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Philippines: Int'l court probe of drug killings is insulting

Jun. 15, 2021 05:51 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will never cooperate with a possible International Criminal Court investigation into the thousands of killings under his anti-drugs crackdown, his spokesman said Tuesday, calling an international inquiry insulting to the...

Kentucky lawmaker files suit over 2020 protest arrests

Jun. 14, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky lawmaker, her daughter and a Louisville activist have filed a lawsuit over their arrests on felony riot charges during last summer's racial injustice protests. State Rep. Attica Scott, a Democrat, filed the suit Monday in Louisville...

Activists call for 21-day cease-fire to Kansas City violence

Jun. 14, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Clergy and civil rights advocates in Kansas City are promoting a 21-day cease-fire with offers of conflict resolution and on-call spiritual counseling in a city that's undergoing yet another deadly year of gun-related violence. The cease-fire, which...

Many charges dismissed, dropped in civil rights march clash

Jun. 13, 2021 10:49 AM EDT

BEDFORD, Pa. (AP) — A judge dismissed the most serious charge against a man accused of shooting a civil rights activist during a confrontation in rural Pennsylvania with a group of marchers on their way to Washington D.C. from Milwaukee last summer. Bedford County Judge...

Second teenager charged over London shooting of BLM activist

Jun. 12, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A second teenager appeared in court Saturday on a charge of conspiracy to murder over the shooting in south London last month of Sasha Johnson, a prominent member of the Black Lives Matter movement in the U.K. The Metropolitan Police said 18-year-old...

Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow released from jail

Jun. 11, 2021 23:34 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Agnes Chow was released from jail Saturday after serving more than six months for taking part in unauthorized assemblies during massive 2019 anti-government protests that triggered a crackdown on dissent in the former British colony. ...

In US, Pride Month festivities muted by political setbacks

Jun. 11, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

It’s Pride Month, and gay Americans should have a lot to celebrate: A new president who has pledged to advocate for LGBTQ people, an easing of a pandemic that has disrupted their communal activism, and increasing public acceptance of their basic rights, including record-high support for...

Lakota spiritual leader, activist Leonard Crow Dog dies

Jun. 11, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

Chief Leonard Crow Dog, a renowned spiritual leader and Native American rights activist who fought for sovereignty, language preservation and religious freedom, has died at age 78. Crow Dog, Sicangu Lakota Oyate, passed away June 6 at Crow Dog’s Paradise on the Rosebud...

Hungary: Bill would ban 'promoting' homosexuality to minors

Jun. 11, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s governing conservative party has prepared new legislation that bans showing pornographic material and any content portraying or promoting sex reassignment or homosexuality to anyone under 18. Fidesz, the party of Prime Minister...

Lisbon mayor criticized after Russian dissident data shared

Jun. 11, 2021 12:04 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Lisbon's mayor has come under fire after admitting that municipal employees shared with Russian officials personal details of at least three Lisbon-based dissidents who organized protests in support of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The...