Political Activism

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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Kenneth Thorstensen shouts for the impeachment of President Donald Trump during a march along Bear Valley Road in Victorville, Calif., on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Demonstrators on both sides of the impeachment issue lined both sides of Bear Valley Road over the Interstate 15.Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)
December 17, 2019 - 7:05 pm
Denver (AP) — Tens of thousands of people across the country marched in support of impeachment Tuesday evening, from a demonstration through a rainy Times Square to handfuls of activists standing vigil in small towns around the country. Liberal groups organized more than 600 events from Alaska to...
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A protester passes by flares during a demonstration in Lyon, central France, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Workers at the Eiffel Tower, teachers, doctors, lawyers and people from across the French workforce walked off the job Tuesday to resist a higher retirement age, or to preserve a welfare system they fear their business-friendly president wants to dismantle. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
December 17, 2019 - 7:55 am
PARIS (AP) — French union activists cut electricity to nearly 100,000 homes or offices. Eiffel Tower staff walked off the job. Even Paris opera workers joined in Tuesday's nationwide protests across France, singing an aria of anger as workers rallied against the government's plan to raise the...
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Supporters of the Shiite Hezbollah and Amal Movement groups, both supporting the current government, throw stones at riot policemen, as they try to attack anti-government protesters in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. The recent clashes marked some of the worst in the capital since demonstrations began two months ago. The rise in tensions comes as politicians have failed to agree on forming a new government. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
December 15, 2019 - 1:36 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese security forces fired tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons Sunday to disperse hundreds of protesters for a second straight day, ending what started as a peaceful rally in defiance of the toughest crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in two months. The violence...
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In this image taken from Twitter feed of Climate activist Greta Thunberg, showing Thunberg sitting on the floor of a train surrounded by bags Saturday Dec. 14, 2019, with the comment “traveling on overcrowded trains through Germany. And I’m finally on my way home!” The Tweet created a tweetstorm online Sunday about the performance of German railways, but the 16-year-old Swedish activist later sought to draw a line under the matter by tweeting that she eventually got a seat and that overcrowded trains are a good thing showing public transport is popular. (Twitter @GretaThunberg via AP)
December 15, 2019 - 7:12 am
BERLIN (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg and Germany's national railway company created a tweetstorm Sunday after she posted a photo of herself sitting on the floor of a train surrounded by lots of bags. The image has drawn plenty of comment online about the performance of German railways...
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President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump speaks at the Grand Foyer of the White House during the Congressional Ball, Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
December 13, 2019 - 1:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump on Friday appeared to condone her husband's criticism of 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, saying through a spokeswoman that her 13-year-old son, Barron, is in a different category than the teenage climate activist “who travels the globe giving speeches.” “He is a 13-year-...
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In this April 14, 2019 photo. Pakistani Christian woman Samiya David shows her picture with Chinese husband, in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Samiya had been in China just two months when her brother got a phone call telling him to pick her up at the airport. When he arrived, he found Samiya in a wheelchair, malnourished and too weak to walk, said her cousin Pervaiz Masih. She died barely five weeks later. Masih was among the relatives who prepared Samiya's grave and attended her burial in May. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
December 12, 2019 - 8:18 am
MAZAIKEWALE, Pakistan (AP) — Sold by her family as a bride to a Chinese man, Samiya David spent only two months in China. When she returned to Pakistan, the once robust woman was nearly unrecognizable: malnourished, too weak to walk, her speech confused and disjointed. “Don’t ask me about what...
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Climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in a news conference at the COP25 climate summit in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. Thunberg is in Madrid where a global U.N.-sponsored climate change conference is taking place. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)
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December 12, 2019 - 4:52 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday, a day after she was named by Time as its Person of the Year, calling her selection “ridiculous." The Swedish teen has become a symbol of a growing movement of young climate activists...
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U.N. security staff gab banners during a protest to draw attention to lack of action by some countries to find real solutions to the climate problems, at the COP25 climate talks congress in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul White)
December 11, 2019 - 9:36 am
MADRID (AP) — Activist Greta Thunberg on Wednesday accused governments and businesses of misleading the public by holding climate talks that are not achieving real action against the world's “climate emergency.” In a speech peppered with scientific facts about global warming, the Swedish 16-year-...
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