June 16th, 2021

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Southern Baptists resist push from right in divisive vote

By Travis Loller And Peter Smith, The Associated Press on June 15th, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Southern Baptist Convention tamped down a push from the right at its largest meeting in decades on Tuesday, electing a new president who has worked to bridge racial divides in the church and defeating an effort to make an issue of critical race theory. The more than 15,000 delegates in ... Read More »

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Former student guilty of murder in Colorado school shooting

By James Anderson And Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press on June 15th, 2021

DENVER (AP) – One of two former students accused in a fatal shooting at a suburban Denver school in 2019 was found guilty of murder, attempted murder and other crimes Tuesday. The verdict against Devon Erickson came a day after lawyers delivered closing arguments in his trial. Prosecutors said Erickson, now 20, was a full ... Read More »

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Oldest party wins most seats in voting for ‘new Algeria’

By The Associated Press on June 15th, 2021

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) – Algeria’s oldest party, previously thought to be on the wane, won the largest number of seats in weekend legislative elections, the country’s electoral authority announced Tuesday. The National Liberation Front, or FLN, secured 105 of 407 parliamentary seats, according to the provisional results. Independent candidates, including young people new to politics ... Read More »

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NY lifts more COVID-19 rules as it hits vaccination mark

By Marina Villeneuve, The Associated Press on June 15th, 2021

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that 70% of adults in New York have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, a threshold he said the state would celebrate by easing many of its remaining social distancing rules and shooting off fireworks. “What does 70% mean? It means that we can now return to ... Read More »

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US COVID-19 deaths hit 600,000, equal to yearly cancer toll

By Janie Har And Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press on June 15th, 2021

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 600,000 on Tuesday, even as the vaccination drive has drastically brought down daily cases and fatalities and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom and look forward to summer. The number of lives lost, as recorded by Johns Hopkins University, is greater than the population of Baltimore ... Read More »

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Slovakia court tosses acquittals in reporter’s slaying

By The Associated Press on June 15th, 2021

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) – An appeals court in Slovakia has dismissed a lower court’s acquittal of a businessman accused of masterminding the 2018 slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancée. The Slovakian Supreme Court said the lower court did not properly assess available evidence when it cleared businessman Marian Kocner and one co-defendant of ... Read More »

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Slovakia court tosses acquittal in reporter’s slaying

By The Associated Press on June 15th, 2021

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) – An appeals court in Slovakia has dismissed a lower court’s acquittal of a businessman accused of masterminding the 2018 slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancée. The Slovakian Supreme Court ruling issued Tuesday means the case will return to the Specialized Criminal Court in Pezinok, which ruled in September to ... Read More »

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Police: 4 dead, 4 hurt in shooting on Chicago’s South Side

By The Associated Press on June 15th, 2021

CHICAGO (AP) – An argument in a residence on Chicago’s South Side early Tuesday erupted into gunfire, leaving four people dead and four others injured, police said. The shooting happened at 5:42 a.m., police said, and no arrests were immediately made. Police had few details about the victims, but it appeared that none of them ... Read More »

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Hungary: Lawmakers pass law barring LGBT content for minors

By Balazs Pivarnyik And Bela Szandelszky, The Associated Press on June 15th, 2021

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – Lawmakers in Hungary passed legislation Tuesday that prohibits sharing with minors any content portraying homosexuality or sex reassignment, something supporters said would help fight pedophilia but which human rights groups denounced as anti-LGBT discrimination. The conservative ruling party of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban introduced the legislation, which is the latest ... Read More »

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‘Freedom Day’ for England pushed back 4 weeks to July 19

By Pan Pylas, The Associated Press on June 14th, 2021

LONDON (AP) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed Monday that the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England will be delayed by four weeks, until July 19, a decision he said will save thousands of lives as the government speeds up its vaccination drive. In a press briefing, Johnson voiced his confidence that ... Read More »

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AP Interview: ICC prosecutor sees ‘reset’ under Biden

By Mike Corder, The Associated Press on June 14th, 2021

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Monday that the global tribunal’s relationship with the United States – plunged into the deep freeze by former President Donald Trump – is undergoing a “reset” under his successor, Joe Biden. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda made the comments in an interview with The ... Read More »

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