Political activism

Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, right, is accompanied by Nathan Law as they pay respect to a protester who fell to his death after hanging a protest banner against an extradition bill in Hong Kong, Monday, June 17, 2019. Wong, a leading figure in Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Movement demonstrations, was released from prison on Monday and vowed to soon join the latest round of protests. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 16, 2019 - 11:59 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Joshua Wong, a leading figure in Hong Kong's 2014 Umbrella Movement demonstrations, was released from prison on Monday and vowed to soon join the latest round of protests. Wong's release from the Lai Chi Kok Correctional Facility came as student demonstrators and police were...
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Protesters gather into the night against an unpopular extradition bill in Hong Kong on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Hong Kong citizens marched for hours Sunday in a massive protest that drew a late-in-the-day apology from the city's top leader for her handling of legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in this former British colony. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 16, 2019 - 11:27 am
HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill (all times local): 11:15 p.m. Pro-democracy activists helping to drive mass protests in Hong Kong over a proposed extradition law have rejected an apology issued by the city's leader. Leaders of the Civil Human Rights...
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Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam takes questions at a press conference, Saturday, June 15, 2019, in Hong Kong. Lam said she will suspend a proposed extradition bill indefinitely in response to widespread public unhappiness over the measure, which would enable authorities to send some suspects to stand trial in mainland courts. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 15, 2019 - 9:04 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are planning a mass protest Sunday even after the territory's embattled leader Carrie Lam sought to quell public anger by shelving an unpopular extradition bill that has highlighted apprehension about relations with mainland China. Activists...
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Oklahoma state Sen. Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, listens to a question during an interview in her office Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oklahoma City. Hicks is a Democrat and former elementary school teacher who won what had been a Republican-held seat in northwest Oklahoma City last November. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
June 15, 2019 - 10:52 am
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Betty Collins was born and raised in Tulsa, but the eighth grade history teacher hadn't been to the state Capitol in Oklahoma City until last spring, when she educators throughout the state walked off the job to protest for better wages and public school funding. Since that...
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Hong Kong police officers pass by words formed with tape which read "Protect our city, against extradition to China" near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on Friday, June 14, 2019. Calm appeared to have returned to Hong Kong after days of protests by students and human rights activists opposed to a bill that would allow suspects to be tried in mainland Chinese courts. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
June 14, 2019 - 6:58 am
HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the Hong Kong extradition bill and protests (all times local): 6:15 p.m. A Chinese official has called western criticism of a Hong Kong extradition bill "irresponsible" and says foreign countries have no right to intervene in China's affairs. Foreign Ministry...
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Demonstrators react to a cloud of tear gas near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Hong Kong police fired tear gas and high-pressure water hoses against protesters who had massed outside government headquarters Wednesday in opposition to a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the semiautonomous territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
June 12, 2019 - 1:31 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Following a day of sit-ins, tear gas and clashes with police, Hong Kong students and civil rights activists vowed Wednesday to keep protesting a proposed extradition bill that has become a lightning rod for concerns over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the...
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In this frame grab from video, people wait in line for bread outside a bakery in Khartoum, Sudan, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The first day of the workweek in Sudan saw shops closed and streets empty as part of a general strike called by protest leaders who are demanding the resignation of the ruling military council. The Sudanese Professionals Association had urged people to stay home to protest a deadly crackdown last week, when security forces violently dispersed the group’s main sit-in camp outside the military headquarters in the capital of Khartoum. (AP Photo)
June 12, 2019 - 11:19 am
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Activists called off a general strike and civil disobedience campaign as more businesses reopened and traffic returned to its normal bustle on Wednesday in Sudan's capital of Khartoum following last week's deadly clashes between pro-democracy demonstrators and security forces...
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FILE - In this July 3, 2014 file photo, former Illinois Gov. George Ryan speaks at his home in Kankakee, Ill. The trial of an ex-University of Illinois grad charged with killing a Chinese scholar is the first federal death-penalty trial in Illinois since it abolished the death penalty and some activists aren't happy about it. Former Gov. George Ryan, who took the first step toward abolishing the state's death penalty by placing a moratorium on executions in Illinois in 2000, a year after the state's last execution, said the federal decision to hold a death penalty trial there subverted the will of the majority of the residents. The trial in which openings are set for Wednesday, June 12, highlights the rarity of such cases. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
June 10, 2019 - 6:30 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A perplexed prospective juror at the trial of a former graduate student charged with kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China said during jury selection last week that she didn't understand how a conviction could carry the death penalty in Illinois when the...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 18, 2019 file photo, Oyub Titiev, the head of a Chechnya branch of the prominent human rights group Memorial, gestures while standing behind bars in court after a hearing in Shali, Russia. A court in Russia's province of Chechnya has on Monday, June 10, 2019 ruled to grant early release to Titiyev, a prominent rights activist whose conviction has drawn an international outcry. (AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev, File)
June 10, 2019 - 12:40 pm
GROZNY, Russia (AP) — A court in the Russian province of Chechnya granted parole Monday to a prominent rights activist whose conviction drew an international outcry. Oyub Titiyev, who led the Chechen office of prominent rights group Memorial, has been in custody since being arrested in January 2018...
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June 10, 2019 - 12:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Activists hoping to defeat House Democrats in next year's primary elections with more progressive and diverse challengers are assessing how to cope with unintended consequences of their 2018 success, even as they hunt for their next Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez . Ocasio-Cortez,...
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