Political activism

October 12, 2018 - 11:10 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities on Friday released a Pashtun rights activist after holding her for several hours upon her arrival in the country. Gulalai Ismail was detained as soon as she arrived at an Islamabad airport from London. London-based rights group Amnesty International called for...
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Grace Meng, the wife of missing Interpol President Meng Hongwei, who does not want her face shown, consults her mobile phone in the lobby of a hotel in Lyon, central France, where the police agency is based, on Sunday Oct. 7, 2018. Interpol said Saturday it has made a formal request to China for information about the agency's missing president, a senior Chinese security official who seemingly vanished while on a trip home. (AP Photo/John Leicester)
October 09, 2018 - 10:06 pm
LYON, France (AP) — The call came at night and was chilling. "You listen, but you don't speak," the man on the other end said. "We've come in two work teams, two work teams just for you." In her first one-on-one interview since her husband's disappearance in China, the wife of the former head of...
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This image released by The CW shows Nicole Maines in a scene from "Supergirl." Maines, a Maine transgender activist who won a discrimination lawsuit over using the girls' bathroom at her school, is making her debut as the character Nia Nal on the superhero series which premieres its fourth season on Sunday. (Bettina Strauss/The CW via AP)
October 09, 2018 - 1:27 pm
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — An activist in Maine who won a lawsuit over using the girls' bathroom at her school is making her TV debut as a transgender superhero. The Bangor Daily News reports 21-year-old Nicole Maines will appear on Season 4 of The CW's series "Supergirl" Sunday. The Orono (OR'-uh-noh)...
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People react outside of City Hall after a jury convicted white Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald Friday, Oct 5, 2018, in Chicago. Van Dyke, 40, was the first Chicago officer to be charged with murder for an on-duty shooting in about 50 years. He was taken into custody moments after the verdict was read. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
October 06, 2018 - 10:47 am
A rare scene in the American justice system unfolded Friday in a Chicago courthouse: A white officer stood before a mostly white jury and was convicted of killing a black teenager. It was the second such verdict nationally in two months. Jason Van Dyke's guilty conviction for second-degree murder...
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October 06, 2018 - 9:12 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say an explosive device detonated in a northern town held by Turkey-backed opposition fighters killing four people, including two children. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday's car bomb went off at entrance of the industrial...
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Denis Mukwege, center, celebrates with his staff after learning he has been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, at the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, eastern Congo, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mukwege, 63, founded the hospital and has treated thousands of women, many of whom were victims of gang rape. Armed men tried to kill him in 2012, forcing him to temporarily leave the country. "The importance of Dr. Mukwege's enduring, dedicated and selfless efforts in this field cannot be overstated. He has repeatedly condemned impunity for mass rape and criticized the Congolese government and other countries for not doing enough to stop the use of sexual violence against women as a strategy and weapon of war," the Nobel committee said in its citation Friday. (Norwegian Church Aid via AP)
October 05, 2018 - 11:25 am
OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the Nobel Prizes (all times local): 5:20 p.m. The Congolese surgeon who shares this year's Nobel Peace Prize says he is dedicating the award to "the women of all the countries of the world wounded by conflict and confronted by violence every day."...
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FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2011, file photo, Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks on his cellphone at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The Washington Post said Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, it was concerned for the safety of Khashoggi, a columnist for the newspaper, after he apparently went missing after going to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
October 03, 2018 - 12:22 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi journalist critical of the kingdom's new assertive crown prince in columns for The Washington Post has gone missing after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the newspaper said Wednesday, raising concerns over his safety. Jamal Khashoggi's personal...
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Pro independence demonstrators stand in front of a taxi as they block the Passeig de Gracia avenue in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. Activists blocked major highways, train lines and avenues one year after a banned referendum crushed by police failed to deliver an independent state. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
October 01, 2018 - 8:23 am
GIRONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on independence protests in Catalonia (all times local): 1:25 p.m. Thousands of students are marching in downtown Barcelona to mark the anniversary of an independence referendum in Catalonia that was banned by Spanish authorities. The college and high school students...
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Catalan regional President Quim Torra, centre, applauds in front of a large Catalonia independence flag during a rally in Sant Julia de Ramis, Spain, Monday Oct. 1, 2018. Sant Julia de Ramis is the northern town where anti-riot police used force one year ago to enter a school-turned-polling station, injuring hundreds on the morning of Oct. 1, 2017 as a banned referendum crushed by police failed to deliver an independent state.(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
October 01, 2018 - 6:37 am
SANT JULIA DE RAMIS, Spain (AP) — Pro-secession activists in Catalonia blocked major highways, train lines and avenues across the northeastern region Monday on the anniversary of a banned referendum that was crushed by police and failed to deliver independence from Spain. Student strikes, emotional...
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Russian lawmakers vote to approve the bill that could raise the retirement age for the old-age pension by five years at the Russian State Duma, the Lower House of the Russian Parliament in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. Older Russians fear they won't live long enough to collect benefits while younger generations are worried that keeping people in the workforce longer will limit their own employment opportunities. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
September 27, 2018 - 7:14 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The lower house of the Russian parliament has adopted a controversial bill that raises the eligibility ages for state pensions. The measure to raise the retirement ages for men and women by five years, proposed by President Vladimir Putin, has drawn widespread protests and irked...
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