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UAE announces relaxing of Islamic laws for personal freedoms

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates announced on Saturday a major overhaul of the country’s Islamic personal laws, allowing unmarried couples to cohabitate, loosening alcohol restrictions and criminalizing so-called “honor killings.”

Portland mayor challenged from left amid Oregon protests

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Portland mayor will fight for a second term Tuesday in an election upended by the city’s sustained protests against racial injustice and police brutality and by the national attention from President Donald Trump and right-wing groups that support him.

Experts: Police brutality, racism pushing Black anxiety

Some experts say police brutality, the coronavirus pandemic that has taken disproportionate physical and financial tolls on Black people, and other issues around race have increased anxiety levels among African Americans.

Nigerian forces killed 12 peaceful protesters, Amnesty says

LAGOS, Nigeria — Amnesty International said in a report Wednesday that Nigeria's security forces fired upon two large gatherings of peaceful protesters Tuesday night, killing 12 people calling for an end to police brutality.

Tulsa digs again for victims of 1921 race massacre

OKLAHOMA CITY — A second excavation begins Monday at a cemetery in an effort to find and identify victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and shed light on violence that left hundreds dead and decimated an area that was once a cultural and economic mecca for African Americans.

Black immigrants find camaraderie, divide amid protests

Inspired by the global protests against systemic racism and police brutality, Nigerian American blogger Nifesimi Akingbe donned a black shirt that read “I am Black history,” and began recording a video.

YouTube follows Twitter and Facebook in QAnon crackdown

OAKLAND, Calif. – YouTube is following the lead of Twitter and Facebook, saying that it is taking more steps to limit QAnon and other baseless conspiracy theories that can lead to real-world violence.

Twitter tightens limits on candidates ahead of US election

Twitter is imposing tough new rules that restrict candidates from declaring premature victory and tighten its measures against spreading misinformation, calling for political violence and spreading thoughtless commentary in the days leading up to and following the Nov. 3 U.S. election.

U.S. says it will block palm oil from large Malaysian producer

The United States will detain shipments of palm oil and its products from a major producer in Malaysia after a wide range of labor abuse indicators were found, including physical and sexual violence and forced child labor, an official said Wednesday.

Women’s issues at UN: Still ‘too low down on the agenda’

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly last week, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina noted a milestone: the 25th anniversary of the Beijing women's conference that produced a global roadmap for gender equality and a ringing rallying cry that became part of the event's official declaration: "Women's rights are human rights.”

Trump supporters rally near Portland and at Oregon Capitol

SALEM – Hundreds of people gathered Monday afternoon in a small town south of Portland for a pro-President Donald Trump vehicle rally – just over a week after a member of a far-right group was fatally shot after a Trump caravan went through Oregon’s largest city.