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Black councilman nudges Portland center on post-protest path

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s largest city was at the center of the movement to defund the police amid outrage that swept the nation after the murder of George Floyd, but more than a year later the s...

Catholic bishops seek answers in rising vandalism incidents

(RNS) — It was after a pair of Catholic churches caught ablaze last summer, one in Southern California and another in Florida, that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops decided to start documenting...

Ex-New England Patriot Patrick Chung charged with assault

QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Former New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung was charged Tuesday in Massachusetts with assault and battery on a family or household member. Chung, 34, appear...

'Lawless city?' Worry after Portland police don't stop chaos

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A crowd of 100 people wreaked havoc in downtown Portland, Oregon, this week – smashing storefront windows, lighting dumpsters on fire and causing at least $500,000 in damage – bu...

Graffiti in English and German found on Auschwitz barracks

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police and prosecutors in southern Poland are investigating graffiti in English and German that appeared on multiple buildings at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, the site of the f...

Flag-wearing man throws Molotov cocktail into Austin Dems HQ

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An arson investigation was underway after a man wearing an American flag bandanna threw a Molotov cocktail into the headquarters of the county Democratic Party in Austin. ...

'Devious licks' videos of damage, thefts bedevil US schools

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kids across the U.S. are posting TikTok videos of themselves vandalizing school bathrooms and stealing soap dispensers and even turf from football fields, bedeviling school adminis...

Fate of California Gov. Gavin Newsom hangs on recall vote

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — With Gov. Gavin Newsom’s fate at stake, Californians on Tuesday cast the last of the ballots that will decide whether he continues to lead them or if the nation’s most populo...

Refugees in Istanbul: Is anti-migrant sentiment growing in Turkey?

For years now, the Istanbul district of Yusufpasa has attracted migrants and refugees fleeing from war. Its inhabitants come from all over the world — but Syrians most visibly shape everyday lif...

Turkey: Anti-foreigner sentiment boils over in Ankara riots

It all began on Tuesday evening when a street fight erupted between two groups of youths in Altindag, a district of the Turkish capital, Ankara. In the violent confrontation between some Syrian migran...

UN rights chief urges release of Cuban protesters

PARIS (AP) — The U.N. rights chief is urging the release of all those detained in Cuba’s protests and calling on the government to address their grievances. In a s...

Cuba's leader lays some blame for protests on his government

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel for the first time is offering some self-criticism while saying that government shortcomings in handling shortages and other problems played a role in t...

Cuba's president says government has some blame for protests

HAVANA (AP) — Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel on Wednesday acknowledged shortcomings in his government's handling of shortages and of neglecting certain sectors, but he urged Cubans to not act with ...

Indonesian cleric gets 4 years for concealing COVID-19 test

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An influential firebrand cleric was sentenced to another four years in prison in Indonesia on Thursday for concealing information about his coronavirus test result. ...

Europol: Extremists sought to use pandemic to spread hate

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Extremists sought to use the global pandemic to “spread hate propaganda and exacerbate mistrust in public institutions” in 2020, the European Union's police agency said T...