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Rights groups urge Uzbek president to veto law on deporting or barring 'undesirable' foreigners

Jul. 17, 2024 08:31 AM EDT

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — More than 25 human rights groups are calling on Uzbekistan's president to veto a proposed law that would allow foreigners to be deported or blocked from entry if they are deemed undesirable for a wide array of reasons including insulting the country. The...

Swing-state Democrat Casey walks a fine line between his own campaign and turmoil surrounding Biden

Jul. 13, 2024 10:56 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey has a fine line to walk. He and other Democrats fighting to hang on to hotly contested Senate seats have seemed jittery about the turmoil surrounding President Joe Biden after his disastrous debate performance. In many cases...

A city's fine for a profane yard sign about Biden and Trump was unconstitutional, judge rules

Jul. 10, 2024 16:24 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a Tennessee woman has a constitutional right to post a yard sign with profane language condemning both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. Julie Pereira set up a sign in her front yard saying “F--- ’Em...

Wisconsin Supreme Court to consider whether 175-year-old law bans abortion

Jul. 02, 2024 17:24 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court decided Tuesday to consider two challenges to a 175-year-old law that conservatives maintain bans abortion without letting the cases wind through lower courts. Abortion advocates stand an excellent chance of prevailing in both cases...

UN-led meeting in Qatar with Afghan Taliban is not a recognition of their government, official says

Jul. 01, 2024 17:56 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A United Nations-led meeting held in Qatar with the Taliban on increasing engagement with Afghanistan does not translate into a recognition of their government, a U.N. official said Monday. The gathering on Sunday and Monday in Qatar's capital of Doha with envoys...

The Taliban tell the West to look past harsh edicts on Afghan women and girls and build ties

Jun. 30, 2024 16:20 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Sunday told the West to look past the measures they have imposed on Afghan women and girls for the sake of improving foreign relations. Their chief spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the Taliban uphold certain religious and cultural values and public...

Only 17% of targets to improve life around the world are likely to be reached by 2030, UN reports

Jun. 29, 2024 00:48 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations warned Friday that only 17% of its 169 targets to improve life for the world’s more than 7 billion people are on track to be reached by the 2030 deadline. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres launched the annual report saying, “It...

Women's rights will be raised at the UN meeting being attended by Taliban, UN official says

Jun. 27, 2024 00:17 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. political chief who will chair the first meeting between Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers and envoys from about 25 countries answered sharp criticism that Afghan women have been excluded, saying Wednesday that women’s rights will be raised at every session. ...

The Taliban confirm they will attend a UN-led meeting in Qatar on Afghanistan

Jun. 25, 2024 14:46 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Tuesday confirmed their delegation will attend an upcoming U.N.-led meeting in Qatar on Afghanistan after the organizers said last week that women would be excluded from the gathering. The meeting on June 30 and July 1 is the third U.N.-sponsored...

UN envoy defends failure to include Afghan women in upcoming meeting with the Taliban in Qatar

Jun. 22, 2024 00:44 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations' top official in Afghanistan defended the failure to include Afghan women in the upcoming first meeting between the Taliban and envoys from 22 countries, insisting that demands for women’s rights are certain to be raised. U.N. special...