Human welfare

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 - 2:18 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 - 6:39 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 - 4:16 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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FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2017 file photo, Poland's right-wing ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski makes a speech to his party activists in Warsaw, Poland. The leader of Poland’s right-wing ruling party has used hostile language while speaking against rights for LGBT persons, a subject that has risen to prominence ahead of crucial elections in Poland this year. Jaroslaw Kaczynski spoke Saturday, March 16, 2019 to Law and Justice party activists at a convention ahead of the May elections to the European Parliament and Poland’s general election in the fall. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)
March 16, 2019 - 2:18 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leader of Poland's right-wing ruling party used hostile language Saturday while speaking against rights for LGBT persons, a subject that has risen to prominence in his political campaign ahead of crucial elections in Poland this year. Jaroslaw Kaczynski spoke to Law and...
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Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019, following a mass shooting. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
March 15, 2019 - 10:25 pm
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A white supremacist suspected in shootings at two mosques that killed 49 people during midday Friday prayers posted an anti-immigrant manifesto online and apparently used a helmet-mounted camera to broadcast live video of the slaughter on Facebook. Brenton Harrison...
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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 15, 2019 - 12:42 pm
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man should be put to death for killing and dismembering his girlfriend's 14-year-old daughter as part of a rape-murder fantasy he and the teen's mother shared, a prosecutor said Friday. Jacob Sullivan, 46, pleaded guilty to all charges last month in a case that...
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In this March 7, 2019 photo, Queensbridge Houses Tenant Association President April Simpson, left, listens as HUD executive Lynne Patton, conducts a town hall meeting to air residents' concerns at the Queensbridge Houses in New York. Patton spent a month living in four NYCHA public housing units to learn first-hand basis the problems public housing residents face. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
March 15, 2019 - 5:06 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Since she took over as President Donald Trump's top housing official in the New York City area, Lynne Patton has been criticized for bringing a reality TV approach to what's traditionally been a bureaucratic job. She's feuded with journalists, calling one White House reporter "Miss...
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Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke speaks to local residents during a meet and greet at the Beancounter Coffeehouse & Drinkery, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Burlington, Iowa. O'Rourke announced Thursday that he'll seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
March 14, 2019 - 8:41 pm
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke (all times local): 8:40 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke is not in favor of traditional reparations for African-Americans for the legacy of slavery but says it is important to confront the...
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March 14, 2019 - 7:54 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Catholic Church leaders are preparing to publish statistics on the abuse of minors by priests since 1990. Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki says the documented cases are to be published during a news conference Thursday. Church leaders in predominantly Catholic Poland have...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2019, file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices at the Department of State in Washington. China has responded to new U.S. allegations of human rights abuses with its own accusations of prejudice and interference, saying Washington should drop its “Cold War mentality” and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
March 14, 2019 - 5:56 am
BEIJING (AP) — China responded to new U.S. allegations of widespread human rights abuses with its own accusations of prejudice and interference, saying Thursday that Washington should drop its "Cold War mentality" and stop interfering in China's internal affairs. In presenting the annual U.S. State...
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