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Hong Kong official: Legislature smoother without opposition

Oct. 28, 2021 05:00 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The president of Hong Kong’s legislature said Thursday it has become more efficient with no opposition members, after all pro-democracy lawmakers resigned late last year to protest the ouster of four colleagues for not demonstrating sufficient loyalty to Beijing. ...

Sudan arrests 3 coup critics as pressure mounts on military

Oct. 27, 2021 19:25 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese security forces detained three prominent pro-democracy figures overnight, their relatives and other activists said Wednesday, as internal and international pressure mounted on the country's military following its coup. The arrests came as protests...

UK climate activists target roads again despite injunction

Oct. 27, 2021 07:01 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Climate protesters sought to block two major roads into London on Wednesday, despite court injunctions banning them from disrupting traffic. Activists from the group Insulate Britain, which wants the government to better insulate homes in the country to...

India's top court probes spying charges against government

Oct. 27, 2021 04:25 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court on Wednesday established a committee of experts to look into accusations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government used Israeli military-grade spyware to monitor political opponents, journalists and activists. The Supreme...

Activists protest Sinema at Bisbee wedding

Oct. 26, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Activists protested outside a wedding where U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was officiating over the weekend, the latest confrontation between demonstrators and the Arizona Democrat who opposes key parts of President Joe Biden's social services and climate change package. ...

Activists scale government building in climate protest

Oct. 26, 2021 09:56 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Climate activists in hard hats scaled a U.K. government building Tuesday, unfurling a banner demanding that countries attending the upcoming U.N. climate conference invest in plant-based alternatives to meat. The activists campaigning for Animal Rebellion...

Facebook's language gaps weaken screening of hate, terrorism

Oct. 25, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As the Gaza war raged and tensions surged across the Middle East last May, Instagram briefly banned the hashtag #AlAqsa, a reference to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City, a flash point in the conflict. ...

Opponents of critical race theory seek to flip school boards

Oct. 25, 2021 07:17 AM EDT

GUILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A racial reckoning began years ago for the Guilford school system, first with an episode in which a student wore blackface makeup to a home football game and then a fraught debate over the elimination of its mascot, the Indians. After the killing of George Floyd,...

Dave Matthews to join McAuliffe for get-out-the-vote rally

Oct. 24, 2021 11:14 AM EDT

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Musician Dave Matthews is joining the long list of high-profile campaigners trying to get out the vote for Democrat Terry McAuliffe as this year's closely watched race for governor nears the finish. Matthews is set to perform an acoustic set...

Finland's leader: Turkey decision on envoys 'regrettable'

Oct. 24, 2021 10:21 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's leader said Sunday that the Turkish president’s decision to order that 10 foreign ambassadors, including the Nordic country's envoy, be declared persona non grata after calling for the release of a jailed philanthropist and human rights activist was a...