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Sudanese activists say security forces fire tear gas at them

Feb. 20, 2020 1:45 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese pro-democracy activists said the country's security forces fired tear gas Thursday at hundreds of protesters in the capital Khartoum. Sudan's Professionals Association, the group that spearheaded last year's uprising that led to the overthrow of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir, had...

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2014, file photo, Egypt's leading pro-democracy activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah takes a moment as he speaks about his late father Ahmed Seif, one of Egypt's most respected human rights lawyers, during a conference held at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian court has overturned a decision to release Abdel-Fattah who has been detained for nearly five months without trial. He was arrested in September amid an unprecedented crackdown that followed small protests demanding President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi step down. On Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, a court had ordered that Abdel Fattah be released but shortly afterward the State Security Prosecutors appealed the decision before another court. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Egyptian court refuses to release prominent activist

Feb. 20, 2020 10:46 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court overturned Thursday a decision to release a prominent activist who has been detained for nearly five months without trial over what his family says are unjust charges. Alaa Abdel Fattah, a 38-year-old software engineer, developed a reputation on social media during the 2011...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 file photo, Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg attends an interview with the Associated Press before the Climate Strike, at City Hall, in New York.  The 2019 Right Livelihood Award given to Thunberg said Thursday Feb. 20, 2020, that the 1 million kronor (US dollars 102,566) prize money honor has been used to establish the non-profit Greta Thunberg Foundation, to promote ecological and social sustainability, as well as mental health. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, File)

Climate activist's award money used to create foundation

Feb. 20, 2020 2:23 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish organization that gave Greta Thunberg an award that is often described as an alternative Nobel Prize says the teenage climate activist is using her prize money to establish an eponymous foundation. The purpose of the nonprofit Greta Thunberg Foundation “is to...

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2019, file photo, Harvard and Yale students protest during halftime of the NCAA college football game between Harvard and Yale at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Conn. Students alarmed by climate change are stepping up pressure on universities to stop investing in fossil fuel industries and are gaining wider traction in 2020. (Nic Antaya/The Boston Globe via AP, File)

Students push universities to stop investing in fossil fuels

Feb. 19, 2020 12:52 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Students alarmed by climate change are stepping up pressure on universities to pull investments from fossil fuel industries, an effort that is gaining traction at prestigious schools like Georgetown, Harvard and Yale. The push that is underway at hundreds of schools began nearly a...

Turkish activist Feray Salman and international human rights activists speak to the media before the trial of the Amnesty International's former Turkey chairman and 10 other activists, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Feb. 19. 2020. A court in Istanbul will hand down verdicts for defendants in the closely-watched trial on charges of belonging to or aiding terror groups. The case against activists heightened concerns about Turkey's treatment of human rights defenders. (AP Photo)

Turkey probes judges who acquitted businessman, activists

Feb. 19, 2020 11:50 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — The body overseeing Turkish judges and prosecutors has launched an investigation into three judges who acquitted philanthropist businessman Osman Kavala and eight other activists of terrorism charges, Turkey's state media reported on Wednesday. The move by the parliament- and...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, Opera star Placido Domingo listens to applause at the end of a concert in Szeged, Hungary. Despite objections from sexual abuse activists, the Israeli Opera will host a week-long singing competition organized by Domingo in Tel Aviv later this year. Domingo has withdrawn from all U.S. performances since reports by The Associated Press last year detailed accusations of sexual harassment or other inappropriate, sexually charged conduct.  (AP Photo/Laszlo Balogh, File)

Israeli Opera to host Placido Domingo despite protest

Feb. 19, 2020 3:31 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Despite objections from sexual abuse activists, the Israeli Opera will host a weeklong singing competition organized by Spanish opera star Placido Domingo in Tel Aviv later this year. Domingo, 80, has withdrawn from all U.S. performances since reports by The Associated Press last year...

Activist group files complaint against Arizona GOP lawmaker

Feb. 18, 2020 7:56 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An activist group whose members were cut off from testifying at a Senate hearing on a proposal that would ask voters to enshrine Arizona’s “sanctuary city” ban in the state constitution has filed an ethics complaint against the committee’s chairman. Living United...

Mucella Yapici, one of defendants, celebrates after a court acquitted nine leading Turkish civil society activists of terrorism-related charges related to anti-government protests, including an entrepreneur known for philanthropy who has been jailed for more than two years, in Silivri, outside Istanbul, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkish philanthropist detained in new case after acquittal

Feb. 18, 2020 4:57 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish prosecutors detained a prominent philanthropist for alleged ties to a 2016 coup attempt Tuesday night, just hours after a court acquitted him on terrorism-related charges and ordered his release from jail after 840 days. The Istanbul prosecutor's office said in a statement that it...

In this Feb. 12, 2020, photo, a worker disinfects a mall near an advertisement for a car in Beijing, China. Automakers are gradually reopening factories in China that were idled by anti-virus control. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Beijing auto show is latest event delayed by virus fears

Feb. 18, 2020 1:10 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Beijing auto show, the industry's biggest global event of the year, is being postponed in response to the spread of China's new virus. Auto China 2020, originally scheduled for April 21-30, is being pushed back to an undetermined date, the organizers announced. The Beijing event and a...

Commuters ride in a quiet subway train during the morning rush hour in Beijing, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Chinese authorities on Monday reported a slight upturn in new virus cases and hundred more deaths for a total of thousands since the outbreak began two months ago. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98

Feb. 17, 2020 7:46 PM EST

Mainland China reported 1,886 new virus cases and 98 more deaths for a total of 1,868 in its update Tuesday, following a report that 80% of cases have been mild, prompting guarded optimism from health officials. The latest figures come after health officials in China published the first details on nearly 45,000...