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EU urges Albania's opposition to hold peaceful protests

May. 25, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have called on Albania's opposition to avoid violence in its protests and to hold talks resolve the country's political deadlock. The center-right Democratic Party-led opposition is staging a protest...

Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest

May. 25, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Nearly two decades after the Aryan Nations' Idaho compound was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest. White nationalism has been on the rise across the U.S., but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the...

2020 Dem primary calendar may boost Hispanic voter clout

May. 25, 2019 6:02 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — How to pronounce Beto O'Rourke's first name — "Is it BET-oh or BAY-toe?" — is debated nearly everywhere the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful goes in Iowa. But Rich Salas doesn't hesitate. "BET-oh," the chief diversity officer at Des Moines University says correctly...

Climate activists call for action in Latin America

May. 24, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Climate change activists in Latin America rallied for action on global warming Friday, heeding a call by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg to hold demonstrations across the world. In Rio de Janeiro, a small group of students gathered outside the state legislature to deliver a letter...

Activist, Georgia mayor clash over renaming street for Obama

May. 24, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

VALDOSTA, Ga. (AP) — A civil rights activist clashed with a Georgia mayor over a proposal to rename a street for former President Barack Obama. The Valdosta Daily Times reports police escorted 80-year-old Rev. Floyd Rose from a Valdosta city council meeting Thursday after Mayor John Gayle said he kept...

Kenyan court upholds laws criminalizing same-sex relations

May. 24, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's High Court on Friday upheld sections of the penal code that criminalize same-sex relations, a disappointment for gay rights activists across Africa where dozens of countries have similar laws. The judges' unanimous ruling in the closely watched case was followed by activists'...

US following deportation case of rights activist in Israel

May. 24, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. State Department says it is closely following Israel's case against the local director of Human Rights Watch, who faces deportation under a law barring entry to those who have publicly supported a boycott of Israel or its West Bank settlements. Last month, an Israeli court ordered...

HK leader protests over German asylum for dissidents

May. 24, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader summoned the German consul on Friday to complain about Germany granting political asylum to two Hong Kong political activists, in a rare case of diplomatic intervention by the government of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Carrie Lam called the pair bail jumpers...

Northwest Syria fighting damages schools, health facilities

May. 23, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Bombings by Syrian government forces damaged two schools and a health facility in the rebels' last stronghold in the northwest, activists said Thursday, after insurgents successfully hit a power station in a government-held town. Fighting has raged in the last 48 hours in the region, where...

Kenya court to rule if gay relations are criminal acts

May. 23, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — On the eve of what could be a landmark ruling in Kenya on whether same-sex relations are crimes, gay rights activist and gospel singer Joji Baro says he is has no intention of returning home to the East African country. No matter that fellow activists are optimistic that Kenya's High...