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People hold signs during a protest rally for Marcellis Stinnette who was killed by Waukegan Police last Tuesday in Waukegan, Ill., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Stinnette was killed and his girlfriend and mother of his child, Tafara Williams, was wounded when a police officer in Waukegan opened fire Tuesday night after police said Williams' vehicle started rolling toward the officer following a traffic stop. (Brian Hill/Daily Herald via AP)

Black woman shot by officer seeks justice from hospital bed

Oct. 25, 2020 12:36 AM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A Black woman who was shot and wounded inside a vehicle by a police officer who also fatally shot her 19-year-old boyfriend on Satuday told about 200 people gathered at an emotional rally in suburban Chicago that she's fighting “to be strong" for her son. The protest in...

A worker wipes a chair during a disinfection operation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, at a gymnasium that will serve as a polling station for a constitutional plebiscite, in Santiago, Chile, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Chileans will decide on Sunday whether or not to replace the constitution that dates back to the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, and secondly, if the current Congress or other citizens should write the new text. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Chileans vote on whether to rewrite dictatorship-era charter

Oct. 25, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Amid a year of contagion and turmoil, Chileans vote Sunday on whether to draft a new constitution for their nation to replace guiding principles imposed four decades ago under a military dictatorship. The country's conservative government agreed with the center-left opposition to...

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Lahore, Pakistan. The United Nations announced Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 that 50 countries have ratified a U.N. treaty to ban nuclear weapons triggering its entry into force in 90 days, a move hailed by anti-nuclear activists but strongly opposed by the United States and the other major nuclear powers. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres commended the 50 states and saluted “the instrumental work

UN: Nuclear weapons ban treaty to enter into force

Oct. 24, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations announced Saturday that 50 countries have ratified a U.N. treaty to ban nuclear weapons triggering its entry into force in 90 days, a move hailed by anti-nuclear activists but strongly opposed by the United States and the other major nuclear powers. As of Friday,...

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2018 photo, Rabbi Eli Wilansky lights a candle after a mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood. The three congregations sharing space at the Tree of Life synagogue relocated after an anti-Semitic gunman killed 11 worshippers. In March 2020, the congregations dispersed from their new locations due to the coronavirus pandemic and switched to virtual services. (Steph Chamber/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Attack, then pandemic: Pittsburgh Jewish congregations cope

Oct. 24, 2020 11:07 PM EDT

Two years ago, the three congregations sharing space at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue relocated after an anti-Semitic gunman killed 11 worshippers. Last March, the congregations dispersed from their new locations due to the coronavirus pandemic and switched to virtual services. On Tuesday, as they...

FILE - In this May 2, 2019 file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez smiles during a press conference at the gate of the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas, Venezuela. Lopez left the residence where he had been a guest since April 30, 2019 and is leaving Venezuela people close to the opposition leader said on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)

Opposition activist leaves embassy haven to flee Venezuela

Oct. 24, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Prominent opposition activist Leopoldo López has abandoned the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas and left Venezuela after years of frustrated efforts to oust the nation's socialist president, his party said Saturday. The 49-year-old former Caracas-area mayor has been...

Wisconsin GOP's voting restrictions impact Black residents

Oct. 24, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Melody McCurtis and Danell Cross start their day early on a recent sunny Sunday going door to door in their neighborhood northwest of downtown Milwaukee. Leaders of the nonprofit Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, the mother and daughter make their way slowly along the route wearing...

FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York's Times Square.  Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data on political ads-targeting on the world’s dominant social media platform.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

Oct. 24, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data showing who is being micro-targeted by political ads on the world’s dominant social media platform....

Protesters temporarily end encampment in Kansas City

Oct. 24, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Demonstrators who set up tents outside City Hall in Kansas City three weeks ago to demand police reform after an officer placed his knee on the back of a pregnant Black women have announced a temporary end to their encampment. The Kansas City Star reports that Black Rainbow, one...

Guinean President Alpha Conde casts his ballot in Conakry, Guinea, Sunday Oct. 18, 2020. Guinean President Alpha Conde is seeking to extend his decade in power, facing off against his longtime rival Cellou Dalein Diallo for the third time at the polls. (AP Photo/Sadak Souici)

Guinean president wins a 3rd term, electoral commission says

Oct. 24, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea's electoral commission on Saturday declared that President Alpha Conde had easily won a third term with 59% of the vote, setting the stage for potential clashes with the opposition whose candidate claimed victory days ago. The opposition quickly announced it would contest the...

Democrat Pandy bids to upset GOP's Clyde in 9th District

Oct. 24, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — There may be no better embodiment of the uphill underdog struggle in many of Georgia's congressional districts than the 9th District contest pitting Democrat Devin Pandy against Republican Andrew Clyde in the state's northeast corner. The district is intensely Republican, with Pandy trying...