Rights activist, archaeologist, architect honored in Spain

Oct 28, 2022, 10:23 AM | Updated: 4:37 pm
Archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for S...

Archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

(AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

OVIEDO, Spain (AP) — The Polish editor-in-chief of one of Eastern Europe’s most popular newspapers on Friday urged those who believe in democracy to defeat the Russian president in his invasion of Ukraine and warned against the rise of “populism, nationalism and authoritarianism” in the West.

Adam Michnik, a human rights activist turned editor of Poland’s liberal Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper, delivered a passionate speech upon receiving this year’s Princess of Asturias Award for communication and humanities.

A team of refugee Olympic athletes, a celebrated Mexican archaeologist and a Japanese architect were among the other prize winners honored Friday at an event attended by Spain’s royal family. The awards are considered among the most prestigious in the Spanish-speaking world.

“(Vladimir) Putin cannot win this war,” Michnik said during the royal gala in the northern Spanish city of Oviedo.

He said the conflict in Ukraine is “a war against the democratic world as a whole.”

“We have sought to defend two essential values, freedom and truth, now threatened by the criminal aggression of Putin against Ukraine,” Michnik added.

Michnik was a dissident who was a prominent figure in Poland’s Solidarity pro-democracy movement and was imprisoned in the 1980s for his efforts to end his country’s repressive communist rule. The awards jury said Michnik had risen to become “a symbol of freedom of speech.”

Other prize winners had equally dazzling achievements. Eduardo Matos Moctezuma led the excavation of the Great Aztec Temple in Mexico City, a landmark event in the archaeological world, earning him this year’s award in the social sciences category.

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban took the Concord Prize for his pioneering work on designing temporary shelters for people affected by natural disasters and armed conflict.

Ellen MacArthur, a British sailor who set world solo yachting records before creating a charity that advocates for a sustainable way of life, received the Asturias award for international cooperation.

The Olympic Refugee Foundation and the refugee Olympics team, who the prize jury said enshrined the values of integration, education, solidarity and humanity, took the sports prize.

Four foreign scientists got the technical and scientific research prize for their pioneering work in artificial intelligence.

Juan Mayorga, one of Spain’s most popular and respected playwrights, won the award for literature.

The fine arts award went to two renowned figures from the world of flamenco, singer Carmen Linares and choreographer-dancer María Pagés, both from southern Spain, for modernizing the Spanish dance form.

The prizes, which earn the winners 50,000 euros ($49,800), are handed out annually by a foundation named for Spanish Crown Princess Leonor.

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AP reporters Aritz Parra in Oviedo, Spain, and Barry Hatton in Lisbon, Portugal, contributed to this report.

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              Archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Sailor Ellen MacArthur walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spanish writer Juan Mayorga, winner of Princess of Asturias Award for Literature walks with the trophy during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spanish King Felipe VI speaks during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Yann LeCun, right, and Demis Hassabis walk after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Leonor, Princess of Asturias walks to deliver her speech at the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Yann LeCun, right, and Demis Hassabis walk after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              From left: Spanish King Felipe VI, Spanish Queen Letizia, Leonor, Princess of Asturias and her sister Sofia leave the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Polish historian, essayist, former dissident Adam Michnik gestures after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Sailor Ellen MacArthur walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spanish writer Juan Mayorga, winner of Princess of Asturias Award for Literature walks with the trophy during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spanish King Felipe VI speaks during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Yann LeCun, right, and Demis Hassabis walk after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Leonor, Princess of Asturias walks to deliver her speech at the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Yann LeCun, right, and Demis Hassabis walk after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              From left: Spanish King Felipe VI, Spanish Queen Letizia, Leonor, Princess of Asturias and her sister Sofia leave the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Polish historian, essayist, former dissident Adam Michnik gestures after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Sailor Ellen MacArthur walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spanish writer Juan Mayorga, winner of Princess of Asturias Award for Literature walks with the trophy during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spanish King Felipe VI speaks during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Yann LeCun, right, and Demis Hassabis walk after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Leonor, Princess of Asturias walks to deliver her speech at the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Yann LeCun, right, and Demis Hassabis walk after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              From left: Spanish King Felipe VI, Spanish Queen Letizia, Leonor, Princess of Asturias and her sister Sofia leave the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Polish historian, essayist, former dissident Adam Michnik gestures after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Sailor Ellen MacArthur walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spanish writer Juan Mayorga, winner of Princess of Asturias Award for Literature walks with the trophy during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spanish King Felipe VI speaks during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Yann LeCun, right, and Demis Hassabis walk after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Leonor, Princess of Asturias walks to deliver her speech at the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Yann LeCun, right, and Demis Hassabis walk after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              From left: Spanish King Felipe VI, Spanish Queen Letizia, Leonor, Princess of Asturias and her sister Sofia leave the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Polish historian, essayist, former dissident Adam Michnik gestures after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Sailor Ellen MacArthur walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spanish writer Juan Mayorga, winner of Princess of Asturias Award for Literature walks with the trophy during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spanish King Felipe VI speaks during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Yann LeCun, right, and Demis Hassabis walk after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Leonor, Princess of Asturias walks to deliver her speech at the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Yann LeCun, right, and Demis Hassabis walk after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              From left: Spanish King Felipe VI, Spanish Queen Letizia, Leonor, Princess of Asturias and her sister Sofia leave the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Polish historian, essayist, former dissident Adam Michnik gestures after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Sailor Ellen MacArthur walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spanish writer Juan Mayorga, winner of Princess of Asturias Award for Literature walks with the trophy during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spanish King Felipe VI speaks during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Yann LeCun, right, and Demis Hassabis walk after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Leonor, Princess of Asturias walks to deliver her speech at the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Yann LeCun, right, and Demis Hassabis walk after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              From left: Spanish King Felipe VI, Spanish Queen Letizia, Leonor, Princess of Asturias and her sister Sofia leave the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Polish historian, essayist, former dissident Adam Michnik gestures after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Sailor Ellen MacArthur walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spanish writer Juan Mayorga, winner of Princess of Asturias Award for Literature walks with the trophy during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spanish King Felipe VI speaks during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Yann LeCun, right, and Demis Hassabis walk after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Leonor, Princess of Asturias walks to deliver her speech at the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Yann LeCun, right, and Demis Hassabis walk after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              From left: Spanish King Felipe VI, Spanish Queen Letizia, Leonor, Princess of Asturias and her sister Sofia leave the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Polish historian, essayist, former dissident Adam Michnik gestures after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Archaeologist Eduardo Matos Moctezuma walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Sailor Ellen MacArthur walks after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spanish writer Juan Mayorga, winner of Princess of Asturias Award for Literature walks with the trophy during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spanish King Felipe VI speaks during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Yann LeCun, right, and Demis Hassabis walk after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Leonor, Princess of Asturias walks to deliver her speech at the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Yann LeCun, right, and Demis Hassabis walk after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              From left: Spanish King Felipe VI, Spanish Queen Letizia, Leonor, Princess of Asturias and her sister Sofia leave the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Polish historian, essayist, former dissident Adam Michnik gestures after being awarded with Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spectators applaud during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              From left: Leonor, Princess of Asturias, her father Spanish King Felipe VI, her mother Spanish Queen Letizia and her sister Sofia applaud during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Musicians walk to attend at the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Musicians perform before the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              Spanish writer Juan Mayorga, winner of Princess of Asturias Award for Literature speaks during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              From left: Leonor, Princess of Asturias, her father Spanish King Felipe VI, her mother Spanish Queen Letizia and her sister Sofia applaud during the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              A worker cleans a blue carpet for arrivals before the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
            
              People stand on balconies before the 2022 Princess of Asturias Awards ceremony in Oviedo, northern Spain, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The awards, named after the heir to the Spanish throne, are among the most important in the Spanish-speaking world. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

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Judge denies bid for new trial in Whitmer kidnapping case

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a new trial request by two men convicted of conspiring to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Lawyers for Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. alleged misconduct by a juror and unfairness by U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker following their conviction by a federal jury […]
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Judge denies 19-year-old’s ask to attend father’s execution

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request from a 19-year-old woman to allow her to watch her father’s death by injection, upholding a Missouri law that bars anyone under 21 from witnessing an execution. Kevin Johnson is set to be executed Tuesday for killing Kirkwood, Missouri, Police Officer William McEntee in […]
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US nuclear waste repository begins filling new disposal area

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Workers at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository have started using a newly mined disposal area at the underground facility in southern New Mexico. Officials at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant made the announcement this week, saying the first containers of waste to be entombed in the new area came […]
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New state voter fraud units finding few cases from midterms

WASHINGTON (AP) — State-level law enforcement units created after the 2020 presidential election to investigate voter fraud are looking into scattered complaints more than two weeks after the midterms but have provided no indication of systemic problems. That’s just what election experts had expected and led critics to suggest that the new units were more […]
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Liability finding in Conley rape allegation to be appealed

CLEVELAND (AP) — An attorney is vowing an appeal for a woman found liable by a civil jury for malicious prosecution in a rape allegation she made against a former Ohio State football standout more than five years ago. The woman’s attorney, Patrick Thomas, said his client “deserves justice and patiently waited for her day […]
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