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France moves closer to banning veils in sports competitions

Jan. 19, 2022 12:37 PM EST

The French Senate has voted in favor of banning the wearing of headscarves in sports competitions, arguing that neutrality is a requirement on the field of play. The French upper legislative house voted late Tuesday in favor of amending a proposed law stipulating that the wearing...

Indiana vaccine exemption bill advances, faces GOP hurdles

Jan. 18, 2022 20:02 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana House Republicans pushed through a proposal Tuesday that would severely limit workplace COVID-19 vaccination requirements even as the move faces resistance from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and GOP state Senate leaders. The Republican-dominated Indiana...

Warriors minority owner under fire for comments on Uyghurs

Jan. 18, 2022 15:31 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Golden State Warriors minority owner who said “nobody cares" about the Uyghurs in China is under fire and the team is distancing itself from him. On the latest edition of his All-In Podcast, billionaire Chamath Palihapitiya dismissed the situation in...

Christian Democrat Roberta Metsola of Malta has been elected president of the European Union's parliament

Jan. 18, 2022 05:09 AM EST
BRUSSELS (AP) — Christian Democrat Roberta Metsola of Malta has been elected president of the European Union's parliament.

Hindu monk jailed after calling for 'genocide' of Muslims

Jan. 17, 2022 06:29 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities have charged a Hindu monk with inciting religious violence after he called for the “genocide” of India's Muslims at a meeting of right-wing supporters, police said Monday. Senior police officer Swatantra Kumar said Yati Narsinghanand Giri, an...

Ethiopian diaspora torn by ethnic tensions in Tigray war

Jan. 16, 2022 03:16 AM EST

Thousands of miles away from the war in Ethiopia, the ethnic cracks have started to show in an Ethiopian church in Ohio, in a lawsuit between trustees and clergy. The original trustees of the Holy Trinity Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church in Columbus have accused its clergy of...

MLK III: History to remember Sinema unkindly over filibuster

Jan. 15, 2022 22:07 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Martin Luther King III came to Arizona with harsh words for Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, whose refusal to change the Senate's Jim Crow-era filibuster rules makes voting rights legislation unlikely to pass. King told a crowd campaigning to protect voting rights...

ِEgypt arrests wanted man after plane's emergency landing

Jan. 15, 2022 15:59 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities announced on Saturday the arrest of a prominent member of a U.S.-designated terrorist group. According to government media, the suspect was detained after a Turkey-bound flight from Sudan that he was on made an emergency landing in Egypt. The...

Poor People's Campaign hopes to draw big crowd to June march

Jan. 15, 2022 14:40 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The national Poor People's Campaign has kicked off a season of activism the group hopes will draw a huge crowd to march in the nation's capital in June to demand political reform. "We’re not begging the government. We’re trying to save the nation,” said...

Iran's Iraj Pezeshkzad, who wrote 'My Uncle Napoleon,' dies

Jan. 14, 2022 22:41 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iraj Pezeshkzad, an Iranian author whose bestselling comic novel, “My Uncle Napoleon,” lampooned Persian culture's self-aggrandizing and paranoid behavior as the country entered the modern era, has died. He was 94. The travails of Uncle Napoleon, whose...