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Thousands back home in north Syria after Russia-Turkey deal

Sep. 19, 2018 10:19 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of people who were recently displaced by violence in northwest Syria have returned home following a Russia-Turkey deal that averted a government offensive on the last major rebel stronghold, Syrian opposition activists said Wednesday. The United Nations said that in the first 12...

Los Angeles takes step toward banning sale of fur products

Sep. 18, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles, one of the world's major fashion centers and long a symbol of glitz and glamour, is taking steps to ban the sale of new fur products, a move that would make it the largest city in the U.S. to do so. A proposal to ban the sale of fur products advanced in the City Council on...

Sri Lanka activists urge fairness for terror suspect

Sep. 18, 2018 12:46 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Family members, human rights activists and civic groups gathered in Colombo on Tuesday to demand a speedy and fair investigation of a Sri Lankan student detained in Australia on a terrorism charge. Kamer Nizamdeen, 25, was arrested in Sydney on Aug. 30 and accused of planning to...

Severely ill Pussy Riot member to be treated in Germany

Sep. 15, 2018 3:57 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A member of Russia's Pussy Riot protest group says a severely ill fellow activist was being taken to Germany on Saturday for treatment after his suspected poisoning. Maria Alekhina told The Associated Press that Pyotr Verzilov was being flown to Berlin, but she did not give details....

Pussy Riot member said to regain consciousness in hospital

Sep. 14, 2018 4:25 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A member of Russia's Pussy Riot protest group says a fellow activist who was hospitalized for possible poisoning has regained consciousness. Group member Maria Alekhina told The Associated Press via Facebook that Pyotr Verzilov regained consciousness on Friday, but remained in intensive care....

Defying dangers, Idlib residents protest Syria's Assad

Sep. 14, 2018 1:29 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — In cities and towns across Syria's last opposition-held province, Idlib, residents poured into the streets on Friday to demonstrate against President Bashar Assad's government in defiance of an expected offensive to retake the territory. In the provincial capital, Idlib city, and in towns...

The Latest: Turkey reinforces security posts in north Syria

Sep. 14, 2018 12:27 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments related to the war in Syria (all times local): 7:30 p.m. A senior official says political advisers of the leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany agree that a solution for the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib should be a political, rather than military,...

Indian Muslims protest China's detention of Uighur Muslims

Sep. 14, 2018 6:53 AM EDT

MUMBAI, India (AP) — About 150 Muslims protested in Mumbai, India's financial capital, on Friday to demand that China stop detaining thousands of minority Uighur Muslims in camps and political indoctrination centers in its Xinjiang region. The protesters chanted "Down with China'" as they demonstrated...

Young Russians taking the lead in anti-Putin protests

Sep. 14, 2018 5:08 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — When almost all the protesters at recent anti-government rallies across Russia went home, teenagers and young adults were the only ones left on the streets. "In my circle, more and more people are getting protest-minded," said 20-year-old theater student Andrei Zabara, one of about two dozen...

The Latest: Teacher beats Dem incumbent in NY Senate primary

Sep. 13, 2018 11:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York's Democratic primary (all times local): 11:55 p.m. A teacher and first-time candidate has defeated a longtime incumbent in the Democratic primary for the New York state Senate. Rachel May beat state Sen. David Valesky in Thursday's primary for the 53rd state Senate...