Human welfare

A group of women try to get a glimpse of Pope Francis as he arrives for a Marian prayer celebrating the Virgin of La Puerta of Otuzco, at Plaza de Armas in Trujillo, Peru, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. Francis called women, mothers and grandmothers the guiding force for families. But he said women are nevertheless victims of "femicide and many situations of violence that are kept quiet behind so many walls." (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
January 20, 2018 - 6:48 pm
TRUJILLO, Peru (AP) — Pope Francis denounced femicides and other gender-based crimes that have turned Latin America into the most violent place on Earth for women, calling Saturday for legislation to protect them and a new cultural mindset as he visited one of Peru's most dangerous parts. At a...
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January 19, 2018 - 3:19 pm
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Carlos Chavez, the former head of Bolivia's Football Federation, has been granted permission to temporarily leave prison and travel to Brazil to seek treatment against cancer, officials said Friday. Chavez was jailed in 2015 at Bolivia's notorious Palmasola Prison in the...
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A Rohingya refugee boy sits in queue with others to receive food packets at Balukhali refugee camp, 50 kilometres (32 miles) from, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed that they will try to complete the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled from violence in Myanmar within two years, Bangladesh's Foreign Ministry said. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
January 19, 2018 - 4:51 am
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Rohingya refugees are continuing to flee from Myanmar into Bangladesh, even after the two countries said they will begin repatriating members of the minority ethnic group next week, a Bangladesh official said Friday. Over 650,000 Rohingya Muslims poured into Bangladesh...
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FILE - In this May, 10, 2010, file photo, Roy Bennett, center left, leaves the High Court in Harare, Zimbabwe, after he was acquitted of terrorism charges. New Mexico State Police said Thursday, Jan. 18 2018, that Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett died in helicopter crash. The crash on Wednesday, Jan. 17, carrying Bennett and five others went down in a mountainous rural area of northern New Mexico. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, File)
January 19, 2018 - 4:31 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — He was called the "sharpest thorn" in Robert Mugabe's side. Zimbabwe on Friday mourned Roy Bennett, a white founding member of the main opposition party who died Thursday with his wife, Heather, in a helicopter crash in the United States. With his fluent Shona, earthy manner...
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In this May 2, 2017 photo, a windsurfer glides on the surface of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. Minnesota officials have approved changing the name of the Minneapolis lake that honored slavery supporter and former Vice President John Calhoun. Minneapolis’ Lake Calhoun will be renamed Bde Maka Ska, the name once used by American Indians before federal surveyors renamed it in the early 1800s. The Dakota name means White Earth Lake. (Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune via AP)
January 18, 2018 - 7:32 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A popular Minneapolis lake named in honor of slavery supporter and former Vice President John Calhoun will get its original American Indian name back, Minnesota officials announced Thursday. Lake Calhoun will be renamed Bde Maka Ska, the Department of Natural Resources announced...
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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2009, file photo, shows Senior Zimbabwean MDC opposition official Roy Bennett, left, and his wife Heather, relax at a friends home in Mutare about 200 km east of Harare, Zimbabwe, following his release from prison. A fiery helicopter crash killed Bennett and his wife, while on holiday in a remote part of the U.S. state of New Mexico, authorities said Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.
January 18, 2018 - 6:51 pm
RATON, N.M. (AP) — A group of prominent friends, including a key Zimbabwean opposition leader and a Texas-based investor and philanthropist, was heading to a ranch in the U.S. state of New Mexico when their helicopter crashed and burned in a remote area, killing five people aboard. Friends and...
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A victim makes her "impact statement" to Larry Nassar during a sentencing hearing as he puts his head down in front of Judge Rosemarie Aquilina in district court on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. Nassar has pleaded guilty to molesting females with his hands at his Michigan State University office, his home and a Lansing-area gymnastics club, often while their parents were in the room. (Dale G. Young/Detroit News via AP)
January 18, 2018 - 5:45 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of former sports doctor who sexually assaulted athletes (all times local): ___ 5:40 p.m. A Michigan sports doctor who molested young gymnasts won't get his prison sentence until next week. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina has listened to more than 60...
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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2017, file photo, Steph Gaspar, a volunteer outreach worker with The Hand Up Project, an addiction and homeless advocacy group, holds a used and blood-filled needle used for drug injection that she found while cleaning up a homeless encampment in Everett, Wash. Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency in October 2017, the nation's governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
January 18, 2018 - 3:47 pm
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency, the nation's governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs, which are killing...
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January 18, 2018 - 2:51 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Counselors at a South Carolina prison wing where four inmates were strangled to death in a cell last year routinely announced a prisoner's mental health diagnosis out loud to embarrass him, according to a lawsuit filed by the families of two of the slain inmates. The lawsuits...
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January 18, 2018 - 2:34 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop who has led prayers at Arkansas anti-abortion rallies says he will not take part this year because its featured speaker is a public official who actively pushed for the state's aggressive execution schedule last year. Bishop Anthony Taylor wrote an...
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