Political activism

A policeman's gun was dropped on the floor, left, after clashed with demonstrators on a street during a protest in Hong Kong on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. Lawmakers on each side of Hong Kong's political divide say the other side bears responsibility after violence during anti-government protests over the weekend. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
August 26, 2019 - 5:37 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Lawmakers on each side of Hong Kong's political divide said Monday the other side bears responsibility after violence during anti-government protests over the weekend. Pro-government members of the Legislative Council condemned the acts of protesters who blocked streets, threw...
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August 25, 2019 - 11:46 am
In a story Aug. 24 about red flag laws, The Associated Press reported erroneously that an officer was fatally shot by a man while serving a warrant to take his guns away last year under Maryland's new law. The man being served was fatally shot by officers. A corrected version of the story is below...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2019, photo file photo, Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, speaks during the National Action Network Convention in New York. The Democratic National Committee is quashing a push from climate activists and some national party members who want a 2020 presidential primary debate devoted exclusively to the climate crisis. The national party committee on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019 rejected a resolution effectively authorizing such a debate by a vote of 222 to 137. The move drew rebukes from the Sunrise Movement and other activists who say the party leadership is ignoring young voters’ priorities. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig), File
August 24, 2019 - 7:16 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Democratic National Committee on Saturday quashed a push from climate activists and some national party members who want a 2020 presidential primary debate devoted exclusively to the climate crisis. The national party committee voted 222-137 at its summer meeting in San...
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Comedian Samantha Kureya lays in her hospital bed in Harare, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Kureya was abducted from her home, stripped naked and tortured by masked men with assault rifles, for performing skits perceived as being anti-government, the latest in a string of alleged abductions of government critics. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
August 23, 2019 - 11:04 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A wave of abductions, torture and arrests in Zimbabwe are targeting opposition activists and other government critics, the latest being a popular comedian dragged from her home by armed and masked men. Barely two years after euphoric scenes engulfed Zimbabwe following the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2007, file photo Patrick Byrne, President and CEO of Overstock.com is reflected on a large television screen while being interviewed at the headquarters for supporters of school vouchers in Salt Lake City. Byrne has resigned, saying he’d become “far too controversial” to helm the e-commerce company known for selling discounted sofas and jewelry. Bryne, who founded the online discount retailer 20 years ago, said Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, that was “in the sad position” of having to step down. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)
August 22, 2019 - 5:14 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The CEO of Overstock.com has resigned, saying he'd become "far too controversial" to helm the e-commerce company known for selling discounted sofas and jewelry. Patrick Byrne's resignation Thursday came after the company issued a bizarre statement last week in which the former...
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FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, State Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, calls on lawmakers to approve his measure to toughen the rules for vaccination exemptions in Sacramento, Calif. An anti-vaccine activist has been cited for assault after pushing Pan on a sidewalk near the Capitol. Kenneth Austin Bennett livestreamed the confrontation on his Facebook page. It shows him shoving Pan in the back after questioning him on vaccinations. The Sacramento Police Department say they cited Bennett on a misdemeanor assault charge then released him. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
August 21, 2019 - 7:05 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An anti-vaccine activist was cited for misdemeanor assault Wednesday after shoving a California lawmaker who has worked to limit exemptions for childhood vaccinations. Kenneth Austin Bennett, 54, livestreamed the confrontation on his Facebook, which shows him shoving state...
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In this photo taken Aug. 5, 2019, 14-year-old Rosibeth Vargas, who is seven months pregnant, stands in her home where she lives with her parents, 18-year-old sister and nephew, in the Tablitas area of the Caucaguita neighborhood on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela. Vargas said her school allows student mothers to bring their children to class, but that she dropped out after being bullied. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
August 21, 2019 - 7:15 am
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Dr. Saturnina Clemente pulls up to the small clinic in the impoverished Caucaguita neighborhood armed with one of Venezuela's most sought-after commodities: Hormonal implants to prevent pregnancy. In a country where contraceptives are in short supply, word in the...
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August 20, 2019 - 6:48 pm
DENVER (AP) — The letter went to the two protesters. The message was meant for a much wider audience. The CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee sent letters of reprimand to hammer thrower Gwen Berry and fencer Race Imboden for protesting on the medals stand last week at the Pan American...
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Climate change activist Greta Thunberg waves from the Malizia II boat in Plymouth, England, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. The 16-year-old climate change activist who has inspired student protests around the world will leave Plymouth, England, bound for New York in a high-tech but low-comfort sailboat.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool)
August 20, 2019 - 7:55 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister says he's "grateful" for Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg's climate protests. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Tuesday — one year after Thunberg first staged a protest in front of the Swedish parliament — that she was addressing "the biggest crisis of...
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to reporters questions at a press conference in Hong Kong Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. Lam said she’s setting up a “communication platform” to resolve differences in the Chinese city, which has been wracked by months of chaotic anti-government protests. She also said a fact-finding study will look at the causes of the protests and the police response to them. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
August 20, 2019 - 4:17 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Facing pressure to end months of antigovernment protests, Hong Kong's leader pledged Tuesday to open up dialogue with city residents in an effort to narrow differences. However, Chief Executive Carrie Lam offered no concessions to the protest movement and a key organizer of the...
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