Political activism

People gather at the scene of the assassination of Iraqi activist Soad al-Ali, who has been involved in organizing protests demanding better services in the city, in the southern city of Basra, Iraq, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018. A police official said masked gunmen shot dead al-Ali, a mother of four, outside a supermarket. The gunmen fled the scene after shooting at her and her husband in their car. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
September 25, 2018 - 1:06 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Masked gunmen shot dead a human rights activist and mother of four outside a supermarket in Basra on Tuesday, a brazen afternoon assassination that threatens to worsen tensions in the southern city wracked by violent protests. A police official said Soad al-Ali, who has been involved...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 file photo, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, seated, and his two sons Gamal Mubarak, left, and Alaa Mubarak, right, attend a hearing in a courtroom at the Police Academy, Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's highest appeals court has rejected a motion by Mubarak and his two sons to overturn their conviction on corruption charges. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 ruling by the Court of Cessation, Egypt's final recourse for appeals in criminal cases, dashed any hope that Gamal, Mubarak's younger son and one-time heir apparent, could run for public office. (AP Photo/Ahmed Omar, File)
September 22, 2018 - 12:46 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's highest appeals court on Saturday rejected a motion by former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to overturn their conviction on corruption charges. The ruling by the Court of Cessation, Egypt's final recourse for appeals in criminal cases, dashed any hope that Gamal,...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., left, is greeted by Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, right, before speaking to the 2018 Value Voters Summit in Washington, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
September 21, 2018 - 2:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Evangelical activists are pressing Republican leaders to act more forcefully to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh's nomination is a leading issue for faith leaders and activists who are gathering at the annual Values Voter summit in Washington. Family...
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In this Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 photo, pro independence people carry chairs and a picnic basket, as they arrive to a field overlooking the Lledoners prison in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, about 50 kilometres away from Barcelona, Spain. Every Tuesday as the sun sets on the quiet hills surrounding the Lledoners prison in rural Catalonia, dozens of people sit in a field overlooking the penitentiary where seven out of the nine prominent jailed separatists are awaiting trial for their involvement in an unauthorized referendum on independence held last year. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
September 20, 2018 - 1:51 pm
SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, Spain (AP) — A farm tractor with a crane lifts up half a dozen people holding Catalan independence flags in northeast Spain, trying to get high enough so they can peek into a prison courtyard and see their separatist heroes. The distance makes it hard to recognize the...
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FILE - In this July 15, 2018, stewards pull Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot off the pitch after he stormed onto the field and interrupted the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Russian news reports say Verzilov a member of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot has been hospitalized in grave condition for what could be a possible poisoning. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
September 15, 2018 - 3:56 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A member of Russia's Pussy Riot protest group says a severely ill fellow activist was being taken to Germany on Saturday for treatment after his suspected poisoning. Maria Alekhina told The Associated Press that Pyotr Verzilov was being flown to Berlin, but she did not give details...
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This frame grab from video provided by Central Station for Turkish Intervention, an activist-operated media group monitoring Turkish activities in Syria, that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows a Turkish military convoy heading to some of the 12 Turkish observations points that ring Idlib, Syria, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Turkey sent in military reinforcements Thursday to beef up its positions inside Syria's last rebel bastion Idlib, activists reported, even as the Turkish defense minister said Ankara is still trying with Russia and Iran to prevent a humanitarian tragedy in the case of a threatened Syrian government offensive. (Central Station for Turkish Intervention, via AP)
September 14, 2018 - 9:08 am
BEIRUT (AP) — In cities and towns across Syria's last opposition-held province, Idlib, residents poured into the streets on Friday to demonstrate against President Bashar Assad's government in defiance of an expected offensive to retake the territory. In the provincial capital, Idlib city, and in...
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This 2018 photo provided by the Jessica Ramos campaign shows Jessica Ramos, a former staffer for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is running against the incumbent Jose Peralta in New York's Democratic Party primary for State Senate in District 13, in the Queens borough of New York. Peralta is among the eight Democratic state senators who now face primary challenges after breaking with their party to join the IDC, which supported Republican control of the chamber, a schism was little noticed outside Albany until President Donald Trump's election galvanized liberals. (The Jessica Ramos Campaign via AP)
September 13, 2018 - 11:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York's Democratic primary (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Jessica Ramos, a community organizer and former aide to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh), has beaten an incumbent Queens state senator in the Democratic primary. Ramos on Thursday ousted...
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FILE - This March 2, 2018 file photo shows a statue that depicts a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and Catholic missionary in San Francisco. A San Francisco board has decided to remove the 19th-century statue that activists say is racist and demeaning to indigenous people. The San Francisco Board of Appeals voted Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, on the “Early Days” statue. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
September 13, 2018 - 9:58 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco board has voted unanimously to remove a 19th century statue that activists say is racist and demeaning to indigenous people. The unanimous decision Wednesday night by the San Francisco Board of Appeals involves the "Early Days" statue, which depicts a Native...
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This frame grab from video provided by Central Station for Turkish Intervention, an activist-operated media group monitoring Turkish activities in Syria, that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows a Turkish military convoy heading to some of the 12 Turkish observations points that ring Idlib, Syria, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Turkey sent in military reinforcements Thursday to beef up its positions inside Syria's last rebel bastion Idlib, activists reported, even as the Turkish defense minister said Ankara is still trying with Russia and Iran to prevent a humanitarian tragedy in the case of a threatened Syrian government offensive. (Central Station for Turkish Intervention, via AP)
September 13, 2018 - 8:11 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey sent in military reinforcements Thursday to beef up its positions inside Syria's last rebel bastion Idlib, activists reported, even as the Turkish defense minister said Ankara is still trying with Russia and Iran to prevent a humanitarian tragedy in the case of a threatened...
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FILE - This March 2, 2018 file photo shows a statue that depicts a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and Catholic missionary in San Francisco. A San Francisco board has decided to remove the 19th-century statue that activists say is racist and demeaning to indigenous people. The San Francisco Board of Appeals voted Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, on the “Early Days” statue. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
September 13, 2018 - 2:28 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco board decided Wednesday to remove a 19th century statue that activists say is racist and demeaning to indigenous people. The decision by the San Francisco Board of Appeals involves the "Early Days" statue, which depicts a Native American at the feet of a Spanish...
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