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AP Exclusive: Birmingham mayor backing Biden for president

Dec. 16, 2019 6:03 AM EST

The mayor of Alabama’s largest city is endorsing Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination just weeks after the vice president met with a group of Southern black mayors representing millions of voters in key early primary states. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Sunday,...

Turkey deploys surveillance drone in northern Cyprus

Dec. 16, 2019 5:30 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has dispatched a surveillance and reconnaissance drone to the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus amid tensions over offshore oil and gas exploration, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said Monday. The news agency said the Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone took...

Former Gary, Indiana, Mayor Richard Hatcher dead at 86

Dec. 14, 2019 4:42 PM EST

Former Gary Mayor Richard Hatcher, who became one of the first black mayors of a big U.S. city when he was elected in 1967, has died. He was 86. Hatcher died Friday night at a Chicago hospital, said his daughter, Indiana state Rep. Ragen Hatcher, a Gary Democrat. She did not provide a cause of her father's death....

Reparations mark new front for US colleges tied to slavery

Dec. 14, 2019 9:17 AM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The promise of reparations to atone for historical ties to slavery has opened new territory in a reckoning at U.S. colleges, which until now have responded with monuments, building name changes and public apologies. Georgetown University and two theological seminaries have announced...

AP Exclusive: China tightens up on info after Xinjiang leaks

Dec. 14, 2019 1:26 AM EST

The Xinjiang regional government in China’s far west is deleting data, destroying documents, tightening controls on information and has held high-level meetings in response to leaks of classified papers on its mass detention camps for Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities, according to four...

Repercussions over UNC's "Silent Sam" statue deal continue

Dec. 13, 2019 5:29 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Critics on Friday pushed back against a deal to protect a Civil War statue that once stood on the University of North Carolina's flagship campus and give $2.5 million to a neo-Confederate organization, as a civil rights group objected to it in court and a foundation withdrew a grant....

Belgian carnival removed from UNESCO list over racism row

Dec. 13, 2019 5:23 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A famous Belgian carnival was removed from the U.N.'s cultural heritage list on Friday following complaints that its most recent edition contained blatant displays of anti-Semitism. The Aalst carnival was taken off UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list during a meeting in...

Anti-Semitism order raises tough issue of defining prejudice

Dec. 13, 2019 3:31 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s order to expand the scope of potential anti-Semitism complaints on college campuses is raising the stakes of an already tense battle over how to define discrimination against Jews. The executive order Trump signed on Wednesday tells the Education Department,...

Jersey City attack being investigated as domestic terrorism

Dec. 13, 2019 12:45 PM EST

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — The couple who burst into a kosher market in Jersey City with assault weapons appear to have acted alone even though they had expressed interest in a fringe religious group that often disparages whites and Jews, New Jersey officials said. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said the...

Polish far-right leader arrested for inciting anti-Semitism

Dec. 13, 2019 11:29 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish authorities on Friday arrested a far-right leader and plan to charge him with public incitement of hatred against Jews, officials said. The Internal Security Agency arrested Jacek Miedlar, who is also a former priest, according to the agency and the prosecutor's office in the...