Tag Archives: Social issues

UK unemployment rate rises for 6th straight month

The U.K. unemployment rate rose for a six straight month in December as renewed coronavirus restrictions shut down most businesses across the country ByThe Associated Press February 23, 2021, 8:53 AM • 1 min read LONDON — The U.K. unemployment rate rose for a six straight month in December as renewed coronavirus restrictions shut down […]

Protests swell after Myanmar junta raises specter of force

Protesters are gathering in Myanmar’s biggest city despite the ruling junta’s thinly veiled threat to use lethal force if people answered a call for a general strike opposing the military takeover ByThe Associated Press February 22, 2021, 5:35 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article YANGON, Myanmar — Protesters gathered […]

2 Myanmar protesters killed by police fire, several injured

MANDALAY, Myanmar — Riot police in Myanmar shot dead two anti-coup protesters and injured several others on Saturday, as security forces increased pressure on popular revolt against the military takeover. One of the victims was shot in the head and died immediately during the latest rally in the second-largest city of Mandalay, according to Frontier […]

Hong Kong activist publisher Jimmy Lai appeals bail denial

Prominent Hong Kong democracy advocate and publisher Jimmy Lai has returned to court to relaunch his appeal for bail By ALICE FUNG Associated Press February 18, 2021, 3:50 AM • 2 min read HONG KONG — Prominent Hong Kong democracy advocate and newspaper publisher Jimmy Lai returned to court to relaunch his appeal for bail […]

Serbian capital Belgrade sees clubbing flouting virus rules

Authorities in Serbia’s capital Belgrade have held an emergency meeting over a surge in clubbing parties that have drawn thousands in violation of rules against the new coronavirus ByThe Associated Press February 15, 2021, 9:27 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BELGRADE, Serbia — Authorities in Serbia’s capital Belgrade […]

Vatican charity in spotlight over old sex assault allegation

A pontifical foundation has admitted that its late founder was credibly accused of sexually assaulting a female employee who came forward in 2010 after learning the deceased priest was being considered for possible beatification By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press February 15, 2021, 2:22 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article […]

Women fleeing Burkina Faso violence face sexual assault

KAYA, Burkina Faso — A 20-year-old woman could no longer live in her village amid the rising violence caused by Islamic extremists. But she needed to return and retrieve the family’s cows in hopes of selling them. If her husband went, jihadists would almost certainly kill him. She went instead, and was dragged into the […]

Bulgaria: Nationalists honor pro-Nazi general with flowers

Far-right nationalists have again gathered in Bulgaria’s capital to honor a late World War II general known for his anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi activities ByThe Associated Press February 13, 2021, 8:20 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SOFIA, Bulgaria — Far-right nationalists gathered in Bulgaria’s capital Saturday to honor a […]

Prominent Saudi women’s rights activist released from prison

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — One of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent political activists was released from prison Wednesday, her family said, after serving nearly three years on charges that sparked an international uproar over the kingdom’s human rights record. Loujain al-Hathloul, who pushed to end a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, was arrested […]

Turkey’s Erdogan vows ‘no mercy’ to violent protesters

Turkey’s president has rebuffed U.S. and European criticism of his government’s handling of weeks-long demonstrations at a top Istanbul university, saying they should focus on violent protests that took place in those countries instead ByThe Associated Press February 5, 2021, 7:24 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article ANKARA, Turkey […]