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Pro-democracy activist and student leaders raise a three-fingers salute, a symbol of resistance after a protest rally at Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020.  A two-day rally planned for this weekend is jangling nerves in Bangkok, with apprehension about how far student demonstrators will go in pushing demands for reform of Thailand’s monarchy and how the authorities might react. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend the Saturday-Sunday event. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Apprehensive Thais await major political rally in Bangkok

Sep. 17, 2020 11:11 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A two-day rally planned this weekend is jangling nerves in Bangkok, with apprehension about how far student demonstrators will go in pushing demands for reform of Thailand’s monarchy and how the authorities might react. At least 10,000 people were estimated to have attended a major...

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray testifies before a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on 'worldwide threats to the homeland', Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 on Capitol Hill Washington. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP)

FBI director says antifa is an ideology, not an organization

Sep. 17, 2020 10:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray told lawmakers Thursday that antifa is an ideology, not an organization, delivering testimony that puts him at odds with President Donald Trump, who has said he would designate it a terror group. Hours after the hearing, Trump took to Twitter to chastise his FBI...

Riot police officers detain a protester during a Belarusian opposition supporters' rally protesting the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Protests calling for the Belarusian president's resignation have broken out daily since the Aug. 9 presidential election that officials say handed him a sixth term in office. (AP Photo)

Belarus president closes some borders, puts army on alert

Sep. 17, 2020 8:38 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus’ president, beleaguered by six weeks of mass protests demanding his resignation, on Thursday announced he was putting troops on high alert and closing the country’s borders with Poland and Lithuania. President Alexander Lukashenko’s decision underlines his...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 file photo, Burundi Army Gen. Evariste Ndayishimiye gestures to party supporters after being chosen as their presidential candidate, at a national conference for the ruling CNDD-FDD party in the rural province of Gitega, Burundi. A new report released Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, by the United Nations commission of inquiry on Burundi sees little optimism in the government of new President Evariste Ndayishimiye, saying it is

UN report 'extremely concerned' about Burundi's new leader

Sep. 17, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A United Nations commission of inquiry on Burundi says it is “extremely concerned" that new President Evariste Ndayishimiye has appointed senior officials who face international sanctions for alleged human rights abuses in the country’s 2015 political turmoil. In a report...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gives a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Independent experts commissioned by the U.N.’s top human rights body have issued a scathing, in-depth report finding the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro responsible for crimes against humanity. The report commissioned last year by the 47-member-state Human Rights Council said the alleged crimes include extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture. The findings issued Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 were based on nearly 3,000 cases, interviews and other evidence. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Experts cite 'crimes against humanity' in Maduro's Venezuela

Sep. 16, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Independent experts for the U.N.’s top human rights body accused the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday of crimes against humanity, highlighting grisly cases of torture and killings allegedly carried out by security forces who used techniques like electric...

Lauren Witzke celebrates after winning Delaware's Republican U.S. Senate primary, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Dover, Del. Witzke, a political newcomer, defeated attorney James DeMartino to become the GOP nominee for the seat currently held by Democrat Chris Coons. (Andre Lamar/The News Journal via AP)

Newcomer Witzke wins GOP US Senate primary in Delaware

Sep. 16, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Political newcomer and firebrand Lauren Witzke, who campaigned on halting U.S. immigration for 10 years and has tried to distance herself from accusations that she supports a far-right conspiracy theory, won the Republican U.S. Senate primary in Delaware on Tuesday, defeating the...

Transgender activist Sarah McBride, who hopes to win in the primary for the Delaware Senate, watches a computer screen at her watch party in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Jason Minto)

Transgender activist wins Delaware state senate primary

Sep. 16, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Transgender activist Sarah McBride won a Democratic state Senate primary in Delaware on Tuesday and is poised to make history as the first transgender person elected to the state's General Assembly. McBride, who interned at the White House during President Barack Obama’s...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020 file photo, Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni flashes the V sign as he leaves the courthouse in Algiers. An Algerian court sentenced on Tuesday journalist Khaled Drareni to two years in prison on appeal, in a trial that rights group have denounced as violating press freedom. Drareni, editor of the Casbah Tribune news site and Algeria correspondent of RSF and the French TV channel TV5 Monde, played a prominent role in covering the country's pro-democracy movement last year.(AP Photo/Str, File)

Algerian journalist sentenced to 2 years in prison

Sep. 15, 2020 10:44 AM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Algerian court on Tuesday sentenced journalist Khaled Drareni to two years in prison on appeal, reducing his original sentence, in a trial that rights group have denounced as violating press freedom. Drareni, editor of the Casbah Tribune news site and Algeria correspondent of...

FILE-In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 file photoCourtney Parker votes on a new voting machine, in Dallas, Ga. Voting integrity advocates will try this week to convince a federal judge that the state of Georgia should scrap its touchscreen voting machines in favor of hand-marked paper ballots, while the state will ask her not to order any changes, especially so close to an election. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

Judge weighs ordering changes to Georgia's election system

Sep. 14, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether to order Georgia to make changes to the way elections are run in the state with seven weeks to go before November's general election. Lawyers for election integrity advocates, who filed a lawsuit challenging Georgia's election system, are asking U.S....

FILE - In this March 17, 2020 file photo, voters head to a polling station to vote in Florida's primary election in Orlando, Fla.    Florida felons must pay all fines, restitution and legal fees before they can regain their right to vote, a federal appellate court ruled Friday, Sept, 11. Reversing a lower court judge's decision that gave Florida felons the right to vote regardless of outstanding legal obligations, the order from the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals was a disappointment to voting rights activists and could have national implications in November’s presidential election.  (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Judges: Florida felons can't vote until they pay fines, fees

Sep. 11, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida felons must pay all fines, restitution and legal fees before they can regain their right to vote, a federal appellate court ruled Friday in a case that could have broad implications for the November elections. Reversing a lower court judge's decision that gave Florida...