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A bust of Belgium's King Leopold II, is hoisted off of its plinth by a crane as it's removed from a park in Ghent, Belgium on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Protests sweeping the world after George Floyd's death in the U.S. have added fuel to a movement to confront Europe's role in the slave trade and its colonial past. Leopold II is increasingly seen as a stain on the nation where he reigned from 1865 to 1909 with some demonstrators calling for his removal from public view. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Belgium takes down statue, king regrets colonial violence

Jun. 30, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium confronted its colonial past and looked toward reconciliation Tuesday, with the king expressing regret for the violence carried out by the country when it ruled over what is now Congo. Later in the day, the bust of a former monarch held responsible for the death of millions of...

FILE - This April 9, 2020 file photo shows a closed Patagonia clothing store in Freeport, Maine. The outdoor gear company Patagonia is the latest brand to announce an advertising boycott of Facebook and its Instagram app, saying the social media giant has “failed to take steps to stop the spread of hateful lies and dangerous propaganda on its platform.

Social media platforms face a reckoning over hate speech

Jun. 29, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

For years, social media platforms have fueled political polarization and hosted an explosion of hate speech. Now, with four months until the U.S. presidential election and the country’s divisions reaching a boiling point, these companies are upping their game against bigotry and threats of violence. What's...

Today in History

Jun. 29, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, June 29, the 181st day of 2020. There are 185 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 29, 1613, London’s original Globe Theatre, where many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed, was destroyed by a fire sparked by a cannon shot during...

Today in History

Jun. 28, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, June 28, the 180th day of 2020. There are 186 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 28, 1919, the Treaty of Versailles (vehr-SY’) was signed in France, ending the First World War. On this date: In 1838, Britain’s Queen Victoria...

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk through a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. New virus cases have declined in China and in the capital Beijing, where a two-week spike appears to be firmly waning. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Hawaii to let some visitors avoid quarantine

Jun. 25, 2020 4:51 AM EDT

The latest on the effects of the novel coronavirus outbreak around the world: HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — International aid group says data in some countries show sharp discrepancy between coronavirus cases in men and women. — US virus cases surge to highest...

In this undated photo provided by Karie Alderman, Lauryn Gray competes during the Trillium Championships at Caledon Equestrian Park in Palgrave, Canada. One of the most candid conversations about race in sports is coming from a most unlikely of places: the show-jumping world. Gray, who has one black and one white parent, wrote a blog after she was inspired by fellow equestrian Sophie Gochman. (Karie Alderman via AP)

Discussions about race unsettle rarified equestrian world

Jun. 17, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

Of all the athletes in all the sports who have been pressing for change in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, a pair of 17-year-old girls in the cash-soaked world of show jumping have set off among the most visceral and unexpected debates. Sophie Gochman and Lauryn Gray, both getting ready for their...

In this photo taken on April 1, 2020, Olena Zelenska, wife of Ukrainian's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, attends an online school lesson in Kyiv, Ukraine. Olena was hospitalized with double-sided pneumonia after getting infected with the new coronavirus. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

Ukraine president's wife hospitalized with virus

Jun. 16, 2020 8:37 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The wife of Ukrainain President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been hospitalized with double pneumonia after contracting the new coronavirus, joining the ranks of several first ladies around the world who got infected with COVID-19 earlier this year. Zelenskiy’s office said in a...

Students wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stand in a line to have their body temperatures checked before entering their classrooms at a high school in Ulsan, South Korea, Wednesday, Jun 3, 2020. (Bae Byung-soo/Newsis via AP)

The Latest: New Zealand on verge of eradicating virus

Jun. 3, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand - New Zealand is on the verge of eradicating the virus from its...

Children at Seymour Road Academy take part in a Commando Joe's character education program run by former soldier Mike Hamilton during the coronavirus outbreak in Manchester, England, Wednesday May 20, 2020. Hula hoops, camouflage mats and tires aren't typical supplies needed during the coronavirus pandemic. But they're useful props as British veteran Mike Hamilton prepares to lead children in a military-style game designed to boost their resilience and mental health at a time of atypical stress. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Veterans help UK children keep calm, cope with virus stress

May. 29, 2020 2:36 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Hula hoops, camouflage mats and tires aren't typical supplies needed during the coronavirus pandemic. But they’re useful props as British army veteran Mike Hamilton prepares to lead children in a military-style game designed to boost their resilience and mental health at a...

Robb Forman Dew, prize-winning novelist, dead at 73

May. 27, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Robb Forman Dew, a prize-winning fiction writer who drew upon her small-town Ohio background for such novels as “Dale Loves Sophie to Death” and “The Evidence Against Her,” has died. Little, Brown and Company announced this week that Dew died May 22 at Baystate...