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Afghan clerics' assembly urges recognition of Taliban govt

Jul. 02, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A three-day assembly of Islamic clerics and tribal elders in the Afghan capital concluded Saturday with pledges of support for the Taliban and calls on the international community to recognize the country's Taliban-led government. The meeting in Kabul was tailored...

Pope urges Congo, South Sudan to work for peace, prosperity

Jul. 02, 2022 08:15 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged the people and leaders of Congo and South Sudan on Saturday to “turn a page” and forge new paths of reconciliation, peace and development. Francis issued a video message on the day he had planned to begin a weeklong pilgrimage to the two African...

'Revolutionary' high court term on abortion, guns and more

Jul. 02, 2022 07:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortion, guns and religion — a major change in the law in any one of these areas would have made for a fateful Supreme Court term. In its first full term together, the court's conservative majority ruled in all three and issued other significant decisions limiting the...

NY lawmakers endorse proposed abortion rights amendment

Jul. 01, 2022 20:43 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers took the first step Friday toward amending the state constitution to enshrine abortion rights following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. Both houses of the Democrat-controlled Legislature approved a resolution to begin...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 01, 2022 18:54 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

NY faces calls to enshrine abortion rights in constitution

Jun. 30, 2022 22:55 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Democrats are considering enshrining abortion rights in the state constitution following the overturn of Roe v. Wade, possibly as part of a broader amendment that would also prohibit discrimination based on gender expression. Lawmakers held a special...

Anti-Roe justices a part of Catholicism's conservative wing

Jun. 30, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade at a time when it has an unprecedented Catholic supermajority. That's not a coincidence. Nor is it the whole story. The justices who voted to overturn Roe have been shaped by a church whose catechism affirms “the moral evil of...

Lawsuits target Virginia school board sex-assault response

Jun. 30, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A pair of lawsuits that for years has plagued Virginia's largest school system with allegations that it ignored students' accusations of sex assaults are back in front of federal judges. One of the lawsuits includes allegations of horrific abuse suffered by...

India Hindus begin pilgrimage in Kashmir amid heavy security

Jun. 30, 2022 07:08 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Thousands of Hindu devotees began an annual pilgrimage Thursday through mountain passes and meadows to an icy Himalayan cave in Indian-controlled Kashmir amid heavy security in the Muslim-majority region. Officials say pilgrims face heightened threat of...

Drug killings leave agony, savage facet to Duterte's legacy

Jun. 29, 2022 20:47 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — When Emily Soriano recounts how her 15-year-old son was gunned down with four friends and two other residents while partying in a Philippine slum six years ago, she weeps in grief and anger like the massacre happened yesterday. Police concluded at the...