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Gandhi's glasses go under the hammer in southwestern England

Aug. 10, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A pair of eyeglasses that are believed to have once belonged to Mohandas Gandhi are being auctioned, decades after the independence leader gave them as an impromptu gift. The gold-plated, circular-rimmed spectacles are going under the hammer at East Bristol Auctions later this month. Gandhi...

FILE - This Wednesday, July 19, 2017 file photo shows the main entrance to the headquarters of the publicly funded BBC in London. British radio host Sideman quit the BBC on Saturday Aug. 8, 2020, over the corporation’s decision to include a racial slur in a news report about a racist attack. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)

BBC radio host quits over use of racist term in news report

Aug. 8, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British radio host Sideman quit the BBC on Saturday over the corporation’s decision to include a racial slur in a news report about a racist attack. Sideman, who appeared on music station Radio 1Xtra, said in an Instagram post that broadcasting the word “feels like a slap in the...

Diedhiou racially abused over penalty miss in English soccer

Jul. 19, 2020 6:14 AM EDT

BRISTOL, England (AP) — Police launched an investigation after Bristol City striker Famara Diedhiou was targeted with racism online after missing a penalty in the second-tier Championship on Saturday. The Senegal international hit the post from the spot in a 1-0 loss at Swansea that ended his team's...

Contractors prepare to remove the statue

Black UK protester statue removed from pedestal in Bristol

Jul. 16, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

BRISTOL, England (AP) — Officials in the English city of Bristol on Thursday removed a statue of a Black Lives Matter activist that was installed barely 24 hours earlier on a pedestal once occupied by a monument to a 17th-century slave trader. Artist Marc Quinn created the resin and steel likeness of Jen...

Jen Reid poses for photographs in front of the new black resin and steel statue portraying her, entitled

Statue of Black protester replaces toppled UK slave trader

Jul. 15, 2020 6:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An artist has erected a statue of a Black Lives Matter protester atop the plinth in the English city of Bristol formerly occupied by a statue of a slave trader. Marc Quinn created the life-size resin and steel likeness of Jen Reid, a protester photographed standing on the plinth after...

The damaged headstone and footstone on the grave of an enslaved African man, in St Mary's churchyard, in Bristol, England, Thursday June 18, 2020, which have been vandalised in an apparent

Slave's grave vandalized in UK city in apparent retaliation

Jun. 18, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British officials said Thursday the grave of an enslaved African man has been vandalized in an apparent “retaliation attack” after anti-racism protesters in the city of Bristol toppled the statue of a prominent slave trader. Two headstones in memory of Scipio Africanus, who...

Protesters gather in Leeds, England, Sunday June 14, 2020, during a protest by Black Voices Matter. Global protests are taking place in the wake of George Floyd’s death who was killed on May 25 while in police custody in the US city of Minneapolis. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

UK's leader creates anti-racism panel; critics want more

Jun. 15, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that he will establish a commission to look at what more can be done to fight racial inequality in the U.K., a move that came after two weeks of protests spurred by the death of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. Opponents accused the...