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Arguments over rape and incest divide abortion opponents

May. 24, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

Even as the anti-abortion movement celebrates the sweeping bans passed in several states, it's divided by a widening rift over whether those prohibitions should apply to victims of rape and incest. The debate pits those who believe any abortion is immoral against those who worry that a no-exception stance could...

China ramps up war of rhetoric in trade standoff with US

May. 24, 2019 7:12 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Stepping up Beijing's propaganda offensive in the tariffs standoff with Washington, Chinese state media on Friday accused the U.S. of seeking to "colonize global business" with moves against Huawei and other Chinese technology companies. There was no word from either side on progress toward...

Governor appoints American With Disabilities Act coordinator

May. 24, 2019 6:53 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has appointed the state's first-ever Americans With Disabilities Act coordinator to establish the state as a model employer of people with disabilities. The announcement was a follow-up to an executive order the Republican governor signed on his first day in...

Outcry over summoning of French journalists by intel agency

May. 24, 2019 6:52 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders is urging French authorities to explain why the country's intelligence agency summoned eight journalists working on sensitive stories. Secretary-general Christophe Deloire says the watchdog fears "an attempt to intimidate the journalists and their...

Same-sex couples start registering marriages in Taiwan

May. 24, 2019 6:23 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Hundreds of same-sex couples in Taiwan rushed to get married Friday, the first day a landmark decision that legalized same-sex marriage took effect. Taiwan became the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage last week in a legislative vote on a cause that the island's LGBT...

The Latest: SKorea says it's discussing 5G security with US

May. 24, 2019 6:12 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on trade tensions between the U.S. and China (all times local): 6:10 p.m. South Korea says it's discussing security issues regarding its 5G, or fifth generation, cellphone networks with the United States following a report the Trump administration is demanding that Seoul join a...

US charges WikiLeaks founder with publishing classified info

May. 24, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case with significant First Amendment implications, the U.S. filed new charges Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources. The...

The Latest: Assange lawyer says charges threaten journalists

May. 24, 2019 12:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (all times local): 5:10 p.m. A lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says the "unprecedented charges" against his client threaten all journalists looking to inform the public about actions taken by the American...

Mexican congress approves safeguards for new National Guard

May. 23, 2019 11:23 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Congress approved a series of safeguards Thursday intended to prevent abuses under the country's new militarized police force known as the National Guard. Critics worry the National Guard may transfer military practices to the subtleties of police work including rules of...

Brazil's supreme court votes to make homophobia a crime

May. 23, 2019 11:09 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A majority in Brazil's supreme court has voted to make homophobia and transphobia crimes like racism, a decision coming amid fears the country's far-right president will roll back LGBT social gains. Six of the Supreme Federal Tribunal's 11 judges have voted in favor of the measure....