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Nepal: Sexual crimes spark debate on rape laws

Women's rights activists have taken to the streets in Nepal in recent days to protest against sexual crimes in the country after a former child actor and model recently made public the allegations...

Greyhound racing nearing its end in the US after long slide

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Vera Rasnake laughed as she led a trio of barking, jostling dogs into the Iowa Greyhound Park, but her smile faded when she acknowledged that after 41 years of being around the sl...

AP PHOTOS: Bejeweled camels wrestle for victory in Turkey

SELCUK, Turkey (AP) — Black-eyed Nirvana and Mr. Isa, two male camels from the western Aydin province of Turkey and wearing colorful saddles, circled the grounds with their owners and then wrestled fi...

In UAE desert, camels compete for crowns in beauty pageant

LIWA, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Deep in the desert of the United Arab Emirates, the moment that camel breeders had been waiting for arrived. Families hauled their camels through wi...

New Miss America first Alaskan, Korean American title holder

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The newly crowned Miss America has made history, becoming both the first Korean American and the first Alaskan to hold the title in the competition’s 100-year history. ...

Miss Alaska, Emma Broyles, crowned Miss America

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — The contestant from Alaska was crowned Miss America at an event Thursday marking the competition's 100th anniversary. What began as a 1921 Atlantic City beau...

India's Harnaaz Sandhu crowned Miss Universe 2021

Indian contestant Harnaaz Sandhu won the 70th edition of the Miss Universe beauty pageant held at the Israeli resort town of Eilat early on Monday. After being postponed over the COVID-19 pandemic, th...

Furor over Miss South Africa appearing in pageant in Israel

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Controversy is swirling around the Miss South Africa beauty pageant, as the government has withdrawn its support for the event because of its plans to participate in the Miss Unive...

In Israel, Miss Universe says pageant no place for politics

JERUSALEM (AP) — The reigning Miss Universe said Wednesday the long-running beauty pageant shouldn't be politicized, even though its next edition is being held in Israel amid pressure on contestants t...

"No photo!": A visual essay of Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti is not one story. It is many stories -- overlapping, colliding, advancing relentlessly to violent and heartbreaking endings. The rich and the despe...

Mrs. Ireland named new Mrs. World after on-stage fracas

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Kate Schneider from Ireland has been named the new Mrs. World after the reigning titleholder resigned following an on-stage fracas in which she pulled the crown off the head ...

Reigning Mrs. World arrested over onstage melee in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Police in Sri Lanka on Thursday arrested the reigning Mrs. World for pulling the crown off the head of the winner of a Mrs. Sri Lanka beauty pageant and allegedly causing inj...

Myanmar pageant contender calls for urgent international aid

A pageant contestant from Myanmar has used her moment in the spotlight to appeal for urgent international help for her country as security forces suppressing protests against last month's coup kil...

Emirati arrested for stealing camel for gift to girlfriend

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Emirati police have arrested a man for allegedly stealing a highly valuable newborn camel to give to his girlfriend for her birthday, the United Arab Emirates’ state...

El Salvador's next US envoy met Trump at Miss Universe

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's next ambassador to Washington is someone President Donald Trump might remember from his days as a beauty pageant boss. A photo circulat...