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Denmark tells some Syrians to leave, separating families

Apr. 23, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An email brought Faeza Satouf’s world to a standstill. The 25-year-old Syrian refugee had fled the civil war with her family in an all-too-familiar journey across the sea to Europe, where they finally arrived in Denmark and were granted...

Israeli police say dozens arrested in Jerusalem clashes

Apr. 23, 2021 04:00 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say 44 people were arrested and 20 officers were wounded in a night of chaos in Jerusalem, where security forces separately clashed with Palestinians angry about Ramadan restrictions and Jewish extremists who held an anti-Arab march nearby. ...

Federal officers seek to block shooting trial in state court

Apr. 23, 2021 01:32 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments on whether Virginia prosecutors can bring manslaughter charges against two U.S. Park Police officers accused of fatally shooting an unarmed motorist in 2017. Fairfax County Commonwealth's Attorney...

Evidence in Chauvin case contradicted first police statement

Apr. 23, 2021 01:22 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Moments after former officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in George Floyd's death, copies of the original Minneapolis police statement began recirculating on social media. It attributed Floyd's death to “medical distress” and made no mention that the Black...

Democrats move 2 bills showing strength and limits of power

Apr. 23, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats were on a roll. The House voted along party lines to make the nation’s capital the 51st state, and two hours later, the Senate overwhelmingly approved bipartisan legislation to address violence against Asian Americans. Thursday's twin...

Southeast Asian summit to address Myanmar's post-coup crisis

Apr. 23, 2021 00:00 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — When the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations holds a special summit Saturday to discuss Myanmar, the regional body will be under as much scrutiny as the general who led the February coup ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. ...

Alabama Senate delays vote on curbside voting ban

Apr. 22, 2021 23:27 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Thursday delayed a vote on a proposal to ban curbside voting as the state became the latest to debate new restrictions on voting. The debate in the state that was home to key events in the voting rights movement reflected...

Lawsuit less than a week after Honolulu police shooting

Apr. 22, 2021 22:42 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The family of an unarmed Black man shot and killed by Honolulu police filed a wrongful death lawsuit Thursday alleging officers were motivated by racial discrimination. Lindani Myeni, 29, walked into a Honolulu home, sat down and took off his shoes last...

Feds say California jail violates rights of mentally ill

Apr. 22, 2021 22:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alameda County in Northern California violated civil rights by failing to provide proper mental health services, especially in a jail where dozens of people have committed suicide, according to federal report released Thursday. The U.S. Department of...

Police chiefs hail Chauvin verdict as a key step to healing

Apr. 22, 2021 21:41 PM EDT

Not long after a jury convicted former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin of killing George Floyd, police chiefs across the U.S. started speaking up. And it wasn't to defend the police. New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said convicting Chauvin on...