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District apologizes for assignment comparing value of slaves

Dec. 11, 2019 9:41 AM EST

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina school district has apologized for an assignment that asked middle school students to compare the value of slaves and white people. The mother of a student at Kannapolis Middle School posted a picture of the assignment on Facebook, news outlets reported. It was...

Historical documents show Japan's role in WWII sex slaves

Dec. 7, 2019 10:44 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's army during World War II asked the government to provide one sex slave for every 70 soldiers, according to historical documents reviewed by Kyodo News service that highlight the state role in the so-called “comfort women” system. The 23 documents were gathered by Japan's...

Board approves 1 step in moving Ole Miss Confederate statue

Dec. 6, 2019 6:19 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Confederate statue would be moved from a central spot on the University of Mississippi's campus to a less prominent Confederate cemetery, under a proposal approved Friday by a state board. The cemetery is still on campus, but it's in a place few people walk or drive. The vote Friday...

Sculptor crafting first women’s statue for Central Park

Nov. 21, 2019 9:39 AM EST

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A sculptor known for trying to redress history through her art is creating the first statue of real-life women for New York’s Central Park, where the only females so honored until now have been fictional characters. Meredith Bergmann’s vision for the sculpture, chosen...

Pope in Thailand calls for action to protect women, children

Nov. 21, 2019 9:21 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis urged more efforts to combat the “humiliation” of women and children forced into prostitution as he began a busy visit Thursday to Thailand, where human trafficking and poverty help fuel the sex tourism industry. During an open-air Mass at Bangkok’s national...

Sculptor crafting first women’s statue for Central Park

Nov. 21, 2019 7:53 AM EST

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A sculptor known for trying to redress history through her art is creating the first statue of real-life women for New York’s Central Park, where the only females so honored until now have been fictional characters. Meredith Bergmann’s vision for the sculpture, chosen...

Burkina Faso: 32 Islamic extremists killed, sex slaves freed

Nov. 18, 2019 2:56 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Burkina Faso’s army says 32 Islamic extremists were killed over the weekend in the country’s north and several women used as sex slaves were freed. An army statement says one soldier was also killed in the latest clashes as the extremist presence grows in the West African...

California’s Huntington Library gets rare slavery documents

Nov. 14, 2019 6:29 PM EST

SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) — Southern California’s Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens has acquired rare documents shedding light on anti-slavery efforts taking place before and during the Civil War The institution announced Wednesday it has acquired the ledgers of Quaker abolitionist...

South Korean court begins trial over Japan's sexual slavery

Nov. 13, 2019 5:07 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A Seoul court on Wednesday began hearing a long-awaited civil case filed against the Japanese government by South Korean women who were forced to work in Japan's World War II military brothels. The trial at the Seoul Central District Court proceeded with empty seats in the...

Michigan lawmaker criticized for comparing abortion, slavery

Nov. 12, 2019 6:36 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan Republican legislative leader is drawing criticism from Democrats for likening abortion to slavery. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey told Hillsdale College's radio station last week that allowing abortion to occur "at all" is the "scourge of our country now today." "In...