Political activism

An activist of the "ZAD" movement (Zone to Defend) sprays champagne while celebrating with others after French PM announced the government's official decision to abandon the airport project, in Notre-Dame-des-Landes, outside the city of Nantes, western France, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says that the government has decided against building an airport in western France that has mobilized nearly a decade of sometimes violent protests and he told protesters occupying the site that they must leave. (AP Photo/Mathieu Pattier)
January 17, 2018 - 11:52 am
PARIS (AP) — France will abandon plans to build a new airport in the west, the prime minister announced Wednesday, ordering the activists who have been protesting the project for nearly a decade to leave their makeshift settlement and unblock nearby roads. Despite their long-sought political...
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In this handout photo released by Russian rights group Memorial, a view of the working room of the regional Prominent human rights group Memorial after the arson attack in Nazran, Ingushetia region, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. Masked attackers on Wednesday torched the office of the prominent Russian rights group Memorial in the region of Ingushetia, the latest escalation of tensions between the activists and officials in the North Caucasus. (Russian rights group Memorial, Photo via AP)
January 17, 2018 - 7:38 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Masked attackers on Wednesday torched the office of the prominent Russian rights group Memorial in the region of Ingushetia, the latest escalation of tensions between the activists and officials in the North Caucasus. The arson attack that Memorial said happened in the early hours...
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Young Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong, right, and Nathan Law arrive at the High Court in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. A Hong Kong court has sentenced Wong to three months in jail in a contempt case stemming from pro-democracy protests three years ago in the semiautonomous Chinese city. Wong and some others in the case had pleaded guilty last year for failing to comply with a court order to clear out of a protest camp during the 79-day "Umbrella Movement" protests in late 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
January 17, 2018 - 12:18 am
HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court sentenced democracy activist Joshua Wong to three months in prison Wednesday for contempt, his second prison term stemming from his role in the 2014 "Umbrella Movement" protests. The 21-year-old Wong and another defendant were immediately taken into custody at...
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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2017, file photo, participants with national and military flags attend a ceremony supporting the country's military and government servants in Yangon, Myanmar. Myanmar’s military, once despised for its stranglehold on the country, has seen its popularity surge alongside a rise in nationalism that has accompanied a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
January 16, 2018 - 8:25 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Activist Nyo Tun spent 10 years as a political prisoner locked away by Myanmar's military in the notorious Insein prison, where he endured beatings and other cruelty for his efforts to bring democracy. "The military government was so brutal for many years," he said of the former...
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Pro-democracy activists, from left, Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow, shout slogans in front of the Court of Final Appeal Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Three young Hong Kong activists are making a last-ditch attempt to overturn prison sentences for their roles in sparking 2014's massive pro-democracy protests in the semiautonomous Chinese city. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
January 15, 2018 - 11:14 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Three young Hong Kong activists, including Joshua Wong, made a last-ditch attempt Tuesday to overturn prison sentences for their roles in sparking 2014's massive pro-democracy protests in the semiautonomous Chinese city. Lawyers for Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow were presenting...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, file photo, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha reviews the honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The world’s only nation still under formal military rule, Thailand is under increasing pressure both at home and abroad to return to civilian governance. The message now appears clear: In one form or another, the gruff general wants to be that civilian. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith, File)
January 15, 2018 - 7:43 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — When Prayuth Chan-Ocha seized control of Thailand in a military coup, he vigorously denounced politicians as responsible for the country's ills and positioned himself and his fellow generals as the cure. Four years on, with many of the country's problems still festering and the...
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January 12, 2018 - 4:01 pm
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Christopher Beem, Pennsylvania State University (THE CONVERSATION) In the turbulent days following President Donald Trump’s inauguration, activists launched resistance movements:...
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The Madame Tussauds wax figure of US President Donald Trump is seen outside the new US Embassy in Nine Elms in London, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. President Donald Trump says he canceled upcoming trip to London because he doesn't like the choice of a new embassy. Some British lawmakers have questioned whether Trump would be welcome in London after some of his earlier comments. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
January 12, 2018 - 2:31 pm
LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump has canceled a trip to London to open the new $1 billion U.S. Embassy in the British capital, a move that avoided protests promised by political opponents. Some U.K. lawmakers had said Trump was not welcome in Britain after he re-tweeted videos from a far-right...
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Presidential candidate and Czech President Milos Zeman shows his vote as his wife Ivana, right, looks on during the presidential election's first round vote in Prague, on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Czech Republic's president Milos Zeman and former president of the Czech Academy of Sciences Jiri Drahos are considered as favorites to advance to the runoffs on Jan. 26th and 27th. (Vit Simanek/CTK via AP)
January 12, 2018 - 11:12 am
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czechs are electing a new president, and eight candidates are hoping to unseat the current controversy-courting leader. President Milos Zeman, 73, is seeking another five-year term in the largely ceremonial post and is the favorite to win the election's first-round vote on Friday...
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A New York City police officer leads protester Monica Hunken into a squad car after she was arrested along with other people demonstrating against the detention of prominent immigration rights activist Ravi Ragbir, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, outside City Hall in New York. Ragbir's attorney Alina Das said her client, a citizen of Trinidad who has been fighting deportation after a fraud conviction, was handcuffed and led away Thursday during a scheduled check-in with immigration officials in lower Manhattan. Federal immigration officials did not immediately provide information on his status to The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
January 11, 2018 - 9:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police on Thursday arrested 18 people, including two councilmen, in protests over the detention of a prominent immigration activist. The demonstrations outside a federal building in Manhattan were over the detention of Ravi Ragbir, a citizen of Trinidad who has been...
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