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In this April 14, 2019 photo, Muqadas Ashraf speaks to The Associated Press in Gujranwala, Pakistan. Muqadas Ashraf was just 16 when her parents married her off to a Chinese man who had come to Pakistan looking for a bride. Less than five months later, Muqadas is back home in Pakistan, pregnant and seeking a divorce from a husband she says was abusive. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
May 07, 2019 - 7:12 am
GUJRANWALA, Pakistan (AP) — Hundreds young women from Pakistan's small Christian minority have been trafficked to China as brides in recent months as their impoverished community is targeted in an aggressive new marriage market, activists and officials say. Brokers offer desperately poor parents...
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Jenny Teeson, center in white, of Andover, Minnesota, looks on as Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signs a bill at the Capitol in St. Paul, on Thursday, May 2, 2019, repealing a Minnesota law that prevented prosecutors from filing sexual assault charges against people accused of raping their spouse. Teeson, testified before legislative committees earlier this year about how her now ex-husband drugged her and made a video of himself raping her while she was unconscious. Prosecutors dropped rape charges because of the old law, and he served just 30 days in jail for invasion of privacy. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)
May 04, 2019 - 3:19 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Witches were still being burned at the stake when Sir Matthew Hale came up with his legal theory that rape could not happen within marriage. The 17th century English jurist declared it legally impossible because wedding vows implied a wife's ongoing consent to sex. Three and a...
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Clockwise, from lower left, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds 3-month-old Rowan Campbell, as she and Democratic Caucus Vice Chair, Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., pose for a selfie with Campbell's mother Sheila Krishnan of Watertown, Mass., on Friday, May 3, 2019, following a forum, Friday, May 3, 2019, at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds),
May 03, 2019 - 1:25 pm
MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday the country should be making more investments in child care and early education. The California Democrat said better access to affordable, quality early education and child care not only helps children and families, but is a long-term...
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April 30, 2019 - 2:55 pm
HELSINKI (AP) — An Estonian government minister resigned Tuesday after just a day in the job when authorities launched a domestic violence investigation into him. Marti Kuusik was sworn in as technology and foreign trade minister on Monday. Hours later, he was placed under investigation by police...
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April 09, 2019 - 7:41 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain wants to end the divorce blame game. The government has announced plans to introduce "no-fault" divorces so separating couples no longer have to blame one another for the breakdown of a marriage. Justice Secretary David Gauke said Tuesday that the government will introduce...
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FILE - In this June 20, 2018, file photo, immigrant children walk in a line outside the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children, a former Job Corps site that now houses them in Homestead, Fla. The Trump administration wants up to two years to find potentially thousands of children who were separated from their parents at the border before a judge halted the practice last year. The Justice Department said in a court filing late Friday, April 5, 2019 in San Diego that it will take at least a year to review the cases of 47,000 unaccompanied children taken in custody between July 1, 2017 and June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
April 07, 2019 - 6:18 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration wants up to two years to find potentially thousands of children who were separated from their families at the border before a judge halted the practice last year, a task that it says is more laborious than previous efforts because the children are no longer...
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FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2015 file photo, Sandy Newcomb poses for a photograph with a rainbow flag as people gather for a mass resignation from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is repealing rules unveiled in 2015 that banned baptisms for children of gay parents and made gay marriage a sin worthy of expulsion. The surprise announcement Thursday, April 4, 2019, by the faith widely known as the Mormon church reverses rules that triggered widespread condemations from LGBTQ members and their allies. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
April 04, 2019 - 6:55 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday repealed rules that banned baptisms for children of gay parents and that labeled same-sex couples as sinners eligible for expulsion — marking a reversal of policies condemned as jarring detours from a push by the...
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Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., speaks as Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., left, and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, second from right, listen at a news conference after the House voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, Thursday, April 4, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington. At right is Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
April 04, 2019 - 2:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Thursday to reauthorize a 25-year-old law that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence, despite complaints by Republicans that Democrats were politicizing the popular law by expanding gun control. The bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act...
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A pro EU protestor demonstrates opposite The Houses of Parliament in London, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. British Prime Minister Theresa May is set for a marathon session with her Cabinet as the government tries to find a way out of the Brexit crisis, after lawmakers again rejected all alternatives to her European Union withdrawal agreement. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
April 02, 2019 - 3:15 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 9:15 p.m. British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn says he is happy to sit down with Prime Minister Theresa May to work on a Brexit deal, even though "so far she hasn't shown much sign of compromise." The leader of the left-of-center Labour...
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A supporter of Brexit holds a sign saying 'Just hoot, we voted leave' while others continue with their daily activities outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, ahead of the latest round of debates in the House of Commons concerning Brexit issues, Monday April 1, 2019. (Rebecca Brown/PA via AP)
April 01, 2019 - 11:48 pm
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 10:50 p.m. The European Parliament's top Brexit official says the U.K. has a "last chance" to break the deadlock on leaving the European Union. Guy Verhofstadt tweeted the comments soon after Britain's Parliament...
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