Europe’s voters elect new parliament as nationalism mounts

Europe 05/25/19, 23:13

Bulgarians are voting in the European Parliament elections after a series of scandals overshadowed the debate on key issues of the EU's future.Voters on Sunday are casting ballots for their country's 17 seats in the 751-member European Parliament. The vote is seen as a test for the center-right party of ...

Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest

U.S. 05/25/19, 09:47

Nearly two decades after the Aryan Nations' Idaho compound was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest.White nationalism has been on the rise across the U.S., but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the Aryans espoused hate and violence for years.The neo-Nazi group ...

Tens of thousands rally against nationalism before EU votes

Europe 05/19/19, 10:53

Tens of thousands of demonstrators opposed to right-wing populism and nationalism took to the streets in a number of European cities before May 23-26 elections to the European Parliament.Marches in Germany were held under the banner of "One Europe for Everyone: Your Voice Against Nationalism" in cities including Berlin, Cologne, ...

India’s ruling party takes election battle to West Bengal

Asia & Pacific 05/17/19, 05:35

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken his ruling party's fight to the state of West Bengal, where it hopes to retain a majority in staggered general elections concluding this week by diluting the strength of a formidable opponent, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.The battle pitting the Bharatiya Janata Party's divisive ...

China voices strength, pushes nationalism around trade war

World 05/15/19, 06:32

What do tilapia, Jane Austen and Chinese revolutionary poster art have in common? All have been used to rally public support around China's position in its trade dispute with the U.S., as the ruling Communist Party takes a more aggressive approach — projecting stability and stirring up nationalistic sentiment in the ...

Update: May Day: German unions urge against nationalism

Europe 05/01/19, 04:25

The Latest on rallies and events marking May Day around the world (all times local):10 a.m.Ahead of a May Day rally in over a dozen German cities, Germany's biggest trade unions are urging voters to participate in this month's European elections and reject nationalism and right-wing populism.Myanmar workers shout slogan ...

Deeply divided, Spaniards vote with eye on far-right’s rise

Europe 04/28/19, 02:04

A divided Spain is voting in its third general election in four years, with all eyes on whether the rise of conservative nationalism will allow the right wing to unseat the incumbent prime minister.Pedro Sánchez is set to win the most votes, but his Socialists seem far from scoring a ...

Vineeta Deepak to lead ‘s coverage of South Asia region

Asia & Pacific 04/17/19, 20:08

The Associated Press on Wednesday named Vineeta Deepak, an experienced video journalist and bedrock member of its Indian staff, as its South Asia news director to lead coverage of a region stretching from the heights of the Himalayas to the tropics of the Indian Ocean.From her base in the Indian ...

Polls open in 1st phase of India’s lengthy general election

Asia & Pacific 04/10/19, 21:20

Polls have opened in the first phase of India's general elections.Voters in 18 Indian states and two Union Territories began casting ballots on Thursday, the first day of a seven-phase election staggered over six weeks in the country of 1.3 billion people.The election, the world's largest democratic exercise, is seen ...

Capitol Hill hearing on online hate sees it firsthand

U.S. 04/09/19, 11:39

A congressional hearing on online hate turned into a vivid demonstration of the problem Tuesday when a YouTube livestream of the proceedings was bombarded with racist and anti-Semitic comments. YouTube disabled the live chat section of the streaming video about 30 minutes into the hearing because of what it called "hateful ...

Update: Lawmakers criticize social media for hate crimes

Business 04/09/19, 09:55

The Latest on the House Judiciary Committee hearing on white nationalism and social media (all times local):10:45 a.m.A Congressional committee hearing on white nationalism has begun with statements criticizing the spread of hate crimes in the U.S. and social media's role in the spread.FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019, ...

Facebook, Google face House hearing on white nationalism

Business 04/09/19, 09:16

Executives from Google and Facebook are facing Congress Tuesday to answer questions about their role in the spread of hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. Neil Potts, Facebook's director of public policy and Alexandria Walden, counsel for free expression and human rights at Google, will speak ...

Macron’s pro-EU party kicks off European Parliament campaign

Europe 03/30/19, 04:02

With Brexit looming and nationalism rising, French President Emmanuel Macron's pro-EU party is launching its campaign for the European Parliament elections.The centrist Republic on the Move party and allies are holding a rally Saturday in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers. The grouping calls itself Renaissance.Polls suggest Renaissance will be among ...

Facebook extends ban on hate speech to ‘white nationalists’

Tech 03/27/19, 12:03

Facebook is extending its ban on hate speech to prohibit the promotion and support of white nationalism and white separatism.The company previously allowed such material even though it has long banned "white supremacists." The social network says it hadn't applied its ban to expressions of white nationalism because it previously ...

Iconic Palestinian robe fashions a new political symbol

World 02/12/19, 01:27

The traditional brightly embroidered dress of Palestinian women known as the "thobe" was not the type of garment one would expect to become a pop political symbol.Now it's gaining prominence as a softer expression of Palestinian nationalism, competing even with the classic keffiyeh — the headscarf donned by young stone-throwing ...

Iran’s Islamic Revolution inspired, divided militants

Asia & Pacific 02/10/19, 02:01

Inspired in part by Iran's Islamic Revolution, a young Egyptian army lieutenant emptied his machine gun into President Anwar Sadat in 1981, killing a leader who made peace with Israel and offered the shah a refuge after his overthrow.The assassination carried out by Khalid al-Islambouli and others from a Sunni ...

German leader Merkel get Fulbright, stresses cooperation

Europe 01/28/19, 14:23

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed the need Monday for international cooperation to fight the rise of nationalism and populism, citing the role the U.S. played after World War II in helping establish a free and democratic Germany and Western Europe. Speaking after receiving the prestigious Fulbright Prize for International Understanding, Merkel ...

Interview: UAE sees Pope’s visit as way to build bridges

World 01/24/19, 12:39

As the United Arab Emirates prepares to host Pope Francis in February, the country's minister of tolerance said the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula will contribute to building bridges at a time of growing nationalism and insularism around the world.Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan spoke with The ...

Germany, France sign treaty building on 1963 Elysee accord

Europe 01/22/19, 05:54

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Tuesday against rising nationalism in Europe and called for a revival of cross-border cooperation as she and her French counterpart signed a pact renewing their countries' decades-long friendship.The new accord was inked in the ancient western German city of Aachen exactly 56 years after the ...

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