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The Virginia state Capitol building is surrounded by fencing, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Richmond, Va., in preparation for Monday's rally by gun rights advocates. Gun-rights groups are asking a judge to block the Virginia governor's ban on firearms at a massive pro-gun rally scheduled for next week. Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday, Jan. 15, announced a state of emergency and banned all weapons from the rally at the Capitol.  (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Virginia's highest court upholds weapons ban at gun rally

Jan. 17, 2020 9:01 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's highest court on Friday upheld a ban on firearms at an upcoming pro-gun rally in the state's capital, an event that authorities feared could erupt in violence at the hands of armed extremists. The Virginia Supreme Court's decision came a day after gun-rights groups sued to...

Posters of protesters who have been killed in anti-government demonstrations and their belongings are displayed in Tahrir Square, in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Officials, activists: 2 Iraqi protesters killed in Baghdad

Jan. 17, 2020 3:15 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two protesters were killed and over a dozen wounded in central Baghdad on Friday in renewed violence between anti-government demonstrators and Iraqi security forces, activists and officials said. The deaths followed weeks of calm. Riot police fired tear gas and hurled sound bombs to...

Iraqi officials and activists say 2 anti-government protesters killed and over a dozen wounded in renewed violence

Jan. 17, 2020 2:12 PM EST
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi officials and activists say 2 anti-government protesters killed and over a dozen wounded in renewed violence.
Anti-government protesters stand atop a road sign and flash the victory sign as others block a main highway in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Protesters closed major roads in the capital Beirut and around wide parts of Lebanon paralyzing the country as the political crisis over the formation of a new government worsens. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Hezbollah warns of 'chaos' if Lebanon government delayed

Jan. 17, 2020 11:16 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior Hezbollah official warned Friday that Lebanon could fall into chaos and “complete collapse” unless a new government is formed. Sheikh Ali Daamoush's comments came amid more bickering between politicians on the formation of a new Cabinet amid a crippling financial crisis...

Vegas teachers start drive for sales tax hike to raise $1B

Jan. 16, 2020 3:28 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Just days after beginning an initiative drive to increase casino taxes, Las Vegas-area teachers filed a petition to increase Nevada sales taxes and raise more than $1 billion per year for schools. The political action group Fund Our Schools, backed by the Clark County Education...

Imam in Uganda is mocked for mistakenly marrying a man

Jan. 16, 2020 1:11 PM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The mocking of a Ugandan imam who unknowingly married a man in a Muslim ceremony highlights intolerance in the East African country, a gay rights activist said Thursday. The imam, who says he did not know his partner was male, has been suspended from clerical duty and his partner...

FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, soccer fans crowd outside the Cardiff City soccer stadium ahead of the English Championship match against Swansea City, in Cardiff, Wales, as South Wales police are scheduled to test live facial recognition technology to monitor arriving fans for the soccer game.  South Wales police deployed facial recognition surveillance equipment on Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in a test to monitor crowds arriving for this weekend soccer match in real-time, which is prompting public debate about possible aggressive uses of facial recognition in Western democracies, raising questions about human rights and how the technology may enter people's daily lives in the future. (David Davies/PA via AP)

UK police use of facial recognition tests public's tolerance

Jan. 16, 2020 7:55 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — When British police used facial recognition cameras to monitor crowds arriving for a soccer match in Wales, some fans protested by covering their faces. In a sign of the technology’s divisiveness, even the head of a neighboring police force said he opposed it. The South Wales police...

Chicago bolsters sanctuary protections, activists want more

Jan. 15, 2020 3:19 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago again bolstered its sanctuary policies Wednesday as aldermen approved a plan requiring police to document any requests for assistance from federal immigration agents. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has called it “the first step in a longer process of strengthening the city’s...

This photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows Syrian White Helmet civil defense workers extinguish a burning car that was hit by Syrian government airstrikes, in Idlib province, Syria, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Syrian government warplanes struck a market and an industrial area on Wednesday in the last territory in the hands of rebel groups in the country's northwest, killing at least 15 people, opposition activists said. (Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP)

Groups: Syrian planes strike market in rebel area, 15 dead

Jan. 15, 2020 2:40 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government warplanes struck a market and an industrial area Wednesday in the last territory in the hands of rebel groups in the country's northwest, killing at least 15 people, opposition activists said. A new cessation of hostilities agreement between Russia and Turkey, who support...

TSA apologizes to traveler over treatment at MN airport

Jan. 14, 2020 6:40 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An official of the Transportation Security Administration apologized Tuesday to a Native American air traveler who says an agent treated her offensively at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Indigenous rights activist and attorney Tara Houska says she was headed home to...