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Houston hospital workers fired, resign over COVID-19 vaccine

Jun. 22, 2021 23:46 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — More than 150 employees at a Houston hospital system who refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine have been fired or resigned after a judge dismissed an employee lawsuit over the vaccine requirement. A spokesperson for Houston Methodist hospital system said 153...

'Fire monks' ready to defend monastery from Big Sur blaze

Jun. 22, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — A group of firefighting monks was ready to defend a Buddhist monastery being threatened Tuesday by a wildfire burning in the rugged central coast mountains south of Big Sur. The seven monks have been clearing brush from around the Tassajara Zen...

Newly sanctified Tunisian cemetery for migrants filling fast

Jun. 22, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

ZARZIS, Tunisia (AP) — Most of the headstones have dates but no names. Row after row of palest white, practically gleaming in the Mediterranean sun. The cemetery in Zarzis is nearly exactly as Rachid Koraïchi pictured it when he sketched his vision of the “Garden of...

Cyberbullying trial tests French tools to fight online abuse

Jun. 22, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A landmark cyberbullying trial in Paris, involving thousands of threats against a teenager who savaged Islam in online posts, is blazing a trail in efforts to punish and prevent online abuse. It has also raised uncomfortable questions about freedom of...

Veteran lawmaker to lead N. Ireland's DUP after turmoil

Jun. 22, 2021 15:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party on Tuesday named veteran lawmaker Jeffrey Donaldson as its new leader, weeks after he narrowly lost the election to lead the senior partner in Northern Ireland’s government. The party said that when...

China, Canada spar at UN body over human rights failings

Jun. 22, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Canada and 40 other countries on Tuesday urged China to allow “immediate, meaningful and unfettered access” so independent observers can visit its western Xinjiang region, while a Chinese envoy demanded that Canadian authorities “stop violations of human rights” at...

Activists: Vatican is 'meddling' in Italy's LGBT rights law

Jun. 22, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Vatican has formally opposed a proposed Italian law expanding anti-discrimination protections to the LGBT community, a leading Italian newspaper reported Tuesday. Activists immediately denounced the move as “unprecedented” Vatican meddling in Italy's legislative...

Judge tosses most claims over clearing protesters in DC park

Jun. 22, 2021 07:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge dismissed most claims filed by activists and civil liberties groups who accused the Trump administration of violating the civil rights of protesters who were forcefully removed by police before then-President Donald Trump walked to a church near the White...

Fires destroy 2 churches on Canadian Indigenous reserves

Jun. 21, 2021 19:19 PM EDT

OLIVER, British Columbia (AP) — Two Roman Catholic churches on First Nations reserves in British Columbia have burned to the ground in overnight fires, Canada’s national police force said Monday. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said a patrol officer saw fire come...

Donaldson bids to lead N. Ireland's biggest unionist party

Jun. 21, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Jeffrey Donaldson confirmed Monday that he will stand again for the leadership of the Democratic Unionist Party, just five weeks after narrowly losing the election to lead the senior party in Northern Ireland’s government. Donaldson, a lawmaker in the...