Social issues

Oppositional lawmakers throw flyers from the balcony at the start of the plenary session of the parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. (Lajos Soos/MTI via AP)
December 12, 2018 - 10:11 am
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's parliament on Wednesday approved amendments to the labor code — changes that trade unions and opponents have criticized as "slave law" benefiting employers. Lawmakers voted 130-52, with one abstention, to pass the government-backed proposal. Opposition members...
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Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad, left, speaks during a meeting with her country's President Barham Salih, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Murad received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for her advocacy on behalf of victims of wartime sexual violence. Murad, a member of Iraq's Yazidi minority, was among thousands of women and girls who were captured and forced into sexual slavery by Islamic State militants in 2014. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
December 12, 2018 - 10:10 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi activist Nadia Murad met her country's president in Baghdad on Wednesday after receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy on behalf of victims of wartime sexual violence. Murad, a member of Iraq's Yazidi minority, was among thousands of women and girls who were captured...
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American Secretary of State Mike Pompeo adjusts his tie during a Security Council meeting on Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
December 12, 2018 - 9:42 am
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to again ban Iranian ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and to maintain an arms embargo that is scheduled to be lifted in 2020 under the landmark Iran nuclear deal. He also...
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In this photo taken Oct. 4, 2018, eastbound Interstate 90 traffic passes beneath a wildlife bridge under construction on Snoqualmie Pass, Wash. The stretch of highway crossing the Cascade Mountains cuts through old growth forest and wetlands, creating a dangerous border for wildlife everything from an elk down to a small salamander. The new crossing gives animals in these mountains a safer option for crossing the road: They'll be able to go above it. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
December 12, 2018 - 9:40 am
SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) — Before descending the Cascade Mountains on its final stretch to Seattle, Interstate 90 cuts through a mountain pass of old growth forests and wetlands. For countless wildlife species, the busy highway is a border, constraining their movements and posing a fatal risk...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2013 file photo, Chile's Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa attends Mass for the election of a new pope inside St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican. Pope Francis has removed two cardinals from his informal cabinet after they were implicated in the Catholic Church's sex abuse and cover-up scandal, shedding embarrassing advisers ahead of a high-stakes Vatican summit on abuse early next year. The Vatican said Wednesday that Francis in October had written to Chilean Cardinal Javier Errazuriz and Australian Cardinal George Pell thanking them for their five years of service on the so-called Group of Nine, or C-9. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
December 12, 2018 - 7:08 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has removed two cardinals from his informal cabinet after they were implicated in the Catholic Church's sex abuse and cover-up scandal, shedding embarrassing advisers ahead of a high-stakes Vatican summit on abuse early next year. The Vatican said Wednesday that...
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This undated photo shows the entrance to the Charleston Rifle Club in Charleston, S.C. The South Carolina social club’s decision to deny membership to Navy veteran and doctor Melvin Brown, its first black candidate has cost it relationships with several local groups. (Brad Nettles/The Post And Courier via AP)
December 12, 2018 - 6:41 am
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina social club's decision to deny membership to a doctor who would have been its first black member has prompted several local groups to cut ties with it. Military veteran and doctor Melvin Brown was the only one denied membership to the Charleston Rifle Club...
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FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to members of the media at the Capitol in Washington. The Trump administration has placed Pakistan on its list of worst offenders for nations that infringe on religious freedom. Pompeo says he added Pakistan to its list of “countries of particular concern” regarding protection for people to worship according to their beliefs. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
December 11, 2018 - 10:21 pm
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Wednesday condemned a U.S. decision to add it to a list of nations that infringe on religious freedom, calling the move "unilateral and politically motivated." Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added Pakistan to the U.S. list of "countries of particular concern" regarding...
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to Christine Blasey Ford testify during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court in Washington. Democrats are trying to turn their most painful losses this year into a rallying cry they hope will electrify the 2020 presidential campaign: Every vote matters. (Tom Williams/Pool Photo via AP)
December 11, 2018 - 9:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats hope to turn the issue of voting rights into an argument that's just as persuasive to voters in 2020 as health care proved to be in 2018. And there's already competition among likely presidential hopefuls to prove they're the most aggressive in advocating for the right...
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, speaks to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, following a meeting with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
December 11, 2018 - 8:00 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's promised U.S.-Mexico border wall (all times local): 4:35 p.m. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump thinks Mexico will pay for the border wall through the new trade deal. Pelosi told colleagues privately that Trump...
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File - In this Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula, D-Kingsburg, speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. The California state lawmaker has been arrested on suspicion of child cruelty. Fresno Police Department Lt. Mark Hudson said Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2018, that Arambula of Fresno was arrested on suspicion of a misdemeanor charge of willful cruelty to a child. The Fresno Bee reports Arambula was cited and released Monday. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 11, 2018 - 5:55 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California state lawmaker Joaquin Arambula was arrested Monday on suspicion of misdemeanor child cruelty, Fresno police Chief Jerry Dyer said. The arrest came after officials at Dailey Elementary Charter School discovered an injury on a child who came into an office Monday...
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