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Chilean leader acknowledges excess force used in protests

Nov. 18, 2019 6:21 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chile’s president is still struggling to bring calm to the streets one month into a potent protest movement that has dramatically altered the political landscape of the South American nation. In televised comments late Sunday, President Sebastián Piñera acknowledged...

Activist wages primary against Dem Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper

Nov. 18, 2019 6:04 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee activist Justin Jones launched his challenge of U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper in the 2020 Democratic primary Monday, leading civil rights chants with supporters on the campus of historically black Fisk University. Jones, a constant presence at state Capitol protests and sit-ins for...

Nicaragua files weapons charges against opposition activists

Nov. 18, 2019 6:00 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Sixteen Nicaraguan opposition activists, including 13 social leaders who were arrested as they tried to deliver water to hunger strikers protesting the jailing of relatives they say are political prisoners, were charged Monday with allegedly transporting weapons. The charges,...

Man charged with making racist threats seeks new trial date

Nov. 18, 2019 2:02 PM EST

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A white man charged with making racist threats against a black activist in Virginia is asking a federal judge to postpone his trial. In a court filing Monday, an attorney for Daniel McMahon, of Brandon, Florida, requests more time to prepare for a jury trial currently scheduled...

Rights group: Nicaragua plans charges for detained activists

Nov. 17, 2019 4:48 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Authorities will file charges against a group of anti-government opposition activists, including 13 who were arrested for supporting protesters demanding freedom for people they consider political prisoners, a rights group said Sunday. María Oviedo, a lawyer with the...

Governor presents North Carolina Award to 6 honorees

Nov. 17, 2019 3:12 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper has presented the North Carolina Award, the state’s highest honor, to six people for their accomplishments in fine arts, literature, science and public service. The list of honorees included The Rev. William Barber, a civil rights activist, and longtime museum...

France’s yellow vests stage new protests for anniversary

Nov. 17, 2019 12:04 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Yellow vest activists staged peaceful demonstrations across France on Sunday, a day after scuffles between Paris police and protesters marred the anniversary of their movement for economic justice. Local yellow vest groups gathered at traffic circles across France where the movement emerged...

Correction: Barn Swallow Protest story

Nov. 17, 2019 10:46 AM EST

HADLEY, Mass. (AP) — In a story Nov. 16 about a dispute over a habitat for barn swallows in Massachusetts, The Associated Press erroneously reported the stated goal of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The service said it is working to find a course of action that is sustainable and compatible with the...

Iraqi protesters seize key square in Baghdad

Nov. 16, 2019 1:46 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters seized control of a strategic square in central Baghdad on Saturday, as they inched closer toward their goal of reaching the heavily fortified Green Zone, the seat of government, after days of violent clashes with security forces. An activist involved in the...

Lebanese police to boost security near banks amid unrest

Nov. 16, 2019 1:39 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces will boost measures near the country’s banks that have been closed for more than a week over fears by employees for their safety amid nationwide unrest, police said Saturday. Police said in a statement that there will be more patrols near banks and two...