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FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, a Qatar Airways jet approaches Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia. Qatar apologized Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, after authorities forcibly examined female passengers from a Qatar Airways flight to Australia to try to identify who might have given birth to a newborn baby found abandoned at the airport earlier this month. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
October 27, 2020 - 10:25 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar apologized Wednesday after authorities forcibly examined female passengers from a Qatar Airways flight to Australia to try to identify who might have given birth to a newborn baby found abandoned at the airport earlier this month. Under pressure after...
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A protester with a sign of the women's rights campaign joins others on the fifth day of nationwide protests against recent court ruling that tightened Poland's restrictive abortion law, in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The court said it was unconstitutional to terminate a pregnancy due to fetal congenital defects, effectively banning almost all abortions.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
October 27, 2020 - 7:10 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister on Tuesday defended the tightening of the country's abortion law and condemned massive nationwide protests led by women's rights activists, saying they shouldn't be happening amid heightened coronavirus restrictions and decrying “acts of aggression.”...
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Angered women's rights activists and their supporters block rush-hour traffic at a major roundabout on the fifth day of nationwide protests against recent court ruling that tightened further Poland's restrictive abortion law, in Warsaw, Poland, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The court effectively banned almost all abortions. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
October 26, 2020 - 2:19 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Women’s rights activists and many thousands of their supporters held a fifth day of protests across Poland on Monday, defying pandemic restrictions to express their fury at a top court ruling that tightens the predominantly Catholic nation’s already strict abortion law. In...
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Pro-democracy demonstrators march to the German Embassy in central Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. As lawmakers debated in a special session in Parliament that was called to address political tensions, student-led rallies were set to continue with a march through central Bangkok on Monday evening to the German Embassy, apparently to bring attention to the time King Maha Vajiralongkorn spends in Germany. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
October 26, 2020 - 10:20 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy demonstrators in Thailand expanded their protests internationally on Monday, marching to the German Embassy to appeal to Angela Merkel’s government to investigate whether Thailand’s king has exercised political power during his extended stays in Bavaria. The protesters...
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People with old Belarusian national flags march during an opposition rally to protest the official presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. The demonstrations were triggered by official results giving President Alexander Lukashenko 80% of the vote in the Aug. 9 election that the opposition insists was rigged. Lukashenko, who has ruled Belarus with an iron fist since 1994, has accused the United States and its allies of fomenting unrest in the ex-Soviet country. (AP Photo)
October 25, 2020 - 2:20 pm
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters in Belarus swarmed the streets of the capital Sunday, pressing for the resignation of the country's authoritarian president, and an opposition leader said a nationwide strike would start Monday. Over 200,000 people took part in the largest...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, transgender activist Sarah McBride, who hopes to win a seat in the Delaware Senate, walks next to campaign signs at Immanuel Church Highlands in Wilmington, Del. The run-up to the Nov. 3, 2020 general election has been a mix of excitement and apprehension for McBride, who has been a spokeswoman for the Human Rights Campaign for several years and is now running for a seat in the Delaware Senate. (AP Photo/Jason Minto)
October 25, 2020 - 9:02 am
Among transgender-rights activists, there’s a powerful mix of hope and fear heading toward the Nov. 3 election. They’re yearning for President Donald Trump’s defeat but dreading the possibility that his administration might win four more years and continue targeting them with hostile policies. “The...
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FILE - In this May 2, 2019 file photo, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez smiles during a press conference at the gate of the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas, Venezuela. Lopez left the residence where he had been a guest since April 30, 2019 and is leaving Venezuela people close to the opposition leader said on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia, File)
October 24, 2020 - 7:56 pm
MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Prominent opposition activist Leopoldo López has abandoned the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas and left Venezuela after years of frustrated efforts to oust the nation's socialist president, his party said Saturday. The 49-year-old former Caracas-area mayor has...
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Marcellis Stinnette's grandmother Sherrellis Stinnette, right, cries as she hugs Rayon Edwards during protest rally for Marcellis Stinnette who killed by Waukegan Police Tuesday in Waukegan, Ill., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Stinnette, 19, was killed and his girlfriend and the mother of his child, Tafara Williams, was wounded when a police officer in Waukegan opened fire Tuesday night after police said Williams' vehicle started rolling toward the officer following a traffic stop. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
October 22, 2020 - 2:33 pm
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The mother of a Black woman who was injured in a police shooting in suburban Chicago that left a Black man dead said the couple did nothing to provoke the officer. Marcellis Stinnette, 19, was killed and his girlfriend and the mother of his child, Tafara Williams, was wounded...
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Pro-democracy activists flash three-fingered salute during a demonstration at Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Student activists applied to a Bangkok court Wednesday to revoke a state of emergency the government declared last week to try to rein in Thailand's growing protests. Demonstrations have continued daily in a movement that calls for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down, for a more democratic constitution and for reforms to the monarchy — a revered institution traditionally treated as sacrosanct in Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
October 21, 2020 - 8:51 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister on Wednesday pleaded with his countrymen to resolve their political differences through Parliament, as student-led protests seeking to bring his government down continued for an eighth straight day. “The only way to a lasting solution for all sides that is...
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Activists dressed as security guards hang a banner over an Education Ministry building in Poland, Warsaw, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, to protest the appointment of new government education minister Przemyslaw Czarnek. Protesters consider the new minister to be a religious fundamentalist, who has said LGBT people are not equal to "normal people," that women were created to produce children and who has voiced support for corporal punishment.(AP Photo/Vanessa Gera)
October 21, 2020 - 3:59 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists dressed as security guards climbed onto a balcony of a Polish Education Ministry building early Wednesday and hung a banner protesting the appointment of a new minister whom they consider to be a religious fundamentalist and a danger to the nation's youth and...
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