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WTA remains "concerned' about Peng's ability to speak freely

Nov. 27, 2021 22:38 PM EST

Steve Simon, the head of the WTA, says he remains “deeply concerned” about the whereabouts of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai and her ability to “communicate freely, openly and directly" after allegations that a powerful politician forced her to have sex. Peng, a...

Spanish police protest government plan to reform 'gag law'

Nov. 27, 2021 10:14 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Tens of thousands of Spanish police officers and their supporters marched in Madrid on Saturday to protest against government plans to reform a controversial security law known by critics as the “gag law.” Critics of the Citizens Security Law passed by...

Mask mandates fueled growth of Moms for Liberty

Nov. 27, 2021 03:13 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jessica Tillman, a Seminole County mother of four, developed some new interests during the COVID-19 pandemic: Fighting against school board mask mandates and organizing with like-minded parents. For Tillman, the government response to COVID-19...

Rural Nevada residents file lawsuit against new district map

Nov. 26, 2021 17:38 PM EST

Residents of a rural, Republican-leaning town that the Nevada Legislature split into two Assembly districts filed a lawsuit challenging the state's district maps. John Koenig and Gregory Hafen II, a Republican who represents Pahrump in the Statehouse, argued that the maps...

Ex-New Haven officer 1st to be barred for general misconduct

Nov. 26, 2021 14:27 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn (AP) — A former New Haven police officer has become the first officer in Connecticut to be permanently barred from law enforcement for “general misconduct” under the state's 2020 police accountability law that was passed in the wake of the George Floyd killing in...

Worker at Fort Campbell sues union over religious beliefs

Nov. 26, 2021 13:57 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A hospital custodian at the Fort Campbell Army post has filed a lawsuit against her union arguing she shouldn't have to pay dues because of her religious beliefs. The lawsuit was filed by Dorothy Frame, who works at Fort Campbell's Blanchfield...

Shots fired at police, journalists in Martinique COVID riots

Nov. 26, 2021 12:53 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Shots were fired overnight at security forces and journalists on the French Caribbean island of Martinique amid violent protests against COVID-19 restrictions, France's interior minister said on Friday. Several police officers have been injured, Interior...

Argentine movement tries to make Black heritage more visible

Nov. 26, 2021 12:29 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — It wasn’t until Julia Cohen Ribeiro moved to Argentina that she discovered she was Black. Her hair was curly, but her skin was light. She had never identified as anything other than Brazilian in her country of birth. Then 11, she was...

South Carolina abortion appellate hearing moved to January

Nov. 26, 2021 12:11 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Appellate arguments over a lawsuit challenging South Carolina’s abortion law have been pushed into the new year. Oral arguments in the case had originally been planned for next month, but the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has rescheduled them...

US, 6 other nations urge tight ban on arms sales to Myanmar

Nov. 26, 2021 11:42 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — The United States and six other nations issued a joint statement Friday calling on the international community to suspend all assistance to Myanmar's military, and expressing grave concern over reports of human rights abuses by its security forces. The...