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India's top court calls for new law to curb mob violence

Jul. 17, 2018 8:46 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's highest court on Tuesday asked the federal government to consider enacting a law to deal with an increase in lynchings and mob violence fueled mostly by rumors that the victims either belonged to members of child kidnapping gangs or were beef eaters and cow slaughterers. The...

Families bury the dead after bloody weekend in Nicaragua

Jul. 16, 2018 8:46 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Families began burying the dead Monday following a bloody weekend in Nicaragua as police and paramilitary groups attacked roadblocks set up by anti-government demonstrators demanding President Daniel Ortega's exit from office. The family and friends of 20-year-old university...

Muslim candidates run in record numbers but face backlash

Jul. 16, 2018 5:34 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A liberal woman of color with zero name recognition and little funding takes down a powerful, long serving congressman from her own political party. When Tahirah Amatul-Wadud heard about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stunning upset over U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's Democratic...

Egypt draft bill to immune senior military officers

Jul. 16, 2018 2:33 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's parliament has passed a draft bill that could immune senior military officers from future prosecution related to violence following the 2013 overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president. The draft bill, which gained legislators' approval on Monday, gives President...

Judge: Jewish heritage can be basis for race discrimination

Jul. 16, 2018 1:07 PM EDT

Jewish people are protected by a law against racial discrimination in employment decisions, a federal magistrate judge has concluded in siding with a football coach suing a private Baptist college in Louisiana. The nation's highest court hasn't defined what "race" means under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, U.S....

Contentious bill defines Israel as Jewish nation-state

Jul. 16, 2018 9:00 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli parliamentary committee deliberated Monday on the final draft of a contentious legislation that would define Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The government says the bill will merely enshrine into law the country's existing character. But critics say it excludes...

Nicaraguan students reunite with families after attacks

Jul. 14, 2018 11:22 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — More than 200 Nicaraguan university students were reunited with their parents Saturday after a tense night of armed attacks that left two dead and dozens wounded. The students had sought refuge in a local church after police forced them out of the National Autonomous University of...

Trump's remarks about changing European culture draw ire

Jul. 14, 2018 9:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lament this week that immigration is "changing the culture" of Europe echoed rising anti-immigrant feelings on both sides of the Atlantic, where Europe and the United States are going through a demographic transformation that makes some of the white majority...

Home may be forever lost for displaced within Syria

Jul. 14, 2018 3:15 PM EDT

JARABLUS, Syria (AP) — When Hikmat's mother managed to sneak back into their home city of Aleppo, now controlled by government forces, she found a single word spray-painted in red on their house: "Confiscated." Same with the family store and another house. Their farm, south of the city, is probably lost to...

132 die in Pakistan election violence ahead of Sharif return

Jul. 13, 2018 4:47 PM EDT

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — The deadliest attacks in Pakistan's troubled election campaign killed at least 132 people, including a candidate, on Friday just before the arrest of disgraced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif upon his return to the country. In the southwestern province of Baluchistan, a suicide...