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Memory of slain councilwoman honored in Rio de Janeiro

Oct. 14, 2018 8:38 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in Brazil's second largest city Sunday to honor the memory of a councilwoman and human rights activist who was shot to death seven months ago. Marielle Franco and her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, were killed in Rio de Janeiro on March 14 while returning...

Nicaraguan activists detained in government crackdown

Oct. 14, 2018 7:17 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A Nicaraguan human rights group says two activists were forced off a plane for questioning by government officials in Managua amid rising tensions and detentions of dozens of anti-government protesters. The non-governmental Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights said Sunday that...

Saudi crown prince's carefully managed rise hides dark side

Oct. 14, 2018 10:01 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In a kingdom once ruled by an ever-aging rotation of elderly monarchs, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stands out as the youthful face of a youthful nation. But behind the carefully calibrated public-relations campaign pushing images of the smiling prince meeting...

Polish police use tear gas to protect gay rights march

Oct. 13, 2018 2:17 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish police used tear gas and a water cannon Saturday against right-wing extremists who were trying to block the first equality parade in the city of Lublin in eastern Poland. More than 1,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists with rainbow-colored flags and...

Right-wing march in London turns violent, 1 arrested

Oct. 13, 2018 12:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — London police have made at least one arrest at as a march by a right-wing political group turned violent in the British capital. Hundreds of supporters of the Democratic Football Lads Alliance were walking in central London on Saturday when a few started pushing the British police monitoring...

Venezuela frees, uproots to Spain jailed opposition activist

Oct. 13, 2018 7:49 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan authorities have freed a prominent opposition activist jailed for four years just days after an anti-government politician died in state custody. Lorent Saleh was immediately escorted to the airport and put on a flight to Madrid with Spanish government officials. Upon...

Activists criticize Hong Kong's ban of legislative candidate

Oct. 13, 2018 12:36 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Activists are protesting Hong Kong's disqualification of a legislative candidate on the grounds that she advocated self-determination for the Chinese territory. Lau Siu-lai, who was stripped of her seat in the Hong Kong legislature last year, was barred by the government on Friday from...

Pakistan frees woman rights activist after brief detention

Oct. 12, 2018 11:10 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities on Friday released a Pashtun rights activist after holding her for several hours upon her arrival in the country. Gulalai Ismail was detained as soon as she arrived at an Islamabad airport from London. London-based rights group Amnesty International called for her...

Vietnam jails activist for using Facebook to abuse freedoms

Oct. 12, 2018 5:22 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in northern Vietnam has sentenced an activist to five years in prison after finding him guilty of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the government, organizations and individuals. Lawyer Ha Huy Son said his client, Do Cong Duong, was convicted in a...

NZ activists dismiss Israel court order over Lorde concert

Oct. 12, 2018 4:24 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Two New Zealand activists dismiss an Israeli court order to pay damages for allegedly helping persuade pop singer Lorde to cancel a performance in Israel. The women say the ruling aims "to intimidate Israel's critics." Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab said on Friday that instead of...