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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 »

Activist Dies in Reservoir She Battled Against

Chile's Nicolesa Quintreman likely fell in and drowned, say prosecutor, sister

(Newser) - A Mapuche Indian leader who became the face of Chile's environmental movement has been found floating in a reservoir she spent a decade trying to prevent from being created. Authorities say they're awaiting autopsy results, though the death appears accidental. While there's no official cause of death... 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 »

Wounded Knee Activist Russell Means Dies

He also starred in Last of the Mohicans , once ran for president

(Newser) - Russell Means, a former American Indian Movement activist who helped lead the 1973 uprising at Wounded Knee, reveled in stirring up attention, and appeared in several Hollywood films, has died. He was 72. Means died early today at his ranch in Porcupine, SD, an Ogala Sioux tribal spokeswoman said. Means... 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 »

Blind Chinese Activist Chen En Route to US

Chen Guangcheng aboard flight from Beijing

(Newser) - The blind Chinese activist whose escape from a rural village set off a diplomatic tussle between Beijing and Washington is on his way to the United States. Chen Guangcheng, his wife, and their two children were on United Airlines Flight 88, which took off from the Beijing airport en route... 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 »

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