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San Marino women's rights groups hail abortion vote

Sep. 27, 2021 07:09 AM EDT

SAN MARINO (AP) — Women’s rights activists are cheering after San Marino, a tiny republic of 33,000 people nestled in central Italy, became the latest Catholic state to legalize abortion, saying the overwhelming “yes” vote would bring the microstate into the 21st century. ...

Maine rep: National Blueberry Month to include wild berries

Sep. 27, 2021 07:05 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A congresswoman from Maine has pushed for National Blueberry Month to include wild blueberries, which are a major crop in the state. National Blueberry Month is in July. Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree pushed the House Agriculture Committee to...

China: 2 Canadians in prisoner swap freed for health reasons

Sep. 27, 2021 07:04 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Two Canadians detained in late 2019 who were allowed to return to Canada in a prisoner swap were released on bail for health reasons, China's Foreign Ministry said Monday. A ministry spokesperson made the comment as Beijing sought to downplay the...

Prosecutor seeks to resume ICC probe in Afghanistan

Sep. 27, 2021 07:04 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court sought urgent clearance Monday from the court's judges to resume investigations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, saying that under the country's new Taliban rulers “there is no...

Nature campaigners urge Albania to stop hydropower plants

Sep. 27, 2021 06:53 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Wildlife campaigners on Monday called on the Albanian government to stop the construction of two hydropower plants in a protected nature area in the north of the country. A statement from the World Wide Fund for Nature Adrian said that a Supreme...

Is John Hinckley, who shot Reagan, no longer a threat?

Sep. 27, 2021 06:51 AM EDT

Lawyers are scheduled to meet in federal court on Monday to discuss whether John Hinckley Jr., the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, should be freed from court-imposed restrictions including overseeing his medical care and keeping up with his computer passwords. ...

UK mulls calling in army to help ease gas shortage at pumps

Sep. 27, 2021 06:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Lines of cars formed at some British gas stations for a fourth day on Monday, as the government mulled sending in the army to help ease supply disruption triggered by a shortage of truck drivers. Brian Madderson, chairman of the Petrol Retailers...

Indigenous Australian wants early pension due to short lives

Sep. 27, 2021 06:37 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Aboriginal man is taking Australia’s government to court to argue that Indigenous people should have access to their pensions earlier than other Australians because their life expectancy is years shorter. Dennis Fisher, 64, said on Monday...

Japanese princess's fiancé returns for delayed marriage

Sep. 27, 2021 06:36 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Princess Mako’s fiancé returned to Japan on Monday for their marriage, which was suspended for more than three years because of a financial dispute involving his mother. Kei Komuro, 29, arrived from New York, where he studied law and plans to...

Berliners in favor of measure to expropriate 240,000 flats

Sep. 27, 2021 05:57 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Voters in Berlin backed a controversial proposal for the Berlin city government to take over about 240,000 apartments worth billions from corporate owners to curb sharply rising rents in the German capital. The count of Sunday's referendum showed that...