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Activist: Video Shows Kenneka Jenkins Walk Into Freezer Alone

(Newser) - A Chicago activist says he has seen proof that some of the darker theories surrounding the death of teenager Kenneka Jenkins are untrue. Andrew Holmes says he has watched surveillance video that shows the 19-year-old walk into the Crowne Plaza hotel's walk-in freezer by herself, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.... More »

Woman May Go to Prison for Laughing in Sessions' Hearing

Activist Desiree Fairooz is currently on trial for the outburst

(Newser) - Laughter may be the best medicine, but it's a lawyer, not a doctor, that a Code Pink activist now needs for guffawing during Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate confirmation hearing. HuffPost reports that 61-year-old Desiree Fairooz is on trial this week after being arrested by US Capitol Police for... More »

Well-Known Ferguson Activist Found Dead in Burning Car

Darren Seals had been shot, St. Louis County cops say

(Newser) - A Missouri man who became a familiar face in the protests against the Michael Brown police shooting in Ferguson was himself killed Tuesday, St. Louis County police say. The St. Louis American reports that officers discovered the body of 29-year-old Darren Seals (the police are spelling his name as "... More »

'World's Longest Hunger Strike' Is About to End

Irom Sharmila says her 16-year fast will end Aug. 9

(Newser) - Irom Sharmila hasn't eaten in 16 years. Since November 2000, the 44-year-old activist from Manipur, India, has been force-fed through a tube in her nose in a hospital prison cell as she protests the country's Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which gives security forces freedom to kill suspects... More »

Sanders Loves Pope's Mention of 'Radical' Activist

He like pontiff's praise of Dorothy Day

(Newser) - Pope Francis made a historic appearance before Congress today, and one person especially pleased with his speech was Bernie Sanders. The Vermont senator tells CNN he loved the reference to Dorothy Day, a "radical Catholic activist," per the Washington Post , who founded the Catholic Worker Movement and fought... More »

Whiz-Kid Cartographer Tracks ISIS From His Bedroom

Thomas van Linge is respected war-zone mapmaker—and he's only 19

(Newser) - Thomas van Linge has become one of the most respected cartographers around when it comes to tracking global conflicts, including the advances of ISIS, Boko Haram, and separatists in Ukraine. His highly detailed, color-coded maps have been picked up by CNN, the New York Times, and the Huffington Post, among... More »

Chinese Cops Bust Poet Over Umbrella

Item confiscated from Wang Zang's home amid Hong Kong protests

(Newser) - A Chinese poet could reportedly face three years in prison, and it's all because of an umbrella. Wang Zang posted a picture of himself online holding an umbrella—and, it should be noted, sporting a one-fingered salute—after said rain shields, also used to block tear gas, became a... More »

Far-Right Activist Shot Self: Ukraine

Sashko Bily's death an accident: interior ministry

(Newser) - The death of a Ukrainian far-right activist in a shoot-out last week came at his own hands, the country's interior ministry says: Sashko Bily, as he is known, accidentally shot himself twice while police tried to arrest him. The first shot just grazed him, but the second was fatal,... More »

What It Was Like to Execute 62 People

Jerry Givens describes 17 years as a Virginia's executioner

(Newser) - Jerry Givens is on a campaign to end capital punishment, and he comes to the issue with a pretty unique perspective: He worked for Virginia's department of corrections for 25 years, and was its executioner from 1982 to 1999. "When I accepted the job, there was nobody on... More »

Activist's Brother Sues China Cops for 'Wrecking' Home

Police 'scaled walls' of home after Chen Guangcheng escaped: brother

(Newser) - Shortly after China learned that blind activist Chen Guangcheng had escaped from house arrest, police muscled their way into his oldest brother's home, the brother says. Now, Chen Guangfu is suing police and the local government for "scaling the walls of his home and for wrecking his home,... More »

Pakistan Holds Day of Prayer for Malala

Young activist shot by the Taliban remains in critical condition

(Newser) - With Malala Yousufzai hospitalized , people across Pakistan are holding a day of prayer for the teen activist who was shot by the Taliban, reports the BBC . Meanwhile, police in Swat Valley say they arrested three suspects, all between the ages 17 of 22, NBC News reports. The three say the... More »

Docs Remove Taliban Bullet From Pakistan Girl

She's still unconscious, but her condition is improving

(Newser) - A team of military and civilian surgeons have removed the bullet from 14-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousufzai, who was shot by the Taliban yesterday as she was returning home from school. There are conflicting reports about where the bullet was located—the AP says it was in her neck, while... More »

14-Year-Old Activist Shot in Pakistan

Diarist Malala Yousufzai injured in attack

(Newser) - A 14-year-old activist has been wounded after being shot in Pakistan, and the Taliban is taking credit. Malala Yousufzai, who penned a diary for the BBC about her experiences under Taliban rule, will recover, reports say. Accounts of the Swat region attack differ: One report says a gunman halted schoolgirls... More »

Cambodian Activist, 71, Sentenced to 20 Years

Sonando accused of attempting to overthrow government

(Newser) - Cambodian-French radio broadcaster and activist Sonando, 71, has been sentenced to 20 years in jail for attempting to overthrow the country's government, according to a Phnom Penh court. Some 13 others were also found guilty of inciting a rebellion among villagers, Reuters reports. Sonando pleaded not guilty to the... More »

Decade After Her Death, US Activist's Case Nears End

Pro-Palestinian Rachel Corrie killed by bulldozer

(Newser) - It's been almost ten years since a 23-year-old American activist was killed by an Israeli bulldozer—and after 15 hearings, her court case could finally end tomorrow. The family of Rachel Corrie has spent some $200,000 on a civil lawsuit against Israel's military that has dragged on... More »

GOP Activist Accused of Multiple Rapes

Utah conservative Gregory Peterson faces life in prison

(Newser) - A Republican activist is accused of multiple rapes, and faces up to life in prison if convicted. Gregory Peterson, 37, was a frequent host of barbecues and gatherings for GOP power players in his home state of Utah, which included the likes of Senator Orrin Hatch and Governor Gary Herbert.... More »

Jailed Iran Activists: Guards Help Criminals Rape Us

They provide condoms to encourage it, smuggled letters say

(Newser) - Iranian prison guards are systematically encouraging other prisoners to rape young opposition activists, even giving them condoms to do so with, according to letters smuggled out from jailed activists. “In various cells inside the prison, rape has become a common act and acceptable,” writes one Participation Front member... More »

Post-9/11, FBI Tracks Some Unlikely Terrorists

Without much 'real' terrorism, FBI targets government critics

(Newser) - The FBI has combed through Scott Crow's email, phone records, and garbage, installed a camera across the street from his home, and infiltrated his political meetings with at least five informants. His crimes? A few trespassing charges stemming from political demonstrations. But in the wake of 9/11 and the... More »

Guy With Obama-as-Hitler Sign Attacked

Witnesses say victim is supporter of activist Lyndon LaRouche

(Newser) - A man and his anti-Obama sign were attacked Monday morning in a San Francisco neighborhood, CBS San Francisco reports. The 29-year-old man had set up a table with political literature, and witnesses say he had an "Impeach Obama" sign showing President Obama sporting a Hitler mustache. A man and... More »

AIDS Activist Slams 'Do- Nothing' Obama

Prez 'has been useless' on HIV, gay issues

(Newser) - The man who first warned of the AIDS epidemic blasted President Obama on World AIDS Day yesterday. “Mr. Do-Nothing Obama will say today ‘Let’s think of all the poor dead people’—or ‘let’s honor all the dead’—instead of fighting for the living,... More »

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