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Yasmin Ullah, a member of the Rohingya community, is all smiles as she walks out of the International Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, after the court ordered Myanmar take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingya. The United Nations' top cour issued a decision on a request by Gambia. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Rohingya hail UN ruling ordering Myanmar to prevent genocide

Jan. 23, 2020 6:38 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — In a sweeping legal victory for members of the Rohingya Muslim minority, the United Nations' top court on Thursday ordered Myanmar take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingya people. The court's president, Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf, said the...

President Donald Trump gestures upon arrival at the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Washington, from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

10 Things to Know for Today

Jan. 23, 2020 6:30 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. DEMOCRATS FACE RISKS AND LIMITS IN IMPEACHMENT TRIAL No matter how overwhelming the evidence confronting Trump, it becomes less compelling to both the Senate and a deeply divided America when presented again...

This July 31, 2019 photo shows Stillwater Christian School parents Jeri Anderson and Kendra Espinoza at Woodland Park in Kalispell, Mont.  The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 in a dispute over a Montana scholarship program for private K-12 education that also makes donors eligible for up to $150 in state tax credits. Advocates on both sides say the outcome could be momentous because it could lead to efforts in other states to funnel taxpayer money to religious schools. (Casey Kreider/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)

Supreme Court seems favorable to religious education funding

Jan. 22, 2020 3:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative majority appeared ready Wednesday to reinvigorate a Montana scholarship program and make it easier to use public money to pay for religious schooling in many states. The court was sharply divided along ideological lines in arguments over a provision in...

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Trump's two-day stay in Davos is a test of his ability to balance anger over being impeached with a desire to project leadership on the world stage. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Trump: Travel ban expansion coming, nations aren't yet final

Jan. 22, 2020 3:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the U.S. would soon be imposing visa restrictions on more countries — though it's not clear yet how many nations will be affected by his expansion of the travel ban. Seven additional nations were listed in a draft of the proposed restrictions...

FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2020, file photo, Gov. Bill Lee, R-Tenn., walks on the turf before a NFL divisional playoff football game in Baltimore. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee on Tuesday sent a letter to Gov. Lee urging him not to sign the controversial adoption funding legislation currently awaiting his signature. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

ACLU urges Tennessee gov not to sign anti-LGBT adoption bill

Jan. 22, 2020 1:20 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A civil rights group is raising questions about the legality of a Tennessee proposal that would assure continued taxpayer funding of faith-based foster care and adoption agencies even if they exclude LGBT families and others based on religious beliefs. The American Civil Liberties...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Jan. 22, 2020 1:19 PM EST

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Toothless cell-phone ban could make Pa. highways more dangerous Easton Express-Times Jan. 19 In trying to correct a weakness in Pennsylvania’s distracted-driving laws — drivers are still permitted to use hand-held...

Indian Union Muslim League leader P.K.Kunhalikutty, center, one of the petitioners, speaks to media on the lawns of India's Supreme Court after the top court started hearing dozens of petitions that seek revocation of a new citizenship law amendment in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The new law had led to nationwide demonstrations and a violent security backlash resulting in the death of more than 20 people. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Battle for India's new citizenship law moves to top court

Jan. 22, 2020 6:30 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court on Wednesday began hearing dozens of petitions seeking the revocation of amendments to the citizenship law following nationwide protests and a security crackdown that led to more than 20 deaths. The Supreme Court would not grant a stay before hearing from the government,...

In this Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, file photo, activists shout slogans during a protest in front of Assam House against the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the northeastern state of Assam, in New Delhi, India. India has been embroiled in protests since December, when Parliament passed a bill amending the country's citizenship law. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri, File)

AP EXPLAINS: How India ended up in turmoil over citizenship

Jan. 21, 2020 8:08 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has been embroiled in protests since December, when Parliament passed a bill amending the country's citizenship law. The new law provides a fast track to naturalization for some migrants who entered the country illegally while fleeing religious persecution. But it excludes Muslims,...

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2005 file photo, Chen Gang, formerly of Beijing, China, leaves U.S. District Court in Hartford, Conn. Gang was among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed by Chinese citizens against Zhao Zhizhen, a Chinese television and radio executive they accuse of inciting torture against them because they were followers of Falun Gong. A federal appeals court ruling in New York on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, rejected a request by members of the movement to file an amended lawsuit. (AP Photo/Bob Child, File)

Court ruling ends long legal fight in Chinese torture case

Jan. 21, 2020 3:49 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruling Tuesday ended a 15-year-old legal fight in the U.S. over whether a Chinese television official incited torture in his country against members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his meeting with ex-Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika and his appointed successor Igor Krasnov in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. The upper house of Russian parliament is set to approve Krasnov's appointment Wednesday. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Poland calls on Putin to tell truth at WWII event in Israel

Jan. 21, 2020 1:26 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to refrain from using World War II and Holocaust victims for current political goals and pointed to wartime documents in which the Polish government called on the Allies to save Jews. Polish Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon...