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Puerto Rico gov will not seek reelection, but won't resign

Jul. 21, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Sunday evening that he will not resign in the face of public furor over an obscenity-laced leaked online chat, but he will not seek reelection or continue as head of his pro-statehood political party. Protesters said they were not...

The Latest: Clashes involving Hong Kong protests get violent

Jul. 21, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 12:35 a.m. Monday Hong Kong media have released video footage showing masked assailants attacking commuters in a subway station. Among those attacked were protesters clad in their trademark black clothing and yellow hard hats. The...

Clashes involving Hong Kong's protest movement grow violent

Jul. 21, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Clashes involving Hong Kong's protest movement escalated violently late Sunday as police launched tear gas at protesters who didn't disband after a massive march and subway riders were attacked by masked assailants who appeared to target the pro-democracy demonstrators. The firing of tear...

Opponents of giant Hawaii telescope launch protest march

Jul. 21, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hundreds of opponents of a planned telescope on Hawaii's highest peak have launched a protest march. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that activists opposed to the Thirty Meter Telescope started marching Sunday morning in Waikiki. Last week, hundreds of protesters blocked a road on the...

Standing Rock Sioux stand with Hawaiian telescope protesters

Jul. 21, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

CANNONBALL, N.D. (AP) — Standing Rock Sioux tribal members plan to gather at the epicenter of the Dakota Access pipeline protests to show solidarity with Native Hawaiians who oppose the construction of a huge telescope on the Mauna Kea volcano. Sheridan Seaboy-McNeil told KFGO Radio that Sunday night's...

Hong Kong police seize explosives as rival camps rally

Jul. 20, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Police in Hong Kong discovered a stash of a powerful homemade explosive as the semi-autonomous Chinese city readied for another major pro-democracy protest on Sunday following a pro-Beijing rally that attracted thousands. Police said they found about 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) of TATP and...

Labor groups rally against medical debt lawsuits

Jul. 20, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Labor groups have held a rally at Johns Hopkins Hospital to urge hospital officials not to sue low-income patients for medical debt and to let nurses unionize Labor leaders spoke from a stage on a hot July afternoon Saturday in Baltimore near the hospital. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka...

Protest decries plan to detain migrant kids at Oklahoma base

Jul. 20, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — More than 100 demonstrators protested Saturday in withering heat outside an Oklahoma Army base against the Trump administration's plans to detain migrant children there. Japanese Americans and Native Americans are among those who took part in Saturday's march to Fort Sill and rally in...

Native Hawaiians say telescope represents bigger struggle

Jul. 20, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Walter Ritte has been fighting for decades to protect Native Hawaiian rights, inspiring a new generation of activists trying to stop construction of a giant telescope they see as representative of a bigger struggle. In his early 30s, Ritte occupied a small Hawaiian island used as a military...

Israel disperse anti-demolition protesters in West Bank

Jul. 20, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces have dispersed several dozen Palestinians protesting the planned demolitions of homes in an east Jerusalem village. About 50 Palestinians gathered Saturday at Sur Baher, which straddles Israel's West Bank separation barrier, in solidarity with owners of homes close to the...