Social Issues Headlines

  • Merkel tells people of Chemnitz: Don't let haters set the agenda

    Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday urged people to stand up against hatred and reject "lies" about a U.N. migration accord during her first visit to the city of Chemnitz since a spate of far-right violence that tarnished Germany's image abroad.

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  • NYC lawsuit: immigration detainees denied day in court

    NEW YORK (AP) - A civil lawsuit filed by immigration rights advocates in New York City is accusing federal authorities of denying detainees their day in court. The suit says those authorities have kept people accused of immigration violations in New York and New Jersey locked up for months before ...

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  • Supreme Court to hear case in census citizenship question

    The Supreme Court announced Friday it will grant an expedited hearing on the Trump administration's request to add a question concerning citizenship to the 2020 census. The justices set oral argument for February, converting what had been a narrow request involving one part of the case into a full grant ...

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  • 'Instant Family' uses laughter to shine a light on adoption

    NEW YORK (AP) - Mark Wahlberg may be known for his tough-guy image thanks to movies including "Mile 22" and "The Departed," or for his straight-up comedic roles like in "Daddy's Home" and "Ted," but he tugs at the heartstrings in his latest movie, "Instant Family." Out Friday, "Instant Family" ...

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  • Canada's Trudeau uses Trump card to attack main political rival

    Donald Trump is so unpopular in Canada that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is using the specter of the U.S. president to attack his conservative rival ahead of a national election set for next year.

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  • Pension, gambling laws among Legislature session highlights

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania state lawmakers wrapped up their session this week with the election of caucus leaders and farewell speeches by departing colleagues, closing the book on two years that produced nearly 250 new laws. Their most high-profile debate , however, ended inconclusively when Senate Republicans blocked a ...

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  • Factbox: Where the EU has made concessions in Brexit talks

    While some of Prime Minister Theresa May's critics have denounced her draft Brexit deal with the European Union as betrayal of Britain's interests, the European Union has also given ground in the unprecedented negotiations.

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  • Nigerian millennials fuel domestic tourism

    Deola Akeju stood under the gushing waterfalls of Ikogosi in western Nigeria, laughing with her friends and other travelers as they explored the forest's pools and streams.

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  • Billy Idol, '80's rocker, shows caravan how it's done

    Billy Idol, U.K.-born rocker of the '80's, became a U.S. citizen this week — holding a tiny American flag as he took the Naturalization Oath of Allegiance. Holding the American flag. Swearing allegiance to America. Caravan-ers, are you paying attention? "About a dozen members of migrant caravan arrested for trying ...

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  • Tired of house calls, Alli Webb built a Drybar styling empire

    A decade ago, Alli Webb was a hair stylist who made house calls, driving all over Los Angeles to shampoo, style, and blow-dry clients’ hair before big nights out.

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  • Indian airport protesters block woman activist's plan to enter hill temple

    Thousands of protesters blocked all the exits at a southern Indian airport on Friday to stop a women's rights activist from heading to a Hindu temple to defy a centuries-old ban on the entry of women of menstruating age.

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  • Rohingya refugee camp quiet after Bangladesh delays return

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) - Normal life returned to a Rohingya Muslim refugee camp in Bangladesh on Friday, a day after government authorities postponed plans to begin repatriating residents to Myanmar when no one volunteered to go. United Nations officials and international aid agencies praised the government of Bangladesh Prime ...

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  • German chancellor visiting scene of far-right violence

    CHEMNITZ, Germany (AP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading to Chemnitz to talk with residents of the eastern city three months after it was the scene of violent far-right protests. Merkel's plans Friday include a meeting with the local basketball team and then discussions with readers of the Chemnitz ...

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  • Over 100 suspected Rohingya Muslims arrested aboard boat in Yangon, official says

    More than 100 suspected Rohingya Muslims were arrested aboard a boat in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, officials said, raising fears of a fresh wave of dangerous voyages after a 2015 crackdown on people smugglers.

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  • Over 100 suspected Rohingya Muslims arrested aboard boat in Yangon, official says

    More than 100 suspected Rohingya Muslims were arrested aboard a boat in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city, officials said, raising fears of a fresh wave of dangerous voyages after a 2015 crackdown on people smugglers.

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  • Migrants streaming into Tijuana, but now face long stay

    TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) - Exhausted migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers napped on mattresses in a converted municipal gymnasium, while men played soccer and exchanged banter on a crowded, adjoining courtyard. A woman dabbed her crying, naked toddler with a moist cloth. Nearly 2,000 caravan migrants had reached ...

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  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean

    This photo gallery highlights some of the top news images made by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean published in the past week. The first members of the Central American migrant caravan that has been moving across Mexico started to arrive in Tijuana across the border from ...

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  • 'Love will prevail': Costa Rica's same-sex couples can marry in 2020

    Same-sex couples in Costa Rica will have the right to get married by mid-2020, the nation's constitutional court has ruled, a first for socially conservative Central America.

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  • 'Love will prevail': Costa Rica's same-sex couples can marry in 2020

    Same-sex couples in Costa Rica will have the right to get married by mid-2020, the nation's constitutional court has ruled, a first for socially conservative Central America.

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  • US fails to weaken UN references to sexual health

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The United States failed in an attempt to water down references to "sexual and reproductive health" in a U.N. resolution Thursday despite support from China and many Islamic countries. The General Assembly's human rights committee defeated the U.S. attempt to amend the resolution aimed at preventing ...

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  • Panel puts off revamp of congressional budgeting process until after Thanksgiving

    The bipartisan panel tasked with revamping a congressional budget process beset by shutdown showdowns on Thursday punted consideration of a biennial budgeting plan until after Thanksgiving amid questions over how it will be addressed in the Senate. Watchdogs said that while biennial budgeting would be a step in the right ...

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  • Migrant caravan, Tijuana residents clash at U.S. border fence

    TIJUANA, Mexico — Members of a migrant caravan started to meet some local resistance as they continued to arrive by the hundreds in the Mexican border city of Tijuana, where a group of residents clashed with migrants camped out by the U.S. border fence. About 100 migrants declined offers of ...

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  • UN committee criticizes human rights violations in Iran

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - A U.N. committee on human rights approved a resolution Thursday urging Iran to stop its widespread use of arbitrary detention and expressing serious concern at its "alarmingly high" use of the death penalty. The General Assembly's Human Rights Committee adopted the resolution by a vote of ...

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  • Guardsman arrested at border fired last year by sheriff

    HOUSTON (AP) - A National Guard member arrested on a sexual assault charge while serving on the U.S.-Mexico border lost his job as a county jailer last year after being arrested for drunken driving. Records obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday show Luis Carlos Ontiveros was fired in January ...

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