Latest Political activism News

The Latest: Chicago cop's lawyer heralds ruling on sentence

Mar. 19, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the Illinois Supreme Court letting Chicago officer's sentence stand (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Illinois' attorney general has acknowledged his office is effectively out of options to get a new sentencing hearing for a white Chicago police officer convicted of slaying black...

Nicaragua talks on hold as both sides trade accusations

Mar. 18, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's government and opposition accused each other of undermining the latest round of political dialogue Monday, after police arrested more than 100 at a weekend protest. The opposition Civic Alliance condemned the government's "violent repression" of Saturday's march, in...

Rights activist gets 4-year sentence in Russia's Chechnya

Mar. 18, 2019 4:00 PM EDT

KURCHALOY, Russia (AP) — A court in Russia's province of Chechnya on Monday sentenced a prominent rights activist to four years imprisonment on drug charges widely seen as an effort by authorities to stifle a critical voice. The court in the Chechen town of Shali found Oyub Titiyev guilty of drug...

Sri Lanka media rights activists decry new anti-terror laws

Mar. 18, 2019 2:20 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Media rights activists on Monday urged the Sri Lankan government to withdraw proposed anti-terror legislation, calling it is a set of draconian laws aimed at suppressing the media freedom and democratic rights. The new Counter-Terrorism bill approved by the cabinet of ministers is...

Anti-abortion bill clears Georgia Senate committee

Mar. 18, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Abortion rights activists chanted "shame" as Republicans on a Georgia Senate committee moved Monday to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The Senate Science and Technology Committee approved the bill on a party-line vote of 3 to 2. The legislation, backed by...

Czech Budweiser brewer worries about Brexit impact

Mar. 18, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

CESKE BUDEJOVICE, Czech Republic (AP) — The Budejovicky Budvar brewery in the Czech Republic managed to survive a decades-long trademark battle over whether it could call its beer Budweiser. But now it faces another potential threat: Brexit. The United Kingdom is one of the brewer's top five markets,...

EU welcomes Azerbaijan's amnesty for 400 political activists

Mar. 18, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — The European Union has welcomed Azerbaijan's decision to give amnesty to a number of political activists and journalists. European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said the amnesty for over 400 people included representatives of political parties, non-government organizations,...

Puzzling number of men tied to Ferguson protests have died

Mar. 17, 2019 4:44 PM EDT

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Two young men were found dead inside torched cars. Three others died of apparent suicides. Another collapsed on a bus, his death ruled an overdose. Six deaths, all involving men with connections to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, drew attention on social media and speculation in the...

Climate protests: First the students, now adults in France

Mar. 16, 2019 2:15 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — While some yellow vest protesters rioted along a famed Paris avenue, elsewhere in the French capital an entirely different scene unfolded Saturday: tens of thousands of people marching peacefully to urge faster government action against global warming. Families, movie stars, activists and...

Students globally protest warming, pleading for their future

Mar. 15, 2019 11:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students across a warming globe pleaded for their lives, future and planet Friday, demanding tough action on climate change. From the South Pacific to the edge of the Arctic Circle, angry students in more than 100 countries walked out of classes to protest what they see as the failures by...