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Civil rights activist Ruby Bridges writes children's book

Aug. 14, 2020 9:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights activist Ruby Bridges has written a children's book with a candid telling of the past and positive message for the future, inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests. Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, announced Friday that Bridges'...

Pro-democracy students raise a three-finger symbol of resistance salute and hold mobile phones with flashlights switched on†during a protest at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Aug, 14, 2020. Student activists at Thailand's most prestigious university defied a ban by college administrators to stage an anti-government rally Friday, even as a prominent protest leader was arrested elsewhere for his involvement in a previous demonstration. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai student rallies continue despite activist's arrest

Aug. 14, 2020 8:42 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Student activists at Thailand’s most prestigious university defied a ban by college administrators and staged an anti-government rally on Friday, as a prominent protest leader was arrested elsewhere for his involvement in a previous demonstration. Hundreds of students gathered in a...

FILE - This Sept, 9, 2015 file photo shows Officer Sean McKown outside the Cohoes Police Station, in Cohoes, N.Y. Amid pressure from activists and community leaders, a prosecutor has asked New York State Police for the case file on an incident in which the off-duty police officer claimed he had been shot at by a group of Black people. Activists and community leaders delivered a letter to Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague last week demanding a full investigation of the June 6 incident involving McKown. McKown initially reported he had confronted a group of Black youths outside his summer home in the Adirondacks. He is now retiring amid suspicions that he made the story up. (John Carl D'Annibale/The Albany Times Union via AP, File)

Off-duty cop's 911 call about Black youths raises questions

Aug. 13, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

ELIZABETHTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The 911 call from a white, off-duty police officer around the height of the George Floyd protests in early June sounded ominous: A group of Black youths had menaced him outside his upstate New York getaway, he said, sparking an exchange of gunfire between the officer and a member...

U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, right, listens to an NGO volunteer during his visit to a main gathering point for volunteers, near the site of last week's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, Pool)

US official says FBI joining Beirut explosion investigation

Aug. 13, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The FBI will join Lebanese and other international investigators in the probe of the massive explosion at Beirut's port that killed more than 170 people, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction, a U.S. diplomat said Thursday. Lebanese authorities had invited the FBI to take part,...

In this Wednesday, May 27, 2020 photo, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha wears a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus as he attends an open session at the parliament house in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand's prime minister has warned his fellow citizens that their nation has handled the health challenges of the coronavirus well, but must pull together to overcome the tremendous damage done to the economy by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thai leader says unity necessary to revive virus-hit economy

Aug. 13, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister, facing growing demands from students for change, warned Thursday that the nation must pull together to overcome the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In a speech marking the appointment of a new team of financial specialists to his Cabinet,...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2008 file photo, Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, poses for a photograph in her office in Tehran, Iran. Reza Khandan, the husband of Sotoudeh told The Associated Press on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, that his wife began a hunger strike Tuesday seeking the release of political prisoners. Khandan said he feared it would exacerbate her chronic gastrointestinal and foot problems. Sotoudeh, a mother of two, was arrested in 2018 on charges of collusion and propaganda against the system and eventually was sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. (AP Photo/Arash Ashourinia, File)

Imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer begins hunger strike

Aug. 13, 2020 7:19 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer has begun a hunger strike seeking better prison conditions and the release of political prisoners amid the pandemic, her husband said Thursday. Reza Khandan told The Associated Press his wife Nasrin Sotoudeh began the strike...

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens as Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden introduces her as his running mate at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Kamala Harris' selection as VP resonates with Black women

Aug. 12, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — China Cochran met Kamala Harris at a campaign event in Detroit last year and was swept away by her ambition, charisma and leadership. She hoped the California senator would advance in politics. So when Joe Biden named Harris on Tuesday as his running mate — making her the first Black...

Shachar Oren, 25, whistles during a protest against Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu outside his residence in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. The boisterous rallies against Netanyahu have brought out a new breed of first-time protesters -- young, middle-class Israelis who have little history of political activity but feel that Netanyahu’s scandal-plagued rule and his handling of the coronavirus crisis have robbed them of their futures. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Political novices drawn to anti-Netanyahu protests in Israel

Aug. 12, 2020 2:06 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — In a summer of protests against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the accusations of corruption and calls for him to resign could be accompanied by another familiar refrain: “I’ve never done this before.” The boisterous rallies have brought out a new breed of...

CORRECTS DAY TO FRIDAY - A protester leads a crowd of demonstrators toward the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

Prosecutor won't act on low-level Portland protest arrests

Aug. 11, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The newly elected district attorney in Portland, Oregon, said Tuesday that under a new policy, his office will not prosecute people who have been arrested since late May on non-violent misdemeanor charges during protests in Oregon's largest city. The new policy recognizes the outrage...

Palestinians carry posters showing Mahmoud Nawajaa, a leading coordinator of the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel, BDS, during a protest calling for the EU to press for his release, in front of the German Representative Office, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. The activist was arrested on July 30, remains in Israeli custody and has not been charged. Israel says the arrest is not connected to his boycott activities, and that he is is suspected of unspecified “security offenses,

Palestinian protesters urge Israel to free boycott activist

Aug. 11, 2020 8:27 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Dozens of Palestinians protested outside the German diplomatic office in the West Bank on Tuesday, seeking to draw attention to Israel's arrest of a leading coordinator of the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel. Mahmoud Nawajaa was arrested on July 30 and remains in...