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FILE - In this Saturday, June 21, 2014 file photo, Belarusian human rights advocate Ales Bialiatski is welcomed by his supporters at a railway terminal in Minsk, Belarus. The prominent Belarus opposition figure Ales Bialiatski and leading imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh have been awarded the 2020 Swedish Right Livelihood Award, sometimes referred to as the “Alternative Nobel,” along with activists from Nicaragua and the United States. (AP Photo/Dmitry Brushko, File)

Belarus activist shares ‘Alternative Nobel’ with 3 others

Oct. 1, 2020 3:27 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A prominent Belarus opposition figure and an imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer on Thursday were awarded the Right Livelihood Award, sometimes referred to as the “Alternative Nobel,” together with activists from Nicaragua and the United States. Ole von Uexkull, the head...

FILE - In this Thursday, July 30, 2020, file photo, a demonstrator holds a sign that reads

Police departments seeing modest cuts, but not 'defunding'

Oct. 1, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The racial justice protests following the death of George Floyd earlier this year prompted calls to “defund the police” in cities across the country, a priority for activists that has now become a central point in the presidential contest. A review by The Associated...

Congolese activist Mwazulu Diyabanza arrives at the Palais de Justice courthouse, in Paris, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The controversial Congolese activist and four others are going on trial Wednesday on aggravated theft charges for trying to remove a 19th century African funeral pole from a Paris museum, in a protest against colonial-era plundering of African art. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

'It belongs to us!": Tense French trial over colonial art

Sep. 30, 2020 8:09 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Is dislodging African artwork from a European museum a political statement, or a criminal act? That's the question a French court weighed Wednesday in an emotionally charged trial centered around a Congolese activist campaigning to take back art he says was plundered by colonizers. “It...

FILE - In this March 29, 2014 file photo, Aziza al-Yousef drives a car on a highway during a women's rights campaign in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Her son, Salah al-Haidar, a dual U.S.-Saudi citizen, is set to go on trial Thursday in a court established to try terrorism cases in the Saudi capital, Riyadh on charges related to alleged social media posts criticizing the government. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Trump is urged to intervene in trial of US-Saudi national

Sep. 30, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The trial of a U.S. citizen who is also a Saudi national began Wednesday in Saudi Arabia in a counter-terrorism court that has been used to imprison rights activists in a case that could spark further tensions in already uneasy U.S.-Saudi relations. The case of Salah...

Trans person shot in Puerto Rico in 6th killing this year

Sep. 30, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities said a transgender woman was fatally shot Wednesday in southwest Puerto Rico, the sixth such killing this year. Michelle Ramos Vargas, 33, was found along an isolated road near a farm in the town of San German, according to officials, who said they were...

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New Steinem biopic shines light on a sisterhood of activists

Sep. 30, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

Among the pithy quips attributed to Gloria Steinem over the years is this reply to why she wasn't interested in getting married: “I can’t mate in captivity.” She did eventually marry, to her own surprise, at age 66. But that scene takes up barely a minute in Julie Taymor’s 139-minute...

An Indian activist argues with a police officer before being detained by police during a protest in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The gang rape and killing of the woman from the lowest rung of India's caste system has sparked outrage across the country with several politicians and activists demanding justice and protesters rallying on the streets. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Rape and killing of Dalit woman shocks India, draws outrage

Sep. 30, 2020 7:54 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The gang rape and death of a woman from the lowest rung of India’s caste system sparked outrage across the country on Wednesday, with several politicians and activists demanding justice and protesters rallying in the streets. The attack of the 19-year-old is the latest gruesome case...

FILE-In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 file photoCourtney Parker votes on a new voting machine, in Dallas, Ga. Georgia election officials say they’re implementing a software change to fix a glitch in the state’s new voting machines. But election integrity activists say the state is downplaying the problem and putting the security of the upcoming election at risk.  (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

Lawyers spar over Georgia voting machine glitch, planned fix

Sep. 29, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials say they're implementing a software change to fix a glitch in the state's new voting machines. But election integrity activists say the state is downplaying the problem and putting the security of the upcoming election at risk. During preelection testing on the new...

Judge orders Georgia to have paper pollbook backups

Sep. 29, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge ruled on Monday that every polling place in Georgia must have at least one updated paper backup list of eligible voters to help keep long lines from forming on Election Day if electronic pollbooks used to check in voters malfunction. The “narrowly tailored”...

Activists are surrounded by police on the Garzweiler power plant grounds in Grevenbroich, western Germany, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Anti-coal protesters have entered a mine to protest the continued extraction and use of fossil fuels. (David Young/dpa via AP)

Hundreds of anti-coal campaigners protest at German mine

Sep. 26, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

LUETZERATH, Germany (AP) — Hundreds of anti-coal activists staged protesters in and around a mine in western Germany on Saturday, demonstrating against the continued extraction and use of fossil fuels in Europe's biggest economy. Environmental groups oppose the German government's decision to allow the...