as a former...

Attacker bites politician's ear, others slashed in Hong Kong

Nov. 3, 2019 9:30 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A knife-wielding man slashed several people and bit off part of the ear of a pro-democracy politician in Hong Kong on Sunday, as riot police stormed several malls to thwart protesters who have been demanding government reforms for nearly five months. The bloody attack erupted outside one...

Catalans against secession are alarmed by recent violence

Nov. 3, 2019 3:10 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — As a tour guide in one of Europe's top travel destinations, María José Martínez constantly takes busloads of tourists to an overlook in Barcelona to gaze upon one of Spain's most enchanting skylines. But instead of being wowed by the Mediterranean blue and the...

Tens of thousands march in Barcelona urging Spanish unity

Oct. 27, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Tens of thousands of people marched in Barcelona on Sunday to protest the separatist movement in the northeastern Catalonia region that has created Spain's worst political crisis in decades. Barcelona's police said 80,000 people rallied, with many carrying Spanish and Catalan flags....

Thai Red Shirt chiefs ordered to pay for 2010 arson damage

Oct. 16, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered three leaders of the Red Shirt political movement to pay 21 million baht ($691,000) compensation to business owners whose commercial buildings were set on fire at the climax of two months of aggressive street protests in 2010. The verdict on a...

Alabama capital elects first black mayor in 200-year history

Oct. 8, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's capital, a city once known as the cradle of the Confederacy and later the birthplace of the civil rights movement, elected its first African American mayor Tuesday. Probate Judge Steven Reed, 45, clasped the history-making victory to be elected the next mayor of Montgomery...

Islamists, jailed tycoon claim Tunisian parliament victory

Oct. 6, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's moderate Islamist party appeared to be heading for victory in parliamentary elections, according to polling agencies, though the rival party of a jailed populist tycoon also claimed to come out on top of Sunday's voting. The election is seen as important for the country's...

Polish police stop protesters who disrupt gay pride parade

Sep. 28, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police used water cannons and pepper spray and detained dozens of far-right protesters who tried to disrupt an LGBT pride march Saturday in conservative eastern Poland. The clash took place during the second so-called Equality March in the city of Lublin. The event reflects the gay...