Human welfare

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2013 file photo, OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. A panel of federal judges will decide whether lawsuits filed on behalf of babies born to opioid-addicted mothers should be separated from a larger federal case. Lawyers representing the babies and their guardians say babies have been harmed directly by the opioid industry, unlike local governments, hospitals and other entities. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
November 28, 2018 - 9:54 pm
The long-running federal court case seeking to hold drugmakers responsible for the nation's opioid crisis has a new complication: How does it deal with claims covering the thousands of babies born to addicts? Attorneys representing the children and their guardians want their claims separated from...
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In this Nov. 15, 2018 photo provided by Ivan Pierre Aguirre, migrant teens are led in a line inside the Tornillo detention camp holding more than 2,300 migrant teens in Tornillo, Texas. The Trump administration announced in June 2018 that it would open the temporary shelter for up to 360 migrant children in this isolated corner of the Texas desert. Less than six months later, the facility has expanded into a detention camp holding thousands of teenagers - and it shows every sign of becoming more permanent. (Ivan Pierre Aguirre via AP)
November 27, 2018 - 4:05 pm
TORNILLO, Texas (AP) — The Trump administration has put the safety of thousands of teens at a migrant detention camp at risk by waiving FBI fingerprint checks for their caregivers and short-staffing mental health workers, according to an Associated Press investigation and a new federal watchdog...
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November 27, 2018 - 7:37 am
PARIS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights issued a fresh rebuke to the Kremlin on Tuesday, ruling that Russia's continued ban on LGBT rallies is discriminatory and represents a violation of human rights. Judges at the court based in the eastern French city of Strasbourg called on Moscow to...
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South Korea's Prosecutor General Moon Moo-il bows in apology in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. Moon apologized over what he described as a botched investigation into the enslavement and mistreatment of thousands of people at a vagrants' facility in the 1970s and 1980s nearly three decades after its owner was acquitted of serious charges. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
November 27, 2018 - 3:43 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's top public prosecutor apologized Tuesday over what he described as a botched investigation into the enslavement and mistreatment of thousands of people at a vagrants' facility in the 1970s and 1980s nearly three decades after its owner was acquitted of...
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Ukrainian Ambassador the the United Nations Volodymyr Yelchenko speaks during a security council meeting about the escalating tensions between the Ukraine and Russia at United Nations headquarters, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Russian border guards opened fire on three Ukrainian vessels in the Kerch Strait near the Russia-occupied Crimean peninsula, raising the prospect of a full-scale military confrontation. The incident comes on the back of a four-and-a-half year long proxy conflict in eastern Ukraine. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
November 26, 2018 - 12:42 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Ukraine's Ambassador to the United Nations is warning that rising tensions with Russia "constitute a clear threat to international peace and security." Volodymyr Yelchenko told a United Nations Security...
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British Prime Minister Theresa May walks past the EU flag at the conclusion of an EU summit in Brussels, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. European Union leaders gathered Sunday to seal an agreement on Britain's departure from the bloc next year, the first time a member country will have left the 28-nation bloc. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
November 25, 2018 - 1:12 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the Brexit deal (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Hungary's prime minister says it's a "gloomy Sunday" because of the Brexit agreement between Britain and the European Union. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on state TV that "no matter how well a divorce is organized, it...
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FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2016, file photo, supporters of LGBT and human rights wave rainbow flags during a rally supporting a proposal to allow same-sex marriage in Taipei, Taiwan, on the World Human Rights Day. Voters in Taiwan passed on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 a referendum asking that marriage be restricted to one man and one woman, a setback to LGBT couples hoping their island will be the first place in Asia to let same-sex couples share child custody and insurance benefits. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)
November 25, 2018 - 5:29 am
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Voters in Taiwan passed a referendum asking that marriage be restricted to one man and one woman, a setback to LGBT couples hoping their island will be the first place in Asia to let same-sex couples share child custody and insurance benefits. The vote on Saturday, organized...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 file photo, a nun waits for the arrival of Pope Francis for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. The Catholic Church's global organization of nuns has denounced the "culture of silence and secrecy" surrounding sexual abuse and is urging sisters who have been abused to report the crimes to police and their superiors. The Associated Press reported earlier this year that the Vatican has known for decades about the problem of priests and bishops preying on nuns but has done next to nothing to stop it. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)
November 24, 2018 - 12:21 pm
ROME (AP) — The Catholic Church's global organization of nuns has denounced the "culture of silence and secrecy" surrounding sexual abuse in the church and is urging sisters who have been abused to report the crimes to police and their superiors. The International Union of Superiors General, which...
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November 24, 2018 - 1:29 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Polls opened in Bahrain on Saturday to elect a new parliament, but absent from the ballot is the country's Shiite-dominated opposition, whose most prominent figures are serving lengthy prison sentences. Up for grabs are 40 seats in Bahrain's lower house of...
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FILE - In this April 21, 2017 file photo, FBI agents leave the office of Dr. Fakhruddin Attar at the Burhani Clinic in Livonia, Mich., after completing a search for documents. A federal judge dismissed some charges Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, against eight people, including two doctors, in the genital mutilation of nine girls at the suburban Detroit clinic, finding it's up to states rather than Congress to regulate the practice. (Clarence Tabb Jr. /Detroit News via AP, File)
November 23, 2018 - 5:08 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Women's rights advocates said they were shocked when a federal judge in Michigan ruled this week that a law protecting girls from genital mutilation was unconstitutional. They called his decision a serious blow to girls' rights. Legal experts said the judge made clear that U.S...
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