Human welfare

In this Jan. 8, 2019 photo, 28-year-old lawyer Francys Valdivia Machado, president of the Madres de Abril Association, holds a picture of her 24-year-old brother Franco who was killed during an April 2018 protest against social security cuts in Esteli, Nicaragua, during an interview with Associated Press journalists in an undisclosed location in Mexico where she is in hiding. She believes he was both shot by a sniper firing from City Hall. Fifteen minutes before Valdivia was shot, he had denounced authorities' use of force against peaceful protesters on a video on Facebook holding what appeared to be a rubber bullet in his hand. (AP Photo)
January 18, 2019 - 4:44 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The two mothers walked shoulder-to-shoulder ahead of a casket in the northern Nicaraguan city of Esteli, wailing in shared grief at the killings of their sons during a wave of anti-government protests. Francisca Machado was accompanying the casket holding her 24-year-old son...
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File-In this Dec. 13, 2018, file photo, teen migrants walk in line inside the Tornillo detention camp in Tornillo, Texas. Government investigators say many more migrant children may have been separated from their parents than the Trump administration has acknowledged. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton, File)
January 17, 2019 - 3:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands more migrant children may have been split from their families than the Trump administration previously reported, in part because officials were stepping up family separations long before the border policy that prompted international outrage last spring, a government...
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Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith speaks Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, during a news conference in Bellevue, Wash., to announce a $500 million pledge by Microsoft to develop affordable housing for low- and middle-income workers in response to the Seattle region's widening affordability gap and to also to address homelessness. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
January 17, 2019 - 2:41 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft says it will devote $500 million to address a problem its own success helped create: the severe need for affordable housing in the Seattle area. As the tech industry Microsoft brought to the region has boomed with the expansion of Amazon and other companies, the cost of...
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The Houthi rebel delegation, and delegates of the internationally recognized Yemeni government meet for a second day for talks on implementing a prisoner exchange agreed to in Sweden last month, in Amman, Jordan, Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. The office of U.N. envoy Martin Griffiths has described the two-day meeting as a "technical one." The International Committee of the Red Cross is also attending. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)
January 17, 2019 - 12:36 pm
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The head of the U.N. mission In Yemen charged with monitoring a cease-fire between rival forces in a key port city was leaving a meeting with government representatives Thursday when a U.N.-marked armored vehicle in his convoy was hit with one round of small arms fire, the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2018 file photo, Michigan State University interim President John Engler listens as he runs his first Michigan State University Board of Trustees meeting on campus in East Lansing, Mich. Engler will resign as interim president of Michigan State University amid public backlash over his comments about women and girls sexually assaulted by now-imprisoned campus sports doctor Larry Nassar, a member of the school's Board of Trustees said Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP, File)
January 16, 2019 - 8:33 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The former governor brought in to help Michigan State University recover from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal resigned Wednesday as the school's interim president amid backlash over his comments about some of the ex-sports doctor's victims. John Engler, who had resisted...
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrives to attend an annual roundup news conference about his department's 2018 accomplishments in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
January 16, 2019 - 4:08 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on the Russian foreign minister's annual news conference (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Russia's foreign minister says Moscow isn't considering a possibility of swapping an American arrested on suspicion of espionage for any of the Russians held in the U.S. Sergey Lavrov says...
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La saudí Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, de 18 años, al centro, posa con la ministra del Exterior de Canadá, Chrystia Freeland, a la derecha, después de su llegad al aeropuerto internacional Pearson de Toronto, el sábado 12 de enero de 2019. Canadá concedió el asilo a Alqunun. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press vía AP)
January 14, 2019 - 8:56 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Saudi woman accepted as a refugee in Canada says in an Australian television interview that she expects her experience will inspire other women to flee her homeland. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun told Australian Broadcasting Corp. in an interview recorded in Toronto and...
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FIL E- In this Jan. 9, 2019 file photo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to reporters on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use in New York are gaining steam and the governor predicts a bill will pass in 2019. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
January 13, 2019 - 9:41 am
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use in New York are gaining steam, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo predicts a bill will pass this year. But don't expect to see pot shops opening up from Brooklyn to Buffalo anytime soon. While there's broad agreement on the idea of...
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Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun walks in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Alqunun, the 18-year old Saudi woman who fled her family to seek asylum, remains in Thailand under the care of the U.N. refugee agency as she awaits a decision by a third country to accept her as a refugee. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
January 11, 2019 - 10:18 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — An 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she was abused by her family and feared for her life if deported back home left Thailand on Friday night for Canada, which has granted her asylum, officials said. The fast-moving developments capped an eventful week for Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun. She...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2016, file photo, Naila Amin, 26, holds a book from one of the classes she was taking at Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y. According to data provided to The Associated Press, the U.S. approved thousands of requests by men to bring child and teenage brides from another country. “My passport ruined my life,” said Naila Amin, a dual citizen from Pakistan who grew up in New York City. She was forcibly married at 13 in Pakistan and applied for papers for her 26-year-old husband to come to the country. “People die to come to America. I was a passport to him. They all wanted him here, and that was the way to do it.” (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
January 11, 2019 - 8:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl. The...
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