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Guatemalans protest president, attorney general

Jul. 29, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Thousands of Guatemalans took to the streets in protest Thursday, blocking highways and calling for a national strike over the government’s apparent unwillingness to tackle corruption. Pressure has been building since Attorney General Consuelo...

US genocide expert to press Ethiopia on Tigray aid blockade

Jul. 29, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The U.S. official who wrote a Pulitzer Prize-winning book on genocide is visiting Ethiopia next week to press the government to lift what the U.S. calls a blockade on humanitarian aid to the conflict-hit Tigray region, where hundreds of thousands of people now face...

Pro-Hamas activists launch incendiary balloons into Israel

Jul. 25, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck a target in the southern Gaza Strip, the Israeli military announced early Monday, saying it was responding to the launches of incendiary balloons that caused at least three blazes in southern Israel. The military said it had...

Violence, protests overshadow Mass for slain Haitian leader

Jul. 22, 2021 20:54 PM EDT

CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (AP) — Demonstrations in Cap-Haitien turned violent on Thursday as gunshots rang out while supporters of slain President Jovenel Moïse blocked roads and demanded justice while threatening to disrupt his upcoming funeral. A heavily armed police convoy...

Suit says police held wrong woman at gunpoint, damaged car

Jul. 21, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A woman is suing Delaware State Police alleging that plainclothes officers in unmarked cars blockaded her in her car and held her at gunpoint before they realized she was not the person they were looking for. As Martiayna Watson, 20, left a gas...

25,000 troops deployed to quell South Africa riots, 117 dead

Jul. 15, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In one of the largest deployments of soldiers since the end of white minority rule, 25,000 South African troops began taking up positions Thursday to help quell weeklong riots sparked by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma. At least 117 people have been...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 14, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. July 14, 2021. Editorial: The towering spirit of Mary McLeod Bethune of Florida ' Editorial Everyone in Florida — and America, for that matter — should take pride in what took place last weekend in the small Italian...

Oregon Dems and GOP see Texas statehouse walkout differently

Jul. 14, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — With Democrats in the Texas House fleeing the state this week to block a Republican bill curbing voting access, the comparisons with Oregon have been inevitable. Like Oregon, the minority party in Texas can shut down legislative action by blocking the...

Retired police officers protest in Ukraine's capital

Jul. 14, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A crowd of retired police officers tried to storm Ukraine's parliament Wednesday and blocked several streets in the capital, Kyiv, during a protest demanding higher pensions. Former police officers rammed through a metal barrier fencing off the...

Miami demonstrators block highway to support Cuban protests

Jul. 13, 2021 22:04 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Demonstrators expressing solidarity with the thousands of Cubans who waged a rare weekend of protests around their island nation shut down a stretch of a major South Florida expressway Tuesday. The large group gathered at a busy Miami intersection chanting...