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Police: Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not handgun

Apr. 12, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb apparently intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, as the man struggled with police, the city’s police chief said Monday. Brooklyn Center...

Myanmar's ruling junta issues fresh charges for Suu Kyi

Apr. 12, 2021 14:05 PM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s ruling military squared off against its opponents in the courts, the streets and the countryside Monday, showing no sign of relenting in its crackdown against those opposed to February's coup. Aung San Suu Kyi, who led the elected...

New book asks why world ignores repression by Rwandan leader

Apr. 12, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The new book " Do Not Disturb " by British author Michela Wrong questions why some in the international community continue to praise Rwandan President Paul Kagame despite repression in his central African country where he could rule until 2034. ...

Pakistan police arrest radical Islamist party head in Lahore

Apr. 12, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan police Monday arrested the leader of a radical Islamist political party a day after he threatened the government with protests if it did not expel France's ambassador over depictions of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Saad Rizvi was arrested...

Black Lives Matter protesters march in Fargo

Apr. 11, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered in Fargo on Sunday to counter-protest a ‘White Lives Matter’ event that was reportedly planned at the city hall, but never materialized. A Black Lives Matter protest marched from Fargo's Island Park to the city hall,...

Benin's president seeks re-election after violent protests

Apr. 11, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

COTONOU, Benin (AP) — Benin's voters cast ballots Sunday in a presidential election that has been marred by violent demonstrations as incumbent leader Patrice Talon ran for a second term despite once pledging he would not. The opposition said the vote was going forward...

Reports: Myanmar forces kill 82 in single day in city

Apr. 10, 2021 21:54 PM EDT

YANGON (AP) — At least 82 people were killed in one day in a crackdown by Myanmar security forces on pro-democracy protesters, according to reports Saturday from independent local media and an organization that keeps track of casualties since the February coup. ...

Marchers protest Romania's virus restrictions as cases soar

Apr. 10, 2021 18:50 PM EDT

BUCHAREST (AP) — Marchers took to the streets Saturday in the Romanian capital of Bucharest to protest restrictive measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 even as new daily infections and deaths rose in the European Union nation. About 1,000 people converged on Victory...

The Latest: Romanians protest restrictions as cases top 1M

Apr. 10, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

BUCHAREST — Marchers have taken to the streets of the Romanian capital of Bucharest to protest restrictive measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 even as new daily infections and deaths rise in the European Union nation. About 1,000 people converged Saturday on...

‘Clear the Capitol,’ Pence pleaded, timeline of riot shows

Apr. 10, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — From a secure room in the Capitol on Jan. 6, as rioters pummeled police and vandalized the building, Vice President Mike Pence tried to assert control. In an urgent phone call to the acting defense secretary, he issued a startling demand. “Clear the...