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Nicaragua opposition activists arrested trying to aid strike

Nov. 15, 2019 12:23 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Thirteen 13 activists including a Belgian-Nicaraguan student were arrested as they tried to deliver aid to relatives of jailed opponents of President Daniel Ortega’s government, Nicaragua’s opposition said Friday. The family members are on hunger strike at a church...

Mongolians protest as economic ills grip country

Nov. 15, 2019 8:18 AM EST

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Mongolian political fringe groups protested in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, on Friday to demand the dissolution of parliament as economic woes continue to grip the country. About 200 people including retirees, impoverished herders and disabled people took part in Friday’s...

Florida gun activists rally amid California school shooting

Nov. 14, 2019 5:55 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Dozens of students from across Florida descended on their state Capitol demanding action on gun control Thursday, a day when a deadly school shooting in California prompted panic, helplessness and determination. Two students were killed and three others were wounded when a fellow...

Woman arrested after criticizing Egypt’s president

Nov. 14, 2019 10:14 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have arrested a woman who voiced harsh criticism of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and his wife in a series of online videos, police and judicial officials said on Thursday, as the Egyptian government prepared to defend its human rights record during a major U.N. rights...

Greta Thunberg hitches low-carbon ride across Atlantic

Nov. 13, 2019 4:44 PM EST

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg hitched a renewable-energy ride back to Europe on Wednesday, sailing into the Atlantic on a trip she hopes will get her to Madrid in time for another climate conference, and then home for the holidays. Thunberg tweeted as she took to the sea...

AP Explains: Lebanon’s protests could head into dark turn

Nov. 13, 2019 4:13 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — For nearly a month, the popular protests engulfing Lebanon have been startlingly peaceful. But the shooting death of a 38-year-old father by a soldier, the first such fatality in the unrest, points to the dangerous, dark turn the country could be heading into. The protests exploded into the...

Gun rights activist facing charges for rifle in restaurant

Nov. 13, 2019 3:27 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A gun rights activist accused of illegally taking a rifle into an Oklahoma City restaurant is facing a felony charge. Timothy A. Harper, 52, was arrested Tuesday after he violated a state law that bars possessing or carrying a rifle in any establishment where alcoholic beverages are...

Judge bans border activist from mentioning Trump in trial

Nov. 13, 2019 1:47 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A judge banned an Arizona border activist charged with harboring immigrants from mentioning President Donald Trump during his retrial, which began Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Raner Collins granted a motion by prosecutors to bar the mention of the president during the second...

Opposition lawmaker claims presidency in crisis-torn Bolivia

Nov. 12, 2019 9:09 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A women's rights activist and former television presenter who became an opposition leader in the Senate declared herself Bolivia's interim president late Tuesday, promising to guide the country out of a deep crisis. Jeanine Añez, 52, was a second-tier opposition figure until the...

Tensions rise as Bolivia opposition leader claims presidency

Nov. 12, 2019 9:00 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Clashes broke out in the streets of Bolivia's capital Tuesday evening when an opposition leader in the Senate declared herself the country's interim president after Evo Morales fled to Mexico following his surprise weekend resignation. Jeanine Añez claimed the post of Senate...