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Climate protesters target the Vatican's Laocoon statue

Aug. 18, 2022 14:59 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian environmental activists staged a second museum protest in as many months, gluing their hands Thursday to the base of one of the Vatican Museums’ most important ancient sculptures, the Laocoon. The statue wasn’t damaged, said the environmental group Last...

Sri Lanka hopes to reach initial agreement with IMF for help

Aug. 18, 2022 13:18 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's central bank chief said Thursday he is hopeful the crisis-ridden island nation can reach a preliminary agreement that could lead to a bailout package with the International Monetary Fund when officials from the financial institution visit Sri Lanka later this...

Unification Church followers decry 'biased' Japanese media

Aug. 18, 2022 03:42 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of Unification Church followers rallied in South Korea on Thursday protesting negative Japanese media coverage of their religion after the suspect in the assassination of former Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe blamed the church for his family’s troubles. ...

Iowa council member countersues police over protest arrest

Aug. 17, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines council member is countersuing two police officers who took the unusual step earlier this year of suing several people who participated in a 2020 protest following a Minneapolis officer's killing of George Floyd. Councilwoman Indira Sheumaker's...

Police: Investigation focused on Black separatist group

Aug. 17, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia-based Black separatist group is being investigated by federal and local authorities for a range of possible criminal offenses including drug and gun offenses, kidnapping and human trafficking, a detective testified Tuesday in a court hearing in suburban Atlanta....

Officials release Beirut gunman after bank drops charges

Aug. 16, 2022 11:08 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s state prosecutor on Tuesday released a man who took up to 10 people hostage in a bank at gunpoint while demanding funds from his locked savings account. In a case that has drawn nationwide attention, food delivery driver Bassam al-Sheikh Hussein, 42,...

Palestinian hunger striker to appeal to Israel's high court

Aug. 16, 2022 10:09 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The lawyer for a Palestinian prisoner said Tuesday that her client will appeal his case to Israel’s Supreme Court as he continues what his family says is a 165-day hunger strike against his detention. Also Tuesday, an Israeli military court extended the sentence...

Iraq's finance minister resigns over political crisis

Aug. 16, 2022 09:20 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's finance minister resigned Tuesday, two government officials said, over the country's worst political crisis in years involving an influential Shiite cleric and his Iran-aligned rivals. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with...

Today in History: August 16, Elvis Presley dies at 42

Aug. 16, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 16, the 228th day of 2022. There are 137 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Presley died at his Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, at age 42. On this...

Officers end 3-day protest by inmates inside Louisiana jail

Aug. 15, 2022 14:20 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana law enforcement officers have ended a three-day peaceful protest by jail inmates who demanded improvements to living conditions, including quicker attention to requests for medical care. Orleans Parish Sheriff Susan Hutson issued a statement saying her...