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Fired officer who apologized for assault seeking acquittal

Jan. 24, 2022 20:12 PM EST

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — The former South Carolina police officer who apologized after attacking a Black man seemingly without provocation during an arrest last year now wants a jury to acquit him of a misdemeanor charge stemming from the incident. A jury heard opening statements and...

No jail for 7 activists charged in protest near Swiss quarry

Jan. 24, 2022 17:19 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Seven environmental activists were cleared or given suspended fines Monday on charges of trespassing and resisting arrest for their roles in a protest against expansion of a limestone quarry in Switzerland, local media reported. The defendants in the court in Nyon,...

Mass anti-coup protests continue in Sudan; 3 killed

Jan. 24, 2022 15:28 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Three more people were killed in Sudan, a medical group said, as thousands of people once again took to the streets of the capital and other cities Monday in relentless protests that have rocked the country since a military coup three months ago. The fatalities brought...

Taliban hold first talks in Europe since Afghan takeover

Jan. 24, 2022 10:10 AM EST

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Taliban and western diplomats have begun their first official talks in Europe since they took over control of Afghanistan in August. The closed-door meetings were taking place at a hotel in the snow-capped mountains above the Norwegian capital. ...

Belgium OKs 4th vaccine shot for immunocompromised people

Jan. 24, 2022 09:51 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium's health ministers have approved a recommendation to use a fourth dose of coronavirus vaccine to better protect people with a weakened immune system against the virus. Christie Morreale, the minister for public health in the federal government, said Monday...

Gunfire near home of Burkina Faso's leader after army mutiny

Jan. 23, 2022 19:08 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunfire rang out late Sunday near the home of Burkina Faso's embattled President Roch Marc Christian Kabore, raising the specter that a military coup might still be under way after mutinous soldiers seized a military base earlier in the day. ...

Water cannon, tear gas at COVID-19 protests in Brussels

Jan. 23, 2022 14:00 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police fired water cannons and thick clouds of tear gas Sunday in Brussels to disperse people protesting COVID-19 vaccinations and government restrictions that aim to curb the fast-spreading omicron variant. Police said the protest in the Belgian capital drew an...

Farmers' protest in Spain highlights rural concerns

Jan. 23, 2022 10:05 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Farmers, cattle-breeders, hunters and opposition supporters descended Sunday on the Spanish capital of Madrid to protest environmental and economic policies by Spain’s left-of-center government that they say are hurting rural communities. Sunday’s protest was...

Last straw: Fed-up Arizona Democrats censure Sen. Sinema

Jan. 22, 2022 15:40 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is growing increasingly isolated from some of her party’s most influential officials and donors after playing a key role in scuttling voting rights legislation that many consider essential to preserving democracy. Leaders of the Arizona...

Vaccine passport protests in Europe draw thousands of people

Jan. 22, 2022 12:24 PM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in European capitals Saturday to protest vaccine passports and other requirements governments have imposed in hopes of ending the coronavirus pandemic. Demonstrations took place in Athens, Helsinki, London, Paris and Stockholm. ...