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Iconic Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center to be illuminated

Nov. 29, 2023 20:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The iconic Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center will be lit Wednesday night by more than 50,000 multicolored lights as crowds gather in New York City for the holiday tradition. The massive tree — a 12 ton, 80-foot-tall Norway spruce from upstate New York — will...

Congress members, activists decry assaults against anti-China protesters during San Francisco summit

Nov. 29, 2023 19:39 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man protesting against China's ruling Communist Party at the recent Asia-Pacific economic summit in San Francisco shared details Wednesday of an attack by pro-China supporters, saying he was left unconscious and that police should take action against his assailants. ...

Panama's high court declares mining contract unconstitutional. Here is what happens next

Nov. 29, 2023 19:32 PM EST

PANAMA (AP) — In a historic ruling, Panama’s Supreme Court this week declared that legislation granting a Canadian copper mine a 20-year concession was unconstitutional, a decision celebrated by thousands of Panamanians activists who had argued the project would damage a forested coastal area...

Opposition protesters in Kosovo use flares and tear gas to protest against a war crimes court

Nov. 29, 2023 10:08 AM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Opposition protesters in Kosovo on Wednesday used flares and tear gas to protest against a senior war crimes court official in the capital. Opposition leftist Social Democratic Party members tried to enter a hotel in Pristina, where Kosovo Specialist...

South Africa march demands a permanent Gaza cease-fire on day of solidarity with Palestinians

Nov. 29, 2023 09:54 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Members of South African political parties, civil society organisations and other supporters marched through the streets of Johannesburg on Wednesday demanding a permanent cease-fire in Gaza as they marked the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. ...

A Hong Kong court hears final arguments in the subversion trial of pro-democracy activists

Nov. 29, 2023 06:23 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court started hearing the final arguments Wednesday of some of the city's best-known pro-democracy activists tried under a law imposed by China’s ruling Communist Party to crush dissent. The activists' subversion trial is the biggest prosecution yet...

Panama's Supreme Court declares 20-year contract for Canadian copper mine unconstitutional

Nov. 28, 2023 23:05 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panama’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that a 20-year concession for a Canadian copper mine that has been the focus of widespread environmental protests was unconstitutional and the president said later a process to close the mine would begin. ...

Activist who acknowledged helping flip police car during 2020 protest sentenced to 1 year in prison

Nov. 28, 2023 18:24 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A well-known west Philadelphia activist who acknowledged having helped overturn a police car during 2020 protests following the death of George Floyd has been sentenced to a year in prison. Anthony Smith was sentenced Tuesday following a guilty plea in June to a...

Belarus raids apartments of opposition activists as part of sweeping probe called latest crackdown

Nov. 28, 2023 11:05 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Belarus' criminal investigation agency said Tuesday that it has conducted raids as part of a sweeping probe into an alleged attempt by the opposition to seize power three years ago. Critics called it the latest move in authorities' crackdown on dissent. ...

Peru's top prosecutor blames President Boluarte for deaths of protesters as political crisis deepens

Nov. 27, 2023 20:38 PM EST

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s attorney general on Monday blamed President Dina Boluarte and her prime minister for the deaths of “several” anti-government protesters earlier this year, and charged them with first-degree murder before the nation’s congress in a procedure known as a...