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More than 200 arrested in Kenya protests over proposed tax hikes in finance bill

Jun. 18, 2024 10:08 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than 200 protesters have been arrested in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, in ongoing protests against proposed tax hikes in a finance bill that is due to be tabled in parliament. Civil society groups said that demonstrations and a planned sit-down outside...

Jazz, justice and Juneteenth: Wynton Marsalis and Bryan Stevenson join forces to honor Black protest

Jun. 18, 2024 09:19 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Black music traditions such as jazz are central to celebrations of Juneteenth, says civil rights lawyer and jazz pianist Bryan Stevenson. That’s why he and Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz artist Wynton Marsalis have debuted “Freedom, Justice and Hope,” a live...

Landmark EU nature restoration plan gets the green light despite months of protests by farmers

Jun. 17, 2024 21:01 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union countries on Monday gave final approval to a major and long-awaited plan to better protect nature in the 27-nation bloc, a divisive issue after months of protests by farmers who argued that EU environmental and climate laws were driving them toward bankruptcy. ...

Pro-Palestinian encampment cleared from Cal State LA, days after building takeover

Jun. 17, 2024 19:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police on Monday cleared an entrenched pro-Palestinian encampment at California State University, Los Angeles, just days after demonstrators occupied and trashed a building while the school's president and other employees were still inside. Officers issued a...

Michigan, CUNY didn't suitably assess if Israel-Hamas war protests made environment hostile, US says

Jun. 17, 2024 15:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The University of Michigan and the City University of New York did not adequately investigate complaints about antisemitic or anti-Palestinian harassment linked to campus protests over the Israel-Hamas war and other incidents, according to the results of investigations by the...

Outraged Brazilian women stage protests against bill to equate late abortions with homicide

Jun. 15, 2024 19:41 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday as protests sweep across Brazil in opposition to a bill that would further criminalize abortions. If passed, the law would equate the termination of a pregnancy after 22 weeks with homicide. ...

French protesters are standing up to the far right ahead of the country's snap elections

Jun. 15, 2024 18:42 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Anti-racism groups joined French unions and a brand-new left-wing coalition in protests in Paris and across France on Saturday against the surging nationalist far right as frenzied campaigning is underway ahead of snap parliamentary elections. The French Interior...

NY governor's subway mask ban proposal sparks debate over right to anonymous protest

Jun. 14, 2024 18:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new proposal by Gov. Kathy Hochul to ban masks on the New York subway is drawing backlash from civil liberties groups and disability advocates, reviving a long-standing debate about the right to anonymous protest that has only grown more complex since the pandemic. ...

Weekend of graduation ceremonies begins at California universities without major war protests

Jun. 14, 2024 17:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A weekend of commencement ceremonies at a half-dozen California universities was underway Friday with no immediate sign of the major campus protests against the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza that have led to clashes with police and numerous arrests. Officials appealed...

Gov. Hochul considering a face mask ban on New York City subways, citing antisemitic acts

Jun. 14, 2024 13:53 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday that she is considering a ban on face masks in the New York City subway system due to concerns about people shielding their identities while committing antisemitic acts. Hochul, a Democrat, told reporters the exact details of the...