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Oil pipeline opponents look past Minnesota regulators

Dec. 13, 2018 12:17 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Opponents of Enbridge Energy's proposed Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement may turn their attention to fighting the project on other fronts as a Minnesota regulatory panel prepares to take one of its final steps to allow it to proceed. The Public Utilities Commission on Thursday was...

France's Macron caught between protests, Strasbourg attack

Dec. 12, 2018 7:34 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to take back control of his nation after a month of protests that caused mayhem across the country — and now a new extremist attack that's putting France on renewed terror alert. Striving to show he's responding to "yellow vest" protesters'...

Gunman from Christmas market attack in France still at large

Dec. 12, 2018 7:26 PM EST

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Hundreds of security forces combed eastern France for a 29-year-old man with a long criminal record who shouted "God is great!" in Arabic and sprayed gunfire during a deadly rampage in Strasbourg's famous Christmas market, officials said. Tuesday night's attack at the Christmas...

Nicaraguan lawmakers go after allegedly anti-government NGOs

Dec. 12, 2018 5:45 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — President Daniel Ortega's allies in Nicaragua's legislature are canceling the legal status of non-governmental groups identified as supporting months-long opposition protests. In the past two weeks, Ortega's Sandinista party, which controls 70 of the 92 votes in the National...

The Latest: Ex-VP Gore thinks Trump may help climate cause

Dec. 12, 2018 3:16 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local): 9:00 p.m. Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore says he thinks President Donald Trump's stance on global warming may actually advance the cause of tackling climate change. Gore has spent years raising awareness...

Confederate plaque removed from West Virginia courthouse

Dec. 12, 2018 11:49 AM EST

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A plaque honoring Confederate soldiers has been removed from a West Virginia courthouse. The Journal reports the Jefferson County Commission voted 3-2 last week to remove the plaque and it has been taken down. Officials have been discussing the plaque's future since a letter...

Farmers' protest blocks traffic on major artery into Warsaw

Dec. 12, 2018 10:43 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Protesting Polish farmers wearing yellow vests blocked a major highway into Warsaw for several hours on Wednesday to demand government action on several grievances. Dozens of farmers in vests similar to those worn by French protesters in recent weeks gathered on the A2 without warning...

Hues and cries: The colors of protests around the world

Dec. 12, 2018 9:55 AM EST

When you're an activist seeking a way to convey a complex message in a complicated world, you need a hook — something that can command attention across cultures in a memorable and visually arresting way. So what's more elemental than associating yourself with a specific color? Just as recent demonstrations...

Myanmar rally urges release of 'Person of Year' journalists

Dec. 12, 2018 9:38 AM EST

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Several dozen journalists and activists held a rally Wednesday in Myanmar's biggest city to mark the anniversary of the arrest of two reporters for the Reuters news agency who are among a group of journalists being honored by Time magazine as its "Person of the Year." The protesters...

Germany: Merkel questions left's backing for French protests

Dec. 12, 2018 9:37 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel is criticizing as "scandalous" a German opposition party's full-throated support for the "yellow vest" protest movement in neighboring France. Merkel's comment came during an exchange with Left Party lawmaker Fabio De Masi in a question-and-answer session in...