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ACLU-MN alleges US citizen unlawfully detained

Mar. 26, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is suing the federal government on behalf of a U.S. citizen who alleges he was unlawfully detained. The ACLU-MN filed the lawsuit Thursday in federal court in Minnesota on behalf of Ali Abdalla. Abdalla came to the U.S. as a Somali...

The Latest: Pakistan suspending domestic flights

Mar. 25, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 422,000 people and killed over 18,000. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 108,000 people have recovered so...

Some court cases postponed due to coronavirus outbreak

Mar. 14, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Misdemeanor, traffic and petty offense cases in federal court have been postponed in the Eastern District of Virginia in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The district also has suspended all non-case related events, tours and other gatherings in courthouses, including...

In this August 2019, photo released by Florian Hayek, Courtney Huang, a Chinese citizen living and working in the United States, poses for a photo in the Central Library in Seattle, Wa. Huang is one of hundreds of Chinese whose jobs, lives, and right to work in the U.S. are on the line after the Trump administration imposed a travel ban and visa processing halt on foreigners in China over the coronavirus outbreak. Huang, who aspires to become a U.S. citizen, is worried that she could lose her job and her right to live in the States because her work visa wasn't issued due to the halt. (Florian Hayek via AP)

For Chinese, US visa halt puts jobs, citizen hopes at risk

Mar. 14, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Courtney Huang fell in love with the U.S. as a nursing student in Texas. She ended up staying 13 years and wants to become a U.S. citizen. But Huang now finds her job, future, and dreams of citizenship on the line since the Trump administration barred entry last month to non-U.S. citizens...

FILE  - In this Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 file photo, actor Max Von Sydow attends the Lumiere Award ceremony of the 7th Lumiere Festival in Lyon, central France. Max von Sydow, the self-described “shy boy”-turned-actor who played the priest in the horror classic “The Exorcist,” has died. He was 90, it was reported on Monday, March 9, 2020. He was known to art house audiences through his work with Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. But it was his role as the devil-evicting priest in William Friedkin's controversial 1973 film

'Exorcist' actor Max von Sydow dies at age 90

Mar. 9, 2020 8:17 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Max von Sydow, the self-described “shy boy”-turned-actor known to art house audiences through his work with Swedish director Ingmar Bergman and later to moviegoers everywhere when he played the priest in the horror classic “The Exorcist,” has died. He...

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, a man holds a sign during a rally to show support for Uighurs and their fight for human rights in Hong Kong. People from western China who are targets of a Chinese government crackdown say they have been threatened and harassed in the United States. Those fleeing the crackdown on the predominantly Muslim Uighur ethnic group typically receive U.S. asylum. But Uighurs tell The Associated Press and human rights groups they still afraid amid threats aimed at them and their families back in China. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

Targets of crackdown in China fear government's reach in US

Mar. 8, 2020 7:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The photo of his father was barely recognizable. The old man looked unusually pale and tired, and his customary beard was shaved off. The son who received the photo over WhatsApp was immediately suspicious. He hadn't heard from his family in western China for two years while he studied...

FILE - In this Thursday, April 21, 2016, file photo, Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, R-San Luis Obispo, talks with Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Achadjian, who represented California's Central Coast in the state Assembly for three terms, died Thursday, March 5, 2020, according to a news report. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Katcho Achadjian, former California assemblyman, dies at 68

Mar. 6, 2020 12:22 AM EST

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Katcho Achadjian, who represented California's Central Coast in the state Assembly for three terms, died Thursday, according to a news report. His family confirmed Achadjian's death to KSBY-TV. The cause of death was not provided. He was 68. Born in Lebanon to Armenian...

Man pleads guilty to smuggling goods from US to Iran

Mar. 3, 2020 2:24 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A man pleaded guilty in federal court in New Hampshire to smuggling more than $100,000 worth of motors, pumps, valves and other items from the United States into Iran. The U.S. attorney's office said Aiden Davidson, also known as Hamed Aliabadi, 32, is a citizen of Iran and a...

Liu Juan, 3 others round out U.S. Olympic table tennis teams

Mar. 2, 2020 1:11 AM EST

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Liu Juan qualified for the Olympics in table tennis Sunday along with three other U.S. athletes. Liu, a former member of the Chinese national team, finished first in the women's competition at the U.S. Olympic trials. Huijing Wang, who finished second, also qualified for the...

Family members of Rahul Solanki, who was killed during clashes between Hindu mobs and Muslims protesting a contentious new citizenship law, weep outside a mortuary in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. At least 20 people were killed in three days of clashes in New Delhi, with the death toll expected to rise as hospitals were overflowed with dozens of injured people, authorities said Wednesday. The clashes between Hindu mobs and Muslims protesting a contentious new citizenship law that fast-tracks naturalization for foreign-born religious minorities of all major faiths in South Asia except Islam escalated Tuesday. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Death toll rises to 24 from Delhi riots during Trump trip

Feb. 26, 2020 1:28 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 24 people were killed and 189 injured in three days of clashes in New Delhi that coincided with U.S. President Donald Trump's first state visit to India, with the death toll expected to rise as hospitals continue to take in the wounded, authorities said Wednesday. Shops, Muslim...