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Hong Kong marks Tiananmen anniversary, defying a police ban

Jun. 4, 2020 11:22 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people in Hong Kong defied a police ban Thursday evening, breaking through barricades to hold a candlelight vigil on the 31st anniversary of China's crushing of a democracy movement centered on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. With democracy snuffed out in the mainland, the...

FILE - In this July 29, 2010, file photo, South Korean conservative activists launch balloons  carrying leaflets denouncing North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during a rally in Hwacheon, South Korea. South Korea says it plans to push new laws to ban activists from flying anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border after North Korea threatened to end an inter-Korean military agreement reached in 2018 to reduce tensions if Seoul fails to prevent the protests. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

Seoul vows to stop border protests after Pyongyang's threat

Jun. 4, 2020 3:11 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday it planned to push new laws to ban activists from flying anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the border after North Korea threatened to end an inter-Korean military agreement reached in 2018 to reduce tensions if Seoul fails to prevent the protests. The...

FILE - This Tuesday, June 2, 2020 file photo shows a large group of protesters gather around the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue near downtown in Richmond, Va. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce plans Thursday for the removal of an iconic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Richmond's prominent Monument Avenue. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virginia governor to announce removal of Lee statue

Jun. 3, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is expected to announce plans Thursday to remove one of the country’s most iconic monuments to the Confederacy, a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee along Richmond’s prominent Monument Avenue, a senior administration official told The Associated...

Demonstrators march in Tampa Sunday, May 31, 2020 for a second day in a row as protestors take to the streets of Tampa to protest the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  (Martha Asencio-Rhine/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Activists use informal tools to keep the peace at protests

Jun. 3, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

When Berto Aguayo heard that Chicago protests started turning violent over the weekend, he called a few dozen people to meet in front of a colorful mural in a South Side neighborhood. “Number one, we are here to peacefully protect small businesses,” Aguayo — co-founder of Increase the Peace,...

Turkish police officers, in riot gear, and wearing face masks for protections against the spread of the coronavirus, scuffle with protesters during a demonstration in Istanbul, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, against the recent killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, USA, that has led to protests in many countries and across the US. (AP Photo/Omer Kuscu)

Turkey: officers disperse anti-police brutality protest

Jun. 3, 2020 5:49 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Police in Istanbul have dispersed a small group of demonstrators who gathered in the Turkish city to denounce police violence and to stand in solidarity with protesters in the United States. At least 29 demonstrators were detained, Turkey's state-run agency reported. Anadolu Agency said...

This Jan. 12, 2020 photo shows 22-year-old Mayada, a tea vendor 7-months pregnant with twins, the result of a gang-rape by Sudanese security forces, in Khartoum, Sudan. Dozens of women were raped on June 3, 2019 as security forces attacked a sit-in protest camp in Khartoum, according to activists’ counts. Mayada wanted to end the pregnancy, but a pharmacist refused to sell her pills to cause an abortion. She hurt herself, lifting heavy objects and throwing herself off furniture, hoping for a miscarriage. She gave birth in March to a daughter, while the other twin, a boy, died. She doesn’t know the names of the men who raped her, much less which is the father. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

A year later, Sudanese raped in crackdown wait for justice

Jun. 3, 2020 2:23 AM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Two or three times a week, Mayada goes to visit her baby daughter at the foster home. Sometimes, she breastfeeds her if she has milk, or she just sits and lulls the 3-month-old to sleep. She left Marwa at the home because she’s too poor and ill to care for her, she said. Not...

A Philadelphia Police Department SWAT team member sits in a vehicle in downtown Philadelphia during enforcement of a curfew, Monday, June 1, 2020. Philadelphia imposed a 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew to prevent another night of destruction amid protests over George Floyd's death. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Police clashes with protesters mark reversal in Philadelphia

Jun. 2, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials in Philadelphia defended their use of tear gas in dispersing protesters who blocked a major highway at rush hour, calling it necessary to defuse "a dangerous and volatile situation,” but civil rights lawyers called it a reversal of recent city policy. The Philadelphia...

President Donald Trump walks past police in Lafayette Park after he visited outside St. John's Church across from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

GOP senators offer rare rebuke of Trump on church visit

Jun. 2, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A handful of GOP senators spoke out Tuesday against President Donald Trump, criticizing his visit to a church after police removed peaceful demonstrators from a park near the White House. The remarks came even as most Republicans continued to avoid any disapproval of the president. In a...

A demonstrator raises a fist in the air during a peaceful march in downtown New Orleans, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. They were protesting over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

False claims of antifa protesters plague small U.S. cities

Jun. 2, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — In the days since President Donald Trump blamed antifa activists for an eruption of violence at protests over police killings of black people, social media has lit up with false rumors that the far-left-leaning group is transporting people to wreak havoc on small cities across America. The...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Jun. 2, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

May 31, 2020 Chicago Tribune Zero tolerance for violence in the fight for police reform The outrage over George Floyd’s killing in Minneapolis under the knee of a white police officer is justified. Nationwide demands to end police abuse are legitimate. The fury of black Americans who are tired of...