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Movie Review: Ken Loach, longtime chronicler of social ills, seeks a hopeful note in ‘The Old Oak’

Apr. 03, 2024 17:34 PM EDT

In so many ways, TJ Ballantyne is a classic Ken Loach hero: a working-class, middle-aged man trying to simply eke out a dignified living, but meeting obstacles at each turn — a victim of unforgiving social realities that leave people like him in the dust. Like many of these Loach...

Tribes blast South Dakota governor's claim that leaders are benefitting from drug cartels

Apr. 02, 2024 17:55 PM EDT

Relations between South Dakota tribes and Republican Gov. Kristi Noem have long been strained, but they have become even more contentious recently as Noem has pointedly criticized tribal leaders, accusing some of profiting from drug dealing and questioning their commitments to children on...

Argentina and Colombia avert a diplomatic crisis, downplaying their presidents' war of words

Apr. 01, 2024 12:21 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Argentina and Colombia have agreed to end a diplomatic spat that escalated over right-wing Argentine President Javier Milei’s visceral attack on his leftist counterpart in Colombia last week, prompting the country to order the expulsion of Argentine diplomats. ...

Michelle Yeoh to join business and political leaders at Global Citizen NOW summit to fight poverty

Mar. 28, 2024 08:12 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh, Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi, and Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg are among the diverse group of political, business and philanthropic leaders Global Citizen will convene in New York on May 1 and 2, the nonprofit announced on Thursday. ...

A decade of documenting more than 63,000 migrant deaths shows that fleeing is more lethal than ever

Mar. 26, 2024 05:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — More than a decade ago, the death of 600 migrants and refugees in two Mediterranean shipwrecks near Italian shores shocked the world and prompted the U.N. migration agency to start recording the number of people who died or went missing as they fled conflict, persecution or poverty...

Russian massacre suspects' homeland is plagued by poverty and religious strife

Mar. 25, 2024 17:10 PM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — The four men charged with the massacre at a Moscow theater have been identified by authorities as citizens of Tajikistan, some of the thousands who migrate to Russia each year from the poorest of the former Soviet republics to scrape out marginal existences. ...

What to know about the SAVE plan, the income-driven plan to repay student loans

Mar. 18, 2024 17:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — More than 7.5 million student loan borrowers have enrolled in the U.S. government's newest repayment plan since it launched in August. President Joe Biden recently announced that he was canceling federal student loans for nearly 153,000 borrowers enrolled in the...

European charity ship rescues 135 migrants but is assigned to distant port in Italy with 359 aboard

Mar. 15, 2024 11:21 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The European charity ship Ocean Viking said Friday it rescued another 135 migrants, including a pregnant woman and eight children, from a double-decker boat in Maltese search-and-rescue waters. In total, the vessel operated by the humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee...

Women blast through gender barriers in Colombia's emerald mines, but struggle to emerge from poverty

Mar. 14, 2024 00:12 AM EDT

COSCUEZ, Colombia (AP) — Deep inside mountain tunnels where the heat is so intense it causes headaches, women with power tools are chipping away at boulders in search of gems. They have opened a difficult path for themselves in Colombia's emerald industry, a sector long dominated by men. ...

Why is Haiti so chaotic? Leaders used street gangs to gain power. Then the gangs got stronger

Mar. 12, 2024 11:46 AM EDT

Haiti’s prime minister has said he will resign, bowing to international pressure to save his homeland gripped by violence and controlled by heavily armed gangsters. Ariel Henry made the announcement hours after officials, including Caribbean leaders and U.S. Secretary of State...