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Protesters urge discussion of Hong Kong issue at G-20 summit

Jun. 26, 2019 5:28 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong activists opposed to extradition legislation urged the leaders of the U.S., the European Union and others on Wednesday to raise the issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping at this week's G-20 summit in Japan. Beijing has strongly opposed any such discussion, saying Hong Kong...

Democratic candidate Sanders to speak at black press meeting

Jun. 25, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders will be the featured speaker at a black press convention that begins Tuesday evening in Cincinnati. National Newspaper Publishers Association organizers expect hundreds of people to join in events that begin Tuesday evening with a...

Egypt arrests 8, including ex-lawmaker and secular activists

Jun. 25, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian police arrested at least eight people on Tuesday, including a former lawmaker and key secular activists in the country's 2011 uprising, for their alleged ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, authorities said. The arrests mark the latest in a years-long crackdown by President...

Stonewall: How a raid and rebellion became a rights movement

Jun. 24, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Olenick was 19 and living a secret social life, letting loose with friends at a speakeasy-like bar with blacked-out windows and one of the few floors in town where men danced with other men. Then the lights came on and the police strode into the Stonewall Inn. Adrenaline pumping,...

Criticism as Turkey puts 16 on trial for anti-govt protests

Jun. 24, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Prominent philanthropist Osman Kavala and 15 others went on trial in Turkey Monday accused of organizing anti-government protests in 2013, with defendants and rights groups calling the charges baseless and aimed at silencing civil society activities. The prosecutor claims the defendants,...

Judge: Census question might have discriminatory motive

Jun. 24, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — New evidence paints a "disturbing picture" that racial discrimination may be the motive behind the Trump administration's push to ask everyone in the country about citizenship status, a federal judge wrote in a Monday filing. Last week, U.S. District Judge George Hazel of Maryland ruled...

Activist arrested for chanting 'Down with Polish fascism!'

Jun. 24, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An activist in Poland has been arrested and charged with the crime of insulting the Polish nation for chanting "Down with Polish fascism!" in response to Polish nationalists disturbing a public event. The incident comes under a conservative nationalist government that has used police...

Protesters block Hong Kong building access, plan new action

Jun. 24, 2019 3:54 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters fearing an erosion of Hong Kong's legal autonomy blocked access to a government office building for nearly two hours Monday and plan more demonstrations to draw the attention of leaders attending the G-20 summit this week. About 100 demonstrators jammed the entryway and lobby of...

Mexico officials detain more migrants as crackdown steps up

Jun. 23, 2019 8:21 PM EDT

ARRIAGA, Mexico (AP) — Authorities reinforced efforts over the weekend to deter Central Americans and others from crossing Mexico to reach the United States, detaining migrants in the south and stationing National Guardsmen along the Rio Grande in the north. In Arriaga, a town in the southern state of...

Huge crowds for LGBT pride parade in Brazil's biggest city

Jun. 23, 2019 7:47 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people filled a main São Paulo thoroughfare for one of the world's largest LGBT pride parades — the first since the election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. Nineteen moving stages dotted the avenue with live performances by well-known...