Political activism

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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Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters on an armoured personnel carrier drive to cross the border into Syria, in Akcakale, Sanliurfa province, southeastern Turkey, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Fighting continued in a northeast Syrian border town at the center of the fight between Turkey and Kurdish forces early Friday, despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that went into effect overnight. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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October 18, 2019 - 3:56 pm
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 10:55 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he's optimistic that the cease-fire between the Turkish army and Kurdish forces in northern Syria will hold in coming days, despite some breaches. After...
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A woman walks by burning tires that were set fire to block a road during a protest against government's plans to impose new taxes in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. The protests erupted over the government's plan to impose new taxes during a severe economic crisis, with people taking their anger out on politicians they accuse of corruption and decades of mismanagement. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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October 18, 2019 - 1:23 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on demonstrations against proposed new taxes amid economic crisis in Lebanon (all times local): 8:25 p.m. Lebanese security forces fired tear gas at protesters outside government headquarters in central Beirut shortly after Prime Minister Saad Hariri gave a long-awaited...
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Lebanese riot police fire tear gas during a protest against government's plans to impose new taxes in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Lebanon erupted in protests Thursday over the government's plans to impose new taxes amid a severe economic crisis, taking their anger on politicians they accuse of widespread corruption and decades of mismanagement. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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October 18, 2019 - 12:49 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's prime minister gave his political adversaries a 72-hour ultimatum to agree on "convincing" serious reforms amid escalating nationwide protests over the country's worsening economic crisis. In an address to the nation and with hundreds of rowdy protesters camped outside his...
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October 18, 2019 - 12:10 am
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has blacklisted and expelled the Asia coordinator of global press freedom group the Committee to Protect Journalists. CPJ executive director Joel Simon called the expulsion of Steven Butler "baffling" and "a slap in the face" to those concerned about press freedom in...
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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2019, file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Caracas, Venezuela. The Venezuelan ambassador to Japan says his bank account has become inaccessible in Japan in what he said was apparently a consequence of President Donald Trump’s decision to freeze Venezuelan assets in the United States. The Trump administration has sought to isolate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro by prohibiting high-ranking loyalists from entering the U.S. and by freezing U.S. assets of many included in the no-entry list. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)
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October 17, 2019 - 9:27 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Venezuela won a contested election for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday despite a campaign by over 50 organizations and many countries opposed to Nicolas Maduro's government and its rights record. There was scattered applause in the General Assembly chamber...
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