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Mormon leader calls abuse 'abomination' amid policy scrutiny

Oct. 01, 2022 18:34 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Russell M. Nelson, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, told members of the faith on Saturday that abuse was “a grievous sin” that shouldn't be tolerated and would bring down the wrath of God on perpetrators. Though the leader...

Bipartisan group of senators condemns Iran over Amini death

Sep. 29, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators on Thursday introduced a resolution condemning the detention and death of Mahsa Amini, who was held by Iran's morality police this month for allegedly wearing the mandatory Islamic headscarf too loosely. The 22-year-old's death...

India's top court gives equal abortion access to all women

Sep. 29, 2022 09:50 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that all women, regardless of marital status, can obtain abortions up to 24 weeks into their pregnancies. Previously, under India’s abortion law, married women could have abortions up to 24 weeks into their pregnancies, but...

French Senate report denounces sexual abuse in porn industry

Sep. 28, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Sexual and physical abuse in France's porn industry is “systemic” and lawmakers should better regulate the production of videos and protect children who are “heavily exposed” to the content, according to a French Senate report released Wednesday. The report,...

Iran's anti-veil protests draw on long history of resistance

Sep. 28, 2022 08:55 AM EDT

A young woman climbs to the top of a car in the middle of Mashhad, a conservative Iranian city famed for its Islamic shrines. She takes off her headscarf and starts chanting, “Death to the dictator!” Protesters nearby join in and cars honk in support. For many Iranian women,...

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...