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UN official warns of conflict, more poverty in Afghanistan

Sep. 27, 2022 20:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.N. official warned Tuesday of a possible internal conflict and worsening poverty in Afghanistan if the Taliban don’t respond quickly to the needs of all elements of society, saying their crackdown on the rights of girls and women signals indifference to over 50%...

Flashes of bold UN talk on feminism, masculinity, patriarchy

Sep. 25, 2022 00:10 AM EDT

Few men in power have delved deeply into gender equality on the main stage of the United Nations this month, but the ones who did went there boldly: claiming feminist credibility, selling “positive masculinity” and resolutely demanding an end to The Patriarchy. On the first day...

Chinese man gets 24 years for brutal group attack on women

Sep. 23, 2022 00:17 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A court in northern China sentenced one man to 24 years in jail Friday for his role in a vicious attack on four women, as well as other crimes including robbery and opening an illegal gambling ring. The Guangyang Disrict People's Court in northern Hebei...

Amid UN criticism, Taliban name new education minister

Sep. 21, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban appointed a new education minister for Afghanistan, days after the United Nations called on the country's new rulers to reopen schools for girls beyond sixth grade. Since seizing power in Afghanistan just over a year ago, the Taliban have restricted...

GOP's election-year standing with independents at risk

Sep. 19, 2022 14:18 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Wis. (AP) — Sarah Motiff has voted for Sen. Ron Johnson every time his name appeared on the ballot, starting in 2010 when the Wisconsin Republican was first elected as part of the tea party wave. Fond of his tough views on spending, she began the year planning to support his reelection...

UN: Exclusion of Afghan girls from high schools 'shameful'

Sep. 18, 2022 03:48 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The United Nations on Sunday called for Afghanistan's Taliban rulers to reopen schools to girls in grades 7-12, calling the anniversary of their exclusion from high school “shameful.” The U.N. said it is increasingly concerned that the policy, together with...

EXPLAINER: R. Kelly acquitted on rigging trial. Why?

Sep. 15, 2022 19:31 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors this week scored multiple convictions against R. Kelly at the singer’s trial in Chicago, but they lost on the headline charge — that Kelly obstructed justice by rigging his 2008 state child pornography trial, at which jurors acquitted him. ...

Former Afghan MP: Taliban is a `gender apartheid' regime

Sep. 12, 2022 19:55 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A former member of Afghanistan’s parliament urged the world on Monday to label the Taliban a “gender apartheid” regime because of its crackdown on human rights, saying the apartheid label was a catalyst for change in South Africa and can be a catalyst for change in...

UN condemns sexual violence and urges justice for survivors

Sep. 02, 2022 22:29 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution Friday condemning all forms of sexual and gender-based violence and urging all countries to provide victims and survivors access to justice, reparations and assistance. The resolution, co-sponsored by Sierra Leone...

In video, Afghan woman accuses Taliban official of rape

Sep. 01, 2022 13:15 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An Afghan woman accused a senior Taliban official of forcing her into marriage and raping her repeatedly in a video that appeared on social media this week. In the video, the woman, who identified herself only by her first name Elaha, wept as she described being...