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Youth leaders at UN demand bold climate change action

Sep. 21, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Fresh off the climate strike that took hundreds of thousands of young people out of classrooms and into the streets globally, youth leaders gathered at the United Nations Saturday to demand radical moves to fight climate change. "We showed that we are united and that we, young people,...

Facebook still auto-generating Islamic State, al-Qaida pages

Sep. 18, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the face of criticism that Facebook is not doing enough to combat extremist messaging, the company likes to say that its automated systems remove the vast majority of prohibited content glorifying the Islamic State group and al-Qaida before it's reported. But a whistleblower's...

Facebook to train AI systems using police video

Sep. 17, 2019 2:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook will work with law enforcement organizations to train its artificial intelligence systems to recognize videos of violent events as part of a broader effort to crack down on extremism. Facebook's AI systems were unable to detect live-streamed video of a mass shooting at a mosque in...

West African leaders meet on extremism in the region

Sep. 14, 2019 10:01 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The heads of state from 15 countries in the West African economic bloc known as ECOWAS met Saturday to discuss the fight against Islamic extremism and the impact of the G5 Sahel Joint Force set up to combat its spread. Leaders from West Africa have long been warning that...

Tunisia kicks off presidential campaign amid tensions

Sep. 2, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's 26 presidential candidates launched their campaigns Monday in a political climate marked by uncertainty, money laundering allegations and worries about violent extremism. The brief campaign for the Sept. 15 first-round vote will include Tunisia's first-ever televised...

German far-right hopeful faces new extremism claims

Aug. 30, 2019 10:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A regional leader of the far-right Alternative for Germany party on Friday dismissed new reports of ties to extremists groups that opponents say should disqualify him from being elected in a weekend vote. Andreas Kalbitz, the party's leader in the eastern state of Brandenburg, confirmed in a...

Anglican Church head says religions must own up to extremism

Aug. 30, 2019 3:03 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Archbishop of Canterbury said all religions and their leaders must own up to extremist activities within their faith and examine which of their traditional teachings enable extremists to commit evil. Rev. Justin Welby, the figurehead of the worldwide Anglican Church, told...

Texas governor expresses concern about private gun sales

Aug. 22, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday raised concern about private firearm sales but didn't commit to crack down on them or act on gun control issues following a meeting on ways to prevent mass shootings such as the El Paso attack that killed 22 people. While lawmakers are...

The Latest: Video shows Trump joking about crowd sizes

Aug. 8, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas (all times local): 11:25 a.m. President Donald Trump joked with medical professionals about his political rally crowd sizes as he toured an El Paso hospital in the wake of Saturday's mass shooting. According...

Trump words linked to more hate crime? Some experts think so

Aug. 7, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — President Donald Trump has often railed about an "invasion of illegals" at the southern border, words echoed in a screed the El Paso shooting suspect apparently posted that called the attack that killed 22 people at a Walmart his response to a "Hispanic invasion of Texas." Some...