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Hillary Clinton and Malala Yousafzai producing. An election coming. ‘Suffs’ has timing on its side

Apr. 17, 2024 12:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Shaina Taub was in the audience at “Suffs,” her buzzy and timely new musical about women’s suffrage, when she spied something that delighted her. It was intermission, and Taub, both creator and star, had been watching her understudy perform at a matinee...

The O.J. Simpson case forced domestic violence into the spotlight, boosting a movement

Apr. 12, 2024 14:01 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thirty years ago, as women’s rights advocates worked to pass the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, domestic violence was still something of a hushed topic. Then Nicole Brown Simpson’s death forced it into the spotlight. Americans riveted by the murder...

Polish lawmakers vote to move forward with work on lifting a near-total abortion ban

Apr. 12, 2024 13:30 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish lawmakers voted Friday to move forward with proposals to lift a near-total ban on abortion, a divisive issue in the traditionally Roman Catholic country, which has one of the most restrictive laws in Europe. Members of the lower house of parliament, the...

Alabama lawmakers advance bill to define sex based on reproductive systems, not identity

Apr. 11, 2024 19:23 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Thursday advanced legislation that would define who is considered a man or a woman under state law, saying it must be based on reproductive systems and not gender identity. Republicans in more than a dozen states have proposed bills this...

Iowa asks state Supreme Court to let its restrictive abortion law go into effect

Apr. 11, 2024 18:30 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to let its blocked abortion law go into effect and uphold it altogether, disputing abortion providers’ claims it infringes on women's rights to exercise bodily autonomy. The law, which bans most abortions...

Russia puts more Kremlin critics on a wanted list as its crackdown on dissent reaches new levels

Apr. 10, 2024 21:32 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Russian authorities have put more Kremlin critics on a wanted list as its crackdown against dissent reaches unprecedented levels since Moscow sent troops into Ukraine more than two years ago. Independent Russian news outlet Mediazona reported Tuesday that it...

US women's players association issues statement in support of LGBTQ rights

Apr. 09, 2024 23:23 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Women's National Team Players Association issued a statement Tuesday in support of LGBTQ rights in the wake of a controversy over midfielder Korbin Albert's social media posts. The 20-year-old Albert apologized last month for sharing anti-LGBTQ+...

Reclusive Taliban leader releases Eid message urging officials to set aside their differences

Apr. 06, 2024 07:53 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban's reclusive supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada urged his officials to set aside their differences and serve Afghanistan properly, according to a written statement released Saturday ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan. Public...

Saudi Arabia will host the women's tennis WTA Finals for the next three years

Apr. 04, 2024 08:17 AM EDT

Saudi Arabia will host the WTA Finals as part of a three-year deal announced Thursday by the women’s professional tennis tour that will increase the prize money for this November’s season-ending championship to a record $15.25 million, a 70% increase from 2023. The event for the...

After a huge setback in local elections, which way forward now for Turkey's Erdogan?

Apr. 01, 2024 12:31 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — The huge gains made by the opposition in Turkey’s local elections are raising the possibility that the long-serving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling party could step back from some of the populist leader’s more polarizing policies ahead of the next round of voting...