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Reed takes office as Montgomery's first black mayor

Nov. 12, 2019 8:12 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed was sworn in Tuesday as the capital city's first African American leader. Reed took the oath of office after easily winning the mayoral runoff last month. He is the first black mayor of a city that was the first capital of the Confederacy and later the...

"Black 14" kicked off Wyoming football team receives apology

Nov. 10, 2019 12:06 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Fifty years isn't long enough to keep the tears from welling up in Melvin Hamilton's eyes, eventually spilling onto his face and rolling down his cheeks. He's usually a cheerful guy. But the peaceful sunroom inside his quiet Lake City home can't offset the Charleston native's...

Former military insider tries to rally Egypt's opposition

Nov. 6, 2019 12:48 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A self-exiled businessman who claims to know the secrets of Egypt's ruling military says he is marshaling political groups to try to topple President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, despite the opposition movement's increasingly bleak prospects. Mohamed Ali, 45, pitches himself as a former...

Attacker bites politician's ear, others slashed in Hong Kong

Nov. 3, 2019 9:30 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A knife-wielding man slashed several people and bit off part of the ear of a pro-democracy politician in Hong Kong on Sunday, as riot police stormed several malls to thwart protesters who have been demanding government reforms for nearly five months. The bloody attack erupted outside one...

Catalans against secession are alarmed by recent violence

Nov. 3, 2019 3:10 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — As a tour guide in one of Europe's top travel destinations, María José Martínez constantly takes busloads of tourists to an overlook in Barcelona to gaze upon one of Spain's most enchanting skylines. But instead of being wowed by the Mediterranean blue and the...

Historic church tour director gives more than an easy lesson

Nov. 3, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Wanda Battle stands as tall as a giant before the visitors seated in the sanctuary of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. She's just explained that the ceiling above the pulpit where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached fiery sermons that would ignite Montgomery's black...

Tens of thousands march in Barcelona urging Spanish unity

Oct. 27, 2019 9:17 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Tens of thousands of people marched in Barcelona on Sunday to protest the separatist movement in the northeastern Catalonia region that has created Spain's worst political crisis in decades. Barcelona's police said 80,000 people rallied, with many carrying Spanish and Catalan flags....

Cyclists raise awareness of poverty, civil rights

Oct. 19, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A group of cyclists are traveling across Alabama to raise awareness of rural poverty and civil rights. The group Civil Rides said in a news release that 20 cyclists are taking part in the ride on Saturday and Sunday. Civil Rides said the group sees poverty as a modern civil rights...

Thai Red Shirt chiefs ordered to pay for 2010 arson damage

Oct. 16, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered three leaders of the Red Shirt political movement to pay 21 million baht ($691,000) compensation to business owners whose commercial buildings were set on fire at the climax of two months of aggressive street protests in 2010. The verdict on a...

Alabama capital elects first black mayor in 200-year history

Oct. 8, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's capital, a city once known as the cradle of the Confederacy and later the birthplace of the civil rights movement, elected its first African American mayor Tuesday. Probate Judge Steven Reed, 45, clasped the history-making victory to be elected the next mayor of Montgomery...