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Polish academics protest 'fundamentalist' education minister

Oct. 21, 2020 3:27 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists dressed as security guards hung a banner over a Polish Education Ministry building early Wednesday to protest the appointment of a new minister whom they consider to be a religious fundamentalist and a danger to the nation's youth and universities. University academics in...

Pro-democracy activists wave mobile phones with lights during a demonstration at Kaset intersection, suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Thai authorities worked Monday to stem a growing tide of protests calling for the prime minister to resign by threatening to censor news coverage, raiding a publishing house and attempting to block the Telegram messaging app used by demonstrators. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai authorities seek to censor coverage of student protests

Oct. 19, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities worked Monday to stem a growing tide of protests calling for the prime minister to resign by threatening to censor news coverage, raiding a publishing house and attempting to block the Telegram messaging app used by demonstrators. The efforts by Prime Minister Prayuth...

FILE - In this Thursday, April 30, 2020 file photo, Health care workers look on during a flyover at the University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. One of Utah's largest hospitals had no beds left Friday, Oct. 16, 2020 in its regular intensive-care unit as the governor declared the state's weeks long spike in coronavirus cases

The Latest: New Mexico sets another one-day COVID-19 record

Oct. 16, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico health officials on Friday confirmed the state set another single-day record with 819 COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 35,770 since the pandemic began. New rules to limit gatherings to five people or less, reduce hotel capacities and impose a 10 p.m. closing time for...

People drink a beer outside a restaurant in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. As the first area in England slapped with strict new restrictions to curb the resurgent coronavirus that have shuttered pubs and imperiled thousands of jobs, Liverpool again feels it's being punished by policies made in Britain's capital, 180 miles (290 kilometers) to the south. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

UK's Johnson threatens to impose restrictions on Manchester

Oct. 16, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson threatened to force the Greater Manchester region into England's most severe level of COVID-19 restrictions after local officials refused to accept the government's financial package to implement measures targeting areas with the highest infection rates. Johnson...

Protesters add a bicycle to a burning metro station during a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. Thousands of enraged students and workers staged rallies across Indonesia on Thursday in opposition to a new law they say will cripple labor rights and harm the environment. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Protests against new labor law turn violent across Indonesia

Oct. 8, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Protests in many Indonesian cities turned violent Thursday as thousands of enraged students and workers criticized a new law they say will cripple labor rights and harm the environment. Clashes between rock-throwing demonstrators and riot police broke out near Jakarta's...

In this Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013 photo, Father Reweis Khalil brings the bread (Body of Christ) to worshippers during Sunday service at St. George Coptic Orthodox Church in Hampton, VA., on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. Khalil was removed from the priesthood in July. Sally Zakhari has alleged, including in a police report and to Coptic Church officials, that Khalil has sexually abused her. Khalil has denied the allegations through his attorney. (The' N. Pham/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

For Coptic Church, changes, questions after priest ouster

Oct. 7, 2020 9:15 AM EDT

For 17 years, Sally Zakhari said she told priests and leaders in the Coptic Orthodox Church her childhood nightmare — how a Coptic priest visiting from Egypt sexually abused her at her Florida home during what was supposed to be her first confession. “I’ve already gone to countless bishops....

File-In this file photo from July 24, 2020, women dressed to evoke the feminist dystopian story

Poles hold 'constructive' talks on domestic violence treaty

Oct. 2, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Experts from Europe's leading human rights body said Friday that they have held “constructive” talks with Polish authorities on a landmark treaty aimed at protecting women and girls from violence. A Council of Europe delegation visited Warsaw this week, some two months...

A man walks by the offices of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, in Rockville Centre, N.Y. The diocese filed for bankruptcy on Thursday because of financial pressure from lawsuits over past sexual abuse by clergy members. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Suburban NY diocese files for bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

Oct. 1, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

A Roman Catholic diocese in New York City's suburbs Thursday became the largest in the U.S. to declare bankruptcy, seeking relief from a torrent of lawsuits filed after the state suspended the statute of limitations for suing over sexual abuse by priests. The Diocese of Rockville Centre, which encompasses much of...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2018 file photo, victims of clergy sexual abuse, or their family members, react as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. The child-protection policies adopted by Roman Catholic leaders to curb clergy sex abuse in the U.S. are inconsistent and often worryingly incomplete, according to the Philadelphia-based CHILD USA think tank’s 2018-2020 investigation of policies in all 32 archdioceses. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Report finds flaws in Catholic Church abuse-prevention plans

Oct. 1, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Child-protection policies adopted by Roman Catholic leaders to curb clergy sex abuse in the United States are inconsistent and often worryingly incomplete, according to a think tank’s two-year investigation encompassing all 32 of the country's archdioceses. The analysis by...

Victims committee eyes subpoenas for Boy Scouts records

Sep. 30, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The official committee representing survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy is asking for authorization from the judge to issue subpoenas for information that it claims is being withheld by the organization and its local councils. Attorneys for the...