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Gates Foundation expands board following Bill, Melinda split

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday it will add four members to its board of trustees, a first for the Seattle-based philanthropic giant whose decision making has been guided by ...

Poland: Auschwitz foundation created to fight indifference

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A new Polish foundation has been created that will distribute grants globally to groups that come up with novel ways to fight indifference to hatred and discrimination. ...

Michigan settlement lets faith agencies deny LGBT adoptions

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Faith-based adoption agencies that contract with the state of Michigan can refuse to place children with same-sex couples under a proposed settlement filed in federal court Tuesd...

Black lawmakers say Tennessee GOP ignores racism concerns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The first month back at the state Capitol has felt frustratingly familiar for Black lawmakers in Tennessee’s majority-white Legislature. First, lawmakers pass...

Olympics breaks own rules over China’s treatment of Uyghurs

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — With the Winter Olympics set to take place in Beijing from Feb. 4-20, 2022, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has faced pressure to change the venue or boycott the...

EXPLAINER: Supreme Court takes up race in college admissions

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — The Supreme Court has agreed to review a challenge to the consideration of race in college admission decisions, often known as affirmative action. With three new conservative j...

Justices to hear challenge to race in college admissions

The conservative-dominated Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the consideration of race in college admissions, adding affirmative action to major cases on abortion, guns, religion a...

Lawsuit: 1st Wyoming Black sheriff fires deputy for racism

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s first Black sheriff last year fired a white deputy who is accused of tormenting a Black subordinate for years with racist name-calling that led him to quit, a new feder...

Florida district cancels seminar over race theory concerns

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — School administrators in a central Florida county canceled a seminar for history teachers on the U.S. civil rights movement, in part, because it had not been screened to make sure...

Israel's top Arab police officer takes leave pending probe

JERUSALEM (AP) — The highest-ranking Arab Muslim in Israel's police force has taken leave, the police said Monday, after video emerged showing him tripping over a stabbing victim as he left the scene ...

Germany: 125 queer Catholic Church employees demand respect

BERLIN (AP) — More than 120 employees of the Catholic Church in Germany publicly outed themselves as queer on Monday, saying they want to “live openly without fear" in the church and pushing demands f...

UK lawmaker claims she was fired over her Muslim faith

LONDON (AP) — A former minister in Britain’s Conservative government says she was told her Muslim faith was a reason she was fired, a claim that has deepened the rifts roiling Prime Minister Boris Joh...

Ex-UK minister claims she was fired for her 'Muslimness'

Members of the UK government called for an investigation after former junior Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani told the UK Sunday Times she had been fired because of her "Muslimness." Conserv...

Afghanistan: UN pressures Taliban over missing women's activists

The United Nations said its concerned about the disappearance of two Afghan women's rights activists. Taman Zaryabi Paryani and Parawana Ibrahimkhel were reportedly abducted from their homes by th...

Mother: teachers manipulated child to change gender identity

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mother who claims teachers secretly manipulated her 11-year-old daughter into changing her gender identity and name has filed a legal case against a tiny California school distric...