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Iran internet slowly revives; US sanctions telecom minister

Nov. 22, 2019 11:07 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The internet slowly trickled back on in Iran on Friday after a dayslong shutdown by authorities amid protests and unrest that followed government-set gasoline prices sharply rising, as the U.S. sanctioned the country’s prominent telecommunications minister over the...

French women demand action amid high domestic violence rate

Nov. 22, 2019 10:24 AM EST

LES MUREAUX, France (AP) — Sylvia. Dalila. Aminata. Céline. Julie. Their names are plastered on buildings and headlines across France, calling attention to their shared fate: Each was killed, allegedly by a current or former partner this year. More than 130 women have died from domestic violence this...

Leading white Democrats court black votes; some find trouble

Nov. 22, 2019 10:17 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Coming out of their debate in a key center of black America, the leading Democratic presidential contenders aimed for the party’s crucial black and minority vote, with the scramble putting internal party tensions on display. From black protesters disrupting Elizabeth Warren to the...

Parents of late US hostage chasing North Korean assets

Nov. 22, 2019 8:53 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The parents of a former U.S. hostage who died after being released from North Korea in a coma in 2017 say they are committed to finding and shutting down illicit North Korean business assets around the world in efforts to hold its government accountable for widespread human rights...

Cambodian leader sings praises of US after letter from Trump

Nov. 22, 2019 8:33 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sun has signaled he would welcome better relations with the United States after a conciliatory letter from President Donald Trump and a meeting with Washington's new envoy. Hun Sen posted on his Facebook page a summary of the Nov. 1 letter from...

Hong Kong election a referendum on anti-government protests

Nov. 22, 2019 7:57 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Cathy Yau remembers the first time she was called a “dirty cop” by Hong Kong’s anti-government protesters, days after police deployed tear gas to repel tens of thousands of black-clad demonstrators blocking the legislature. The former officer, exasperated at the...

IOC’s Bach asked to intervene in Tokyo Olympic labor dispute

Nov. 22, 2019 1:31 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — An international trade union wants IOC President Thomas Bach to intervene and investigate alleged labor and safety violations at venues being built for next year’s Tokyo Olympics. The Building and Wood Workers’ International has been critical for several years of workers’...

Jury to deliberate in officer’s fatal shooting of black man

Nov. 22, 2019 1:09 AM EST

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama jury is expected to begin deliberations soon in the trial of a white police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man in 2016. News outlets reported that testimony concluded Thursday with Montgomery police Officer Aaron Cody Smith taking the stand to describe the fatal...

Journalist arrested in Vietnam for ‘anti-state’ activities

Nov. 21, 2019 11:22 PM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — State media in Vietnam say a journalist has been arrested for “anti-state” activities. The official Vietnam News Agency said Pham Chi Dung was arrested Thursday on accusations of “producing, possessing and spreading anti-state information and documents.”...

Jury to deliberate in officer’s fatal shooting of black man

Nov. 21, 2019 10:07 PM EST

OZARK, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama jury is expected to begin deliberations Friday in the trial of a white police officer charged with killing an unarmed black man in 2016. Testimony in the murder trial concluded Thursday with the officer taking the stand to describe the shooting and prosecutors and a defense...