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USC cancels graduation keynote by filmmaker amid controversy over decision to drop student's speech

Apr. 19, 2024 22:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California further shook up its commencement plans Friday, announcing the cancelation of a keynote speech by filmmaker Jon M. Chu just days after making the controversial choice to disallow the student valedictorian from speaking. The...

Once a fringe Indian ideology, Hindu nationalism is now mainstream, thanks to Modi's decade in power

Apr. 18, 2024 20:49 PM EDT

AHMEDABAD, India (AP) — Hindu nationalism, once a fringe ideology in India, is now mainstream. Nobody has done more to advance this cause than Prime Minister Narendra Modi, one of India’s most beloved and polarizing political leaders. And no entity has had more influence on his...

Protests, heightened terror threat mean tight security at Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden

Apr. 17, 2024 09:44 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Security will be tight during next month’s Eurovision Song Contest in the southern Sweden city of Malmo, police said Wednesday, citing demonstrations that could lead to unrests and a heightened threat of terrorism in the Scandinavian country. “The...

The Taliban suspend two TV stations in Afghanistan for neglecting Islamic and national values

Apr. 17, 2024 05:09 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have suspended the activities of two TV stations in Afghanistan, alleging they failed to “consider national and Islamic values.” An official from the Information Ministry's Media Violations Commission, Hafizullah Barakzai, said a court will...

Citing safety, USC makes rare cancellation of speech by valedictorian who supported Palestinians

Apr. 16, 2024 20:38 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California canceled a commencement speech by its 2024 valedictorian who has publicly supported Palestinians, citing security concerns, a rare decision that was praised by several pro-Israel groups and lambasted by free speech advocates and the...

Tensions rise in Australia after a bishop and priest are wounded in a knife attack in a church

Apr. 16, 2024 08:06 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A teenager has been accused of wounding a Christian bishop and a priest during a church service in the second high-profile knife attack to rock Sydney in recent days, leaving communities on edge, leaders calling for calm and a besieged church urging against retaliation. ...

Analysis: Iran upends decades of shadow warfare in direct attack on Israel as tensions mount at home

Apr. 15, 2024 09:28 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's direct attack on Israel over the weekend upended decades of its shadowy warfare by proxy, something Tehran has used to manage international repercussions for its actions. But with both economic and political tensions at home boiling, the country's Shiite...

In Modi's India, opponents and journalists feel the squeeze ahead of election

Apr. 15, 2024 02:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government are increasingly wielding strong-arm tactics to subdue political opponents and critics of the ruling Hindu-nationalist party ahead of the nationwide elections that begin this week. A decade into power, and on...

Cable car accident in Turkey sends 1 passenger to his death and injures 7, with scores stranded

Apr. 12, 2024 17:39 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — One person was killed and seven injured Friday when a cable car pod in southern Turkey hit a pole and burst open, sending the passengers plummeting to the mountainside below, officials and local media said. Scores of other people were left stranded late into the night after the...

Muslim leaders are 'out of words' as they tire of the White House outreach on the war in Gaza

Apr. 12, 2024 16:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Osama Siblani was sipping his morning coffee at the office when his phone buzzed with a message from one of President Joe Biden's advisers. As publisher of the Arab American News in Dearborn, Michigan, Siblani serves as an occasional sounding board, and the White House wanted to...