Protester dies in clashes after disputed Belarus vote

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — A protester died amid clashes between police and thousands of people gathered for a second straight night Monday in Belarus after official results from weekend elections — dismissed by the opposition as a sham — gave an overwhelming victory to authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko. Interior Ministry spokesman Alexander Lastovsky said the […]

Protests in Belarus continue despite challenger’s departure

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The top opposition candidate in Belarus’ presidential election left for Lithuania Tuesday but anti-government demonstrators still turned out for a third straight night to protest the vote results, despite a massive police crackdown that prompted a warning of possible European Union sanctions. Hundreds of people took to the streets of Minsk […]

Report: UK officials ‘avoided’ looking into Russian meddling

LONDON (AP) — A long-awaited report on Russian meddling in British politics criticized the U.K. government for failing to investigate whether Moscow interfered in the 2016 Brexit referendum, with the document’s authors describing the lack of curiosity about this threat to democracy as a major failure at the heart of power. The report from Parliament’s […]

Up next for police defunding advocates: Win local elections

ATLANTA (AP) — Amid Americans’ national reckoning on racism, a coalition of progressive groups is forming a political action committee to back local candidates who want to redirect money away from traditional police departments into other social services. An outgrowth of the “Defund the Police” movement, the WFP Justice Fund is led by the Working […]

4 Big Tech CEOs getting heat from Congress on competition

Four Big Tech CEOs — Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple — are set to answer for their companies’ practices before Congress as a House panel caps its yearlong investigation of market dominance in the industry.

The Latest: China eases restrictions on domestic tourism

BEIJING — China is further easing restrictions on domestic tourism after reporting no new local cases of COVID-19 in nine days. A directive from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism dated Tuesday said that tourist sites should allow 50 percent of their daily visitor capacity, up from 30 percent, and that interprovince group tours should […]

The Latest: Mississippi legislators vote to retire flag

The Latest on protests over racial inequality (all times local): 6:20 p.m. JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi legislators have voted to raucous cheers and applause to remove a Confederate battle emblem from their state flag. Mississippi’s House and Senate took historic votes Sunday to retire the flag adopted in 1894. It’s the last state flag that […]

Senate GOP to propose policing changes in ‘Justice Act’

Senate Republicans are proposing changes to police procedures and accountability with an enhanced use-of-force database, restrictions on chokeholds and new commissions to study law enforcement and race, according to a draft obtained by The Associated Press.

Senate GOP proposes police changes, less sweeping than Dems’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans unveiled proposed changes to police procedures and accountability Wednesday, countering Democrats’ far-reaching overhaulwith a more modest package but one that underscores how swiftly the national debate on race has been transformed five months before elections. The White House signaled President Donald Trump’s support as Republicans embraced a new priority with […]

Barr: Trump has removed top federal prosecutor in Manhattan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr on Saturday told the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan that President Donald Trump has removed him from the high-profile job. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman intends to continue to fight his removal. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below: The powerful U.S. attorney in Manhattan […]

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