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Second teenager charged over London shooting of BLM activist

Jun. 12, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A second teenager appeared in court Saturday on a charge of conspiracy to murder over the shooting in south London last month of Sasha Johnson, a prominent member of the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.K. The Metropolitan Police said 18-year-old...

Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow released from jail

Jun. 11, 2021 23:34 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow was released from jail Saturday after serving more than six months for taking part in unauthorized assemblies during massive 2019 anti-government protests that triggered a crackdown on dissent in the former British colony. ...

In US, Pride Month festivities muted by political setbacks

Jun. 11, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

It’s Pride Month, and gay Americans should have a lot to celebrate: A new president who has pledged to advocate for LGBTQ people, an easing of a pandemic that has disrupted their communal activism, and increasing public acceptance of their basic rights, including record-high support for...

Lakota spiritual leader, activist Leonard Crow Dog dies

Jun. 11, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

Chief Leonard Crow Dog, a renowned spiritual leader and Native American rights activist who fought for sovereignty, language preservation and religious freedom, has died at age 78. Crow Dog, Sicangu Lakota Oyate, passed away June 6 at Crow Dog’s Paradise on the Rosebud...

Hungary: Bill would ban 'promoting' homosexuality to minors

Jun. 11, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s governing conservative party has prepared new legislation that bans showing pornographic material and any content portraying or promoting sex reassignment or homosexuality to anyone under 18. Fidesz, the party of Prime Minister...

Lisbon mayor criticized after Russian dissident data shared

Jun. 11, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Lisbon's mayor has come under fire after admitting that municipal employees shared with Russian officials personal details of at least three Lisbon-based dissidents who organized protests in support of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The...

Two Algerian opposition figures arrested ahead of elections

Jun. 11, 2021 08:13 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A politician and a journalist who are prominent opposition figures in Algeria have been arrested days ahead of the country's parliamentary election, according to a group of lawyers defending jailed activists of the pro-democracy movement. The...

Polk County Attorney John Sarcone won't seek reelection

Jun. 10, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Polk County’s long-serving top prosecutor, who has faced criticism for his decisions to charge a journalist and others in last year’s protests over racial inequality, has announced he will not run for reelection. Television station KCCI first...

Crews work to reopen Floyd square, activists close it again

Jun. 08, 2021 16:44 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — City crews returned early Tuesday to a Minneapolis intersection where a memorial to George Floyd was assembled after his death last year and worked to reopen it to traffic by removing debris and makeshift barriers, only to have activists barricade the area again. ...

Pair of Jerusalem activists freed after detention by Israel

Jun. 07, 2021 00:37 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Sunday detained two members of a prominent family in the contested Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem who led protests against attempts by Jewish settlers to evict dozens of Palestinian families from their homes in the area. The twin brother and...