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Stories with subject: Political and civil unrest
  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 10:55 am
  • VATICAN CITY - Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

  • Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning and fear 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 6:58 am
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - With little to celebrate, Nigerians marked Easter Sunday with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of at least 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls.

  • Deadline lapses in Peru for illegal gold miners 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 2:16 pm
  • LIMA, Peru - The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. The government's vow to enforce a ban on illegal mining is raising fears of bloody confrontations.

  • Appeals court revives case against protester 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 10:22 am
  • FREDONIA TOWNSHIP, Michigan - An appeals court has reversed the dismissal of charges against a man who spent 10 hours inside an oil pipeline under construction in southern Michigan.

  • Minnesota State players practice for Hoffner 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 11:56 pm
  • MANKATO, Minnesota - Coach Todd Hoffner is back on the field at Minnesota State, Mankato after football players ended their brief boycott of spring practice.

  • Walk to Lansing protests exclusion of students 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 5:10 pm
  • DETROIT - More than 150 students and adults plan to march next week from Detroit to Lansing to protest what they say is the harmful and unnecessary suspension or expulsion of school children for often-minor offenses.

  • Appeals court revives Capitol protest lawsuit 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 10:28 am
  • MADISON, Wisconsin - A state appeals court has revived a lawsuit brought by a group protesting Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining bill at the Capitol in 2011.

  • Protesters demonstrate at Rice U of Minn. speech 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:43 pm
  • MINNEAPOLIS - Protesters showed up at the University of Minnesota to demonstrate against a speech by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

  • USC Upstate students protest state funding cuts 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 8:50 pm
  • COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Attempts by state legislators to cut university funding over plays and books which they believe promote homosexuality are causing a backlash on South Carolina campuses.

  • Argentina considers crackdown on street protests 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:04 pm
  • BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Argentina's populist government is proposing a crackdown on street protests amid increasing unrest over the souring economy. The new rules dismayed many of its natural allies Thursday, who called it a worrisome retreat after a decade of permissive policing.

  • Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:45 pm
  • RAMALLAH, West Bank - This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world.

  • Green UK lawmaker cleared over fracking protest 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 10:49 am
  • LONDON - Britain's only Green Party lawmaker has been acquitted of charges stemming from her participation in a protest against shale gas extraction.

  • India struggles with rebel threats during election 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:40 am
  • RAJNANDGAON, India - Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country's weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where leftist rebels threatened violence over the plight of India's marginalized and poor.

  • Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:56 am
  • RAMALLAH, West Bank - This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world.

  • Progress in Venezuela talks, but protests continue 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:43 pm
  • CARACAS, Venezuela - Negotiators for the government and the opposition have agreed to broaden membership in a truth commission that is to investigate who is to blame for 41 deaths tied to weeks of political unrest in Venezuela.

  • Expert: Kansas church protesters unlikely to show 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 9:43 pm
  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska - An expert on hate groups said it was unlikely protesters from a nationally known Kansas church will show up in Alaska to picket two institutions, despite their announcements to do so.

  • Romanian poet, dissident Nina Cassian dies 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 4:05 pm
  • BUCHAREST, Romania - Romanian poet and translator Nina Cassian, who obtained political asylum in the United States after the Communist-era secret police found her critical poems scribbled in a friend's diary, has died in New York City. She was 89.

  • Algerian election faces disaffected populace 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:15 pm
  • ALGIERS, Algeria - The college students playing pick-up soccer along the faded grandeur of Algiers' sweeping waterfront say they won't be voting in Thursday's presidential elections, echoing the sentiments of many young Algerians.

  • 54 detained in anti-World Cup protest in Brazil 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:38 am
  • SAO PAULO - Police say that 54 people protesting against the World Cup have been arrested in Brazil's largest city.

  • Planned anti-gay rally in Ethiopia is cancelled 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:26 am
  • ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - A planned anti-gay rally that would have made Ethiopia the latest African country to demonize gays has been cancelled, officials said Wednesday.

  • Amnesty: Haiti human rights activist threatened 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:14 pm
  • PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A leading human rights activist in Haiti has been threatened for his work, Amnesty International said Tuesday, marking the latest documented case of attacks or threats against watchdog groups in the Caribbean nation.

  • Violence surges from Islamic uprising in Nigeria 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 4:52 pm
  • LAGOS, Nigeria - Suspected Muslim extremists kidnapped about 100 girls Tuesday from a school in northeastern Nigeria, less than a day after militants bombed a bus station and killed 75 people in the capital - a surge of violence that raised new doubts about the military's ability to contain an Islamic uprising.

  • Immigration activists urge Obama to act boldly 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 3:55 pm
  • WASHINGTON - Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S.

  • Correction: Immigration Reform story 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:11 am
  • RICHMOND, Virginia - In a story April 3 about a hunger strike by immigration reform advocates, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a Christian social justice organization. It is Sojourners, not Soujourners.

  • Norway restores, donates 1927 silent film to China 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 8:01 am
  • BEIJING - Norway donated a restored Chinese silent film from the 1920s to China's national film archive on Tuesday, despite a prolonged diplomatic chill between the countries over the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.