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Dems rally around abortion. Are they reaching Black voters?

Aug. 07, 2022 09:09 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Facing critical races for governor and U.S. Senate, Democratic hopefuls in Wisconsin are hoping that their support for abortion rights in the face of a Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade can overcome the headwinds of a midterm election long expected to favor...

Monks’ role in Sri Lanka protests raises familiar questions

Aug. 05, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

(RNS) — The street protests that drove Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from office last month brought together people from across the country’s diverse and sometimes warring ethno-religious groups: Tamils, Muslims, Christians and Sinhala Buddhists — including, unmistakably, the...

In Baghdad's Sadr City, cleric's support underpins protests

Aug. 05, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Khalil Ibrahim’s four sons are among thousands of followers of an influential Shiite cleric staging a sit-in outside Iraq’s parliament after storming the building last week in a stunning move that threw the country into a new era of political instability. ...

Hundreds of thousands gather for mass prayer in Baghdad

Aug. 05, 2022 10:38 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis heeded the call of an influential Shiite cleric to gather in a show of strength for a mass prayer in the heart of Baghdad's government zone on Friday. The gathering took place amid an escalating political crisis that has put the country's capital on...

Farmers' group: Talks with Dutch govt delivered 'too little'

Aug. 05, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The leader of the Netherlands' top agricultural lobby group said that a first round of talks Friday with a delegation led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte about the government’s nitrogen emissions reduction goals delivered “at the moment, too little" for thousands of...

Indian police block opposition protests over price increases

Aug. 05, 2022 06:07 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police detained dozens of lawmakers from the opposition Congress party, including key leader Rahul Gandhi, as they attempted to march Friday to the president’s palace and prime minister’s residence to protest soaring food and fuel prices and an increase in the goods...

UC Berkeley: 7 arrested at Berkeley's People's Park

Aug. 04, 2022 20:33 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — University of California, Berkeley police officers arrested seven people during a clash with demonstrators protesting a controversial student housing project at the historic People’s Park in Berkeley, university officials said Thursday. The police officers...

Autocratic Hungarian leader Orban hailed by US conservatives

Aug. 04, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Hungary’s autocratic Prime Minister Viktor Orban urged cheering American conservatives on Thursday to “take back the institutions,” stick to hardline stances on gay rights and immigration and fight for the next U.S. presidential election as a pivotal moment for their beliefs....

Congo asks UN mission spokesman to leave amid unrest

Aug. 04, 2022 18:38 PM EDT

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo’s government has requested that the spokesman for the United Nations mission in Congo leave the country, saying he has made inappropriate statements amid demonstrations against the presence of the U.N. peacekeepers. Foreign Minister Christophe...

Concern that Nicaragua repression could be "model" in region

Aug. 04, 2022 17:49 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega’s government has closed seven radio stations owned by the Roman Catholic church this week, as well as two other outlets serving the largely rural northern area with a history of opposition to his Sandinista National Liberation Front party. ...