Latest Political and civil unrest News

Kansas City man sentenced for role in U.S. Capitol riot

Jan. 19, 2022 16:13 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man who participated in last year's riot at the U.S. Capitol was sentenced Wednesday to home detention and probation. Carey Jon Walden was sentenced to 30 days of home detention, three years’ probation, 60 hours of community service and a...

US senior diplomats in Sudan to try resolve post-coup crisis

Jan. 19, 2022 14:05 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Two senior U.S. diplomats were in Sudan Wednesday to try to find a way out of the crisis roiling the African country since an October military coup. An Israeli delegation meanwhile met with Sudan’s ruling generals to consolidate newly established ties between their countries. ...

Israel evicts Palestinians from disputed Jerusalem property

Jan. 19, 2022 13:32 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Wednesday evicted Palestinians from a disputed property in a flashpoint Jerusalem neighborhood and demolished the building, leaving some 15 people homeless on a cold, rainy day in the wake of a tense standoff earlier this week. The predawn...

2 arrested on disorderly conduct charges in US Capitol riot

Jan. 19, 2022 12:40 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two women have been arrested on charges of entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct, and demonstrating related to the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot, the FBI said. The women were identified as Kirstyn Niemela, 33, of Hudson, New Hampshire, and...

Kazakh defense minister fired; last Russia-led troops leave

Jan. 19, 2022 12:25 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Defense Ministry says all the troops deployed to Kazakhstan by a Russia-led security alliance this month to help quell violent unrest have left the former Soviet nation, with the last four military planes landing outside Moscow on Wednesday. The...

Dutch cultural sector protests pandemic lockdown measures

Jan. 19, 2022 08:14 AM EST

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Amsterdam's Concertgebouw orchestra played second fiddle Wednesday to a pair of hairdressers. Vincent van Gogh's self-portraits were briefly upstaged by a nail salon and barber as civil disobedience to protest the Dutch coronavirus lockdown spread Wednesday to the cultural...

Doctor goes on trial in Germany accused of torture in Syria

Jan. 19, 2022 06:03 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany began hearing a case Wednesday against a Syrian doctor accused of crimes against humanity for torturing and killing inmates at a government-run prison and two military hospitals in his home country. Federal prosecutors say the doctor, identified as...

Beijing residents disappointed Olympics will be closed event

Jan. 19, 2022 04:13 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — With just over two weeks before the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics, residents of the Chinese capital say they’re disappointed at not being able to attend events because of coronavirus restrictions that have seen parts of the city placed under lockdown. ...

Media groups protest restrictions for 3 ex-officers' trial

Jan. 18, 2022 20:33 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A coalition of media groups says restrictions on access to the federal civil rights trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death amount to an unconstitutional closing of the courtroom. Citing the risks of the pandemic, U.S....

Hong Kong independence activist Leung released from prison

Jan. 18, 2022 19:36 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong activist Edward Leung, who coined the now-banned slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, Revolution of our Times,” was released from prison Wednesday after spending four years behind bars for a 2016 protest. Leung was a prominent independence activist and the...