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FILE - In this Monday, March 7, 2016 file photo, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, salutes during a press event, in Mexico City. Ferguson has landed a book deal for her debut novel for adults, a historical romance fictionalizing the life and loves of her great-great-great aunt. In a promotional video posted on her Twitter account Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 the former Sarah Ferguson said the novel is set in the Victorian era and is “about daring to follow your heart against the odds.” (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, file)

Sarah, Duchess of York, to publish debut historical romance

Jan. 13, 2021 10:03 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Sarah, the Duchess of York, has landed a book deal for her debut novel for adults, a historical romance fictionalizing the life and loves of her great-great-great aunt. In a promotional video posted Wednesday on her Twitter account, the former Sarah Ferguson said the novel, titled “Her...

Natsiraishe Maritsa, second right, goes through taekwondo kicking drills during a practice session with young boys and girls in the Epworth settlement about 15 km southeast of the capital Harare, Saturday Nov. 7, 2020. In Zimbabwe, where girls as young as 10 are forced to marry due to poverty or traditional and religious practices, a teenage martial arts fan 17-year old Natsiraishe Maritsa is using the sport to give girls in an impoverished community a fighting chance at life. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwean teen teaches taekwondo to fight child marriage

Jan. 5, 2021 5:14 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — In Zimbabwe, where girls as young as 10 are forced to marry due to poverty or traditional and religious practices, a teenage taekwondo enthusiast is using the sport to give girls in an impoverished community a fighting chance at life. “Not many people do taekwondo here, so...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 file photo, Rev. Joseph Lowery speaks at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Martin Luther King Jr., spoke, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. Lowery, a veteran civil rights leader who helped King found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and fought against racial discrimination, died Friday, March 27, 2020, the family said. He was 98. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Religious leaders worldwide, across faiths who died in 2020

Dec. 31, 2020 2:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Catholic priest who for decades had been one of the Vatican’s top experts on the Latin language died on Christmas Day at a nursing home in Milwaukee. A United Methodist Church bishop in the West African nation of Sierra Leone died in a traffic accident in August as he was engaged...

Police officers escort Arzoo Raja, background center, after her appearance in Sindh High Court, in Karachi, Pakistan, on Nov. 3, 2020. Raja was 13 when she disappeared from her home in central Karachi. The Christian girl’s parents reported her missing and pleaded with police to find her. Two days later, officers reported back that she had been converted to Islam and was married to their 40-year-old Muslim neighbor. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Each year, 1,000 Pakistani girls forcibly converted to Islam

Dec. 28, 2020 7:30 PM EST

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Neha loved the hymns that filled her church with music. But she lost the chance to sing them last year when, at the age of 14, she was forcibly converted from Christianity to Islam and married to a 45-year-old man with children twice her age. She tells her story in a voice so low...

FILE - In this July 2, 2020, file photo, Audrey Strauss, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell during a news conference in New York. On Tuesday, Nov. 24, one of Maxwell's attorneys said that her client is awakened every 15 minutes in jail while she sleeps to ensure she's breathing. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

In bail bid, lawyers defend Ghislaine Maxwell's marriage

Dec. 23, 2020 6:17 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein’s onetime girlfriend defended her marriage as a solid reason she would not flee the U.S. as they urged a judge to let her await trial under house arrest, according to court papers made public Wednesday. The lawyers wrote in papers in Manhattan federal...

FILE - In this July 2, 2020, file photo, Audrey Strauss, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell during a news conference in New York. On Tuesday, Nov. 24, one of Maxwell's attorneys said that her client is awakened every 15 minutes in jail while she sleeps to ensure she's breathing. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

US questions Maxwell's marriage in push to keep her jailed

Dec. 18, 2020 5:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime confidante Ghislaine Maxwell told court officials at the time of her arrest in July that she was “in the process of divorcing her husband,” a disclosure that prosecutors said undermines her argument that marriage will keep her in the U.S. if...

Mexico unveils monument to murdered U.S. women, children

Dec. 17, 2020 3:47 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador inaugurated a monument Thursday to the memory of nine U.S.-Mexican dual citizens ambushed and slain on Nov. 4, 2019 by suspected drug gang assassins. The monument in the small town of La Mora is in the northern border region near...

Marie poses for a portrait in Komao village outskirts of Koidu, district of Kono, Sierra Leone, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. The 16-year-old didn’t want to get married, but when her now-husband proposed, she and her family were struggling with the economic situation. For that reason she decided to get married. “Now we are together, so if he asks me to get pregnant, I will accept that”, she says. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Many African, Asian families marry off daughters amid virus

Dec. 14, 2020 3:44 PM EST

KOIDU, Sierra Leone (AP) — The man first caught a glimpse of Marie Kamara as she ran with her friends past his house near the village primary school. Soon after, he proposed to the fifth-grader. “I’m going to school now. I don’t want to get married and stay in the house,” she...

Marie poses for a portrait in Komao village outskirts of Koidu, district of Kono, Sierra Leone, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. The 16-year-old didn’t want to get married, but when her now-husband proposed, she and her family were struggling with the economic situation. For that reason she decided to get married. “Now we are together, so if he asks me to get pregnant, I will accept that”, she says. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Many African, Asian families marry off daughters amid virus

Dec. 14, 2020 3:41 PM EST

KOIDU, Sierra Leone (AP) — The man first caught a glimpse of Marie Kamara as she ran with her friends past his house near the village primary school. Soon after, he proposed to the fifth-grader. “I’m going to school now. I don’t want to get married and stay in the house,” she...

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, protesters gather outside the Supreme Court in Washington where the Supreme Court is hearing arguments in the first case of LGBT rights since the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.  As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their wish lists.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Biden plans swift moves to protect and advance LGBTQ rights

Nov. 28, 2020 9:02 AM EST

As vice president in 2012, Joe Biden endeared himself to many LGBTQ Americans by endorsing same-sex marriage even before his boss, President Barack Obama. Now, as president-elect, Biden is making sweeping promises to LGBTQ activists, proposing to carry out virtually every major proposal on their wish lists. Among...