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Melinda French Gates to donate $1 billion over next 2 years in support of women's rights

May. 28, 2024 20:50 PM EDT

Melinda French Gates says she will be donating $1 billion over the next two years to individuals and organizations working on behalf of women and families globally, including on reproductive rights in the United States. It's the second billion-dollar commitment French Gates has...

From London to Los Angeles, many Iranians overseas cheer, and fear, after president's death

May. 22, 2024 03:12 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Among Iranian communities from London to Los Angeles, few tears are being shed over the death of President Ebrahim Raisi, killed in a weekend helicopter crash. But there are not always loud cheers, either. While some hope the demise of a powerful figure...

Iran's hard-line president still missing after likely helicopter crash in foggy, mountainous region

May. 19, 2024 21:51 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A helicopter carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the country's foreign minister and other officials apparently crashed in the mountainous northwest reaches of Iran on Sunday, sparking a massive rescue operation in a fog-shrouded forest as the public was...

Florida man sentenced to 3 years in prison for firebombing California Planned Parenthood clinic

May. 13, 2024 21:49 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A 21-year-old Florida man was sentenced Monday to three and a half years in prison for firebombing a Southern California Planned Parenthood clinic in 2022, federal prosecutors said. Xavier Batten pleaded guilty in January to one felony count of possessing...

A new Democratic ad campaign targets one of Trump's most loyal blocs: Rural voters

May. 13, 2024 14:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A Democratic group is rolling out a new $140 million ad campaign that aims to chip away at Donald Trump's support among one of his most loyal voting blocs: rural voters. The ads, from American Bridge 21st Century, will begin airing Monday in the northern...

Judge: Alabama groups can sue over threat of prosecution for helping with abortion travel

May. 07, 2024 17:41 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday said abortion rights advocates can proceed with lawsuits against Alabama’s attorney general over threats to prosecute people who help women travel to another state to terminate pregnancies. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson...

Denmark to liberalize its abortion law to allow the procedure until 18th week of pregnancy

May. 03, 2024 05:17 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark's government said Friday it is relaxing its restrictions on abortion for the first time in 50 years to make it legal for women to terminate pregnancies up to the 18th week from the previous 12th week. Officials said the law will also be changed to...

Saudi Arabia confirms a fitness influencer received an 11-year sentence over 'terrorist offenses'

May. 01, 2024 05:49 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Saudi Arabia confirmed in a letter to the United Nations that a female fitness instruction who was popular online received an 11-year prison sentence but did not specify any of her alleged “terrorism offenses.” Though the kingdom insisted the case had nothing...

Ashley Judd speaks out on the right of women to control their bodies and be free from male violence

Apr. 29, 2024 22:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Actor Ashley Judd, whose allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein helped spark the #MeToo movement, spoke out Monday on the rights of women and girls to control their own bodies and be free from male violence. A goodwill ambassador for the U.N....

Iconic former Uruguayan President José Mujica is diagnosed with esophageal cancer

Apr. 29, 2024 18:33 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Uruguay's former guerilla-turned-president, José Mujica, widely known as a leftist icon who transformed his small country into one of the most socially liberal in all of Latin America, said Monday that he has esophageal cancer. Mujica, 88, said he was...