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Author Salman Rushdie at the Blue Sofa at the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 16:50

Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie was brutally attacked this week. He has been the subject of death threats since his book The Satanic Verses was published in 1988.

A visitor holds a weapon during the Shot Fair Brasil, an arms exhibition held at the Expoville Conventions and Exhibitions Center in Joinville, Santa Catarina state, Brazil, on Aug. 5.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 16:10

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has issued more than a dozen decrees in favor of Brazilians' right to bear arms. Sales have spiked and gun shops and shooting ranges have opened up all over Brazil.

President Richard Nixon speaks at the White House on Aug. 9, 1974. He was preparing to leave the day after resigning because of the Watergate scandal. Nixon wanted to take his presidential documents with him, including his infamous tape recordings. But he was barred from doing so, and Congress passed a law that now requires all presidents to hand over their documents to the National Archives.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 14:14

Congress changed the law in the 1970s when President Nixon prepared to leave with his documents — and infamous tape recordings.

Sat, 08/13/2022 - 13:22

Mexican cities have seen widespread arson and shootings by drug cartels. The gangs appear to be targeting stores, vehicles and bystanders in response to disputes or attempts to capture gang members.

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, air force and naval aviation corps of the Eastern Theater Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) fly planes at an unspecified location in China on Aug. 4.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 12:42

The training will include strikes on ground targets and troop deployment, the Chinese Defense Ministry said. China's expanding military activities have alarmed the U.S. and its allies.

A federal jury awarded Republican Roy Moore $8.2 million in damages Friday after finding that a Democratic-aligned super PAC defamed him in an advertisement during the 2017 U.S. Senate race in Alabama.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 10:19

A federal jury found that a Democratic-aligned super PAC defamed the Alabama Republican in a TV ad recounting sexual misconduct accusations during his failed 2017 U.S. Senate bid.

A cross and Bible sculpture stand outside the Southern Baptist Convention headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., on May 24. The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention says that several of the denomination's major entities are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 10:02

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, which has faced widespread sexual abuse problems, said several of the denomination's major entities are under investigation by the Department of Justice.

Women march down a main street in Kabul on Saturday, two days before the one-year anniversary of the Taliban takeover.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 09:58

About two dozen women marched in Kabul chanting "bread, work, freedom," "we want political participation" and "no to enslavement," just days before the one-year anniversary of the Taliban takeover.

San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. looks out from the dugout prior to the team's game against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 25 in San Diego. Tatis was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball on Friday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 09:17

Tatis won't play this season. MLB said he tested positive for clostebol, an anabolic steroid. Tatis said he accidentally took a medication to treat ringworm that contained the banned substance.

Sat, 08/13/2022 - 08:27

Using pandemic recovery money distributed by the European Union, Italy is trying to bring back one dying village in each of the country's 21 regions. The villages will each get $20 million.

The award-winning novelist Chibundu Onuzo has lately been thinking about her life in London and her visits to Nigeria, where she was born: "What do I love most about my trips to Lagos? I lose my self-consciousness there. If I stand out, it's for something other than my skin color."
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 07:34

The author Chibundu Onuzo reflects on her older brother's path to success after leaving the U.K. for their native Nigeria — and wonders whether she should consider joining him.

Counter-protesters are confronted by pro-Trump protesters in front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 07:00

Republicans and Democrats increasingly think people in the other party are closed-minded, dishonest, unintelligent and, even, immoral.

Vera Farmiga plays Dr. Anna Pou in Five Days at Memorial.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 06:40

Executive producer, writer and director John Ridley says he tried to take an unbiased view of this new Apple+ drama based on what actually happened.

Ishar Das Arora, 83, watches a 3-D video of his birthplace in Pakistan, through a virtual reality device.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 06:02

A virtual reality project helps survivors of India's Partition glimpse long-lost birthplaces they fled as children. Fraught relations between India and Pakistan mean they can't visit in person.

A new poll finds white adults are more than twice as likely as others to get sizable financial help from parents or grandparents. By contrast, Black adults are more likely to give money to elders.
Sat, 08/13/2022 - 06:00

A new poll finds white adults are more than twice as likely as others to get sizable financial help from parents or grandparents. By contrast, Black adults are more likely to give money to elders.

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