Political Activism

FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, soccer fans crowd outside the Cardiff City soccer stadium ahead of the English Championship match against Swansea City, in Cardiff, Wales, as South Wales police are scheduled to test live facial recognition technology to monitor arriving fans for the soccer game. South Wales police deployed facial recognition surveillance equipment on Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in a test to monitor crowds arriving for this weekend soccer match in real-time, which is prompting public debate about possible aggressive uses of facial recognition in Western democracies, raising questions about human rights and how the technology may enter people's daily lives in the future. (David Davies/PA via AP)
January 16, 2020 - 4:55 am
LONDON (AP) — When British police used facial recognition cameras to monitor crowds arriving for a soccer match in Wales, some fans protested by covering their faces. In a sign of the technology’s divisiveness, even the head of a neighboring police force said he opposed it. The South Wales police...
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January 14, 2020 - 8:50 am
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed alarm Tuesday at the “staggering number” of social activists killed in Colombia despite a peace accord aimed at improving conditions in poor, rural areas. According to the U.N., 107 human rights defenders were...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 file photo, Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh shows his inked finger before voting in Banjul, Gambia. Gambia's longtime dictator Yahya Jammeh, who fled into exile three years ago after an election loss, says he wants to return home, according to an audio recording released by his political party Tuesday Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)
January 14, 2020 - 7:20 am
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's longtime dictator Yahya Jammeh, who fled into exile three years ago after an election loss, has announced plans to return to the West African nation where human rights activists say he ordered the killings of political opponents during his rule. The deputy spokesman...
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This photo taken Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020 shows the book "Le Consentement" (Consent) by Vanessa Springora and displayed in a Boulogne Billancourt bookstore, outside Paris. The literary editor alleges that she had a destructive underage sexual relationship with feted French author Gabriel Matzneff, now in his eighties. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
January 11, 2020 - 11:03 pm
PARIS (AP) — He was a middle-aged French author becoming known, even celebrated, for writing about sex with children. She was a fragile 14-year-old, too young to foresee the damage she says was done to her life by his predatory grip on her body and mind. Now a grown woman, Vanessa Springora is...
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Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), delivers a speech during the 135th Session of the IOC on the sideline of the the 3rd Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020, at the SwissTech Convention Centre, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)
January 10, 2020 - 5:31 am
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The political neutrality of the Olympics would be undercut if an athlete took a knee in protest on the medal podium at this year's Tokyo Games, IOC President Thomas Bach said Friday. One day after the International Olympic Committee published guidelines specifying which...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, Syrian President Bashar Assad, left, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, center, visit the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. Putin has traveled to Syria to meet with President Bashar Assad, a key Iranian ally. The rare visit Tuesday comes amid soaring tensions between Iran and the United States following the U.S. drone strike last week that killed a top Iranian general who led forces supporting Assad in Syria's civil war. (Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
January 10, 2020 - 4:55 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Unidentified planes struck targets in Syria near the border with Iraq on Friday, killing eight Iran-backed Iraqi militiamen, Syrian activists and two Iraqi officials said, an attack that comes amid soaring tensions between the U.S. and Iran. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights...
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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 1968 file photo, U.S. athletes Tommie Smith, center, and John Carlos raise their gloved fists after Smith received the gold and Carlos the bronze for the 200 meter run at the Summer Olympic Games in Mexico City. The International Olympic Committee published guidelines Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 specifying which types of athlete protests will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Athletes are prohibited by the Olympic Charter's Rule 50 from taking a political stand in the field of play — like the raised fists by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Games. (AP Photo, file)
January 09, 2020 - 12:16 pm
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — No taking a knee at the Olympics. No hand gestures with political meaning. No disrespect at medal ceremonies. The International Olympic Committee published guidelines Thursday specifying which types of athlete protests will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Games...
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This combination photo shows Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg speaking at the COP25 summit in Madrid, Spain on Dec. 11, 2019, left, and President Donald Trump speaking at a campaign rally in Battle Creek, Mich. on Dec. 18, 2019. When climate activist Greta Thunberg, also 16, was named Time magazine's 2019 person of the year, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to call her choice “ridiculous." (AP Photo/Paul White, left, and Evan Vucci)
January 08, 2020 - 9:38 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The point where childhood ends and adulthood begins isn't as straightforward as it seems. Add the limelight and things can get complicated for young people who either voluntarily or through circumstances live very public lives. Those public lives often come with heaping helpings of...
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People demonstrate in support of the twelve activists of the "Lausanne Action Climat (LAC)" collective at the opening of the trial against them for storming a Credit Suisse office in Saint-Francois in November 2018 and playing tennis inside the office, in Renens, Switzerland, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. The posters read: "Ecocide everywhere, justice nowhere" and "If the climate were a bank, they would already have saved it". (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)
January 07, 2020 - 5:36 am
GENEVA (AP) — A dozen climate activists have gone on trial for storming a Credit Suisse office in Lausanne, Switzerland, and playing tennis inside, part of a protest against the bank’s investments in fossil fuels. In a trial billed as the first of its kind in Switzerland, the environmentalists from...
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FILE - In this Thursday, May 2, 2019 file photo, Ugandan pop star singer and political opposition activist Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, greets his followers as he arrives home after being released from prison on bail in Kampala, Uganda. Ugandan police on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, detained Wine, who was prevented from holding his first public meeting with supporters as a presidential aspirant. (AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi, File)
January 06, 2020 - 5:46 am
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police on Monday detained the singer and political activist known as Bobi Wine, who was prevented from holding his first public meeting with supporters as a presidential aspirant. Police fired tear gas as they dispersed a crowd of supporters outside the capital,...
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