Human welfare

FILE - In this March 21, 2018, file photo, Marip Lu sits in her family's shelter in a refugee camp in northern Kachin State, Myanmar. Marip Lu, 24, claims she was kidnapped by traffickers and suffered six years of captivity, rape and abuse deep in China. A human rights group says the governments in Myanmar and China are failing to stop the brutal trafficking of young women from the conflict-ridden Kachin region for sexual slavery. (AP Photo/Esther Htusan, File)
March 21, 2019 - 12:40 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in China and Myanmar are failing to stop the brutal trafficking of young women, often teenagers, from the conflict-ridden Kachin region for sexual slavery, according to a report by Human Rights Watch. The report released Thursday says women are often tricked into...
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FILE - This combination of file photos provided on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, by the Bucks County District Attorney shows Sara Packer, left, and Jacob Sullivan. Sullivan pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, to first-degree murder in the 2016 death of 14-year-old Grace Packer. Sullivan pleaded guilty to all charges in the 2016 death of Grace Packer. The penalty phase of his trial opens Friday, March 15, 2019 outside Philadelphia. A jury will hear testimony about Sullivan’s crimes before deciding on a sentence of either life in prison or death. (Bucks County District Attorney via AP, File)
March 20, 2019 - 7:43 pm
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The mother of a girl who was raped, murdered and dismembered testified Wednesday that she helped plot the attack and carry it out, telling her daughter before her death that "I can't help you anymore." Appearing to smirk at times, Sara Packer calmly recounted how she watched...
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This July 17, 2018 copy photo shows a 1850 Daguerreotype of Renty, a South Carolina slave who Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Conn., said is her family's patriarch. The portrait was commissioned by Harvard biologist Louis Agassiz, whose ideas were used to support the enslavement of Africans in the United States. Lanier filed a lawsuit on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Massachusetts state court, demanding that Harvard turn over the photo and pay damages. (Courtesy of Harvard University/The Norwich Bulletin via AP)
March 20, 2019 - 4:32 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University has "shamelessly" turned a profit from photos of two 19th-century slaves while ignoring requests to turn the photos over to the slaves' descendants, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, is suing the Ivy League school for "...
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A crying woman with the Mothers of Srebrenica is hugged after the court upheld the convictions of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic at International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Nearly a quarter of a century since Bosnia's devastating war ended, Karadzic heard the final judgment upholding 2016 convictions for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, and increased his 40-year sentence to life. (AP Photo/Peter Dejongl)
March 20, 2019 - 2:17 pm
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on a U.N. court's decision on the conviction and sentencing of ex-Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic (all times local): 6:15 p.m. The Muslim member of Bosnia's multi-ethnic presidency says former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic "got the punishment he...
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March 19, 2019 - 3:42 pm
BEEVILLE, Texas (AP) — Three male Native American inmates in Texas will be allowed to grow their hair long as an expression of their religious beliefs after winning a lawsuit against the state prison system. U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos' ruling last month only affects the three inmates...
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In this photo taken Sunday, March 10, 2019 in Saratoga, N.Y., 8-year-old Tanitoluwa Adewumi poses with his trophy after winning the New York State Scholastic Championships tournament for kindergarten through third grade. The victory will be his family's ticket out of a homeless shelter. Tani and his family have lived in a New York City shelter since fleeing Nigeria in 2017. (Russell Makofsky via AP)
March 19, 2019 - 2:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An 8-year-old boy's victory as New York state chess champion will be his family's ticket out of a homeless shelter. The New York Times reported that Tani Adewumi (TAH'-nee ah-deh-WOO'-mee) won the state chess title for his age group this month even though he learned to play only...
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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2017 file photo, Robert Gentile is wheeled into the federal courthouse in Hartford, Conn. The reputed Connecticut mobster, who authorities believe is the last surviving person of interest in the largest art heist in history, was released from prison Friday, March 15, 2018, in an unrelated weapons case. Federal prosecutors have said they think Gentile has information about the still-unsolved 1990 $500 million heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. (Patrick Raycraft/Hartford Courant via AP, File)
March 18, 2019 - 3:44 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A reputed Connecticut mobster who federal authorities believe is the last surviving person of interest in the largest art heist in history criticized government officials Monday as he adjusted to being back home after finishing a four-year prison sentence for weapons crimes...
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, left, speaks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, center, and Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, right, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels, Monday, March 18, 2019. EU foreign ministers hold talks with their Chinese counterpart as the bloc seeks to establish a new strategic balance with the Asian economic giant. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
March 18, 2019 - 7:39 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO and the European Union are condemning Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula five years after Moscow declared the region Russian territory. NATO allies said in a statement Monday that "we strongly condemn this act, which we do not and will not recognize." They...
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Ahmed Tani poses a portrait in front of Hagley College in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sunday, March 17, 2019. Tani settled in Christchurch after fleeing civil war in Somalia. The New Zealand city seemed a place of peace. It was more than just physically distant from the strife he had known. With its leafy streets, vibrant gardens and green public parks, the Garden City was even visually a world away from his war-scorched past. But that peace hasn't always lasted and now the city will need to use its experience rebuilding from a 2011 earthquake to recover from the nation's worst terrorist attack.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
March 17, 2019 - 5:16 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Ahmed Tani settled in Christchurch as a refugee in 1999. After his escape from civil war in Somalia, the New Zealand city seemed a place of peace, a haven. Christchurch was more than just physically distant from the bitter strife he had previously known. With its...
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Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019, following a mass shooting. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
March 15, 2019 - 10:30 pm
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — At least 49 people were shot to death at two mosques during midday prayers Friday — most if not all of them gunned down by an immigrant-hating white supremacist who apparently used a helmet-mounted camera to broadcast live video of the slaughter on Facebook. One man...
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