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Women left behind: Gender gap emerges in Africa's vaccines

Oct. 14, 2021 04:33 AM EDT

SARE GIBEL, Gambia (AP) — The health outreach workers who drove past Lama Mballow's village with a megaphone handed out T-shirts emblazoned with the words: “I GOT MY COVID-19 VACCINE!” By then, the women in Sare Gibel already had heard the rumors on social media:...

Sheriff: Florida woman threw firebombs at Buddhist temple

Sep. 27, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman is accused of firebombing a Buddhist temple, sheriff's officials said. Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies arrested Mei Cheung, 46, on Sunday after they were called to St. Dak Buddhist Temple near Palm Beach Gardens,...

Sri Lanka conservationists fight elephant smuggling in court

Sep. 16, 2021 06:19 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Environmentalists in Sri Lanka are challenging a court order issued earlier this month that would allow the return of 14 illegally captured wild elephants to people accused of buying them from traffickers. Rights groups and lawyers say the...

Firebrand Myanmar monk Wirathu released from prison

Sep. 06, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A nationalist Buddhist monk in Myanmar notorious for anti-Muslim remarks was freed from prison on Monday after charges that he tried to stir up disaffection against the country's previous civilian government were dropped. The monk, Wirathu, became...

China's Xi visits Tibet amid rising controls over religion

Jul. 23, 2021 21:09 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping has made a rare visit to Tibet as authorities tighten controls over the Himalayan region’s traditional Buddhist culture, accompanied by an accelerated drive for economic development and modernized infrastructure. State media...

War's trauma apparent in portraits of Gazan children

Jul. 21, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

Suzy Ishkontana, 7, clings to her new toys and clothes, but mostly to her dad. For hours, they were separated under the rubble of their family’s home. Now she cannot bear to be apart. More than two months have passed since rescue workers pulled the...