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AP Interview: Premier: Iraq doesn't need US combat troops

Jul. 25, 2021 02:35 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister says his country no longer requires American combat troops to fight the Islamic State group, but a formal time frame for their redeployment will depend on the outcome of talks with U.S. officials this week. Mustafa al-Kadhimi said...

Britney Spears court fight reflects disability rights issues

Jul. 24, 2021 08:11 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Around 50 people gathered around the Utah State Capitol dressed in glittery-hot pink attire on July 14, to rally for Britney Spears as she headed to court for her conservatorship case in California. It was a part of a nationwide rally for the pop star. ...

Activist who helped desegregate Birmingham library dies

Jul. 23, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Black Army veteran who helped peacefully desegregate an Alabama city's library with a sit-in protest in 1963 has died, according to the library and an obituary published by his family. Shelly Millender Jr. of Birmingham died on Saturday. He was...

Belarus shuts more civil society groups in wide crackdown

Jul. 23, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Friday announced the closure of 15 nongovernmental organizations, part of a sweeping crackdown on independent media and civil society activists that includes shutting dozens of NGOs. The groups ordered to close include the...

Volunteers hunting for Mexico's 'disappeared' become targets

Jul. 23, 2021 08:03 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The mainly female volunteers who fan out across Mexico to hunt for the bodies of murdered relatives are themselves increasingly being killed, putting to the test the government’s promise to help them in their quest for a final shred of justice: a chance to mourn. ...

Myanmar prisoners protest military with chants, songs

Jul. 23, 2021 04:27 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Prisoners inside Myanmar’s most notorious jail held a protest Friday, singing popular songs opposing the military government and chanting political slogans, according to nearby residents and to video uploaded to social media. One video showed a street...

Smith, Carlos, Berry demand change in Olympic protest rule

Jul. 22, 2021 23:02 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tommie Smith, John Carlos and Gwen Berry are among the more than 150 athletes, educators and activists who signed a letter Thursday urging the IOC not to punish participants who demonstrate at the Tokyo Games. The five-page letter, published on the eve of...

Vanderbilt's James Lawson institute honors rights activist

Jul. 22, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University announced the launch Thursday of the James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements, honoring the influential activist who taught non-violence to protesters during the civil rights struggles last century. ...

Belarus leader vows to keep up raids of NGOs, media outlets

Jul. 22, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The longtime leader of Belarus vowed Thursday to continue a crackdown on civil society activists he regards as “bandits and foreign agents.” President Alexander Lukashenko chided officials in his administration for allowing the operation of...

Lawsuit: Kansas altered software to hide election records

Jul. 21, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A judge is considering whether Kansas' Republican secretary of state ran afoul of the state's open records law by ordering the removal of an election database function that generates a statewide report showing which provisional ballots were not counted — a...