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Guatemala Increases Abortion Penalty, Bans Same-Sex Marriage

Guatemala Increases Abortion Penalty, Bans Same-Sex Marriage

By Sonia Pérez D. | Mar 9, 2022

Guatemalan lawmakers have increased prison sentences for women who have abortions, bucking a recent trend in Latin America toward expanding access to the procedures.

Brittney Griner's Wife Thanks Fans for Support After Arrest

Brittney Griner's Wife Thanks Fans for Support After Arrest

By Doug Feinberg | Mar 8, 2022

Brittney Griner's wife, Cherelle, has thanked everyone for their support of the WNBA star, who was arrested last month in Russia.

Putin Says Ukraine's Future in Doubt as Cease-Fires Collapse

Putin Says Ukraine's Future in Doubt as Cease-Fires Collapse

By Yuras Karmanau | Mar 6, 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Saturday that Ukrainian statehood is in jeopardy and likened the West's sanctions on Russia to "declaring war."

Mastercard, Visa Suspend Operations in Russia After Invasion

Mastercard, Visa Suspend Operations in Russia After Invasion

Mar 6, 2022

Mastercard and Visa are suspending their operations in Russia, the companies said Saturday, in the latest blow to the country's financial system after its invasion of Ukraine.

Zelenskyy's 'Desperate' Plea to Congress: Send More Planes

Zelenskyy's 'Desperate' Plea to Congress: Send More Planes

By Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick and Matthew Lee | Mar 6, 2022

Fighting for his country's survival, Ukraine's leader made a "desperate" plea Saturday to American lawmakers for the United States to help get more warplanes to his military and cut off Russian oil imports as Kyiv tries to stave off the Russian invasion.

Out WNBA Star Brittney Griner Arrested in Russia on Drug Charges

Out WNBA Star Brittney Griner Arrested in Russia on Drug Charges

By Doug Ferguson | Mar 5, 2022

WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner was arrested last month at a Moscow airport after Russian authorities said a search of her luggage revealed vape cartridges.

Comedy Series Starring Zelenskyy Gets Boost in Popularity

Comedy Series Starring Zelenskyy Gets Boost in Popularity

By Hilary Fox | Mar 3, 2022

Countries are snapping up the rights to "Servant of the People" — a comedy series starring the Ukrainian President, as the Ukrainian President.

Warlord with Ties to Chechen Anti-Gay Persecution Killed in Ukraine

Warlord with Ties to Chechen Anti-Gay Persecution Killed in Ukraine

By Kilian Melloy | Mar 1, 2022

An advisor to Chechnya's strongman leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, who allegedly played a part in the nation's brutal anti-gay purge, has been killed in Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Singapore Top Court Ruling on Gay Sex Disappoints Advocates

Singapore Top Court Ruling on Gay Sex Disappoints Advocates

By Kilian Melloy | Feb 28, 2022

Advocates expressed disappointment with the court's refusal to overturn a law criminalizing gay sex on the grounds that the law is not enforced, saying the real problem is entrenched discrimination.

Kyiv Mayor Proud Of Citizens' Spirit, Anxious About Future

Kyiv Mayor Proud Of Citizens' Spirit, Anxious About Future

By Francesca Ebel | Feb 27, 2022

In an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, after a grueling night of Russian attacks on the outskirts of the city, Mayor Vitali Klitschko was silent for several seconds when asked if there were plans to evacuate civilians.

In Rio, Even a Ban Can't Keep Revelers from Carnival Streets

In Rio, Even a Ban Can't Keep Revelers from Carnival Streets

By Diane Jeantet | Feb 27, 2022

The pandemic may have disrupted Carnival plans in Rio de Janeiro for a second straight year, but revelers who have flocked to the Brazilian city for sun, sea and samba still found ways to party on Saturday.

Explainer: How Is Russia-Ukraine War Linked to Religion?

Explainer: How Is Russia-Ukraine War Linked to Religion?

By Peter Smith | Feb 27, 2022

Ukraine's tangled political history with Russia has its counterpart in the religious landscape, with Ukraine's majority Orthodox Christian population divided between an independent-minded group based in Kyiv and another loyal to its patriarch in Moscow.

Russians Push Toward Ukraine's Capital; Residents Take Cover

Russians Push Toward Ukraine's Capital; Residents Take Cover

By Yuras Karmanau, Jim Heintz, Vladimir Isachenkov and James LaPorta | Feb 26, 2022

Kyiv residents braced Saturday for another night sheltering underground, as Russian troops closed in on Ukraine's capital and skirmishes were reported on the outskirts.

War via TikTok: Russia's New Tool for Propaganda Machine

War via TikTok: Russia's New Tool for Propaganda Machine

By David Klepper | Feb 26, 2022

The Russian TikTok video has it all: a cat, puppies and a pulsing background beat. It's cute, watchable and hardly seems the stuff of state propaganda.

Russia Booted from Eurovision Song Contest Over Ukraine

Russia Booted from Eurovision Song Contest Over Ukraine

Feb 25, 2022

The European Broadcasting Union says that Russia will not be allowed an entry in this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

British Queen Still has COVID Symptoms, Postpones Audiences

British Queen Still has COVID Symptoms, Postpones Audiences

Feb 25, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II postponed two virtual audiences as she continued to experience cold-like symptoms from COVID-19, Buckingham Palace said Thursday.

US Sanctions on Russian Oligarchs Miss Richest of Rich

US Sanctions on Russian Oligarchs Miss Richest of Rich

By Michael Biesecker, Joshua Goodman, Sarah El Deeb and Richard Lardner | Feb 25, 2022

The term Russian oligarch conjures images of posh London mansions, gold-plated Bentleys and sleek superyachts in the Mediterranean, their decks draped with partiers dripping in jewels.

Outspoken Queer Activist Brutally Murdered in Azerbaijan

Outspoken Queer Activist Brutally Murdered in Azerbaijan

Feb 25, 2022

Outspoken queer activist Avaz Hafizli was mutilated and killed in Azerbaijan, and his own cousin has been arrested for his murder.

LGBTQ Ukrainians Prepare for Abuse Under Russian Occupation

LGBTQ Ukrainians Prepare for Abuse Under Russian Occupation

By Emell Adolphus | Feb 24, 2022

LGBTQ Ukrainians fear Russian occupation will bring human rights violations, violence, and turn back progress on LGBTQ rights.

Manhattan DA Returns Artifacts Worth $20 Million to Greece

Manhattan DA Returns Artifacts Worth $20 Million to Greece

By Karen Matthews | Feb 24, 2022

Dozens of looted antiquities seized from billionaire hedge fund founder Michael Steinhardt after a yearslong investigation have been returned to the people of Greece, prosecutors in New York announced Wednesday.

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