• Donald Trump Dec 2, 2019

    China to Suspend US Navy Visits to Hong Kong Over New Law

    China said Monday it will suspend U.S. Navy visits to Hong Kong and sanction several American pro-democracy organizations in retaliation for the signing into law of legislation supporting human rights in the semi-autonomous territory. While the nature of the sanctions remained unclear, the move appeared to back up Chinese threats that the U.S. would bear the costs of the decision....

  • JUDGE Dec 1, 2019

    Brazil's President Criticizes Leonardo DiCaprio Over Amazon Fires

    Without offering proof, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday said actor Leonardo DiCaprio had funded nonprofit groups that he claimed are partly responsible for fires in the Amazon this year. Bolsonaro’s remarks about the American actor were part of a wider government campaign against environmental nonprofit groups operating in Brazil. DiCaprio’s environmental organization Earth Alliance has pledged $5 million to...

  • Donald Trump Sep 28, 2019

    Syria Demands Withdrawal of All American, Turkish Forces

    Syria’s top diplomat on Saturday demanded the immediate withdrawal of American and Turkish forces from the country and said his government reserves the right to defend its territory in any way necessary if they remain. Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem’s remarks to the United Nations General Assembly were made as Turkey and the United States press ahead with a deal to...

  • Donald Trump Sep 24, 2019

    Trump Administration to Triple Democracy Aid to Venezuela

    The Trump administration is more than tripling U.S. support for pro-democracy work in Venezuela and for the first time directly funding opposition leader Juan Guaidó as he attempts to set up a government to rival the socialist administration of Nicolás Maduro. The $52 million in new aid was announced Tuesday by Mark Green, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for...

  • China May 17, 2019

    Taiwan Votes to Legalize Same-sex Marriage

    Taiwan’s legislature voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades.

  • China May 17, 2019

    In First for Asia, Taiwan Approves Same-Sex Marriage

    Taiwan’s legislature voted Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, a first in Asia and a boost for LGBT rights activists who had championed the cause for two decades. Lawmakers pressured by LGBT groups as well as by church organizations opposed to the move approved most of a government-sponsored bill that recognizes same-sex marriages and gives couples many of the tax, insurance...

  • Facebook May 14, 2019

    WhatsApp Discovers Spyware That Hijacked Phones

    Spyware crafted by a sophisticated group of hackers-for-hire took advantage of a flaw in the popular WhatsApp communications program to remotely hijack dozens of phones, the company said late Monday. The Financial Times identified the actor as Israel’s NSO Group, and WhatsApp all but confirmed the identification, describing hackers as “a private company that has been known to work with...

  • Donald Trump May 1, 2019

    ‘Increasing Sense of Emergency': Anti-Semitic Attacks Spike Against Jews Worldwide

    Israeli researchers reported Wednesday that violent attacks against Jews spiked significantly last year, with the largest reported number of Jews killed in anti-Semitic acts in decades, leading to an “increasing sense of emergency” among Jewish communities worldwide. Capped by the deadly shooting that killed 11 worshippers at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27, assaults targeting Jews rose 13%...

  • MIAMI Apr 7, 2019

    Animal Activists to March in Cuba's Capital, Marking Possible First

    On Sunday morning a group of animal-lovers will march a mile down one of Havana’s main thoroughfares waving placards calling for an end to animal cruelty in Cuba. Short, seemingly simple, the march will write a small but significant line in the history of modern Cuba. The socialist government is explicitly permitting a public march unassociated with any part of...

  • Canada Mar 30, 2019

    Angelina Jolie: Fighting for Women and Justice Are Crucial

    Actress and activist Angelina Jolie says promoting equality for women, combatting injustice, and helping refugees are the most important parts of her life after her six children. “But in many ways, they go hand in hand,” she said in an interview late Friday with The Associated Press. “It’s what I hope my children know is important.” Off camera, the 43-year-old...

  • Canada Mar 13, 2019

    Jolie Shows Steps Out for ‘Dumbo' Premiere With Her Kids

    Angelina Jolie brought four of her six kids for a night out when the superstar family hit the red carpet for the LA premiere of “Dumbo.”

  • Donald Trump Dec 23, 2018

    Nicaragua's Ortega Pushes Ahead With Crackdowns on Dissent

    In barely a week’s time, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has cemented the authoritarian reputation of his government by shuttering the offices some of the few remaining resonant voices of dissent and expelling the international monitors documenting his government’s alleged crimes....
    At least 325 people have been killed since protests erupted in mid-April and were violently suppressed. Some 565 people have been...

  • PRESIDENT Oct 14, 2018

    Battles Over Safe Ebola Burials Complicate Work in Congo

    A runaway hearse carrying an Ebola victim has become the latest example of sometimes violent community resistance complicating efforts to contain a Congo outbreak — and causing a worrying new rise in cases. The deadly virus’ appearance for the first time in the far northeast has sparked fear. Suspected contacts of infected people have tried to slip away. Residents have...

  • China Oct 7, 2018

    Wife Says Interpol Officer Sent Knife Image as Danger Signal

    The wife of Interpol’s president made an impassioned plea Sunday for help in bringing her missing husband to safety, saying she thinks he sent an image of a knife before he disappeared in China as a way to warn her he was in danger. Grace Meng detailed the last messages she exchanged with her husband, Interpol President Meng Hongwei, to...

  • United States Oct 13, 2018

    Susan Wild, Running for Pennsylvania's 7th Congressional District in the 2018 Midterm Elections

    Susan Wild Office Sought: Pennsylvania Congress (7th District) Political Party: Democrat Age: 61 Campaign Website: wildforcongress.com No. of Tweets: 821 No. of Facebook Followers: 3,879 Biography: Susan Wild calls Lehigh Valley home; it’s where her children were born and attended public schools, where she’s built her recognized legal career, and where she’s become a respected and outspoken community leader. She touts...

  • Donald Trump Aug 19, 2018

    Annan Leaves Legacy of Fighting for Equality and Rights

    Kofi Annan left the United Nations far more committed than it had been to combating poverty, promoting equality and fighting for human rights — and until his death Saturday he was speaking out strongly for nations working together to solve problems and worried about the rise of nationalism. As secretary-general of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006, Annan saw...

  • Associated Press Jul 10, 2018

    China Ends Nobel Widow's House Arrest After Outcry

    China allowed the widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo to be freed from house arrest and leave for Berlin on Tuesday, ending an eight-year ordeal that drove the poet into depression and drew intense criticism of Beijing’s human rights record. The release of Liu Xia, who has never been charged with any crime, is the result of...

  • PRESIDENT Jun 4, 2018

    US Citizen Shot to Death in Nicaragua's Capital Amid Unrest

    A U.S. citizen was found shot to death in the capital Saturday as violence and social unrest continue to grip Nicaragua.

  • Facebook May 19, 2018

    NYC Lawyer in Racist Rant Runs From Camera; Community Throws Latin-Themed Party Outside His Apartment

    A Manhattan lawyer who was caught on video ranting against Spanish-speaking restaurant workers has been kicked out of his office space and faces a complaint from two elected officials.

  • Canada Mar 19, 2018

    China Removes Online Criticism of Plan to Extend Xi's Rule

    Chinese censors acted quickly Monday to remove satirical commentary online about the ruling Communist Party’s move to enable President Xi Jinping to stay in power indefinitely, while political observers weighed the possibility that China will return to an era of one-man rule. A day after the party announced a proposed constitutional change to be approved next month, Chinese internet users...

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