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Bleak futures fuel widespread protests by young Colombians

May. 15, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — Thousands of young people and college students have been at the forefront of Colombia's antigovernment protests for more than two weeks, armed with improvised shields made from garbage cans and umbrellas. They have taken the brunt of the...

Palestinians fear loss of family homes as evictions loom

May. 10, 2021 06:24 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Samira Dajani’s family moved into their first real home in 1956 after years as refugees, her father planted trees in the garden, naming them for each of his six children. Today, two towering pines named for Mousa and Daoud stand watch over the...

Palestinians fear loss of family homes as evictions loom

May. 09, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Samira Dajani's family moved into their first real home in 1956 after years as refugees, her father planted trees in the garden, naming them for each of his six children. Today, two towering pines named for Mousa and Daoud stand watch over the...

Corruption, economic woes spark deadly protests in Colombia

May. 07, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

BUCARAMANGA, Colombia (AP) — Kevin Anthony Agudelo wanted to live in a country where corruption was not part of everyday life. That dream motivated the electrician to join thousands of Colombians in a series of demonstrations against the government since last week. He...

Rights report: State of Afghan women's health care grim

May. 06, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — After nearly 20 years since the ouster of the Taliban and billions of dollars spent on infrastructure and aid, many Afghan women still have desperately poor access to health facilities and adequate health care, a leading rights group said Thursday. ...

Myanmar's military disappearing young men to crush uprising

May. 05, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Myanmar’s security forces moved in and the street lamps went black. In house after house, people shut off their lights. Darkness swallowed the block. Huddled inside her home  in this neighborhood of Yangon, 19-year-old Shwe dared to...

Global rights group accuses Israel of apartheid, persecution

Apr. 27, 2021 01:06 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — One of the world's best-known human rights groups said Tuesday that Israel is guilty of the international crimes of apartheid and persecution because of discriminatory policies toward Palestinians within its own borders and in the occupied territories. ...

Rights group cites abuses by Venezuelan forces near Colombia

Apr. 26, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Venezuelan security forces operating against Colombian rebels along the nations’ shared border have executed peasants, tortured and arbitrarily arrested people, and prosecuted civilians in military courts, an international monitoring group said Monday. ...

Human Rights Watch welcomes Thai activists' release on bail

Apr. 24, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A leading human rights group on Saturday welcomed the release on bail of two Thai activists charged with insulting the country's monarchy, but repeated its contention that the apparent use of pretrial detention to punish anyone who criticizes the royal institution is unjust....

Chinese official in Xinjiang slams UK genocide declaration

Apr. 24, 2021 05:46 AM EDT

URUMQI, China (AP) — A spokesperson for the Xinjiang region called accusations of genocide “counter to the facts” as China came under more pressure this week over its treatment of the Uyghur ethnic group in the remote border area. The British Parliament approved a...