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El Salvador gives woman accused of abortion 30 years prison

May. 10, 2022 17:42 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court in El Salvador has sentenced a woman who suffered an obstetric emergency that ended her pregnancy to 30 years in prison for aggravated homicide, according to a nongovernmental organization assisting in her defense. The Citizen Group for the...

Taiwan activist released from China says global help worked

May. 10, 2022 02:15 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Taiwanese human rights activist who served five years in jail in China said that international pressure and the tireless advocacy by his wife worked to ensure his safe return to Taiwan. “I know that my life's safety and security was defended by many...

Rights groups cite 338 violations in El Salvador arrests

May. 04, 2022 23:30 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Five human rights groups reported Wednesday there have been complaints of at least 338 violations of human rights during El Salvador's massive arrests of suspected gang members. The five non-governmental organizations said the most frequently cited...

Aid worker held in Israel for 6 years insists he's innocent

May. 03, 2022 02:21 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Nearly six years after Israel accused Mohammed el-Halabi of diverting tens of millions of dollars from an international charity to Gaza's militant Hamas rulers, he has yet to be convicted in an Israeli court and is still being held in detention. World Vision — a...

To save a life: Refugees make protective vests for Ukraine

Apr. 23, 2022 02:41 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A Czech leatherwork company that makes a wide variety of handmade products — travel bags, messenger totes, wallets and belts — never planned to add personal protective gear that would save lives in a war to its offerings. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has...

Activist who was imprisoned in China returns to Taiwan

Apr. 15, 2022 05:20 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Taiwanese pro-democracy activist who served five years in China returned to Taiwan on Friday morning, a Taiwanese government ministry confirmed. Lee Ming-che was arrested by Chinese authorities in 2017 and charged with subversion of state power. His arrest...

Chemical weapons use from Syrian war stokes Ukraine's fears

Apr. 13, 2022 12:03 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The chilling scenes from Syria of victims twitching and gasping for air after chlorine cylinders were dropped from helicopters in towns and villages were broadcast over and over in the course of country's civil war. Legal and moral taboos were shattered. Hundreds were...

Despite risk of death, Thailand sends Myanmar refugees back

Apr. 07, 2022 23:11 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The young woman from Myanmar and her family now live amid the tall grasses of a riverbank on the Thai border, trapped in limbo between a country that does not want them and a country whose military could kill them. Like thousands of others fleeing...

Danish aid chief says group's Afghan female staff working

Apr. 05, 2022 07:37 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Danish aid group was able to keep its Afghan women employees working even after the Taliban takeover of the country last August, the chief of the nongovernmental organization said Tuesday. Charlotte Slente, secretary general of the Danish Refugee...

UN seeks record $4.4B for Afghans struggling under Taliban

Mar. 31, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the United Nations said Thursday that nearly all Afghans don’t have enough to eat and some have resorted to “selling their children and their body parts” to get money for food. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' statement was part of a dramatic...