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Transgender inclusion? World's major religions take varying stances on policies toward trans people

Apr. 10, 2024 05:07 AM EDT

The Vatican has issued a new document rejecting the concept of changing one’s biological sex – a setback for transgender people who had hoped Pope Francis might be setting the stage for a more welcoming approach from the Catholic Church. Around the world, major religions have...

Farmers in India are hit hard by extreme weather. Some say expanding natural farming is the answer

Apr. 07, 2024 20:55 PM EDT

GUNTUR, India (AP) — There's a pungent odor on Ratna Raju's farm that he says is protecting his crops from the unpredictable and extreme weather that's become more frequent with human-caused climate change. The smell comes from a concoction of cow urine, an unrefined sugar known...

‘Godzilla x Kong’ maintains box-office dominion in second weekend

Apr. 07, 2024 14:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire” easily swatted away a pair of challengers to hold on to the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row, according to studio estimates Sunday. After its above-expectations $80 million launch last weekend, the...

India's opposition makes its election case, calling Modi an autocrat and promising aid to the poor

Apr. 05, 2024 06:52 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s main opposition party vowed to boost social spending and reverse what it views as a slide into autocracy as it laid out its campaign promises on Friday, two weeks before the start of a weeks-long, multi-phase general election. Most polls have predicted a...

How Dev Patel got 'Monkey Man,' his directorial debut beset by challenges, to the finish line

Apr. 04, 2024 13:29 PM EDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Dev Patel first pitched “Monkey Man” as “a revenge film about faith.” “Faith can be such a beautiful, powerful thing. It can bring us together. At its best, it should make us fight for each other instead of fighting against each other,” says...

A fire in a tailoring shop in India kills 7, including children

Apr. 03, 2024 09:02 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A fire in a tailoring shop on Wednesday killed seven people, including two children, in the Indian city of Aurangabad, police said. The blaze created panic in part of the business district of the city in Maharashtra state. Authorities suspect that...

Here's what you need to know about the world's largest democratic election kicking off in India

Apr. 01, 2024 05:16 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The world’s largest democratic election could also be one of its most consequential. With a population of over 1.4 billion people and close to 970 million voters, India’s general election pits Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an avowed Hindu nationalist, against...

Ukraine and India, a historical ally of Russia, hold talks to strengthen ties

Mar. 29, 2024 07:26 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's foreign minister held talks Friday with his Ukrainian counterpart, who was visiting to strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation with New Delhi, which considers Russia a historic ally from the Cold War-era. Indian foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar...

Stock market today: Asian shares are mostly higher after another set of Wall St records

Mar. 29, 2024 05:16 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares ended mostly higher in quiet, Good Friday holiday trading, while European and U.S. markets were closed. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 rose 0.5% to 40,369.44 and the Kospi in Seoul was little changed, at 2,748.55. The Shanghai Composite index gained 1% to 3,041.17....

Stock market today: Asian shares are mostly higher after another set of Wall St records

Mar. 29, 2024 01:37 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Friday in quiet holiday trading, with markets closed in Hong Kong, Sydney, Singapore and India, among other places. Many financial markets are closed on Friday for Good Friday. In India, markets were closed for the Holi holiday. ...