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Russia's war in Ukraine to overshadow G-20 talks in Bali

Jul. 07, 2022 10:47 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Foreign ministers from the Group of 20 leading rich and developing nations are gathering in Indonesia’s resort island of Bali for talks bound to be dominated by the conflict in Ukraine despite an agenda focused on global cooperation and food and energy security. ...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jul. 07, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

Auburn Citizen. July 3, 2022. Editorial: NY Democrats’ special session shut out public The Democratically controlled state Legislature and Gov. Kathy Hochul came together last week for a special session that resulted in approving significant legislation related to...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jul. 06, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

South Florida Sun Sentinel. June 30, 2022. Editorial: Chasing reporters will just put them on high alert Nate Monroe, a political columnist at the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, has a few things in common with the Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell, and with...

Judge: Execution can't proceed without religious requests

Jul. 06, 2022 16:47 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge has issued a temporary order telling Texas prison officials that they can carry out next week’s scheduled execution of a death row inmate only if they grant all of his religious accommodations, including allowing his spiritual adviser to hold his hand when he...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jul. 06, 2022 11:05 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: July 4 The Washington Post says that, after the abortion ruling, digital privacy is more important than ever In the 21st century, our phones might know we are pregnant before the people...

Pope's envoy is joyfully welcomed by faithful in South Sudan

Jul. 05, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Hundreds of people braved a scorching sun Tuesday to welcome Pope Francis' envoy to South Sudan's capital, Juba, where many were disappointed last month when the pontiff canceled a trip to this East African country. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's...

In Kashmir, 'conscious music' tests India’s limits on speech

Jul. 05, 2022 02:05 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Sarfaraz Javaid thumps his chest rhythmically in the music video, swaying to the guitar and letting his throaty voice ring out through the forest: “What kind of soot has shrouded the sky? It has turned my world dark. ... Why has the home been entrusted to strangers?” ...

Republicans divided in support for a policy response to Roe

Jul. 04, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

JACINTO, Miss (AP) — Speaking at an event Monday, Mississippi Republican state lawmakers were divided in their support of new policies to improve health care outcomes for children and new parents. At a 4th of July Festival in northeast Mississippi, some lawmakers remained...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Jul. 04, 2022 07:16 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. July 3, 2022. Editorial: Religious freedom includes keeping government out of religious matters It’s right there in the first words of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an...

Hope and despair: Kathy Gannon on 35 years in Afghanistan

Jul. 03, 2022 21:00 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan policeman opened fire on us with his AK-47, emptying 26 bullets into the back of the car. Seven slammed into me, and at least as many into my colleague, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus. She died at my side. Anja weighed heavy...