- Russian police detain several gay activists Updated: Aug-02-15 12:41 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Police in St. Petersburg on Sunday detained several gay activists who have held pickets in defense of gay rights on a Russian military holiday.
- Houston professor visits museum, connects past with present Updated: Aug-02-15 11:58 am
MEMPHIS, Tennessee - Among the 1,096 people who visited the National Civil Rights Museum recently was a young college professor from Houston.
- Ferguson spurs 40 new state measures; activists want more Updated: Aug-02-15 10:47 am
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - When a white Ferguson policeman fatally shot a black 18-year-old nearly a year ago, the St. Louis suburb erupted in violent protests and the nation took notice. Since then, legislators in almost every state have proposed changes to the way police interact with the public.
- Eugene sex abuse trial set, but alleged victim not found Updated: Aug-01-15 11:04 am
EUGENE, Oregon - A prosecutor says the sexual abuse trial against Oregon gay rights activist Terry Bean won't happen unless the alleged 17-year-old victim is found and subpoenaed.
- Mexico activists denounce abuses targeting Cuban migrants Updated: Jul-31-15 6:50 pm
MEXICO CITY - Advocates for migrants said Friday they filed 15 complaints against Mexican government officials for allegedly extorting Cubans passing through en route to the United States and have documented hundreds of similar cases.
- Wildlife activist concern over oil on Uganda-Congo border Updated: Jul-30-15 7:37 am
KAMPALA, Uganda - Activists are urging Uganda's government to reverse a decision to open for oil drilling a wildlife park on Uganda's border with Congo.
- Nephew of blind activist Chen released from China prison Updated: Jul-30-15 6:23 am
BEIJING - The nephew of lawyer and blind activist Chen Guangcheng has been released from prison after serving a three-year, three-month sentence widely seen as retribution for his uncle's daring escape from house arrest.
- Activists warn of refugee housing crisis in German capital Updated: Jul-29-15 9:22 am
BERLIN - A thousand refugees may be sleeping outside in Berlin each night because authorities in the German capital are overwhelmed with the sharp rise in asylum-seekers this year, an activist group said Wednesday.
- Tibetan groups campaign against 2022 Olympics going to China Updated: Jul-28-15 6:46 am
BEIJING - Tibetan activists and others are calling on the International Olympic Committee not to award the 2022 Winter Games to Beijing, saying China's human rights record after the 2008 Olympics in the Chinese capital worsened rather than showing a hoped-for improvement.
- Almaty offers traditional winter setting in 2022 Olympic bid Updated: Jul-28-15 4:51 am
ALMATY, Kazakhstan - Instead of grand talk about how the Olympics will break new ground by going to a majority-Muslim country for the first time, or by making their first visit to Central Asia, Almaty's bid for the 2022 Winter Games is about tradition.
- Colombia unearths landfill looking for scores of disappeared Updated: Jul-27-15 3:19 pm
MEDELLIN, Colombia - The last contact Margarita Restrepo had with her daughter was a hurried phone call on Oct. 25, 2002. The school day was over and 17-year-old Carol Vanesa was going to meet friends at a metro stop near the sprawling Comuna 13 hillside slum.
- Transit officials: Officer uses pepper sprays on Ohio crowd Updated: Jul-27-15 2:19 am
CLEVELAND - Transit Authority police say an officer used pepper spray on a crowd trying to prevent them from taking an intoxicated teenager to police headquarters.
- Activist known for brash tactics among dozens held in China Updated: Jul-26-15 1:52 am
BEIJING - Bearded, bald and burly ex-soldier Wu Gan calls himself The Ultra Vulgar Butcher. He poses for online portraits brandishing knives in both hands that he says he'll use to "slaughter the pigs" among local officials who've done wrong.
- Democrats woo activists in key Des Moines neighborhood Updated: Jul-25-15 2:53 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - Four years ago, the Beaverdale neighborhood in Des Moines organized big for President Barack Obama's re-election, building an uber-volunteer group skilled at phone-banking, door-knocking and boosting caucus and general election participation. The volunteers dubbed their leafy neighborhood Obamadale.
- FBI arrests activists accused of releasing 5,740 mink Updated: Jul-24-15 11:58 pm
OAKLAND, California - Two animal-rights activists have been charged with terrorizing the fur industry during cross-country road trips in which they released about 5,740 mink from farms and vandalized the homes and businesses of industry members, the FBI said Friday.
- Conference aims to unite efforts of black activist groups Updated: Jul-24-15 5:20 pm
CLEVELAND - Leaders of black activist groups from around the country are gathering in Cleveland this weekend to share thoughts, ideas and stories at a conference aimed at furthering the creation of a modern-day civil rights movement to address systemic problems of police brutality and socio-economic deprivation.
- Maine activist says he hopes accusers find justice in Haiti Updated: Jul-24-15 1:32 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - A Maine activist convicted of defaming the founder of a Haiti orphanage said Friday that he hopes the seven men who accused the former Catholic brother of sexual abuse will find justice in the island nation.
- Activists for police reform rally ahead of panel meeting Updated: Jul-23-15 5:11 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Maryland activists for civil rights and police reform urged a panel of lawmakers Thursday to take stronger action to increase police accountability, and they criticized lawmakers for not going far enough this year.
- Activist group says Liberians pressured to sign away land Updated: Jul-23-15 10:26 am
DAKAR, Senegal - Liberians in the country's southeast are being threatened into signing away land for palm oil plantations, and in some cases those opposing expansion have been beaten and arrested, activist group Global Witness said Wednesday.
- Activists announce national tour focused on police violence Updated: Jul-23-15 5:09 am
CLEVELAND - Activists and family members of those killed by police are launching a national tour asking Americans to choose a side in the debate over police violence.
- Trial begins of man accused of harassing Indian kids Updated: Jul-22-15 8:04 pm
RAPID CITY, South Dakota - Native Americans and activists packed into a theater doubling as a courtroom on Wednesday in part to protest what they view as lenient treatment of a South Dakota man accused of harassing American Indian children with racial slurs and spilling beer on them at a hockey game.
- Man sentenced for drug charge still faces sex abuse trial Updated: Jul-22-15 2:02 pm
EUGENE, Oregon - A man facing an Aug. 11 trial for sex abuse alongside Oregon gay rights activist Terry Bean has been sentenced in a separate meth possession case.
- Tucson activists sentenced in protest that stopped buses Updated: Jul-20-15 7:01 pm
TUCSON, Arizona - A group of activists who blocked two buses carrying immigrants by lying in front of them and chaining themselves to tires has been sentenced in court.
- Activists seek animal testing records from Texas A&M Updated: Jul-20-15 4:17 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Animal rights activists are pushing to get records of the cats and dogs undergoing lab testing at Texas A&M University.
- Muslim activist refuses to back down to hate Updated: Jul-19-15 12:39 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Dozens of jeering protesters faced down Sabina Mohyuddin at a community meeting, but she stood strong at the podium.