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Malta vows better journalist protections, reforms

Oct. 19, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The Maltese government on Tuesday responded to a critical European human rights evaluation by vowing to soon propose new legislation to better protect journalists in the wake of the 2017 assassination of investigative reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia. ...

UN investigator: Gender equality in free speech is far off

Oct. 18, 2021 23:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An independent U.N. investigator warned Monday that despite the Nobel Peace Prize to courageous Filipino journalist Maria Ressa, “gender equality in freedom of expression remains a distant goal.” Irene Khan, the special investigator on the...

UN official: Taliban to announce secondary school for girls

Oct. 15, 2021 23:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.N. official said Friday the Taliban told him they will announce “very soon” that all Afghan girls will be allowed to attend secondary schools. UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Omar Abdi, who visited Kabul last week, told reporters...

G20 demands humanitarian access to Afghans, EU pledges cash

Oct. 12, 2021 15:38 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The European Union pledged 1 billion euros ($1.15 billion) in support for the Afghan people, and the Group of 20 countries vowed to accelerate aid Tuesday amid concerns that an already precarious humanitarian and financial situation will grow catastrophic over the winter. ...

Over $33M going to help sexual assault victims in Virginia

Oct. 09, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — More than $33 million in U.S. Department of Justice grants has been awarded to 26 Virginia-based public and non-profit organizations to fund programs that address violence against women, a federal prosecutors says. Acting U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh...

Texas judge says abortions can resume, but future uncertain

Oct. 08, 2021 00:27 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortions in Texas can resume under a federal judge’s ruling this week, but for how long? A conservative federal appeals court, and ultimately the Supreme Court, might take a more skeptical look at the Biden administration’s lawsuit over Texas’ six-week abortion ban....

Texas judge says abortions can resume, but future uncertain

Oct. 07, 2021 18:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Abortions in Texas can resume under a federal judge’s ruling late Wednesday, but for how long? A conservative federal appeals court, and ultimately the Supreme Court, might take a more skeptical look at the Biden administration’s lawsuit over Texas’ six-week abortion...

Montana man committed over allegations of child molestation

Oct. 06, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man whom prosecutors allege molested at least 13 girls at the home of his adoptive mother, including some of her foster children, has been sent to prison more than a decade after he was first charged. Oliver Lee White, who was born with...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Oct. 06, 2021 13:33 PM EDT

(Columbia) The State. Oct. 5, 2021. Editorial: McMaster’s pledge for I-73 funding is not best use of COVID relief funding as SC recovers Certainly, we welcome construction of I-73, a project decades in the making that would ultimately benefit the...

Decision to not prosecute agents in Nassar case under review

Oct. 05, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Tuesday that it is reviewing an earlier decision to decline prosecution against two former FBI agents embroiled in the Larry Nassar sexual abuse cases after new information has emerged. In testimony before the Senate...