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FILE - In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020 file photo, a volunteer receives a COVID-19 test vaccine injection developed at the University of Oxford in Britain, at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. Politicians and public health leaders have publicly committed to equitably sharing any coronavirus vaccine that works, but the top global initiative to make it happen may allow rich countries to reinforce their own stockpiles while making fewer doses available for poor ones. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, FIle)

Global vaccine plan may allow rich countries to buy more

Jul. 14, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Politicians and public health leaders have publicly committed to equitably sharing any coronavirus vaccine that works, but the top global initiative to make that happen may allow rich countries to reinforce their own stockpiles while making fewer doses available for poor ones. Activists warn...

Protesters kneel in front of the Lehigh County Jail in Allentown, Pa., on Monday, July 13, 2020, to demonstrate against police brutality after video emerged of an officer placing his knee on a man's head and neck area outside a city hospital. Police have launched an internal probe. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)

Protest in Pennsylvania after cop uses knee to restrain man

Jul. 13, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Activists against police brutality expressed outrage and demanded accountability Monday after video emerged over the weekend of an officer placing his knee on a man’s head and neck area outside a Pennsylvania hospital. Allentown police released a much longer surveillance video...

Sudan: Armed groups attack protest camp in Darfur, kill 13

Jul. 13, 2020 4:36 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese armed groups on Monday attacked a protest camp in the war-scarred Darfur region, killing more than a dozen people, activists said, a day after security forces violently broke up another sit-in in the region. Both protest camps in North Darfur province called for better security...

FILE - In this March 5, 2020 file photo, journalist and activist Omar Radi speaks after a hearing at the Casablanca Courthouse, In Casablanca, Morocco. On Sunday, July 12, 2020 the Tel Aviv District Court rejected a request to strip the controversial Israeli spyware firm NSO Group of its export license over the suspected use of the company’s technology in targeting journalists, including Radi, and dissidents worldwide. The case, brought by Amnesty International in January, called on the court to prevent NSO from selling its technology abroad, especially to repressive regimes. The court ruled that Amnesty’s attorneys did not provide sufficient evidence. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)

Israeli court rejects petition to curb spyware company

Jul. 13, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court has rejected a request to strip the controversial Israeli spyware firm NSO Group of its export license over the suspected use of the company's technology in targeting journalists and dissidents worldwide. The case, brought by Amnesty International in January, called on the...

FILE - In this May 24, 2019, file photo a vendor bags psilocybin mushrooms at a pop-up cannabis market in Los Angeles. Despite pandemic conditions that made normal signature-gathering almost impossible, activists in the nation's capital say they have enough signatures for a November ballot initiative that would decriminalize natural psychedelics such as mescaline and psilocybin mushrooms. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Activists seek to decriminalize 'magic' mushrooms in DC

Jul. 13, 2020 6:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The posters started blanketing light posts just a few weeks after the city entered what would be a monthslong stay-at-home order. Vividly colored and bearing a three-headed mushroom, they asked Washingtonians to “reform laws for plant and fungi medicines” by making natural...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2012 file photo, an Egyptian youth, trailed by his friends, gropes a woman crossing the street with her friends in Cairo, Egypt. In the summer of 2020, more than a hundred allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape against a former student at a top university have roiled Egypt, sparking a renewed #MeToo campaign in a country where sexual assault and harassment are rampant. The case has prompted the Sunni Muslim world’s foremost religious institution, to speak out on sexual harassment and assault, and voice support for victims. Authorities have arrested the accused man pending investigations, and are working to amend the country's laws to protect the identities of victims of sexual crimes. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El Latif, El Shorouk Newspaper, File)

Accusations of serial assault spark new #MeToo wave in Egypt

Jul. 13, 2020 2:42 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Their accounts are similar. The girls and women describe meeting the young man — a former student at Egypt's most elite university — in person and online, followed by deceit, then escalating sexual harassment, assault, blackmail or rape. Some were minors when the alleged crimes...

Irina, right, and Anastasia Lagutenko play with their son, Dorian, at a playground in St. Petersburg, Russia, July 2, 2020. Their 2017 wedding wasn’t legally recognized in Russia. Any hopes they could someday officially be married in their homeland vanished July 1 when voters approved a package of constitutional amendments, one of which stipulates that marriage in Russia is only between a man and a woman. (AP Photo)

Russian constitution change ends hopes for same-sex marriage

Jul. 13, 2020 2:29 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — At the Lagutenko wedding in 2017, the couple exchanged vows, rings and kisses in front of friends and relatives, then took a traditional drive in a limousine, stopping at landmarks for photos. But because they were both women, the wedding wasn’t legal in Russia. If...

FILE - In this March 17, 2020, file photo, House speaker Sara Gideon, D-Freeport, conducts business in the House Chamber at the State House in Augusta, Maine. Gideon is one of three Democrat candidates seeking the party's nomination for U.S. Senate in the July 14 primary. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Maine speaker drowns out rivals in bid to take on Collins

Jul. 12, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It's great to be identified early as the establishment-backed candidate and to benefit from millions of dollars in donations. It's not so great for the opponents. Activist Betsy Sweet and attorney Bre Kidman have watched money pour into front-runner Sara Gideon's campaign for U.S....

American Indian group protests Oklahoma land rush memorial

Jul. 11, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of American Indian rights activists demonstrated Saturday in protest of the memorial in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district to the Oklahoma Land Rush and the state’s other land runs. The Society to Preserve Indigenous Rights and Indigenous Treaties, or SPIRIT,...

Baracutey blows on a conch shell outside the Capitol building while joining a group of activists demanding statues and street names commemorating symbols of colonial oppression be removed, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Saturday, July 11, 2020.  Dozens of activists marched through the historic part of Puerto Rico’s capital on Saturday to demand that the U.S. territory’s government start by removing statues, including those of explorer Christopher Columbus.  (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Puerto Rico questions Spain's legacy as statues tumble in US

Jul. 11, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Statues, street names, plazas and even the body of conquistador Juan Ponce de León himself: Spain left a nearly indelible legacy in Puerto Rico that attracts hordes of tourists every year, but some activists are trying to erase it as they join a U.S. movement to eradicate...