- Judge defers ruling on probe into handling of Ferguson case Updated: May-29-15 4:27 pm
CLAYTON, Missouri - A judge on Friday deferred ruling on a request by activists for an independent probe of a prosecutor's handling of grand jury proceedings in the Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown, but he again gave strong indications he might toss the lawsuit.
- THE LATEST: Qataris defend integrity in 2022 World Cup bid Updated: May-29-15 8:18 am
ZURICH - The latest on FIFA developments:
- Malaysia denies entry to Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker Updated: May-29-15 6:01 am
HONG KONG - Malaysian authorities denied entry to a radical Hong Kong lawmaker at Kuala Lumpur's airport on Friday, the second time this week they have barred one of the city's outspoken pro-democracy activists.
- Freddie Gray activists plan protest at O'Malley announcement Updated: May-28-15 5:25 pm
BALTIMORE - Some Baltimore police accountability activists say they'll protest former Gov. Martin O'Malley's announcement of a possible presidential bid in the city Saturday morning.
- Ethiopia: Partial results show ruling coalition in huge win Updated: May-27-15 11:53 am
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Ethiopia's ruling coalition won a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections, according to partial results released Wednesday. Western countries said the vote was peaceful but criticized what they described as restrictions on civil liberties.
- Pot activist NJ Weedman cooking up a restaurant, temple Updated: May-26-15 4:05 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - A marijuana activist and sometimes political candidate is set to open his own restaurant in New Jersey's capital city.
- Myanmar president signs off on contested population law Updated: May-23-15 8:42 pm
YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities.
- 'Bold' Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide Updated: May-23-15 6:25 pm
DUBLIN - Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday - a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a "social revolution."
- Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks Updated: May-23-15 2:06 am
BEIRUT - With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northern Syria after a barrel bomb, suspected to be filled with chlorine gas, hit nearby.
- Guatemala interior minister resigns amid political crisis Updated: May-21-15 6:16 pm
GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala's interior minister and three other Cabinet officials stepped down Thursday amid a growing political crisis over corruption scandals that have prompted calls for President Otto Perez Molina and others close to him to resign.
- Embittered, Moroccan leaves family for Islamic State Updated: May-20-15 9:17 pm
RABAT, Morocco - Journalists and activists in Morocco during the heady days of the Arab Spring knew Anas Haloui, a slight, serious, wispy-bearded man in his 30s who would bombard them with emails about the plight of jailed Islamists.
- Differing perceptions of Waco, Baltimore bothering some Updated: May-20-15 7:05 pm
WASHINGTON - The prevailing images of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over police killings of black men were of police in riot gear, handcuffed protesters, tear gas and mass arrests. The main images of a fatal gun battle between armed bikers and police in Waco, Texas, also showed mass arrests - carried out by nonchalant-looking officers sitting around calm bikers on cellphones.
- China denying passports to restrict critics, minorities Updated: May-20-15 4:50 am
BEIJING - Hand your passport to police or it will be canceled, read the notice to all 4.4 million residents of far-northwestern China's Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture.
- Immigration activists push Nevada AG Laxalt to ditch lawsuit Updated: May-19-15 4:23 pm
LAS VEGAS - Immigration activists and community leaders are again demanding Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt remove the state from a federal lawsuit aiming to stop a White House proposal granting deportation reprieves to parents of U.S. citizens, in the country illegally.
- Activists, immigrants speak out for deportation relief Updated: May-19-15 3:28 pm
DENVER - Activists, politicians and immigrants in Denver are calling on elected leaders to support President Barack Obama's stalled deportation relief effort.
- 3 anti-nuclear activists released from federal prison Updated: May-16-15 7:28 pm
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - An 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists who vandalized a uranium storage bunker were released from prison on Saturday, their lawyer said.
- Myanmar court hands hard-labor sentences to 6 activists Updated: May-15-15 8:52 pm
YANGON, Myanmar - A Myanmar court imposed new sentences with hard labor for six prominent activists who are already serving prison terms for political activities.
- US: Trade pact best leverage to improve Vietnam human rights Updated: May-15-15 5:13 pm
WASHINGTON - Vietnam's desire to be in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade pact is the best leverage Washington has to press for improved human rights there, a senior U.S. official said.
- Texas anti-gay marriage bill dead for now as deadline passes Updated: May-15-15 1:35 am
AUSTIN, Texas - Efforts by Texas Republicans to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if gay marriage is legalized took a major setback Friday when time expired on a bill that would prohibit government employees from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
- Appeals court upholds verdict against Bahrain activist Updated: May-14-15 8:19 am
MANAMA, Bahrain - A Bahraini appeals court on Thursday upheld a verdict against prominent rights activist Nabeel Rajab for insulting government ministries on Twitter, his lawyer said.
- LePage presses for streamlined energy permitting Updated: May-13-15 12:06 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - Decrying interference from "overzealous activists" in the regulatory process, Maine Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday pressed a House subcommittee to move forward with proposals that would streamline the permitting process for natural gas pipelines and cross-border hydropower projects that could help lower energy costs in New England.
- Decade after Uzbekistan massacre, justice remains elusive Updated: May-13-15 3:11 am
KIEV, Ukraine - Thousands of protesters jammed into Babur square in the city of Andijan, relishing a rare burst of defiance as one speaker after another condemned hardship under Uzbekistan's despotic government.
- Florida woman gets 23 years in NY killing of mother-in-law Updated: May-12-15 3:19 pm
NEW CITY, New York - A woman who admitted to killing her 80-year-old mother-in-law was sentenced Tuesday to 23 years in prison after the victim's daughter told her she should be behind bars until her "last breath."
- Annual gun rights rally draws hundreds to Pa. Capitol Updated: May-12-15 11:46 am
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania lawmakers are hearing from hundreds of gun rights activists in what's become an annual Harrisburg event.
- Activists use Clinton immigration stance to pressure Obama Updated: May-11-15 1:34 pm
WASHINGTON - Immigration activists are trying to use Hillary Rodham Clinton's stance on immigration to pressure President Barack Obama to do more for immigrants.