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JAKARTA, Indonesia | Indonesia passes new terror law after attacks using children

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s parliament unanimously approved a tougher anti-terrorism law on Friday, lengthening detention periods and involving the military in counter-terrorism policing, spurred into action by recent bombings that involved children as perpetrators. Rights groups have criticized the revisions as overly broad and vague and warned against rushing them into law. The scope for … Continue reading JAKARTA, Indonesia | Indonesia passes new terror law after attacks using children

DUBLIN | Voting begins throughout Ireland in major abortion decision

DUBLIN — Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country’s strict ban on most abortions. The referendum Friday will decide whether the eighth amendment of the constitution is repealed, which would open the way for more liberal legislation. The amendment, in place since 1983, … Continue reading DUBLIN | Voting begins throughout Ireland in major abortion decision

SPOKANE, Wash. | Rachel Dolezal accused of welfare fraud after race scandal

SPOKANE, Wash. — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was exposed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud. Rachel Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, was charged this week with theft by welfare fraud, perjury and false … Continue reading SPOKANE, Wash. | Rachel Dolezal accused of welfare fraud after race scandal

HOUSTON | Rockets use strong defense to move a win from NBA Finals

HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets are so full of physical defenders that Golden State coach Steve Kerr said many look like they could play football. And with three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt watching from a courtside seat Thursday night, this team long known for its powerful offense relied again on its … Continue reading HOUSTON | Rockets use strong defense to move a win from NBA Finals

JERUSALEM | Israel calls on EU to end funding to pro-boycott groups

JERUSALEM — Israel called on the European Union on Friday to halt funding to more than a dozen European and Palestinian non-governmental organizations that it says promote boycotts against Israel, saying the financial support violates the EU’s stated policy that it opposes boycotts against the Jewish state. Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry published a report with … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel calls on EU to end funding to pro-boycott groups

OKLAHOMA CITY | Police: 2 shot at Oklahoma restaurant; civilian kills gunman

OKLAHOMA CITY — Police say a man armed with a pistol walked into an Oklahoma City restaurant at the dinner hour and opened fire, wounding two customers, before being shot dead by a handgun-carrying civilian in the parking lot. The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Louie’s On The Lake, a restaurant on Lake … Continue reading OKLAHOMA CITY | Police: 2 shot at Oklahoma restaurant; civilian kills gunman