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France OKs bill legalizing IVF for lesbians, single women

Oct. 15, 2019 1:15 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France's lower house of parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that aims to give single women and lesbian couples legal access to in vitro fertilization, egg freezing and fertility medication. The assisted reproduction measures are part of a broader bioethics bill voted by the...

Effort to nix English immersion in Arizona finds support

Oct. 13, 2019 12:56 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Nearly two decades after getting Arizona voters' approval, a law mandating an English-only education for non-native speakers may get repealed in 2020. Democratic Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman intends to make a repeal a top priority and is seeing support even from some...

Cherokee Nation plans $16M investment in language program

Sep. 27, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The new chief of the Cherokee Nation plans to invest $16 million into the Oklahoma-based tribe's language preservation program, including a new cabinet-level position focused on its language, culture and community. Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. announced the "Durbin Feeling...

Michigan Rep. Tlaib's campaign pushing impeachment T-shirts

Sep. 27, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib's re-election campaign is promoting T-shirts with a slogan calling for Donald Trump's impeachment that include a two-letter acronym for a profanity that she used in reference to the president early this year. Tlaib's campaign started promoting the T-Shirts that...

2 Greta Thunberg books coming out in the United States

Sep. 19, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg has two books coming out in the United States, including an English-language edition of her memoir. Penguin Press announced Thursday that it will release Thunberg's memoir "Our House Is On Fire" and a collection of her speeches, "No One Is Too...

Cameroon's president calls for national dialogue, surrender

Sep. 10, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Cameroon's president said during a public address Tuesday night that he is organizing a national dialogue for the end of the month on all the crises facing the country, including violence that has killed thousands in its Anglophone regions. President Paul Biya, who rarely addresses...

Correction: China-Xinjiang-Banished Textbooks story

Sep. 3, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — In an Aug. 28 story about Uighur textbook editor Yalqun Rozi, The Associated Press reported incorrectly comments made by linguist Abduweli Ayup. Ayup said Rozi was able to publish sensitive books because of his ties with censorship officials, not that he was able to use those connections to...

Review: A captivating new novel about word-obsessed twins

Sep. 3, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

"The Grammarians: a Novel" (Sarah Crichton Books/FSG), by Cathleen Schine Cathleen Schine's captivating new novel, "The Grammarians," centers on a pair of identical twins named Daphne and Laurel, after the Greek myth of transformation, and their obsessive love of language. It's also about their family, and what...

Yes, Oui, Si, and Hai: Interpreters ready for Tokyo Olympics

Aug. 29, 2019 12:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Alexandre Ponomarev is the chief interpreter for next year's Tokyo's Olympics. He speaks more than a half dozen languages: Russian, English, Spanish, French, German, Danish and Ukrainian. And he can get by in a handful of others. But at times, even he needs an interpreter — for...

The Latest: France invites Iran to G-7 to ease tensions

Aug. 25, 2019 10:18 AM EDT

BIARRITZ, France (AP) — The Latest on the Group of Seven leaders' summit (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A senior French official says France invited Iran's foreign minister to the venue of the G-7 summit to try to ease tensions over its nuclear program. The official said the decision to invite Jawad Zarif on...