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In Lebanon, a nascent reform movement faces tough road

May. 26, 2022 15:04 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Ramy Finge spent two years braving tear gas and rubber bullets, sometimes trying to scale the cement walls surrounding Lebanon’s parliament during anti-government protests. Soon he'll be able to walk in through the front door. The dentist from the northern city of...

At Davos, climate activists say major issues ignored

May. 26, 2022 12:51 PM EDT

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — At a small plaza in Davos, a picturesque Swiss town in the middle of the Alps, about 50 climate activists gathered on Thursday to bring attention to issues they said were largely ignored during this week's World Economic Forum meeting. They said more...

PEN America honors activists, artists and dissidents

May. 24, 2022 00:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — From an imprisoned Ukranian journalist to a high school activist in Florida, PEN America paid tribute Monday night to democracy and free expression and warned about the dangers faced in the U.S. and abroad. "Instead of being able focus on menial responsibilities...

Egypt court sentences pro-democracy activist to four years

May. 23, 2022 10:54 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced a pro-democracy activist to four years in prison for disseminating false news, a defense lawyer said. The court of misdemeanors in Cairo convicted Yahia Hussein Abdel-Hadi, a co-founder of the Civil Democratic Movement, an...

Ethiopia launches crackdown on journalists and activists

May. 23, 2022 06:58 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethiopian security officials are conducting a massive operation across the country that has led to the arrests of more than 4,500 people in one region alone. The crackdown on journalists, activists and others, dubbed a “law enforcement operation,” came into effect after...

Taliban enforcing face-cover order for female TV anchors

May. 22, 2022 13:27 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers on Sunday began enforcing an order requiring all female TV news anchors in the country to cover their faces while on-air. The move is part of a hard-line shift drawing condemnation from rights activists. After the order was announced...

Ginni Thomas' emails deepen her involvement in 2020 election

May. 20, 2022 16:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and a conservative political activist, urged Republican lawmakers in Arizona after the 2020 presidential election to choose their own slate of electors, arguing that results giving Joe Biden a victory in...

'How dare you!': Grief, anger from Buffalo victims' kin

May. 20, 2022 08:41 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Relatives of the 10 Black people massacred in a Buffalo supermarket pleaded with the nation Thursday to confront and stop racist violence, their agony pouring out in the tears of a 12-year-old child, hours after the white man accused in the killings silently faced a murder...

Jailed Egypt activist on hunger strike moved to new prison

May. 20, 2022 07:25 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have transferred a prominent political activist from a maximum-security prison where he was allegedly tortured and denied basic rights to a new correctional facility, his family said on Thursday. Alaa Abel-Fattah was transferred from Cairo's Tora...

5-term Idaho attorney general loses in GOP primary battle

May. 18, 2022 17:39 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador has won Idaho’s GOP attorney general primary, beating the longtime incumbent who had been criticized by the far right for not taking a more activist role. Labrador prevailed over Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, backed by...