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Sudan activists: 3rd protester dies from gunshot wound

Jan. 18, 2019 12:46 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese activists say a protester who suffered a gunshot wound during clashes with police has died, raising to three the death toll from the violence in the capital Khartoum. They say the protester died in hospital early on Friday, a day after thousands of demonstrators demanding that the...

Opioid crisis brings unwanted attention to wealthy family

Jan. 17, 2019 5:50 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Sackler name is emblazoned on the walls at some of the world's great museums and universities, including the Smithsonian, the Guggenheim and Harvard. But now the family's ties to OxyContin and the painkiller's role in the deadly opioid crisis are bringing the Sacklers a new and unwanted...

Thousands protest against al-Bashir's rule across Sudan

Jan. 17, 2019 5:46 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Thursday in cities across Sudan, including the capital, where activists said two people were killed in clashes between police and protesters attempting to reach the presidential palace to demand longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir step down. The...

The Latest: Prosecutor hopes case cracks 'code of silence'

Jan. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of three Chicago police officers accused of trying to cover up the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald (all times local): 4:05 p.m. A prosecutor says she's disappointed by a judge's acquittal of three Chicago officers accused of trying to cover up the 2014 police...

Zimbabwe pastor faces subversion charge amid economic unrest

Jan. 17, 2019 2:02 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A prominent Zimbabwe pastor and activist who faces a possible 20 years in prison on a subversion charge said Thursday it is "heartbreaking" to see the new government acting like that of former leader Robert Mugabe, as alarm grew about a violent crackdown on people protesting a...

The Latest: UK minister summons Zimbabwe's ambassador

Jan. 17, 2019 1:33 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe unrest (all times local): 8:30 p.m. The UK's minister for Africa says she has summoned Zimbabwe's ambassador to discuss the country's growing crisis and "disturbing reports of use of live ammunition, intimidation and excessive force" against protesters....

Rights lawyers challenge Indonesia detention of 3 activists

Jan. 17, 2019 2:55 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Human rights lawyers said Thursday they were mounting a court challenge to Indonesia's detention of three Papuan activists on charges of treason. The lawyers said that police in Indonesia's easternmost Papua region had illegally seized the offices of the West Papua National...

Battles expected in many states over abortion-related bills

Jan. 16, 2019 7:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — On each side of the abortion debate, legislators and activists emboldened by recent political developments plan to push aggressively in many states this year for bills high on their wish lists: either seeking to impose near-total bans on abortion or guaranteeing women's access to the...

Rallies call for release of detained immigration activist

Jan. 16, 2019 5:45 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Rallies at federal immigration offices across the country Wednesday called for the release of Eduardo Samaniego, an immigration activist from Massachusetts facing deportation. In New York City, Los Angles, Boston, Springfield, Massachusetts, and Hartford, Connecticut, small crowds of...

The Latest: Activists celebrate Confederate marker's removal

Jan. 15, 2019 9:52 PM EST

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the debate over what to do with a Confederate statue that stood at North Carolina's flagship university (all times local): 9:50 p.m. Activists held a "victory party" on the campus of North Carolina's flagship public university to celebrate the removal of the last...