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Polish activists pull down statue of priest in abuse protest

Feb. 21, 2019 3:51 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists in Poland pulled down a statue of a priest early Thursday after increasing allegations that he sexually abused minors, a stunt they said was to protest the failure of the Polish Catholic Church in resolving the problem of clergy sex abuse. The protest comes as Pope Francis...

Iraqi rapper gives angry youth in city of Basra music outlet

Feb. 21, 2019 1:18 AM EST

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — A youth-led protest movement in the southern Iraqi port city of Basra, which saw riots last summer over failing services and soaring unemployment, has found an artistic outlet in the words and beats of homegrown rapper Ahmed Chayeb. The 22-year-old rapper, also known as Mr. Guti, says...

France to adopt international definition of anti-Semitism

Feb. 20, 2019 6:05 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The French government will adopt an international organization's definition of anti-Semitism and propose a law to reduce hate speech from being circulated online, French President Emmanuel Macron said Wednesday. Macron, speaking at the annual dinner of a Jewish organization, said France and...

Deadly crackdown stokes fear among protesters in Venezuela

Feb. 20, 2019 5:49 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Jhonny Godoy had taken to Twitter to proclaim his opposition to President Nicolas Maduro, posting a video that showed him running through the streets waving the national flag as protests erupted across Venezuela's capital. Two days later, his family said, rifle-wielding special...

Morocco: Arab Spring anniversary brings reflection, beatings

Feb. 20, 2019 3:24 PM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan police fired water cannons at protesting teachers who were marching toward a royal palace and beat people with truncheons amid demonstrations around the capital Wednesday. Several demonstrations were held Wednesday, marking exactly eight years after the birth of a Moroccan...

Turkey seeks life terms for 16 activists over 2013 protests

Feb. 20, 2019 9:28 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors have charged a prominent philanthropist businessman and 15 other people with seeking to overthrow the government by allegedly supporting anti-government protests in 2013. Anadolu Agency reported Wednesday that the prosecutors are seeking...

Court rejects far-right party's lawsuit against Berlin mayor

Feb. 20, 2019 9:17 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A court has rejected a lawsuit against the mayor of Berlin by the far-right Alternative for Germany party, which accused him of unlawful, one-sided support of a protest against it. In May, 25,000 people protested in Berlin against a 5,000-person rally by the party, also known as AfD....

AP PHOTOS: Where pro- and anti-Brexit forces collide

Feb. 20, 2019 8:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Few issues in recent years have generated the passion in Britain that the Brexit situation has, and the colorful debate has spilled over from Parliament to the grounds outside, traditionally a marketplace for ideas, protests and rallies. It is here that the true believers gather each day to...

EU, US call on Albania opposition to avoid violence in rally

Feb. 20, 2019 7:11 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union and the United States have warned Albania's opposition against violence and its lawmakers not to boycott parliament over the government's alleged corruption. Albania's opposition lawmakers, led by the center-right Democratic Party of Lulzim Basha, have said they...

10 Things to Know for Today

Feb. 20, 2019 6:27 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. POSSIBLE PEACE DECLARATION LOOMS OVER KIM-TRUMP SUMMIT Such an announcement ending the six-decade-old Korean War could open up a whole new set of problems for Washington if not done carefully. 2. CALIFORNIA...