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Missing elite Chinese university alumni spark outcry

Nov. 14, 2018 8:21 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Students and alumni of several Chinese universities are sounding the alarm over the apparent detention of more than a dozen young labor activists who have been missing since the weekend. Three recent graduates of the elite Peking University have been taken away by authorities, the Jasic...

Israeli defense minister resigns over Gaza cease-fire deal

Nov. 14, 2018 7:48 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman abruptly resigned his post Wednesday in protest over a cease-fire reached with Gaza militants, in a move that rocked the Israeli political scene and seemed likely to bring about early elections. Lieberman said the cease-fire amounted to "surrender...

Architects, activists slam Jerusalem Old City cable car plan

Nov. 14, 2018 7:09 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli plan to build a cable car to Jerusalem's historic Old City has united architects and Palestinian activists in opposition to a project they say is both an eyesore and a ploy to entrench Israeli control over the city's contested eastern sector. Developers say the proposed project...

'Alternative Nobel' urges freedom for 3 Saudi activists

Nov. 14, 2018 6:32 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Right Livelihood Award — known as the "Alternative Nobel" — appealed Wednesday on Saudi Arabia to free three jailed human rights defenders and recipients of this year's prize. The foundation also urged that the kingdom stop "harassing and killing those who fight" for...

Lion elected Jerusalem mayor in victory for ultra-Orthodox

Nov. 14, 2018 1:52 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Longtime political activist Moshe Lion has been elected mayor of Jerusalem in a victory for ultra-Orthodox Jewish residents. Lion, who was backed by much of Israel's top leadership, claimed victory over Ofer Berkovitch early Wednesday in a closely contested race. Lion enjoyed the support...

Slovak president condemns questioning of protest organizers

Nov. 13, 2018 2:11 PM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's president has condemned a move by the country's police, which started questioning the organizers of recent massive anti-government protests over allegations of staging a coup and corruption. Tens of thousands of Slovaks repeatedly took to the streets amid a political...

The Latest: Ocasio-Cortez speaks at Pelosi's office protest

Nov. 13, 2018 12:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on new members of Congress (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has joined about 200 climate-change activists as they stage a protest at the office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Protesters are calling on Democratic...

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona US Senate seat

Nov. 12, 2018 11:30 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat Monday in a race that was among the most closely watched in the nation, beating Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the battle to replace GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. The three-term congresswoman won after a slow vote count that dragged on...

Judge: Sides in Florida recount should 'ramp down' rhetoric

Nov. 12, 2018 8:19 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — After Republicans, including President Donald Trump, made unsubstantiated accusations of illegal activity, a judge on Monday urged the warring sides in the Florida recount to "ramp down the rhetoric," saying it eroded public confidence in the election for Senate and governor....

The Latest: Leaders discuss Ukraine elections at Paris meet

Nov. 11, 2018 8:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The latest on commemorations a century after the end of World War I (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The spokesman for Petro Poroshenko says the Ukrainian president has met with the leaders of Germany and France in Paris amid the ceremonies commemorating the end of World War I, and that they...