Political activism

In this Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 photo, pro independence people carry chairs and a picnic basket, as they arrive to a field overlooking the Lledoners prison in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, about 50 kilometres away from Barcelona, Spain. Every Tuesday as the sun sets on the quiet hills surrounding the Lledoners prison in rural Catalonia, dozens of people sit in a field overlooking the penitentiary where seven out of the nine prominent jailed separatists are awaiting trial for their involvement in an unauthorized referendum on independence held last year. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
September 20, 2018 - 1:51 pm
SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, Spain (AP) — A farm tractor with a crane lifts up half a dozen people holding Catalan independence flags in northeast Spain, trying to get high enough so they can peek into a prison courtyard and see their separatist heroes. The distance makes it hard to recognize the...
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FILE - In this July 15, 2018, stewards pull Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot off the pitch after he stormed onto the field and interrupted the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia. Russian news reports say Verzilov a member of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot has been hospitalized in grave condition for what could be a possible poisoning. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
September 15, 2018 - 3:56 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A member of Russia's Pussy Riot protest group says a severely ill fellow activist was being taken to Germany on Saturday for treatment after his suspected poisoning. Maria Alekhina told The Associated Press that Pyotr Verzilov was being flown to Berlin, but she did not give details...
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Thousands of protesters attend a demonstration against the Syrian government offensive to Idlib, in the northwestern town of Maarat al-Numan, also known as al-Maʿarra, south of Idlib, Syria, Friday, Sept 14, 2018. In cities and towns across Syria's last opposition-held province, Idlib, residents poured into the streets on Friday to demonstrate against President Bashar Assad's government in defiance of an expected offensive to retake the territory. (Ugur Can/DHA via AP)
September 14, 2018 - 1:28 pm
BEIRUT (AP) — In cities and towns across Syria's last opposition-held province, Idlib, residents poured into the streets on Friday to demonstrate against President Bashar Assad's government in defiance of an expected offensive to retake the territory. In the provincial capital, Idlib city, and in...
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This 2018 photo provided by the Jessica Ramos campaign shows Jessica Ramos, a former staffer for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is running against the incumbent Jose Peralta in New York's Democratic Party primary for State Senate in District 13, in the Queens borough of New York. Peralta is among the eight Democratic state senators who now face primary challenges after breaking with their party to join the IDC, which supported Republican control of the chamber, a schism was little noticed outside Albany until President Donald Trump's election galvanized liberals. (The Jessica Ramos Campaign via AP)
September 13, 2018 - 11:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York's Democratic primary (all times local): 11:25 p.m. Jessica Ramos, a community organizer and former aide to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh), has beaten an incumbent Queens state senator in the Democratic primary. Ramos on Thursday ousted...
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In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot speaks during an interview to the Associated Press in Moscow, Russia. Verzilov is reported Wednesday Sept. 12, 2018, to have been admitted to hospital allegedly after a suspected poisoning attack, and his medical condition is not yet known. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
September 13, 2018 - 10:12 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Doctors say a hospitalized member of protest group Pussy Riot may have been poisoned by an overdose of medication. Independent news website Meduza reported Thursday that Pyotr Verzilov's doctors told his relatives that he either overdosed on medicine or was given too much medicine...
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In this Tuesday Sept. 11, 2018 photo, Turkey-trained Syrian opposition fighters of the 'National Army' group formally known as Free Syrian Army, train in a camp in the Turkish-controlled northwestern city of Azaz, Syria. Syrian government forces, backed by Russia and Iran, have been massing troops for weeks in preparation for an attack on Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold in the country. The U.N. has warned that a battle will spark a humanitarian catastrophe. (Ugur Can/DHA via AP)
September 13, 2018 - 6:09 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey sent in military reinforcements Thursday to beef up its positions inside Syria's last rebel bastion Idlib, activists reported, even as the Turkish defense minister said Ankara is still trying with Russia and Iran to prevent a humanitarian tragedy in the case of a threatened...
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An activist sits on a stand put up as obstacle in the Hambach forest near Kerpen, western Germany, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, which is occupied by protestors to stop from being chopped down for a lignite strip mine. (Christoph Reichwein/dpa via AP)
September 13, 2018 - 3:36 am
KERPEN, Germany (AP) — Authorities in western Germany have moved to remove tree houses built by activists in an ancient forest slated to be cleared to allow for coal strip mining. Police in riot gear stood by Thursday as preparations began to remove the roughly 60 treehouses occupied by...
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FILE - This March 2, 2018 file photo shows a statue that depicts a Native American at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and Catholic missionary in San Francisco. A San Francisco board has decided to remove the 19th-century statue that activists say is racist and demeaning to indigenous people. The San Francisco Board of Appeals voted Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, on the “Early Days” statue. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
September 13, 2018 - 2:28 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco board decided Wednesday to remove a 19th century statue that activists say is racist and demeaning to indigenous people. The decision by the San Francisco Board of Appeals involves the "Early Days" statue, which depicts a Native American at the feet of a Spanish...
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FILE - In this June 28, 2018, file photo Charles Rettig listens to a question during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination for Internal Revenue Service Commissioner on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate voted 64-33 on Sept. 12 to confirm the Beverly Hills tax attorney as IRS commissioner. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
September 12, 2018 - 7:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the protests of many Democrats, the Senate on Wednesday evening approved President Donald Trump's choice to become the new head of the IRS. Democrats opposed the nomination because of a new Trump administration policy allowing some groups involved in politics to hide their...
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In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, Maria Butina walks with Alexander Torshin then a member of the Russian upper house of parliament in Moscow, Russia. When gun activist Maria Butina arrived in Washington in 2014 to network with the NRA, she was peddling a Russian gun rights movement that was already dead. Fellow gun enthusiasts and arms industry officials describe the strange trajectory of her Russian gun lobby project, which U.S. prosecutors say was a cover for a Russian influence campaign. Accused of working as a foreign agent, Butina faces a hearing Monday, Sept. 10 in Washington. (AP Photo/Pavel Ptitsin)
September 10, 2018 - 4:54 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge imposed a gag order Monday on the lawyers involved in the case of Maria Butina, a Russian gun rights activist accused of working in America as a secret agent for Moscow. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan also denied a defense request that Butina, 29, be released on...
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