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Gambia arrests 137 in protests urging president to step down

Jan. 27, 2020 11:34 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia’s police have arrested 137 people amid protests calling for the president to step down after three years in power, the government said Monday, a startling turn for a country whose leader has vowed reforms and justice for the repression of the past. Security forces used...

Lebanese men pass in front of a coffee shop that was smashed by anti-government protesters, during a protest against the new government, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Lebanon's new government, made up of members nominated by the Shiite group Hezbollah and its allies got down to business Wednesday, a day after it was formed. Questions arose immediately about its ability to halt a spiral of economic and political collapse. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

New Lebanese minister says he won't permit attacks on police

Jan. 23, 2020 12:56 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's new interior minister said Thursday he won't permit attacks on security forces amid angry rioting that has gripped the country's capital amid a deepening economic crisis. Mohammed Fahmi spoke during a handover ceremony from the outgoing minister, two days after an emergency...

FILE - This Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 file photo shows the logo of the Israeli NSO Group company on a building where they had offices in Herzliya, Israel. An Israeli court heard a case Thursday calling for restrictions to be slapped on NSO Group, an Israeli company that makes surveillance software that is said to have been used to target journalists and dissidents around the world. (AP Photo/Daniella Cheslow, File)

Rights group demands Israel rein in murky spyware company

Jan. 16, 2020 8:05 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — An Israeli court heard a case Thursday calling for restrictions to be slapped on NSO Group, an Israeli company that makes surveillance software that is said to have been used to target journalists and dissidents around the world. The case, brought by Amnesty International, calls for...

FILE - In this April 12, 2017 photo people gather to protest in Heroes Square in Budapest. Hungary's parliament has approved a law regulating civic groups which receive foreign funding. The bill passed Tuesday, June 13, 2017 by the governing parties led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban compels groups getting more than around US $ 26,200 a year from abroad to register the fact with the courts and say in most of their online and printed publications that they are foreign-funded. (Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP,file)

Hungary rule on NGOs' financing seen in conflict with EU law

Jan. 14, 2020 2:16 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Restrictions imposed by Hungary on the financing of non-governmental organizations from abroad are incompatible with European Union law, according to an opinion issued Tuesday by the bloc's highest court. In 2017, Hungary adopted legislation forcing NGOs receiving foreign funding...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 file photo released by Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, left, and Yemen's President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, attend the signing of a power-sharing deal between Yemen's internationally recognized government and Yemeni separatists that are backed by the United Arab Emirates, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP, File)

Leading NGOs boycott Saudi Arabian G20 civil society talks

Jan. 13, 2020 12:22 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Three leading international NGOs announced on Monday they are boycotting meetings that Saudi Arabia is holding with civil society groups ahead of hosting this year's Group of 20 summit, saying participating would lend legitimacy to a kingdom “trying to whitewash its dire human rights...

A student is seen through broken glass as she walks inside the hostel canteen room vandalized after Sunday's assault by masked assailants at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. More than 20 people were injured in the attack opposition lawmakers are trying to link to the government. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Attackers beat protesting students at Indian university

Jan. 6, 2020 6:55 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Masked assailants beat students and teachers with sticks on the campus of a prestigious university in India’s capital, injuring more than 20 people in an attack opposition lawmakers are trying to link to the government. Videos that emerged after the assault late Sunday showed people...

In this 2000 photo provided by ChinaAid, pastor Wang Yi, left, poses with his wife Jiang Rong at the study room of their home. China on Monday, Dec. 30, 2019, sentenced the prominent pastor who operated outside the Communist Party-recognized Protestant organization to nine years in prison. The People's Intermediate Court in the southwestern city of Chengdu said Wang Yi was also convicted of illegal business operations, fined and had his personal assets seized. (ChinaAid via AP)

China sentences Protestant pastor to 9 years for subversion

Dec. 30, 2019 9:22 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China has sentenced a prominent pastor who operated outside the Communist Party-recognized Protestant organization to nine years in prison for subversion. Wang Yi had led the Early Rain Covenant Church and was arrested a year ago during China's ongoing crackdown on all unauthorized...

Japan's Minister of Justice Masako Mori speaks at a press conference on the execution of a convict Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, in Tokyo. Japan on Thursday executed a Chinese death-row inmate convicted in the 2003 murder and robber of a family of four, including two children, as the country sticks to death penalty despite growing international move toward abolishing the system. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan executes first foreigner in 10 years in family murder

Dec. 26, 2019 6:30 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan executed its first foreigner in 10 years on Thursday, a Chinese man convicted in the 2003 murder and robbery of a family of four. Wei Wei, 40, was hanged Thursday at a detention center in Fukuoka where he had been on death row for more than 16 years, Justice Minister Masako Mori said. ...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2019 file photo, a Turkish police officer walks past a picture of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi prior to a ceremony, near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, marking the one-year anniversary of his death. A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced five people to death for the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October 2018 by a team of Saudi agents. Saudi Arabia's state TV reported Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 that three others were sentenced to prison. All can appeal the verdicts. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

Saudis sentence 5 people to death for Khashoggi's killing

Dec. 23, 2019 4:35 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death Monday for the killing of Washington Post columnist and royal family critic Jamal Khashoggi, whose grisly slaying in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul drew international condemnation and cast a cloud of suspicion over Crown...

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2018 file handout photo provided by a Sudanese activist, Sudanese protesters set fire to the ruling party headquarters, in Atbara, Sudan. On the first anniversary of the mass protest movement that forced Sudan's former president Omar al-Bashir from power, Amnesty International urged the new transitional government to deliver on the Sudanese people’s demands for sweeping change. (Sudanese Activist via AP, File)

Year on, Amnesty urges Sudan deliver on protesters' demands

Dec. 19, 2019 9:40 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International on Thursday urged Sudan's new transitional government to deliver on popular demands for sweeping change as the country marked the first anniversary of mass protests that led to the ouster of former president and longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir. A year ago, the first...