UK opens long-awaited inquiry into tainted blood scandal

LONDON (AP) — A long-awaited inquiry has opened in Britain into how contaminated blood was used to treat thousands of people in the 1970s and '80s, killing at least 2,400. Thousands ...

US poet Danez Smith wins prestigious Forward Prize

LONDON (AP) — American performance poet Danez Smith has won the prestigious Forward Prize for the collection "Don't Call Us Dead." At 29, the poet from St. Paul, Minnesota is the you...

Bill Gates calls for more global education assessments data

SEATTLE (AP) — Bill Gates is rallying behind school quality in developing nations with a push for more assessment data, a new initiative that links the Microsoft co-founder's signature U.S. education ...

To avoid overdoses, some test their heroin before taking it

NEW YORK (AP) — The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can help heroin users detect a potentially deadly contaminant in their drugs. ...

In Mozambique, conservationists try to curb child marriage

GORONGOSA NATIONAL PARK, Mozambique (AP) — Young girls take turns to read aloud under a tree in rural Mozambique, part of a project by Gorongosa National Park to educate them and keep them out of chil...

Taiwan mulls cutting visa-free travel to twice a year from 6 times for Thai, Philippines, Brunei tourists 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - In the wake of more Southeast Asian visitors on visa waiver programs involved in the sex trade during multiple trips to Taiwan, Taiwanese officials are plann...

Review: Justin Vernon, Aaron Dessner create Big Red Machine

Big Red Machine, "Big Red Machine" (PEOPLE/Jagjaguwar) Big Red Machine is a long-in-the-making project led by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and The National's Aaron Dessner. Its roots go ...

Number of new HIV infections decreases by 26% YoY as of July 31: Taiwan CDC

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (Taiwan CDC) said in a press release last week that the number of new HIV infections in Taiwan was 1,156 as of July 31, 2018, which is a 2...

'No one did it better' - Reaction to Aretha Franklin's death

Reaction to the death of soul icon Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday: "It's difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commi...

3 scientists share $500,000 prize for work on cancer therapy

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Tumors once considered untreatable have disappeared and people previously given months to live are surviving for decades thanks to new therapies emerging from the work of three sci...

UN says an estimated 2.3 million people have fled Venezuela

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations says an estimated 2.3 million Venezuelans had fled the country as of June, mainly to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. U.N. spokesman Steph...

In Haiti, slight progress for LGBT rights is seen as victory

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Yaisah Val recently came out publicly as a transgender woman on YouTube, a potentially risky move in a country like Haiti where LGBT residents face pervasive hostility in ...

NYC enlists former gang members as 'violence interrupters'

NEW YORK (AP) — David Gaskin steps into the street armed with a bullhorn. Cars swerve. He glares. The former gang member raises the mic to his lips and preaches the message emblazone...

"I pretended it didn't happen": Nuns report abuse by priests

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Revelations that a prominent U.S. cardinal sexually abused and harassed his adult seminarians have exposed an egregious abuse of power that has shocked Catholics on both sides of t...

"I pretended it didn't happen": Nuns report abuse by priests

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The nun no longer goes to confession regularly, after an Italian priest forced himself on her while she was at her most vulnerable: recounting her sins to him in a university class...