Political activism

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2019 file photo, Alyssa Milano arrives at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes afterparty at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Actress Alyssa Milano got people riled up on social media with a tweet Friday night, May 10, 2019 calling for women to join her in a sex strike to protest strict abortion bans passed by Republican-controlled legislatures. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
May 11, 2019 - 11:23 pm
Actress Alyssa Milano ignited social media with a tweet Friday night calling for women to join her in a sex strike to protest strict abortion bans passed by Republican-controlled legislatures. The former star of "Charmed" and current cast member of "Insatiable," which is filmed in Georgia, urged...
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Cuban police detain a gay rights activist taking part in an unauthorized march in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, May 11, 2019. The march was organized largely using Cuba's new mobile internet, with gay-rights activists and groups of friends calling for a march over Facebook and WhatsApp after the government-run gay rights organization cancelled a Saturday march. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
May 11, 2019 - 7:55 pm
HAVANA (AP) — Gay-rights activists organizing on social media held an unauthorized march Saturday down eight blocks of one of Havana's main thoroughfares before they were stopped by police. The march was the second by a non-governmental organization in Cuba in slightly more than a month. That's...
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Annette Alvarez, middle, joins other protesters as they gather in front of Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's office Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Phoenix. For Mother's Day, dozens of mothers are getting time with their children instead of time behind bars as the National Bail Out Collective is organizing its "Black Mama's Bail Out" initiative to post bail for women of color who would otherwise be in jail. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
May 11, 2019 - 1:45 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Paz Lopez was set to spend Mother's Day behind bars. The 42-year-old mother of six had been locked up in a Phoenix jail for the past month on forgery and other charges. She couldn't post her $2,050 bail. But on Thursday night she walked out and into a car waiting to give her a ride...
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FILE - This Aug. 17, 2018, file photo provided by the Alexandria (Va.) Detention Center shows Maria Butina. Butina, who admitted being a secret agent for the Kremlin believed Russian officials would consider her notes and analysis to be “valuable” as she tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups. (Alexandria Detention Center via AP, File)
May 10, 2019 - 11:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian gun rights activist who admitted she was a secret agent for the Kremlin and tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups while Donald Trump rose to power says she believed her notes and analysis would be "valuable" for Russian officials. Maria Butina, who...
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In this photo taken in Krakow, Poland, May 6, 2019, picketers with posters of Poland's most-revered icon of Mother of God of Czestochowa with the LGBT rainbow colors added to its halos, protest the detention for a few hours of Elzbieta Podlesna, on suspicion she put up such posters near a church in the city of Plock. An inscription on the poster entitled "Unleash Elzbiete". (AP Photo/Beata Zawrzel) Poland Out
May 07, 2019 - 4:15 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Rights groups and government critics in Poland protested Tuesday after police temporarily detained a human rights activist for putting up posters depicting the country's most revered Catholic icon with the LGBT rainbow on the halos of Mary and baby Jesus. Prosecutors in the...
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In this April 14, 2019 photo, Muqadas Ashraf speaks to The Associated Press in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Muqadas Ashraf was just 16 when her parents married her off to a Chinese man who had come to Pakistan looking for a bride. Less than five months later, Muqadas is back home in Pakistan, pregnant and seeking a divorce from a husband she says was abusive. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
May 07, 2019 - 7:12 am
GUJRANWALA, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds young women from Pakistan's small Christian minority have been trafficked to China as brides in recent months as their impoverished community is targeted in an aggressive new marriage market, activists and officials say. Brokers offer desperately poor parents...
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Prime Minister Theresa May addresses delegates during the Scottish Conservatives' annual party conference at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, Friday May 3, 2019. Britain's main Conservative and Labour parties took a hammering in local elections as Brexit-weary voters expressed frustration over the country's stalled departure from the European Union. (Jane Barlow/PA via AP)
May 05, 2019 - 7:31 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Conservative government and opposition Labour Party have a duty to strike a compromise Brexit agreement to end months of political deadlock over Britain's exit from the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday. Writing in the Mail on Sunday newspaper, May told...
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Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez walks to gate of the Spanish ambassador's residence in Caracas to speak with the press, in Venezuela, Thursday, May 2, 2019. López said he expects that the country's military will step up to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro despite setbacks. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)
May 03, 2019 - 12:14 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Spain's decision to harbor a prominent Venezuelan opposition activist is fueling tensions between both nations. Activist Leopoldo López took refuge at the Spanish ambassador's home in the Venezuelan capital this week and spoke to reporters Thursday, urging people to...
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May 03, 2019 - 9:40 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's embassy in the United States says its diplomats have visited the gun-rights activist who was sentenced to prison last week for being an unregistered agent of Russia. In a Facebook statement on Friday, the embassy said Maria Butina is "bearing the burdens of imprisonment...
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May 02, 2019 - 11:51 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Republican activist is suing over sports betting in Rhode Island, saying the state should have sought voter approval before legalizing and launching it. Daniel Harrop said Thursday sports betting should stop pending a statewide referendum. Former Rhode Island Republican...
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