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File - In this Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 file photo, a statue commemorating so-called 'comfort women', an euphemism given by Japan to the women and girls enslaved for sex by the Japanese army during World War II, is displayed at a residential area in central Berlin, Germany. This week, Berlin's Mitte district assembly approved a motion urging the local government to let the statue stand and find a solution for its long-term exhibition. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Berlin district to keep 'comfort women' statue for now

Dec. 3, 2020 9:47 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin district mayor aims to leave a controversial statue commemorating women who were held as sex slaves by Japan during World War II in its place - at least for now, the local government said Thursday, after Japanese officials asked for the statue to be removed. In the longer term, the...

Democratic Tucson Mayor Regina Romero is seen at the State of the State address at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. Romero called for a nighttime curfew Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Tucson to prevent the spread of COVID-19, saying the virus is spreading rapidly and hospitals in southern Arizona are on the verge of a crisis. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Latest: Tucson votes in mandatory nightly curfew

Dec. 2, 2020 12:17 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. -- At the urging of Mayor Regina Romero, the Tucson City Council voted Tuesday night to establish a mandatory nightly curfew for three weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew will take effect Friday and run through Dec. 23. Romero says she sought the curfew...

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2018, file photo, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad talks during a joint statement along with Nobel Peace Laureat Denis Mukwege and European Union Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini, at European Council's Europa building in Brussels.  Murad says the coronavirus pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women “on the line.”  The 27-year-old activist, who was forced into sexual slavery by Islamic State fighters in Iraq, says curfews, lockdowns and travel restrictions imposed by governments to slow the spread of the virus “have had unintended consequences on women worldwide.” (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

Nobel laureate says pandemic raising violence, trafficking

Dec. 1, 2020 2:00 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad said the coronavirus pandemic has increased trafficking of women and gender-based violence, leaving the health and safety of women “on the line.” The 27-year-old activist, who was forced into sexual slavery by Islamic State fighters...

A mail-in official ballot for the 2020 General Election in the United States is shown Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 in Havertown, Pa. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)

EXPLAINER: From the 2020 election, some new political terms

Nov. 3, 2020 12:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — “So 2020” is a new phrase that made its way into America’s political lexicon this year. It has come to describe all things unexpected, unsettling and unprecedented. This includes the vitriolic political discourse that has deepened the partisan divide, the...

FILE - This April 26, 2017, file photo shows the Twitter app icon on a mobile phone in Philadelphia. A tech-focused civil liberties group on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, sued to block President Donald Trump's executive order that seeks to regulate social media, saying it violates the First Amendment and chills speech. Trump's order, signed in late May, could allow more lawsuits against internet companies like Twitter and Facebook for what their users post, tweet and stream. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

AP Explains: The rule that made the modern internet

Oct. 28, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Twenty-six words tucked into a 1996 law overhauling telecommunications have allowed companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google to grow into the giants they are today. Those are the words President Donald Trump's administration has challenged directly via executive order, one that...

A group holds signs rallying in support of the “Save the Children” movement, calling for an end to child trafficking Sept. 26, 2020, in Morris, Ill. Conversations about “Save the Children” have spiked on social media in recent months and some supporters have taken to city and suburban streets across the U.S. to promote their new cause. Their catchphrase was first made popular online by conspiracy theorists promoting QAnon. (AP Photo/Amanda Seitz)

QAnon's 'Save the Children' morphs into popular slogan

Oct. 28, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

MORRIS, Ill. (AP) — At a busy intersection in this small Illinois town, Lynn Vermillion smiles at passing drivers who honk their support for the colorful posters she and friends wave: “Save Our Children. Save their Children. Save ALL the Children.” As the U.S. presidential campaign heated up...

FILE - In this May 14, 2020, file photo, a person carries a sign supporting QAnon at a protest rally in Olympia, Wash. Facebook said Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, that it will remove Facebook pages, groups and Instagram accounts for “representing QAnon.” (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

QAnon supporters behind canceled fundraiser give Trump $1M

Oct. 16, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump recently accepted $1 million in campaign contributions from a couple whose vocal support for the QAnon conspiracy theory led to the cancellation of a fundraiser they were supposed to host for Vice President Mike Pence last month. The couple, Caryn and Michael...