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Algeria marks 60 years of independence with military parade

Jul. 05, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria celebrated 60 years of independence from France on Tuesday with nationwide ceremonies, a pardon of 14,000 prisoners and its first military parade in decades. Opposition figures and pro-democracy activists called the elaborate celebrations an effort...

UK climate protesters glue themselves to Constable frame

Jul. 05, 2022 07:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Two climate change protesters were arrested after they glued themselves to the frame of a famous John Constable painting hanging in Britain's National Gallery, the central London museum and police said. The two, from the protest group “Just Stop Oil,” stepped over...

Activists with Peng Shuai T-shirts searched at Wimbledon

Jul. 04, 2022 11:23 AM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Four activists wearing “Where is Peng Shuai?” T-shirts were stopped by security at Wimbledon on Monday and had their bags searched. Peng is a retired professional tennis player from China who last year accused a former high-ranking member of the...

Singapore urged to halt hanging of Malaysian drug trafficker

Jul. 04, 2022 05:19 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Anti-death penalty activists in Malaysia urged Singapore's government on Monday to halt the execution of a convicted Malaysian drug trafficker this week, the second in less than three months. Kalwant Singh, who was convicted in 2016 of bringing heroin...

UN condemns protesters' storming of Libya's parliament

Jul. 02, 2022 22:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A senior U.N. official for Libya on Saturday condemned the storming of the parliament's headquarters in the east of the oil-rich country as part of protests in several cities the previous day against the political class and deteriorating economic conditions. Hundreds...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 01, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

N. Korea suggests balloons flown from South brought COVID-19

Jul. 01, 2022 02:04 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea suggested Friday its COVID-19 outbreak began in people who had contact with balloons flown from South Korea — a highly questionable claim that appeared to be an attempt to hold its rival responsible amid increasing tensions over its nuclear program. ...

European court bumps youths' climate case to top-tier panel

Jun. 30, 2022 12:34 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights said Thursday that a complaint against 33 countries filed by six young Portuguese climate activists will be examined by the tribunal's top panel of judges, a move reflecting the case's legal significance. The activists, three of whom...

Probe sought in migrant deaths at Morocco-Spain border

Jun. 29, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Activists on Wednesday urged Morocco to launch an “unbiased” investigation into the deaths of at least 23 migrants who were trying to enter Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla last week. The Moroccan Association for Human Rights demanded in a letter...

Government missile attack kills 9 insurgents in north Syria

Jun. 29, 2022 12:23 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces conducted a missile strike on a vehicle carrying members of a Turkey-backed armed opposition faction in a rebel-held part of the country’s north Wednesday, opposition activists said, and nine gunmen were killed. The attack happened just south of the...