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Hong Kong leader delays unpopular bill; activists want more

Jun. 15, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Embattled Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam sought to quell public anger Saturday by shelving an unpopular extradition bill that has highlighted apprehension about relations with mainland China, but opponents of the measure said it was not enough. Activists said they were still planning a mass...

US diplomat wants 'credible' probe into Sudan crackdown

Jun. 15, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat to Africa said there must be an "independent and credible" investigation into the Sudanese military's violent dispersal of a protest camp in the capital earlier this month, as the ruling military council failed to announce the findings of its own investigation...

Protesters demand firing of Utah cop who pulled gun on child

Jun. 15, 2019 2:05 PM EDT

WOODS CROSS, Utah (AP) — About 100 protesters gathered outside a police agency in northern Utah to demand an officer who pulled his gun on a 10-year-old child last week be fired. The crowd carried Black Lives Matter signs Friday evening and others protesting the incident, including one that said "Hey Cops!...

Husband says British woman held in Iran begins hunger strike

Jun. 15, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British-Iranian woman jailed in Tehran for more than three years has begun a hunger strike to protest her detention, her husband said Saturday. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has told judicial officials she will refuse food but will drink water until she is granted "unconditional release," her...

The Latest: Activists say shelving bill is not enough

Jun. 15, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill (all times local): 7:30 p.m. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman has expressed support for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam after she shelved an unpopular bill backed by Beijing. Geng Shuang said Saturday that the Chinese government...

Correction: Oberlin College-Racial Dispute story

Jun. 15, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — In a story June 13 about a $33 million jury award in a lawsuit against Oberlin College, The Associated Press reported erroneously that David Gibson and his son, Allyn, received punitive damages. It was David Gibson's father, also named Allyn Gibson, who was part of the award. The story...

Hong Kong's first female leader fights for political life

Jun. 15, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam steadily climbed her way up bureaucratic ranks to capture the top position in the former British colony, relying on sheer intelligence, ambition, canny networking and an astute deference to authority. Yet the ground has shifted considerably since she...

Polio hospital that became a jail to get historical marker

Jun. 15, 2019 8:01 AM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A former polio hospital that became a jail for civil rights protesters will be recognized with a North Carolina historical marker. A dedication program for the N.C. Highway Historical Marker will be held Saturday in Greensboro with the marker placed later at a nearby intersection....

AP PHOTOS: Umbrellas, a Hong Kong protest symbol, broken

Jun. 14, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Amid the detritus from protests that turned violent in Hong Kong this week was umbrellas. Blue, black and clear, half-open, partly broken, some reduced to bent metal frames. Umbrellas became a symbol of protest in Hong Kong in 2014 after demonstrators used them to shield themselves from...

Brazilians hold general strike to protest pension overhaul

Jun. 14, 2019 9:20 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of people filled the streets of Brazil's main cities Friday, and schools, banks and some public transportation shut down, as Brazilians angry over a pension reform and budget cuts held the first general strike of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro's administration. The...