Political activism

Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. Hong Kong authorities disqualified high-profile pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from upcoming local council elections, in the latest sign of deepening division in the semiautonomous Chinese city wracked by months of protests. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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October 29, 2019 - 6:24 am
HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities barred pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from an election as the city's leader warned Tuesday that months of violent protests have pushed the city to the brink of recession. In comments likely to further anger protesters, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said there...
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October 28, 2019 - 9:57 am
NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T will review its portfolio for assets it can sell off, pay down debt related to its Time Warner acquisition and add two board members as part of a plan to boost results. The moves come after criticism from hedge fund manager Elliott Management. In September the activist...
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Pro-Spain demonstrators gather a long a street during a protest called by a unionist Catalan civil society group in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. Thousands of Spaniards marched in downtown Barcelona on Sunday in favour of national unity and against the secessionist movement in Catalonia. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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October 27, 2019 - 9:17 am
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Tens of thousands of people marched in Barcelona on Sunday to protest the separatist movement in the northeastern Catalonia region that has created Spain's worst political crisis in decades. Barcelona's police said 80,000 people rallied, with many carrying Spanish and...
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Russian agent Maria Butina smiles as she speaks to journalists upon her arrival from the United States at Moscow International Airport Sheremetyevo outside Moscow Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. Butina, a gun rights activist who sought to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups and promote Russia's agenda around the time that Donald Trump rose to power, was released Friday from a low-security facility in Florida. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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October 26, 2019 - 11:24 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian woman convicted in the United States of being a Russian agent returned to Moscow on Saturday and declared that she has no desire to go back to America. Maria Butina was deported Friday by the United States after serving a prison sentence, arriving the next day at the...
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FILE - In this Thursday Feb. 21, 2019 file photo State Senators Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, front left, Jennifer Boysko, D-Fairfax, second from left, and Sen. Barbara Favola, D-Arlington third from left, applaud a speech along with other ERA supporters in the gallery of the the House of Delegates at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Democrats hoping to seize control of the Virginia Legislature in the 2019 elections say passing the long-stalled Equal Rights Amendment will be a top priority next year. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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October 26, 2019 - 8:36 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As Carol Jenkins sees it, a nearly 100-year push to add the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is closer to reality now than it's ever been. That's why there's a "tremendous effort" underway to elect supporters of the long-stalled gender equality measure in...
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FILE - This Aug. 17, 2018, file photo provided by the Alexandria (Va.) Detention Center shows Maria Butina. The Russian gun rights activist who admitted being a secret agent for the Kremlin and trying to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups while Donald Trump rose to power has been released from federal prison according to a statement Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which says it has taken custody of Butina. She’s expected to return to Russia now that she’s finished her 18-month sentence. (Alexandria Detention Center via AP, File)
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October 26, 2019 - 5:29 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the deportation of a convicted Russian agent from the U.S. (all times local): 12:25 p.m. Maria Butina, convicted in the United States for acting as a covert agent for Russia, has arrived in Moscow a day after being released from detention. In brief comments to...
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FILE - This Aug. 17, 2018, file photo provided by the Alexandria (Va.) Detention Center shows Maria Butina. The Russian gun rights activist who admitted being a secret agent for the Kremlin and trying to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups while Donald Trump rose to power has been released from federal prison according to a statement Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which says it has taken custody of Butina. She’s expected to return to Russia now that she’s finished her 18-month sentence. (Alexandria Detention Center via AP, File)
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October 25, 2019 - 7:30 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A tantalizing chapter in Russia's efforts to collect intelligence on American politics came to a close on Friday as a woman who worked as a covert agent was released from prison to be returned to her home country. Maria Butina, a gun rights activist who sought to infiltrate...
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An injured protestor is rushed to a hospital during a demonstration in central Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. Iraqi police fired live shots into the air as well as rubber bullets and dozens of tear gas canisters on Friday to disperse thousands of protesters on the streets of Baghdad, sending young demonstrators running for cover and enveloping a main bridge in the capital with thick white smoke. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
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October 25, 2019 - 6:44 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Tens of thousands of people, many of them young and unemployed men, thronged public squares and blocked main streets Friday in the capitals of Iraq and Lebanon in unprecedented, spontaneous anti-government revolts in two countries scarred by long conflicts. Demonstrators in Iraq were...
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Anti-government protesters and Hezbollah supporters clash during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. Leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah calls on his supporters to leave the protests to avoid friction and seek dialogue instead. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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October 25, 2019 - 2:56 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah group said Friday that nationwide protests against the country's political class have been exploited by foreign powers and were no longer spontaneous, warning they could drag the country toward civil war. Hassan Nasrallah's comments came shortly after...
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Anti-government protesters stand under their umbrellas wave Lebanese flags and shout slogans during a protest, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Lebanon's president pleaded Thursday with tens of thousands of protesters who have blocked main roads and paralyzed the nation for days, urging them to back economic reforms proposed by the prime minister as the "first step" toward saving the country from economic collapse. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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October 25, 2019 - 10:36 am
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on anti-government protests in Lebanon (all times local): 5:35 p.m. The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah has called on his supporters to leave anti-government protests to avoid friction and seek dialogue instead. Hassan Nasrallah spoke Friday shortly after his...
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