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Judge partially blocks law aimed at oil pipeline protests

Sep. 18, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

A federal judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked enforcement of some new South Dakota laws that aim to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline. A lawsuit spearheaded by the American Civil Liberties Union against Gov. Kristi Noem and state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg alleges that...

Hong Kong tells US to stay out; students form protest chains

Sep. 9, 2019 9:18 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of students formed human chains outside schools across Hong Kong on Monday to show solidarity after violent weekend clashes between police and activists seeking democratic reforms in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. The silent protest came as the Hong Kong government...

Marchers ask Trump to 'liberate' Hong Kong, as clashes erupt

Sep. 8, 2019 12:07 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong urged President Donald Trump to "liberate" the semiautonomous Chinese territory during a peaceful march to the U.S. Consulate on Sunday, but violence broke out later in the business and retail district as police fired tear gas after protesters...

Hong Kong thwarts airport protest, but battles continue

Sep. 7, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police thwarted another disruption at the airport by pro-democracy activists but had to battle protesters at subway stations on Saturday, as the months-long unrest showed no signs of abating even after the government offered a concession days earlier. Police mounted road checks...

DNA from cigarette leads to Dakota Access arrest 3 years on

Sep. 6, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in North Dakota relied on DNA collected from a cigarette butt to charge a man with engaging in a riot for his part in a Dakota Access pipeline protest three years ago that caused damage estimated at hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to an affidavit. Morton County...

Protests flare in Hong Kong despite bill's withdrawal

Sep. 6, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong protesters besieged a police station and a subway stop Friday, prompting police to fire tear gas and rubber bullets as new violence erupted despite the government's promise to drop a proposed law that sparked months of demonstrations in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. About...

Outlawed app emerges as key tool for Russian protesters

Sep. 6, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Anti-government protesters in Russia are increasingly relying on an encrypted and officially banned messaging app to pass on information in critical situations, from dodging riot police to giving those arrested a line to the outside. Although officially banned in Russia, Telegram is still...

Russian protesters aided by digital tools, self-organizing

Sep. 6, 2019 5:39 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — It's a scene many Muscovites have grown used to seeing this summer as a new wave of anti-government demonstrations gripped the Russian capital: Two masked, heavily clad riot policemen drag away a shrieking teenager as the protesters around them try to free her. But then the two officers...

Tens of thousands in Hong Kong boycott first day of school

Sep. 2, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Clad in gas masks along with their formal white school uniforms, tens of thousands of students in Hong Kong boycotted the first day of classes Monday as part of a citywide strike following a violent weekend of demonstrations. High school students added gas masks, goggles and hard hats to...

Protests on roads near Hong Kong airport disrupt air travel

Sep. 1, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Anti-government protesters blocked roads near Hong Kong's airport with burning barricades and damaged a train station Sunday after a night of violent clashes with police. Train and some bus service to the airport on the outlying island of Chek Lap Kok were suspended. Some passengers walked...