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Minnesota to pay $1.5M to man arrested during Floyd protest

May. 17, 2022 16:45 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis has agreed to pay $1.5 million to a man who said police used excessive force when he was arrested during the protests that followed George Floyd’s death in 2020, according to court documents filed Tuesday. Jaleel Stallings, 29, also alleged in his...

Police arrest 8 on site of planned Atlanta police facility

May. 17, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say at least eight people have been arrested at the site of a planned $90 million public safety training center that opponents have been occupying for months in an attempt to prevent construction. Atlanta Police Department Assistant Chief Darin...

Georgia students sue over blocked protest against rebel flag

May. 17, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Several Black students who were suspended for trying to protest Confederate flag displays at their school in Georgia have filed a federal lawsuit against their school district and its board members, accusing them of allowing an extensive pattern of racism including “overt bigotry...

Censure vote vs. Sri Lankan leader fails as crisis simmers

May. 17, 2022 09:39 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's governing party on Tuesday defeated a move in Parliament to urgently debate a motion that would censure President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the nation's worst economic crisis, which the prime minister said has left only enough gasoline for one day. ...

Students protest, discontent grows over China's COVID policy

May. 17, 2022 09:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Administrators at an elite Beijing university have backed down from plans to further tighten pandemic restrictions on students as part of China’s “zero-COVID” strategy after a weekend protest at the school, according to students Tuesday. Graduate students at...

Filipinos protest Marcos Jr.'s private Australian visit

May. 17, 2022 09:00 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Members of Australia’s Filipino community protested Tuesday outside a Melbourne apartment building where the Philippines' presumptive next president, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., was reportedly visiting his son. Marcos Jr. was making a private family visit,...

Iran state TV says 2 French nationals arrested over protests

May. 17, 2022 01:55 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of two French citizens, saying they met with protesting teachers and took part in an anti-government rally. The report identified the two as Cecile Kohler, 37, and Chuck Paris, 69, and said they were not on a...

Ban on protests in front of homes signed by Gov. DeSantis

May. 16, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Anyone who protests in front of a private residence in Florida can face jail time and fines under a bill Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Monday. The legislation makes it a second-degree misdemeanor to protest in a manner that is aimed at intentionally...

Rights groups say new Cuba penal code tougher on dissent

May. 16, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's parliament has approved a new penal code that officials say modernizes the country's laws but that human rights groups warn tightens already strict limits on dissent. The law approved Sunday tightly controls unauthorized contacts with foreign organizations and...

Ailing Lebanon votes for parliament, but big shift unlikely

May. 15, 2022 11:35 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — When Lebanon’s economic collapse accelerated six months ago, Abdul-Hamid Yamout lost his job at Beirut’s international airport — and with it all sense of security. Since then, he's struggled to provide for his family, worrying constantly about the future of his...