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Saint Augustine was among the saints who pushed some of the bans and policies that may have paved the way for a breakdown of extended family networks in Western Europe during the Middle Ages.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:01

Researchers combed Vatican archives to find records of how ancient church policies shaped Western values and family structures today.

Leaders of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, (from left) Sam Rainsy, Mu Sochua and Kem Sokha, give speeches in Phnom Penh in 2014. Rainsy and Sochua now live in self-imposed exile outside the country, while Sokha has been jailed since 2017.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:01

Sam Rainsy of the now-banned Cambodia National Rescue Party was barred from boarding a plane from Paris to Thailand. His deputy was detained in Malaysia. Both risk arrest if they enter Cambodia.

Congress has approved the first law making severe animal abuse a federal crime, in a move that Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., calls "a milestone for pet owners and animal lovers across the country."
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 14:52

The PACT Act would be the first national law making severe animal cruelty and torture illegal. An earlier law only banned videos of such acts.

Aid workers dish up rice and stew to refugees at the Gawilan camp in northern Iraq. The camp has accommodated nearly 2,000 new arrivals in the past month.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 14:42

"They told us, even if you stand here for 100 years, we are not going to let you cross," one refugee who made it to an Iraqi camp tells NPR. Many have resorted to paying smugglers to help them cross.

President Trump has come under scrutiny about his charitable foundation's use of funds. He has been ordered to pay $2 million in damages by a New York judge.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 14:25

The money will go to a group of charities. The New York judge said money raised at a 2016 veterans fundraiser "was used for Mr. Trump's political campaign and disbursed by Mr. Trump's campaign staff."

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent arrives on Capitol Hill on Oct. 15. His testimony from that deposition was released on Thursday.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 13:57

The leader of the State Department's European and Eurasian Bureau was described as having told House investigators that the White House deputized "three amigos" to handle Ukraine policy.

Bosco Ntaganda, the former Congolese militia leader known as "Terminator," awaits his verdict Thursday in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. The warlord would ultimately be sentenced to 30 years in jail for war crimes in the early 2000s.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 13:24

The prison sentence is the longest ever doled out by the International Criminal Court, which earlier this year found the former warlord guilty of atrocities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, 59, announced his retirement at a news conference on Thursday.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 12:43

Johnson spent more than three years as superintendent, during a turbulent time when the department was trying to restore the public's faith in police after the shooting death of Laquan McDonald.

The FBI and federal prosecutors say that an Iranian national, who is a U.S. permanent resident, stole confidential data from his employer and sent it to Iran.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 11:22

U.S. officials say that before coming to the U.S., the Iranian citizen and U.S. permanent resident served in Iran's military. His brother is said to have ties to Iran's military and nuclear program.

Police stand guard outside the Xingtai Intermediate People's Court in Xingtai, in China's Hebei province. The court issued stiff prison sentences to nine people caught in an illegal fentanyl ring.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 10:44

The traffickers were caught with 11.9 kilograms of fentanyl — enough to kill nearly 6 million people, by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's standard.

A child plays near communist-era apartment blocks in Hoyerswerda, Germany. After the collapse of the communist East German government that had redeveloped the area into an industrial hub, factories shut down and coal production declined. The population has sunk below 33,000 — about half its size before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:45

Thirty years after the Berlin Wall fell, Hoyerswerda is struggling to thrive, a far-right party has gained popularity and many residents worry about the future when Germany phases out coal.

Indonesians independently carry out fumigation in their neighborhood to eradicate the larvae of mosquitoes that cause dengue fever. A new vaccine to prevent dengue may be on the horizon.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:07

Dengue afflicts nearly 400 million people worldwide every year, but a vaccine has remained elusive. New research offers a path forward.

The Military Lending Act caps annual interest on loans to military members at 36% and offers other safeguards. Now, lawmakers are proposing to extend that protection to veterans and others.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 06:02

Some payday loans carry interest rates of 100% or more. The Military Lending Act limits rates on loans to service members. Now, a bipartisan bill aims to extend that protection to all Americans.

Bob Murray at the St. Clairsville, Ohio, headquarters of Murray Energy, which has declared bankruptcy. The coal executive pushed the Trump administration to roll back environmental regulations.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 06:02

Bob Murray rose from coal miner to executive and became an influential industry voice. Despite his role in crafting the Trump administration's pro-coal policies, his own company is bankrupt.

Melinda McDowell sought treatment for her addiction to meth. She started taking the medication naltrexone and has been sober for more than a year now.
Thu, 11/07/2019 - 05:58

Methamphetamine addiction is growing fast, but there's no approved medication to treat it. Now, some clinicians and researchers are experimenting with a drug used for opioid and alcohol addiction.

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