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Facebook broadens ban on military-linked Myanmar companies

Dec. 08, 2021 04:47 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Facebook’s parent company Meta said Wednesday it has expanded its ban on postings linked to Myanmar’s military to include all pages, groups, and accounts representing military-controlled businesses. It had already banned advertising from such businesses in February. ...

High court to hear pastor’s case against virus charges

Dec. 07, 2021 22:23 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will hear arguments in a pastor’s fight against criminal charges he faces for violations of pandemic gathering limits that were in effect last year. Tony Spell got national attention when he began to flout...

Motorcycle bombing in southern Iraqi city of Basra kills 4

Dec. 07, 2021 08:09 AM EST

BASRA, Iraq (AP) — A motorcycle rigged with explosives went off in the center of Iraq's southern city of Basra on Tuesday, killing at least four people and wounding four others, according to Iraqi security forces. The blast set ablaze two other vehicles and sent a column of black...

Memphis' Rhodes College appoints new president

Dec. 07, 2021 04:01 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rhodes College has announced the appointment of Jennifer M. Collins as the Memphis school's 21st president. Collins has served as dean of the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in Texas since 2014, according to a news release on the...

Armed gangs raise risks in vaccinating rural Nigerians

Dec. 07, 2021 03:56 AM EST

KUJE, Nigeria (AP) — Yunusa Bawa rolled his motorcycle away from the health care clinic where he works in Kuje, southwest of Nigeria's capital of Abuja, and secured a black box of COVID-19 vaccine for the rough ride ahead. The rocky and rugged pathway — Bawa described it as a...

Maine city inaugurates first Muslim mayor

Dec. 06, 2021 16:11 PM EST

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine official who is believed to be the first Muslim elected to the South Portland City Council is now the city's mayor. Deqa Dhalac was scheduled to become mayor of the state's fourth-largest city on Monday. Voters elected Dhalac to the council in...

Charleston’s Muslim community has long drive to butcher shop

Dec. 06, 2021 00:04 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It was 2:45 p.m. on a Wednesday in early November, and the truck carrying a shipment of meat to Halal International was late. Owner Ulfat Shagiwall paced the length of his market: down the crowded aisles, behind the butcher counter, into the...

In democracy's birthplace, pope warns of populist threats

Dec. 04, 2021 14:43 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Pope Francis warned Saturday that the “easy answers” of populism and authoritarianism are threatening democracy in Europe and called for fresh dedication to promoting the common good rather than narrow, nationalist interests. Arriving in...

Hong Kong's new Catholic bishop hopes to foster healing

Dec. 04, 2021 06:27 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The new head of Hong Kong's Catholic diocese expressed hope Saturday that he could foster healing in a congregation and a city divided by the continuing fallout from massive anti-government protests in 2019. Bishop Stephen Chow spoke to the gathered...

Youngkin put $20 million of his own money into campaign

Dec. 03, 2021 16:33 PM EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Republican Glenn Youngkin's trend-reversing victory in Virginia's gubernatorial race cost him $20 million out of his own pocket, according to new campaign finance reports. The reports filed Thursday with the State Board of Elections show that...