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Judge deems Oklahoma train crossing law unconstitutional

Dec. 1, 2020 4:22 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Oklahoma has ruled in favor of a railroad that challenged a state law that bans stopped trains from blocking streets for more than 10 minutes. BNSF Railway Co. sued Oklahoma last year after police officers in Edmond and Davis issued citations over blocked streets....

Protesting farmers hold placards at the border between Delhi and Haryana state, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Talks between protesting farmers and the Indian government failed Tuesday after both the parties could not reach a common ground to discuss the new farming laws, protests against which have intensified after entering their sixth day. More growers joined giant demonstrations and choked roads to India's Capital by hunkering down along with their trucks and tractors. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

No breakthrough in India's talks with protesting farmers

Dec. 1, 2020 10:21 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government and protesting farmers were unable to reach common ground in talks held Tuesday, with the farmers saying their demonstrations against new agriculture laws will continue as will their blockades of key highways. The farmers rejected the government’s offer to set...

Indian farmers protesting new agriculture laws hold a meeting at the Delhi-Haryana state border, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried to placate thousands of farmers protesting new agriculture laws Monday and said they were being misled by opposition parties and that his government would resolve all their concerns. (AP Photo/Rishi Lekhi)

India's govt. invites protesting farmers to talks Tuesday

Nov. 30, 2020 3:36 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government has moved up talks to Dec. 1 with the leaders of farm groups protesting new agricultural laws in the country's biggest farmer protests in years that have entered their fifth day. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Monday he decided to advance the meeting...

Indian farmers hold a meeting at the Delhi-Haryana state border, India, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. Protesting farmers on Sunday rejected the Indian government's offer to hold immediate talks if they ended their blockade of key highways they've held as they seek the scrapping of legislation they say could devastate crop prices.(AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Angry Indian farmers reject government offer for talks

Nov. 29, 2020 6:32 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Protesting farmers on Sunday rejected the Indian government's offer to hold immediate talks if they ended their blockade of key highways they've held as they seek the scrapping of legislation they say could devastate crop prices. The thousands of farmers will continue camping out on...

A farmer throws back a tear gas shells towards policemen, at the border between Delhi and Haryana state, Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. Thousands of agitating farmers in India faced tear gas and baton charge from police on Friday after they resumed their march to the capital against new farming laws that they fear will give more power to corporations and reduce their earnings. While trying to march towards New Delhi, the farmers, using their tractors, cleared concrete blockades, walls of shipping containers and horizontally parked trucks after police had set them up as barricades and dug trenches on highways to block roads leading to the capital. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Indian police agree to allow protesting farmers into capital

Nov. 27, 2020 8:11 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of angry Indian farmers protesting new agricultural laws were allowed to enter the capital late Friday after they clashed with police who had blocked them at the outskirts of New Delhi. The farmers, who fear new legislation will reduce their earnings and give more power to...

Judge tosses cases involving Omaha protesters

Nov. 27, 2020 9:05 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A judge has dismissed cases against 25 people who were arrested and jailed for blocking traffic at a bridge during a summer racial injustice protest in Omaha. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Douglas County Judge Marcena Hendrix ruled Wednesday that Omaha's ordinance prohibiting the...

A Palestinian boy sells bananas on a donkey carte in an alley in the Shati refugee camp, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Israel's blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as $16.7 billion in economic losses and caused its poverty and unemployment rates to skyrocket, a U.N. report said Wednesday, as it called on Israel to lift the 13-year closure. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

UN agency: Israel's Gaza blockade has devastated economy

Nov. 25, 2020 4:34 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has cost the seaside territory as much as $16.7 billion in economic losses and sent poverty and unemployment skyrocketing, a U.N. report said Wednesday, as it called on Israel to lift the closure. The report by the U.N. Conference on...

Turkey protests German search of Libya-bound Turkish ship

Nov. 23, 2020 12:51 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey summoned top diplomats representing the European Union, Germany and Italy on Monday after a German frigate that is part of a EU mission enforcing an arms embargo against Libya intercepted a Turkish freighter in the Mediterranean sea and carried out what a senior Turkish...

Ethiopian refugees gather in Qadarif region, easter Sudan, Friday, Nov 20, 2020. Thousands of Ethiopians fled the war in Tigray region into Sudan. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)

She fled Ethiopia's fighting. Now she warns of 'catastrophe'

Nov. 21, 2020 11:44 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Shaken by the gunfire erupting around her town in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, the woman decided to get out. She joined a long line at the local government office for the paperwork needed to travel. But when she reached the official, he told her she had wasted her time....

This image made from undated video released by the state-owned Ethiopian News Agency on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 shows Ethiopian military sitting on an armored personnel carrier next to a national flag, on a road in an area near the border of the Tigray and Amhara regions of Ethiopia. Ethiopia's prime minister Abiy Ahmed said in a social media post on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 that

People go hungry in Ethiopia's Tigray as conflict marches on

Nov. 18, 2020 11:55 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — People are going hungry in Ethiopia’s rebellious northern Tigray region as roads are blocked, airports are closed and the federal government marches on its capital in a final push to win a two-week war. But residents are afraid to leave for fear of being killed, an internal...