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Rights lawyers: Egypt frees more than 100 held in crackdown

Oct. 19, 2019 4:40 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian rights lawyers say authorities have released over 100 people who were among hundreds more arrested in a sweeping crackdown following small but rare anti-government protests last month. Lawyers Mustafa el-Demiry and Khaled Ali say the detainees were released late Friday, pending an...

PHOTO GALLERY: A selection of pictures from the past week

Oct. 19, 2019 4:01 AM EDT

Here's your look at highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week's gallery includes protests in Barcelona, a democratic debate, a Syrian girl who is newly...

AP Photos: Hong Kongers use masquerade as new protest tactic

Oct. 19, 2019 3:22 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Winnie the Pooh, Guy Fawkes, Pepe the Frog — these are the new faces of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protest movement. Demonstrators masqueraded Friday night as their favorite characters in defiance of the government's ban this month on face coverings at public gatherings. Protesters...

Seoul police up security after rally at US envoy residence

Oct. 19, 2019 3:02 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police said Saturday they beefed up security at the U.S. ambassador's residence in Seoul after a group of anti-American students used ladders to break into the compound. They were protesting demands by the Trump administration that South Korea pay more to help cover...

Hong Kong says murder suspect wants to surrender to Taiwan

Oct. 19, 2019 3:00 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's leader said Saturday the murder suspect whose case inadvertently helped ignite the city's protest movement wants to surrender to authorities in Taiwan. Carrie Lam told reporters that Hong Kong's government would "actively follow up on" a letter she received from Chan Tong-kai...

Subway service in Chile's capital suspended as protest grows

Oct. 19, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Subway service in Chile's capital was suspended Friday, trapping hundreds of thousands of commuters on their way home from work, after high school students flooded subway stations, jumping turnstiles, dodging fares and vandalizing stations as part of protests against a fare hike. By...

Indonesia's Widodo faces daunting goals in final term

Oct. 18, 2019 10:29 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — In fisherman Saimin's fly-strewn riverside slum, less than an hour's drive from Indonesia's presidential palace, much of the age-old problems President Joko Widodo has promised to fix are a stark day-to-day reality. Well-paved avenues crisscrossing the capital, Jakarta, end at the...

Hong Kong protesters mock China leaders, defy face mask ban

Oct. 18, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters donned cartoon character masks and mocked China's leaders while forming human chains in defiance of a ban on face coverings at public assemblies. Gathering along the city's subway lines Friday night, many protest supporters masqueraded as Winnie the Pooh...

Wisconsin students walk out to protest racial slur firing

Oct. 18, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Students at a Wisconsin high school skipped class Friday and marched through the streets of the state capital to protest the firing of a black security guard who was terminated for repeating a racial slur while telling a student not to call him that word. Scores of Madison West High...

Marches and strikes rattle Catalonia amid separatist anger

Oct. 18, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Masses of flag-waving demonstrators demanding Catalonia's independence and the release from prison of separatist leaders jammed downtown Barcelona on Friday as the northeastern Spanish region endured its fifth straight night of unrest. Chaotic scenes of violence erupted after more...