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NY lawmakers consider proposed abortion rights amendment

Jul. 01, 2022 14:58 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York would enshrine abortion rights — as well as gender expression rights — following the overturning of Roe v. Wade under a proposed state constitutional amendment that passed the Senate on Friday. Both houses of the Legislature were expected to pass...

Calls for probe into migrant deaths at Spain-Morocco border

Jul. 01, 2022 11:39 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Protests are expected across Spain and in the capital of Morocco Friday amid a groundswell of calls for an investigation over the deaths of at least 23 people at the border between the Spanish enclave of Melilla and Morocco. The deaths occurred on June 24...

Turkey blocks access to Deutsche Welle and Voice of America

Jul. 01, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s media watchdog has banned access to the Turkish services of U.S. public service broadcaster Voice of America and German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, prompting complaints of censorship. The Supreme Board of Radio and Television enforced a February warning...

Timeline: Hong Kong under 25 years of Chinese rule

Jul. 01, 2022 02:52 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The following are key events in the history of Hong Kong, which marked the 25th anniversary of its handover from British to Chinese rule on Friday. China had promised the territory could retain its civil, economic and political liberties for 50 years under the...

Killing of Mexican reporter may be linked to local politics

Jun. 30, 2022 15:55 PM EDT

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) — Mexico’s president said Thursday that the killing of a reporter in the northern border state of Tamaulipas — the 12th so far this year in Mexico — may be linked to local politics. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said federal prosecutors...

Ohio school district sued over 'anti-racism' teaching ban

Jun. 30, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school district's ban on “anti-racism” instruction is itself racist and an unconstitutional free speech prohibition, according to a federal lawsuit seeking to have the ban overturned. At issue is a resolution to create “a culture of kindness”...

New Georgia laws aim at schools; some laws already in effect

Jun. 30, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — It's a strange July 1 for new Georgia laws. Friday, the first day of the month, is when most new laws passed by the General Assembly customarily take effect. But this year, many of the most important measures either became law as soon as Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed them,...

Pro-Palestine mapping website raises alarm in Jewish groups

Jun. 29, 2022 21:06 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ Jewish community is on edge after the launch this month of a mysterious pro-Palestine website listing the names and addresses of scores of local institutions — a number of them Jewish — and making calls to “dismantle” and disrupt them. The...

Probe sought in migrant deaths at Morocco-Spain border

Jun. 29, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Activists on Wednesday urged Morocco to launch an “unbiased” investigation into the deaths of at least 23 migrants who were trying to enter Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla last week. The Moroccan Association for Human Rights demanded in a letter...

Judge refuses to block tighter Indiana bail restrictions

Jun. 29, 2022 16:58 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has refused to block an Indiana law that will impose strict limits on charitable groups that pay the bail money needed to get people released from jail. The ruling issued Wednesday will allow the law to take effect as scheduled on Friday. The...