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UN hands over 1st military base in Congo to begin its drawdown after decades in the country

Feb. 28, 2024 16:45 PM EST

KAMANYOLA, Congo (AP) — United Nations peacekeepers handed over their first military base to security forces in eastern Congo on Wednesday as part of an eventual withdrawal after decades of operating in the country. The handover comes as violence soars in the conflict-riddled region. ...

Biden highlights how federal money is being used to boost public safety efforts

Feb. 28, 2024 16:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden used a meeting with police chiefs on Wednesday to spotlight his administration's efforts to help cities and police departments manage crime while also providing job opportunities for youth in communities affected by that violence. The president...

Maine's deadliest shooting spurs additional gun control proposals

Feb. 28, 2024 16:16 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democrats in the Maine Legislature unveiled sweeping gun violence measures on Wednesday including a 72-hour waiting period for most gun purchases, adding to firearm bills and mental health spending already proposed by the governor after the deadliest shooting in the state...

Mississippi man gets more than 3 years for threatening violence via social media site

Feb. 28, 2024 14:16 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A 21-year-old Mississippi man has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for making threats on Snapchat to rape, shoot and kill people, prosecutors said. In May and July 2020, Christian Blake Bunyard, then 18, used the social media app to...

Justice Department finds problems with violence, gangs and poor conditions in 3 Mississippi prisons

Feb. 28, 2024 12:59 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gangs, violence and sexual assaults are a problem in three Mississippi prisons because the facilities are short-staffed and inmates are sometimes left unsupervised, the Department of Justice said in a report Wednesday. The department said the state failed to...

Northern Ireland judge rules that amnesty law for 'the Troubles' breaches human rights

Feb. 28, 2024 11:21 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A new law that gives immunity from prosecution for most offenses committed during Northern Ireland's decades of sectarian violence is not compliant with human rights, a judge in Belfast ruled Wednesday. The British government's Legacy and Reconciliation Bill, passed...

At least 9 killed and 6 injured in police raids in Rio de Janeiro favelas

Feb. 27, 2024 18:33 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A police raid Tuesday morning in several Rio de Janeiro’s sprawling, low-income neighborhoods left at least nine dead and six injured, police said in a statement. The raids targeted areas controlled by the Red Command drug trafficking group and took place in...

Vice President Harris to mark 'Bloody Sunday' anniversary in Selma

Feb. 27, 2024 15:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Selma, Alabama, on Sunday to commemorate the 59th anniversary of a landmark civil rights moment. Harris will speak as part of the annual remembrance of “Bloody Sunday,” on the bridge where, on March 7, 1965, white...

West Virginia Senate passes bill that would remove marital exemption for sexual abuse

Feb. 26, 2024 16:36 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Married people in West Virginia could be charged with certain sexual assault acts against their spouses for the first time under a controversial bill passed`Monday by West Virginia’s Republican-dominated Senate. The bill, sponsored by former prosecuting...

Actor Gérard Depardieu faces another sexual assault complaint as #MeToo echoes through French cinema

Feb. 26, 2024 12:29 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — French actor Gérard Depardieu faces another complaint of sexual assault, this time from a movie decorator who alleges he groped her during filming in 2021. In the complaint to the Paris prosecutor’s office, the 53-year-old decorator alleges that Depardieu grabbed...