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Moroccans protest prison sentences of anti-poverty activists

Apr. 21, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators in Morocco are condemning prison sentences given to the leader of the Hirak Rif anti-poverty movement and dozens of other activists. The demonstration brought one of the main avenues of the Moroccan capital, Rabat, to a standstill on Sunday. Security forces...

Activist: Sudan protest leaders meet with military rulers

Apr. 20, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — A Sudanese activist says leaders of the protest movement are holding talks with the military council. Ahmed Rabie, a leader at the Sudanese Professionals Association which is behind the protests, tells The Associated Press that Saturday's meeting is the third that they have with the...

Nicaraguans use Good Friday processions to protest

Apr. 20, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Good Friday religious processions in Nicaragua's capital took on a political tone as people seized a rare opportunity to renew protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega. As hundreds of faithful walked in a traditional Stations of the Cross procession to the city's...

Feds ask for 18-month sentence in Russian agent case

Apr. 19, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. prosecutors say a Russian gun-rights activist who admitted being a secret agent for the Kremlin should serve an 18-month prison sentence. The request came in a sentencing memo filed late Friday in Maria Butina's case. Prosecutors say Butina was "not a spy in the traditional sense"...

Teen climate activist: I enjoy making a difference

Apr. 19, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has told a rally of several thousand young people in Rome's Piazza del Popolo they should aim that when they are older they can say they did everything they could to help the climate. While the rally was part of the Friday school strike-for-climate...

Major tracks to ban race-day use of anti-bleeding medication

Apr. 18, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — All three hosts of the Triple Crown were among several major tracks that agreed Thursday to phase out the use of a common anti-bleeding medication starting next year, sparked by the deaths of 23 horses in three months at Santa Anita. Starting in 2020, 2-year-old horses won't be...

Pussy Riot protest group member briefly detained in Moscow

Apr. 16, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — One of the protesters who barged onto the field last year to disrupt the World Cup final in Russia was briefly detained Tuesday by police in Moscow, activists said. Veronika Nikulshina of the Pussy Riot protest group was reportedly detained along with two others as they were heading to attend...

Bahrain revokes citizenships, sentences 69 to life in prison

Apr. 16, 2019 10:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Bahraini court sentenced 69 people to life in prison and revoked the citizenship of 138 defendants on terrorism-related charges, the public prosecutor said Tuesday, in one of the largest mass trials ever held in the country. It also marked the single largest revocation...

Activist behind anti-abortion heartbeat bill not at signing

Apr. 16, 2019 9:07 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — One of the nation's fiercest advocates for banning abortions at the first detectable heartbeat was missing when Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed the bill into Ohio law. Legislative leaders, bill sponsors, pastors, pregnancy center operators and members of Ohio Right to Life —...

Pro-equality group: Israel questions US activist at airport

Apr. 16, 2019 8:33 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities extensively interrogated a Jewish American activist leaving the country about her work with a non-profit organization, the group said Tuesday. Israel has come under scrutiny in the past for detaining and interrogating pro-Palestinian activists and prominent critics at...