Human welfare

FILE - In this March 21, 2018, file photo, Marip Lu sits in her family's shelter in a refugee camp in northern Kachin State, Myanmar. Marip Lu, 24, claims she was kidnapped by traffickers and suffered six years of captivity, rape and abuse deep in China. A human rights group says the governments in Myanmar and China are failing to stop the brutal trafficking of young women from the conflict-ridden Kachin region for sexual slavery. (AP Photo/Esther Htusan, File)
March 21, 2019 - 11:57 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in China and Myanmar are failing to stop the brutal trafficking of young women, often teenagers, from the conflict-ridden Kachin region for sexual slavery, according to a report by Human Rights Watch. The report released Thursday says women are often tricked into...
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FILE - This combination of file photos provided on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, by the Bucks County District Attorney shows Sara Packer, left, and Jacob Sullivan. Sullivan pleaded guilty Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, to first-degree murder in the 2016 death of 14-year-old Grace Packer. Sullivan pleaded guilty to all charges in the 2016 death of Grace Packer. The penalty phase of his trial opens Friday, March 15, 2019 outside Philadelphia. A jury will hear testimony about Sullivan’s crimes before deciding on a sentence of either life in prison or death. (Bucks County District Attorney via AP, File)
March 20, 2019 - 7:43 pm
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The mother of a girl who was raped, murdered and dismembered testified Wednesday that she helped plot the attack and carry it out, telling her daughter before her death that "I can't help you anymore." Appearing to smirk at times, Sara Packer calmly recounted how she watched...
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FILE - This July 23, 2018 file photo shows packets of buprenorphine, a drug which controls heroin and opioid cravings, in Greenfield, Mass. On Wednesday, March 20, 2019, the nation’s top medical advisers said medications which are proven to successfully treat opioid addiction remain vastly underused in the U.S., despite an epidemic of fatal overdoses tied to heroin, painkillers and related drugs. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
March 20, 2019 - 2:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top medical advisers say medicines proven to treat opioid addiction remain vastly underused in the U.S. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report Wednesday that found only a fraction of the estimated 2 million Americans addicted to...
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This July 17, 2018 copy photo shows a 1850 Daguerreotype of Renty, a South Carolina slave who Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Conn., said is her family's patriarch. The portrait was commissioned by Harvard biologist Louis Agassiz, whose ideas were used to support the enslavement of Africans in the United States. Lanier filed a lawsuit on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Massachusetts state court, demanding that Harvard turn over the photo and pay damages. (Courtesy of Harvard University/The Norwich Bulletin via AP)
March 20, 2019 - 11:58 am
BOSTON (AP) — Harvard University has "shamelessly" turned a profit from photos of two 19th-century slaves while ignoring requests to turn the photos over to the slaves' descendants, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday. Tamara Lanier, of Norwich, Connecticut, is suing the Ivy League school for "...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., center, talks with owner Tim Williamson at Cater's Drug Store in Selma, Ala., on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
March 19, 2019 - 4:28 pm
SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrapped up a three-state Southern swing on Tuesday with appearances in Alabama, where the Democratic presidential candidate talked about her affordable housing plan as well as her call to eliminate the electoral college. Warren began the day with a walking...
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In this photo taken Sunday, March 10, 2019 in Saratoga, N.Y., 8-year-old Tanitoluwa Adewumi poses with his trophy after winning the New York State Scholastic Championships tournament for kindergarten through third grade. The victory will be his family's ticket out of a homeless shelter. Tani and his family have lived in a New York City shelter since fleeing Nigeria in 2017. (Russell Makofsky via AP)
March 19, 2019 - 2:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — An 8-year-old boy's victory as New York state chess champion will be his family's ticket out of a homeless shelter. The New York Times reported that Tani Adewumi (TAH'-nee ah-deh-WOO'-mee) won the state chess title for his age group this month even though he learned to play only...
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From left, Greenville, Miss. Mayor Errick Simmons, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Mable Starks, former CEO Mississippi Action for Community Education, tour Central Avenue from Poplar Street in Greenville, Miss., Monday March 18, 2019. The group discussed dilapidated and affordable housing in the rural communities. (Bill Johnson/The Democrat-Times via AP)
March 18, 2019 - 9:38 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is embracing a congressional proposal to study a framework for reparations to African-Americans hurt by the legacy of slavery as the best way to begin a "national, full-blown conversation" on the issue. Warren first voiced...
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First lady Melania Trump, speaks during a meeting of the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 18, 2019. The goal is to build upon and improve youth programs that align with her "Be Best" initiative, which focuses on the well-being of children, their safety online and avoiding drugs. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
March 18, 2019 - 3:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump took a deep dive into the federal bureaucracy Monday at a briefing on government youth programs as she looks for ways to promote her "Be Best" initiative. "My focus has and always will be on our children, the next generation," the first lady said as opened a meeting...
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, left, speaks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, center, and Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, right, during a meeting of EU foreign ministers at the EU Council building in Brussels, Monday, March 18, 2019. EU foreign ministers hold talks with their Chinese counterpart as the bloc seeks to establish a new strategic balance with the Asian economic giant. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
March 18, 2019 - 7:39 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO and the European Union are condemning Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula five years after Moscow declared the region Russian territory. NATO allies said in a statement Monday that "we strongly condemn this act, which we do not and will not recognize." They...
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Ahmed Tani poses a portrait in front of Hagley College in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sunday, March 17, 2019. Tani settled in Christchurch after fleeing civil war in Somalia. The New Zealand city seemed a place of peace. It was more than just physically distant from the strife he had known. With its leafy streets, vibrant gardens and green public parks, the Garden City was even visually a world away from his war-scorched past. But that peace hasn't always lasted and now the city will need to use its experience rebuilding from a 2011 earthquake to recover from the nation's worst terrorist attack.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
March 17, 2019 - 5:16 am
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Ahmed Tani settled in Christchurch as a refugee in 1999. After his escape from civil war in Somalia, the New Zealand city seemed a place of peace, a haven. Christchurch was more than just physically distant from the bitter strife he had previously known. With its...
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