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Two French women charged over 'racist' stabbing of veiled Muslim women

Paris - Two women accused of stabbing two other women wearing Muslim headscarves near the Eiffel Tower in Paris and trying to rip off their veils have been charged with assault and racist slurs, legal sources told AFP on Thursday.

Black gymnast says career derailed by racism in Brazil

S - Brazilian gymnast Angelo Assumpcao still wonders how far he could have gone if not for the decision he says derailed his career: speaking out against the racism he was subjected to by his white teammates.Could he have made the Olympics? Won a medal?

Family hopes for justice as policeman charged in black woman's 2019 death

Washington - The family of a black woman shot dead 16 months ago by a Texas police officer said justice was closer Thursday after the officer was charged in her death.

Family of US police shooting victim settles civil case for $12mn

Washington - Relatives of Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed in a police shooting in her own home, announced Tuesday they have settled their wrongful death suit with the US city of Louisville for $12 million, as well as promises of local law enforcement reforms.

Guns and trucks at Oregon protest to defend Trump's America

Oregon City - Hundreds of Donald Trump's supporters gathered for a large motorcade in support of the US president and police near Portland, where anti-racism activists have clashed continuously with law enforcement for more than 100 days.

Charges dropped against US black man tried six times for one crime

Washington - US prosecutors dropped charges Friday against a black man who was tried six times and spent more than 20 years in prison for the same murders.Curtis Flowers served 23 years for a quadruple murder committed in Mississippi in 1996.

Anti-racism protests in Portland will carry on: professor

Portland - The anti-racism protests that have taken place in Portland almost daily since May have become a hot issue in the US presidential race and will probably continue for some time, says University of Oregon political scientist Joe Lowndes.

Violence against African Americans that sparked furious protest

Washington - Their names are angrily chanted at demonstrations across the United States: they are the African Americans who suffered violence this year -- mostly deadly bloodshed at the hands of police -- that has galvanized protests around the world.

French journalist recounts police violence, racism as undercover officer

Paris - Racial or homophobic insults, gratuitous violence, a colleague's suicide: a journalist on Thursday detailed his undercover experience in France's police force where he said abuse was commonplace, if only among a handful of officers.

US on brink as vigilantes, guns and hate stoke fears ahead of election

Washington - Shootings that left three dead at protests against police brutality have stoked fears of rising violence as a deeply divided US heads into elections amid economic collapse, a deadly pandemic and the worst social upheaval since the 1960s.

Trudeau condemns toppling of statue of Canada's first prime minister

Montr - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday condemned the weekend toppling of a statue of Canada's first prime minister in Montreal by anti-racism activists, saying a focus on improving society today, and not historical wrongs, will best advance the fight ...

France opens racism probe after magazine depicts black MP as slave

Paris - French prosecutors on Monday opened a probe into allegations of racism after a right-wing magazine published images depicting a black woman MP as a slave, prompting a nationwide outcry.

Kenosha looks to love for recovery from riots and destruction

Kenosha - Messages calling for love and unity have bloomed on boarded-up storefronts in Kenosha, the small lakefront city in the US state of Wisconsin where anti-racism protests this week degenerated into deadly clashes.

Paris's 'Little Africa' fights back against racist stereotypes

Paris - Branded a "no-go zone" by Fox News in the wake of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks, the Goutte d'Or neighbourhood of northern Paris has long been shunned by outsiders as a den of crime, prostitution and drugs.

America divided two months after death of Floyd

Washington - One after another, statues recalling slavery in America keep coming down, and night after night demonstrators taunt police in a groundswell of anger over brutality against people of color.

US black kids die at higher rates than white ones after surgery: study

Washington - African-American children in the United States have a 3.5 times greater risk of dying from an operation than white kids, according to a study out Monday based on tens of thousands of children.

Trump idea of 'National Garden of American Heroes' raises questions

Washington - A new national park populated with statues of "American heroes"? The surprise idea, proposed by President Donald Trump over the July 4 holiday weekend, hardly seems likely to calm the partisan passions deeply dividing the American people.

Ex-officers charged in George Floyd killing due in court

Minneapolis - The former police officer charged with killing George Floyd and three others accused of abetting the African American's murder were to appear in court Monday, in a case that has touched off a global reckoning over racial inequality.

Mississippi votes to remove Confederate symbol from state flag

Jackson - Lawmakers in Mississippi voted Sunday to remove the Confederate battle standard from the state flag, after nationwide protests drew renewed attention to symbols of the United States' racist past.

Princeton University removes Woodrow Wilson's name from school

Washington - Princeton University said Saturday it was removing the name of president Woodrow Wilson from its public policy school and a residential college, calling the former US leader a racist.

'The Simpsons' ends white actors voicing characters of color

Los Angeles - The Simpsons will no longer use white actors to dub ethnic minority characters, the producers of the long-running animated series announced Friday.

NASA renames Washington HQ for 'Hidden Figures' trailblazer

Washington - NASA said Wednesday that it will rename its Washington headquarters after its first black female engineer, Mary Jackson, whose story was told in the hit film "Hidden Figures.""Mary W.

Confederate statues fall as winds of change buffet American South

Richmond - Armed with a brush, Carolyn McCrea furiously scrubs the grey marble. Someone has written "WLM" -- "White Lives Matter" -- on the only statue of a black man on this avenue in Richmond, Virginia, and she intends to wash away the affront.

Trudeau supports opposition head expelled from Parliament over racism row

Montr - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday stood behind the leader of an opposition party who had been temporarily thrown out of Parliament for accusing another member of racism.

US civil rights groups call for Facebook ad boycott over hate speech

San Francisco - US civil rights groups have called for advertisers to boycott Facebook in July, saying hate speech and incitement to violence are not being moderated on the platform.

Statue of famous Italian journalist defaced in Milan

Rome - A statue in Milan of a famous Italian journalist has been sprayed red and tagged with the words "racist, rapist", becoming the country's first statue targeted since a wave of similar incidents across Europe and the United States.

French protesters clash with police at anti-racism protests

Paris - Police clashed with demonstrators in Paris and Lyon Saturday, firing tear gas and water cannons as thousands turned out across France for the latest wave of protests against racism and police violence.

French hold protests against police violence

Paris - Thousands of people gathered across France on Saturday to protest at racism and police violence as public anger grows after a raft of complaints against officers and in the wake of the death of George Floyd in the United States.

US dictionary Merriam-Webster to change its definition of racism

New York - The American reference dictionary Merriam-Webster will change its definition of the word racism at the suggestion of a young black woman, who wanted it to better reflect the oppression of people of color.

Please bring supplies: How US protests are coordinated online

Washington - Dinanda Pramesti, a 26-year-old communications worker, dropped off bags of food and supplies for protestors at a demonstration in Washington this week, heeding an urgent call made through a social media group.
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