Biden: Afghanistan withdrawal depends on Taliban cooperation

Middle East 08/24/21, 22:06

The president will completely withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of August. Joe Biden agreed to meet Taliban extremist demands on the condition there is a contingency plan, and the militant group cooperates. "We are currently on a pace to finish by Aug. 31. The sooner we can finish, the ...

Biden reverses position on Hyde abortion amendment

2022 Campaign 06/07/19, 02:12

After two days of intense criticism, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reversed course Thursday, June 6, and declared that he no longer supports a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions. "If I believe health care is a right, as I do, I can no ...

Dem rivals rebuke Biden for not backing abortion rule repeal

Politics 06/05/19, 15:42

Joe Biden is under fire from his Democratic presidential rivals and women's rights advocates for his defense of a decades-old prohibition on federal money paying for abortions. Most Democratic White House hopefuls reflect their party's latest platform calling for the outright repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which traces back to a ...

Vigil at start of trial for German man who killed ex-wife

Europe 05/21/19, 05:47

Women's rights activists in Germany have staged a vigil for a woman slain by her ex-husband last year amid anger that he isn't tried for murder.Members of a Hamburg women's shelter remembered the 42-year-old victim, a mother of four, outside the city's regional court where Marc H. went on trial ...

Afghan women fear gains could be bargained away in talks

Asia & Pacific 04/28/19, 06:30

Afghan women are demanding a strong voice in peace talks between the government and the Taliban but are so far meeting resistance.Women's rights activists fear that both sides will bargain away their gains.In the 18 years since the fall of the Taliban, women have made important advances but still live ...

In Ivory Coast, Ivanka Trump talks women’s rights

Africa 04/16/19, 15:47

Ivanka Trump met with the vice president of Ivory Coast as part of a trip to Africa focused on women's economic development. The president's daughter and senior adviser arrived in the country Tuesday, traveling from Ethiopia. She met with Vice President Daniel Kablan Duncan at the presidential palace. Gender inequality is a ...

Saudi Arabia arrests more activists, including 2 US citizens

Asia & Pacific 04/05/19, 01:50

Saudi Arabia detained eight people, including two dual U.S.-Saudi citizens, in a new round of arrests in the kingdom targeting individuals supportive of women's rights and those with ties to jailed activists, a person with knowledge of the apprehensions said Friday.It marks the first sweep of arrests to target individuals ...

Saudi women activists’ trials to continue after 3rd hearing

Asia & Pacific 04/03/19, 08:38

Nearly a dozen Saudi women's rights activists, most of them imprisoned, attended their third court session on Wednesday and were told their trials will continue for at least two more weeks, people with knowledge of the cases told The Associated Press.While the 11 women are being tried separately, they have ...

Webby Award nominees announced, new categories available

Entertainment 04/02/19, 07:02

Apple, Spotify, Instagram and some of the year's most talked-about personalities are among those nominated for the 23rd annual Webby Awards for lighting up the internet through excellence and innovation.The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences announced the nominees on Tuesday. They include such celebrities as Will Smith, Oprah ...

Conservative congress on family sharply divides Italy

Europe 03/30/19, 15:59

Verona — the city of Romeo and Juliet — was the backdrop for a culture clash Saturday, as it hosted both a conservative congress on family values and a march by civic groups who denounced the event as a movement to limit LGBT and women's rights.The World Congress of Families, ...

Sources: 3 Saudi rights activists temporarily released

World 03/28/19, 10:42

Three Saudi women's rights activists have been temporarily released after 10 months in prison, sources familiar with the case told The Associated Press on Thursday.Two people told the AP that Aziza al-Yousef, a grandmother and former professor; Eman al-Nafjan, a mother of four and linguistics professor, and a third woman ...

3 Saudi women activists receive PEN Freedom to Write Award

Entertainment 03/14/19, 15:22

Three Saudi women's rights activists whose arrests last year have been condemned worldwide are being honored by PEN America.Nouf Abdulaziz, Loujain al-Hathloul and Eman al-Nafjan have won the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, the literary and human rights organization announced Thursday. The award was established in 1987 and is given ...

National Women’s Hall of Fame announces Class of 2019

Sports 03/08/19, 21:36

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, actress Jane Fonda and attorney Gloria Allred are being inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. They are among 10 members of the Class of 2019, announced Friday.The other honorees are: Civil rights activist Angela Davis; Native American lawyer Sarah Deer; retired Air Force ...

European expert: Hungary backslides on women, refugee rights

Europe 02/11/19, 09:26

The Council of Europe's human rights commissioner says Hungary is facing "many interconnected human rights challenges," including legislation targeting civic groups, backsliding on women's rights and the systematic detention of asylum-seekers.Commissioner Dunja Mijatovic, who made a five-day visit to Hungary last week, also expressed concerns on Monday about the independence ...

France defends women’s rights as conductor to return onstage

Entertainment 01/31/19, 09:44

A senior French government official is defending France's feminist credentials after the announcement that a renowned conductor accused of sexual assault is taking the stage in Paris.Marlene Schiappa, the secretary of state for women's rights, acknowledged Thursday that sexism is "very deeply anchored in our society" and France has seen ...

Mariah Carey shakes off boycott calls for her Saudi concert

Entertainment 01/31/19, 05:33

Mariah Carey is performing in Saudi Arabia for the first time, but there's a growing chorus of Saudi women calling on her to cancel the concert in support of detained women's rights activists.It's a dilemma that other celebrities could face as they ink multimillion dollar deals to perform in Saudi ...

Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse arrives in Canada

Asia & Pacific 01/12/19, 10:54

An 18-year-old Saudi runaway who said she was abused and feared death if deported back home arrived in Canada Saturday arm-in-arm with the country's foreign minister.Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun smiled broadly as she exited an arrival door at Toronto's airport sporting a Canada zipper hoodie, capping a dramatic week that saw ...

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