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In German election, hunger strikers seek climate promises

Sep. 23, 2021 04:11 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — After three-and-a-half weeks on a hunger strike, Henning Jeschke is frail and gaunt, but determined to go on, still hoping to pressure the three candidates for chancellor of Germany into meeting him for a debate about the climate crisis ahead of Sunday’s general election. ...

Anti-LGBT resolution revoked by regional assembly in Poland

Sep. 22, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A region in southern Poland revoked an anti-LGBT resolution Wednesday under the threat of losing European Union funding. The regional assembly of Swietokrzyskie voted in a special session to revoke the resolution, first passed in 2019, that stated...

Dutch activists lose ethnic profiling case, vow to appeal

Sep. 22, 2021 09:26 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court ruled Wednesday that border police can use ethnicity as one of the criteria for selecting people for checks at the border, a legal defeat that rights activists immediately vowed to appeal. The decision came in a case brought...

Immigrant rights activist targeted for deportation can stay

Sep. 21, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A Northwest immigrant rights activist who had been facing deportation said Tuesday she can now remain in the U.S., after the Department of Homeland Security agreed to drop her case. Maru Mora Villalpando, a Mexico City native, has been in the U.S. since...

EXPLAINER: Biden uses Trump-era tool against Haiti migrants

Sep. 20, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is relying on a contested Trump-era policy as it disperses thousands of Haitian migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border in and around the small South Texas city of Del Rio. Much to the dismay of migrant advocates, the Department...

Republicans move toward quick Indiana redistricting approval

Sep. 20, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans turned aside objections from Democrats as they moved ahead Monday toward speedy approval of proposed new Indiana election district maps that will be used for the next 10 years. The Indiana House elections committee voted 9-4 along party...

Global protest seeks to turn up heat on leaders over climate

Sep. 20, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Youth activists are hoping to turn up the heat on governments Friday with the first large-scale international protest against climate change in six months. Greta Thunberg and fellow activists said Monday they plan to stage demonstrations in cities around...

Bond set at $15K for ex-Arkansas deputy in teen's shooting

Sep. 20, 2021 11:31 AM EDT

LONOKE, Ark. (AP) — A former Arkansas sheriff's deputy charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting a white teenager whose death has drawn the attention of civil rights activists was released Monday on $15,000 bond. Michael Davis, a former sergeant with the Lonoke...

Activists call on jail to stop housing immigration detainees

Sep. 19, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Immigrant rights activists in Massachusetts are planning to rally near historic Plymouth Rock and outside a local jail to call on the facility to stop housing federal immigration detainees. Organizers on Thursday evening...

Cecile Richards: Court's Texas move could mean end of Roe

Sep. 18, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A year after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the country's top abortion-rights activists warned that the Supreme Court’s recent inaction on Texas’ extremely restrictive new abortion law could signal the end of judicial checks and balances on...