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Caribbean court finds anti-sodomy law unconstitutional

Jul. 05, 2022 22:08 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Caribbean court ruled Tuesday that a law in Antigua and Barbuda that criminalizes gay sex is unconstitutional. The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court found that “the selection of an intimate partner is a private and a personal choice." ...

Reports: Twitter challenges India order to block content

Jul. 05, 2022 13:14 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Twitter on Tuesday challenged the Indian government in court over its recent orders to take down some content on the social media platform, media outlets reported. The lawsuit was filed in the Karnataka High Court in southern Bengaluru city and comes after the...

In Kashmir, 'conscious music' tests India’s limits on speech

Jul. 05, 2022 02:05 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Sarfaraz Javaid thumps his chest rhythmically in the music video, swaying to the guitar and letting his throaty voice ring out through the forest: “What kind of soot has shrouded the sky? It has turned my world dark. ... Why has the home been entrusted to strangers?” ...

High court marshal seeks enforcement of anti-picketing laws

Jul. 02, 2022 21:35 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The marshal of the U.S. Supreme Court has asked Maryland and Virginia officials to enforce laws she says prohibit picketing outside the homes of the justices who live in the two states. “For weeks on end, large groups of protesters chanting slogans, using...

NY overhauls handgun rules in effort to preserve some limits

Jul. 01, 2022 21:16 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers approved a sweeping overhaul Friday of the state’s handgun licensing rules, seeking to preserve some limits on firearms after the Supreme Court ruled that most people have a right to carry a handgun for personal protection. The measure,...

NY lawmakers endorse proposed abortion rights amendment

Jul. 01, 2022 20:43 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York lawmakers took the first step Friday toward amending the state constitution to enshrine abortion rights following the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. Both houses of the Democrat-controlled Legislature approved a resolution to begin...

Daughter of slain Mexico reporter dies of wounds from attack

Jul. 01, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The daughter of a reporter slain earlier this week in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas died Friday of wounds suffered in the attack that killed her father. On Wednesday, Antonio de la Cruz became the 12th journalist killed so far this year in...

Thousands protest migrant deaths at Spain-Morocco border

Jul. 01, 2022 17:05 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Thousands of people in several Spanish cities protested Friday over the deaths of at least 23 migrants last week at the frontier between the Spanish enclave of Melilla in Africa and Morocco, amid growing calls for an independent, cross-border investigation. ...

Turkey blocks access to Deutsche Welle and Voice of America

Jul. 01, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s media watchdog has banned access to the Turkish services of U.S. public service broadcaster Voice of America and German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, prompting complaints of censorship. The Supreme Board of Radio and Television enforced a February warning...

Timeline: Hong Kong under 25 years of Chinese rule

Jul. 01, 2022 02:52 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The following are key events in the history of Hong Kong, which marked the 25th anniversary of its handover from British to Chinese rule on Friday. China had promised the territory could retain its civil, economic and political liberties for 50 years under the...