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Zimbabwe's police beat anti-government protesters in capital

Aug. 16, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's police used tear gas, arrests and beatings Friday to quell anti-government protests in the capital, Harare. Seven people were injured, including one in critical condition, and 80 people were arrested, said Nelson Chamisa, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change...

The Latest: Protesters, police clash in Zimbabwe's capital

Aug. 16, 2019 5:10 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's anti-government demonstration (all times local): 11:05 a.m. Police are clashing with a few hundred anti-government protesters who gathered in central Harare. Police used tear gas to disperse the crowd at Africa Unity Square but many protesters moved into...

Amnesty urges Sudan's military to extradite ousted al-Bashir

Aug. 16, 2019 4:46 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International is urging Sudan's military rulers to hand over longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court to stand trial for war crimes and genocide linked to the Darfur conflict. Amnesty's statement on Friday — just two days before al-Bashir is to go on...

Police patrol Zimbabwe capital before anti-government demos

Aug. 15, 2019 9:35 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In a show of force to discourage anti-government protests, Zimbabwe police with water cannons patrolled the capital's streets and warned residents "you will rot in jail" if they participate in the demonstrations planned for Friday. Six anti-government activists have been abducted...

Saudi rights no concern for Anthony Joshua's fight promoter

Aug. 12, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Putting profits ahead of politics, the promoter of heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua is dismissing concerns over the decision to contest a championship fight in Saudi Arabia. The human rights organization Amnesty International contends Joshua will be part of "sportswashing" — the Saudi...

Hong Kong leader Lam says priority is to stop violence

Aug. 9, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said Friday her priority is to "stop the violence" rather than make political concessions as the city's 2-month-long protest movement pressed on with a demonstration at the airport. Lam said traffic disruptions and confrontations between police and protesters...

Shootings prompt other countries to warn about travel to US

Aug. 8, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The United States often takes a leading role in calling out the world's most dangerous places, warning its people about the risks of traveling to countries that are at war, under terrorist threats, experiencing civil unrest or displaying significant anti-American sentiment. The...

Ugandan academic gets prison for criticizing the president

Aug. 2, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan academic who once called the president "a pair of buttocks" has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being found guilty of cyber harassment. Stella Nyanzi on Friday flashed her bare breasts in protest while appearing in court via video link from prison. Amnesty...

Rights group says prisoners go on hunger strike in Egypt

Jul. 31, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Amnesty International says 130 detainees in a notorious Egyptian prison have been on hunger strike for more than six weeks to protest what it calls "cruel and inhumane detention conditions." The international rights group on Wednesday called on authorities to investigate the prisoners'...

Lebanon festival drops popular band after Christian pressure

Jul. 30, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — An international music festival in Lebanon said Tuesday that it has cancelled a planned concert by a popular Mideast rock band whose lead singer is openly gay, apparently caving to pressure after weeklong calls by some Christian groups to pull the plug on the show, as well as online threats...