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Hijab ban aggravates Hindu-Muslim fault lines in Indian state

Ayesha Imtiaz, an Indian Muslim student expelled from school for wearing the hijab, is interviewed by The Associated Press at a cafe in Udupi, Karnataka state, India, Thursday, February 24, 2022. Female students Muslim women in this southern Indian state have found themselves at the center of a debate over the banning of the hijab […]

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New York’s African Catholics find community at French Mass

Aline Compaoré sings with the French choir, Chorale Sainte Marie Reine, at the end of mass at Notre Dame Church in New York on Sunday, March 6, 2022. Today, it is largely African Catholics who worship at French church service. (AP Photo/Jessie Wardarski) NEW YORK – When Landry Felix Uwamungu Ganza moved to New York […]

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Russia expands social media crackdown by blocking Instagram

FILE – This photo shows the Instagram app icon on the screen of a mobile device on Aug. 23, 2019. Russian regulators said Friday, March 11, 2022 that internet users in the country will not be able to access Instagram because it is being used to call for violence against Russian soldiers, in Moscow’s latest […]

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Teachers are reimagining US history lessons with diversity in mind

Brandon Brown poses for photos in Los Angeles, Thursday, March 25, 2021. Brown, a former history teacher and high school vice principal, is now a Billboard educational rapper who performs in the United States. He founded School Yard Rap, a California-based company that produces music about historical black, Latino, and Indigenous peoples often missing from […]

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Big tech grapples with Russian state media and propaganda

FILE – This image combination shows logos for leftist companies, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is forcing big tech companies to decide how to handle state-controlled media that spread propaganda and disinformation on behalf of the invaders. (AP Photo/File) WASHINGTON — As Russia’s war in Ukraine unfolds around the world on social […]

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After the landslides in Brazil, grief and faith among the ruins

Alex Sandro Conde, 42, watches from his home the devastation caused by a landslide in Morro da Oficina, a hillside part of Alto da Serra, Petropolis, state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, February 22 2022. Conde lost his 18-year-old son Kaique when the place where they both worked was destroyed by a landslide after […]

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War via TikTok: the new Russian tool for propaganda machine

FILE – Russian President Vladimir Putin appears on a television screen at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany February 25, 2022. Russia is ramping up its sophisticated propaganda machine as its military advances in neighboring Ukraine. Analysts who monitor propaganda and disinformation say they have seen a surge in online activity linked to the Russian […]

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Some school systems suspend diversity programs amid rollback

Alexis Knox-Miller, director of school system actions for Colorado Springs, Colo., poses Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, in the district main office conference room in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) Conservative takeovers of local school boards have already altered lessons about race and social injustice in many classrooms. Today, some districts are finding that their […]

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GOP pushes US schools to post all course materials online – The Journal

Republican US state lawmakers are trying to force schools to post all course materials online for parents to view COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Republican U.S. state lawmakers are trying to force schools to post all course materials online for parents to view, part of a broader national campaign by the GOP for a sweeping parenting […]

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Rogan’s use of racial slurs adds to pressure on Spotify

FILE – Joe Rogan is seen at a pre-UFC 211 weigh-in on Friday, May 12, 2017 in Dallas ahead of UFC 211. The popular American Spotify podcaster has apologized after a compilation video was released which showed him using racial slurs in clips of episodes spanning 12 years. In a video posted to his Instagram […]

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A Spanish skier could create the surprise in the Olympic downhill

Adur Etxezarreta of Spain performs a turn during a men’s downhill training race at the 2022 Winter Olympics Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022, in Beijing’s Yanqing District. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) BEIJING — On a previously unknown Olympic downhill course, securing a relatively unknown champion is a distinct possibility. Spanish skier Adur Etxezarreta could be the […]

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China shows leadership ahead of Olympics

A man uses a smartphone to record residents receiving throat swabs at a mass coronavirus testing site in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) BEIJING (AP) — Residents of Beijing face abrupt local shutdowns and extensive COVID-19 testing requirements as the Chinese capital seeks to prevent a coronavirus outbreak ahead of the Winter Olympics that open in […]

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China’s success in taming the virus could make exit strategy more difficult

A resident holds a tube and swab to get tested at a core testing station in Beijing, China, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. The sweeping “zero tolerance” policies China has used to protect its people and its economy of COVID- May 19, paradoxically, will complicate the country’s exit from the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) TAIPEI, […]

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Are we our own “domestic enemies”? – The Northern State Journal

**FILE** Andy Griffith sits in front of a bronze statue of Andy and Opie from the ‘Andy Griffith Show,’ in this file photo from Tuesday, October 28, 2003, after the statue was unveiled at a ceremony in Raleigh, NC Griffith, the actor who played the sheriff of the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina, sued […]

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White House soft launches COVID-19 test request website

FILE – Faith Terreri, an employee of the City of Youngstown Health Department, collects two COVID-19 home test kits to distribute at a distribution event, Dec. 30, 2021, in Youngstown, Ohio. The Biden administration quietly launched its website Tuesday for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day ahead of the site’s scheduled launch. […]

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Former EPA employees ask Virginia senators not to confirm Wheeler – The Journal

More than 150 former Environmental Protection Agency employees are writing to the Virginia Senate asking the Democratic-controlled chamber to oppose the nomination of former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to the cabinet of the GOP Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 150 former Environmental Protection Agency employees on Friday urged the Virginia Senate […]

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French teachers go on strike to manage the pandemic

Teachers and students hold up a banner reading “National education – working conditions – wages” as they demonstrate in Bayonne, in southwestern France, on Thursday, January 13, 2022. French teachers have withdrawn from a strike National Council on Thursday to express their anger at the government’s handling of the virus situation in schools, denouncing muddled […]

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French teachers go on strike to deal with pandemic – The Journal

Less than two weeks after the start of the winter term, French teachers are already exhausted by the pressure of the upsurge in COVID-19 cases PARIS (AP) – Less than two weeks after the start of the winter term, French teachers are already exhausted by the pressures of the upsurge in COVID-19 cases. On Thursday, […]

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Last of Navy’s new class of warships leaves shipyard – The Journal

The last of a new class of warships left a Maine shipyard BATH, Maine (AP) – The last of a new class of warships left a Maine shipyard on Wednesday. The USS Lyndon B. Johnson was built at Bath Iron Works and is the last in a class of three ships that the United States […]