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Tens of thousands march in latest Hong Kong protest

Aug. 18, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Heavy rain fell on tens of thousands of umbrella-toting protesters Sunday as they marched from a packed park and filled a major road in Hong Kong, where mass pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity this summer. Organizers said they hoped the assembly would be...

Hong Kong's divide: Protests for democracy, rally for China

Aug. 17, 2019 8:17 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters marched on one side of Hong Kong's famous harbor on Saturday to demand the government heed their demands. Across the water, a pro-government rally called for an end to the often violent protests. The dueling demonstrations highlighted the political divide in the...

China flexes muscle near Hong Kong amid more weekend rallies

Aug. 16, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Members of China's paramilitary People's Armed Police marched and practiced crowd control tactics at a sports complex in Shenzhen across from Hong Kong in what some interpreted as a threat against pro-democracy protesters in the semi-autonomous territory. The sound of marching boots...

Lawyer: Kazakh activist freed after signing guilt admission

Aug. 16, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Kazakh activist who was on trial for inciting ethnic tensions has been freed after signing an admission of his guilt under pressure, an attorney said Friday. The trial of Serikzhan Bilash, who has campaigned for the release of ethnic Kazakhs in China, began Friday in Almaty,...

Activist emerges as new leader of Moscow election protests

Aug. 16, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — After a monthlong hunger strike, it's a struggle for Lyubov Sobol to even raise her hands. Every gesture is difficult for the frail 31-year-old political activist. This summer's wave of anti-government protests in Moscow propelled her to the forefront of Russia's opposition movement. Her name...

The Latest: Germany expects China to respect Hong Kong law

Aug. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 7:35 p.m. The German government says it considers China to be a responsible actor that will respect Hong Kong laws guaranteeing freedom of speech and rule of law. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said Friday that Hong Kong's 1997...

Judge won't dismiss embattled prosecutor from political case

Aug. 15, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee judge ruled on Thursday that a special prosecutor who has come under fire for making anti-gay and anti-Islam remarks will continue to handle a young black activist's court case. The decision comes among a long series of developments involving Coffee County District...

Police patrol Zimbabwe capital before anti-government demos

Aug. 15, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In a show of force to discourage anti-government protests, Zimbabwe police with water cannons patrolled the capital's streets and warned residents "you will rot in jail" if they participate in the demonstrations planned for Friday. Six anti-government activists have been abducted...

Activists describe life under lockdown in Kashmir as 'grim'

Aug. 14, 2019 10:51 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — On the eve of India's Independence Day, a team of activists and scholars released a report that paints a bleak picture of Indian-administered Kashmir, challenging official government accounts that life is returning to normal amid an indefinite curfew and communications blackout imposed...

UN experts: Mali peace signatories failed to accelerate deal

Aug. 14, 2019 6:35 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say signatories to a 2015 peace agreement in Mali failed to accelerate its implementation as promised amid growing rivalries and popular resentment against the deal as well as increasing attacks by militants in Mali and neighboring countries. The report to the Security...