U.S. welcomes U.N. discussion on ISIL attacking LGBT people

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 25 August 2015 04:30

The United States welcomed the first-ever “Arria formula” discussion by the UN Security Council of how better to protect the lives and dignity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender persons, who are frequently among the most vulnerable in conflict and post-conflict situations.

Cecil's slaughter will have major impact on region

Written by Gerald Imray,
AP writer
Monday, 03 August 2015 06:33


When Cecil the lion’s carcass was finally found after he was lured out of a Zimbabwe wildlife reserve to be killed by an American hunter, it was a headless, skinless skeleton the vultures had been picking at for about a week.

Univision dropping Miss USA pageant after Trump trashes Mexicans

Written by Frazier Moore,
AP Television writer
Friday, 26 June 2015 16:47

Univision is dropping the Miss USA pageant and says it will cut all business ties with Donald Trump in a spiraling controversy over vicious comments the Republican presidential candidate made recently about Mexican immigrants.

Ireland becomes first nation in the world to vote for gay marriage

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 23 May 2015 06:27

 Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued.

U.S. Catholic leaders largely ignore pope’s call for curbing climate change

Written by Rachel Zoll
and Emily Swanson,
AP writers
Thursday, 20 August 2015 19:42

A new survey has found fewer than half of U.S. Roman Catholics said they knew of Pope Francis’ bombshell encyclical on curbing climate change — and only a fraction of those heard about it from the pulpit — in the month after he released the document with an unprecedented call for the church to take up his message.

Events marking 70th anniversary of atomic bombings of Japan

Written by The AP Tuesday, 21 July 2015 18:43

The 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be marked with memorial services, peace concerts and art exhibits.

More than 200,000 people died in the two blasts, which were the first wartime uses of nuclear weapons. The U.S. dropped the bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and on Nagasaki on Aug. 9, 1945. World War II ended with Japan’s surrender days later.

Pope Francis to issue encyclical on devastating climate change driven by greed

Written by Nicole Winfield,
AP writer
Saturday, 13 June 2015 16:58

Anxiety has gripped American conservatives over Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on the environment. So much so that you might think a pope had never before blamed fossil fuels for global warming. Or accused energy companies of hoarding the Earth’s resources at the expense of the poor. Or urged the rich to consume less and share more.

By the numbers: Wheels around the world

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 22 May 2015 05:54

About one-third of people surveyed in 44 countries reported access to a working car at home. Bikes are more common, according to the Pew Research Center, which said about 42 percent of people in 44 countries possess at least one working bicycle at their residence.

About half of people in the United States said there is a working bicycle at home. But chances are a German garage more likely will contain a bike — eight in 10 Germans possess a bike. Other countries with high rates of bike ownership include:

11-year-old girl who was raped and denied abortion gives birth

Written by Pedro Servin,
AP writer
Sunday, 16 August 2015 08:15

An 11-year-old Paraguayan girl who had been denied an abortion gave birth last week, the culmination of a case that put a spotlight on child rape in the poor South American nation and drew criticism from human rights groups.

World brands scored on social justice policies

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 17 July 2015 18:08

Oxfam International recently ranked the world’s 10 largest food and beverage companies on their policies and commitments to improve food security and sustainability. The scorecard covers seven themes impacting the lives of people living in poverty around the world: transparency, farmers, women, agricultural workers, access to land, water and climate change.

President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law this month giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organizations “undesirable” in Russia and shut them down.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have condemned the measure as part of an “ongoing draconian crackdown which is squeezing the life out of civil society.”

Frustration with Latin America's left on the rise

Associated Press
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 20:25

Venezuela's socialist government is struggling to put food on the shelves amid runaway inflation. Brazil's president is facing calls for impeachment. And even Cuba's communist government, an iconic touchstone for generations of leftists, is embracing closer ties with the U.S.

Whether it's because of corruption scandals or stagnant growth, the popularity of the crop of leftist Latin American governments that have been running the region since the start of the millennium appears to be waning. Voters who embraced what became known as the pink tide that swept away the pro-Washington, free-market policies dominant in the 1990s are increasingly turning against the populist firebrands they once rallied behind.