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Nicaragua's Ortega says he will restart talks with opponents

Feb. 21, 2019 9:40 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said Thursday he will restart talks with his opponents, seven months after the last round of dialogue broke down and the government unleashed a round of arrests. Ortega said he hopes to start the new round of talks Wednesday, though he didn't say...

The Latest: Striking teachers rally at Oakland City Hall

Feb. 21, 2019 3:36 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a teachers' strike in Oakland, California (all times local): 12:35 p.m. Thousands of teachers, parents and students holding picket signs are rallying outside City Hall in Oakland, California, on the first day of a teachers' strike. Picketers chanted "We are Oakland!"...

Spain: Pro-secession protesters block roads in Catalonia

Feb. 21, 2019 2:23 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Protesters backing Catalonia's secession from Spain clashed with police and blocked roads across the northeastern region Thursday during a student and worker strike over the trial of a dozen separatist leaders. Regional police said four people were arrested when officers met...

Albanian opposition holds anti-govt rally, demands new vote

Feb. 21, 2019 2:21 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Thousands of protesters supporting Albania's opposition surrounded the parliament building Thursday and demanded the government step down, claiming it's corrupt and has links to organized crime. Hundreds of police and rolls of barbed wire are protecting the parliament building in...

Judge reverses bail denial for activist who exposed breast

Feb. 21, 2019 1:09 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After initially ordering a New York woman who mimicked Virginia's seal by exposing her breast outside the Capitol to be held without bail, a Virginia judge has agreed to release her. Attorney David Baugh tells The Washington Post that Richmond General District Court Chief Judge...

Swedish teen leads Belgian students on 7th climate march

Feb. 21, 2019 10:00 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg led a march of thousands of Belgian students who are skipped classes for the seventh Thursday in a row to march through Brussels and draw more attention to fighting climate change. The 16-year-old Thunberg first addressed a European Union conference, chiding...

Polish activists pull down statue of priest in abuse protest

Feb. 21, 2019 8:59 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists in Poland toppled a statue of a prominent Solidarity-era priest early Thursday amid allegations that he sexually abused minors, a protest against what they called a failure by the Catholic Church and society to resolve the problem of clergy sex abuse. The protest came only...

Sudan government arrests opposition leaders ahead of protest

Feb. 21, 2019 7:55 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese opposition party says more than 10 opposition leaders have been arrested ahead of the latest day of protests urging President Omar al-Bashir to resign. In a statement, the Sudanese Congress Party says security forces "pre-empted" demonstrations by arresting the deputy head of the...

Iraqi rapper gives angry youth in city of Basra music outlet

Feb. 21, 2019 1:18 AM EST

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — A youth-led protest movement in the southern Iraqi port city of Basra, which saw riots last summer over failing services and soaring unemployment, has found an artistic outlet in the words and beats of homegrown rapper Ahmed Chayeb. The 22-year-old rapper, also known as Mr. Guti, says...

France to adopt international definition of anti-Semitism

Feb. 20, 2019 6:05 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The French government will adopt an international organization's definition of anti-Semitism and propose a law to reduce hate speech from being circulated online, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday. Macron, speaking at the annual dinner of a Jewish organization, said France and...