No poverty, hunger in 15 years? UN sets sweeping new goals

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 23 September 2015 12:56

A season of goal-setting begins this month as the United Nations launches a new 15-year plan to fight grinding world poverty, improve health and education and quell climate change.

The Sustainable Development Goals are set for adoption by the 193 U.N. member states shortly after Pope Francis brings his activist message to the world body on Friday — a message sure to include calls to pull back from the abyss of a heating world and to spread global wealth among the neediest.

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.

Pope to deliver 4 of 18 U.S. speeches in English, rest in Spanish

Written by The AP Thursday, 17 September 2015 08:06

The Vatican says Pope Francis will deliver four out of his 18 speeches in the U.S. in English, using his native Spanish for the vast majority of his homilies, greetings and other speaking engagements in his three-city U.S. tour.

Francis has polished his English during recent trips to Asia, but the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said that the Argentine pope simply finds it easier to express himself in Spanish. 

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.

Bones in South African cave reveal new human relative

Associated Press
Friday, 11 September 2015 09:09

Scientists say they’ve discovered a new member of the human family tree, revealed by a huge trove of bones in a barely accessible, pitch-dark chamber of a cave in South Africa.

The creature shows a surprising mix of human-like and more primitive characteristics — some experts called it “bizarre” and “weird.”

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.”