Political Activism

Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg attends a climate strike arranged by the organization "Fridays For Future" outside the Swedish parliament Riksdagen in Stockholm, Friday Dec. 20, 2019. (Pontus Lundahl/TT via AP)
December 30, 2019 - 4:36 am
LONDON (AP) — The parents of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg made changes in their lives to “save” their daughter, not the world. The teenager's father, Svante Thunberg, told the BBC on Monday that his 16-year-old daughter experienced depression for three or four years before going on...
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December 29, 2019 - 3:51 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Congressman John Lewis of Georgia announced Sunday that he has stage IV pancreatic cancer, vowing he will stay in office and fight the disease with the tenacity which he fought racial discrimination and other inequalities since the civil rights era. Lewis, the youngest and last...
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FILE - In this Jan. 1. 2017 file photo, confetti falls as people celebrate the new year in New York's Times Square. This year's New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square will spotlight efforts to combat climate change when high school science teachers and students press the button that begins the famous 60-second ball drop and countdown to next year. “On New Year’s Eve, we look back and reflect on the dominant themes of the past year, and seek hope and inspiration as we look forward," Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins said in a statement Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 announcing the plan. He said the honorees “are working to solve this global problem through science.” (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
December 28, 2019 - 8:26 am
NEW YORK (AP) — This year's New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square will spotlight efforts to combat climate change when high school science teachers and students press the button that begins the famous 60-second ball drop and countdown to next year. “On New Year’s Eve, we look back and reflect...
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FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, file photo, protesters carry a photo of Moroccan rapper Gnawi outside a court where he was on trial on charges of insulting the police, in Sale, Morocco. Banners in Arabic reads "Long live the people." Referring to the title of the rap song which Gnawi released with 2 other rappers. Moroccan courts have sentenced a Youtuber who criticized the king to prison and also detained a journalist-activist who defended anti-government protesters in a tweet. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)
December 27, 2019 - 4:23 am
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities have sentenced a Youtuber who criticized the king to prison, and detained a journalist-activist who defended anti-government protesters in a tweet. Freedom of speech advocates say the moves Thursday reflect growing pressure against those who use social...
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A protester hits a poster with a defaced picture of Asaad al-Eidani, Iran-backed parliamentary bloc's nominee for the post of the prime minister and Arabic that reads "rejected by the people," with a shoe during anti-government demonstrations in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. Iraq's president refused Thursday to designate Asaad al-Eidani for the post of prime minister after he was rejected by anti-government protesters and said he was ready to submit his resignation to Parliament. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
December 26, 2019 - 2:30 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's president refused on Thursday to designate a prime minister candidate nominated by the Iran-backed parliamentary bloc and offered to resign, plunging the country into further political uncertainty amid nearly three months of unprecedented mass protests. President Barham Salih...
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Civilians ride in a truck as they flee Maaret al-Numan, Syria, ahead of a government offensive, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Ghaith al-Sayed)
December 24, 2019 - 3:19 am
BEIRUT (AP) — A missile struck a school building in northwestern Syria on Tuesday morning, killing eight civilians, opposition activists said, as government forces captured a key village held by al-Qaida insurgents in the last rebel stronghold in the war-torn country. Syrian government troops also...
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A man walks on a platform at the Gare de l'Est train station Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 in Paris. France's punishing transportation troubles may ease up slightly over Christmas, but unions plan renewed strikes and protests in January to resist government plans to raise the retirement age to 64. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
December 23, 2019 - 4:12 am
PARIS (AP) — Striking French train workers blocked passengers from boarding one of the few subways functioning in Paris on Monday, leading to a standoff with police on the 19th day of nationwide strikes over the government's plans to raise the retirement age to 64. The wildcat protest by a few...
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Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg attends a climate strike arranged by the organization "Fridays For Future" outside the Swedish parliament Riksdagen in Stockholm, Friday Dec. 20, 2019. (Pontus Lundahl/TT via AP)
December 20, 2019 - 2:52 am
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is back where her campaign started - on her perch outside the Swedish Parliament. After months of travelling by train and boat to different climate events in Europe and the United States, the 16-year-old Swede is raising her concerns back...
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Newly-assigned Lebanese Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, speaks to journalists after his meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. Aoun named Diab as prime minister after a day of consultations with lawmakers in which he gained a simple majority of the 128-member parliament. Sixty-nine lawmakers, including the parliamentary bloc of the Shiite Hezbollah and Amal movements as well as lawmakers affiliated with President Michel Aoun gave him their votes. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
December 19, 2019 - 11:50 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's president Thursday asked a university professor and former education minister supported by the militant Hezbollah group to form a new government, breaking a weeks-long impasse amid nationwide mass protests against the country's political elite. But prime minister-designate...
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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, at right shakes hands with outgoing Macao Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai-on in Macao on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Xi will attend the 20th anniversary celebrations of Macao's return to China. (Wang Ye/Xinhua via AP)
December 19, 2019 - 4:03 am
MACAO (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping met Thursday with Macao’s new chief executive amid celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the former Portuguese colony’s handover to Chinese rule. City leaders put the tiny gambling enclave of just 632,000 people on a security lock down, including barring...
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