World
September 16

Experts cite 'crimes against humanity' in Maduro's Venezuela

Independent experts for the U.N.'s top human rights body accused the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday of crimes against humanity, highlighting grisly cases of torture and killings allegedly carried out by security forces who used techniques like electric shocks, genital mutilation and asphyxiation.
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September 16

UK police help return 3 stolen sculptures to Indian temple

British police said Wednesday that three historically and religiously important bronze sculptures are being returned from the U.K. to a temple in India from which they were stolen more than 40 years ago.
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September 16

Mali junta says working to meet regional bloc's demands

Mali's junta said Wednesday it was working to respond to the renewed demands made by West Africa's regional bloc that the country's military leaders announce a new civilian transitional government within a week's time.
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September 16

Polish government under fire over draft animal welfare law

Poland's governing conservative party has come under fire from its coalition partners and the opposition alike over a draft law that would ban fur farms and the use of animals in shows and circuses, and restrict the ritual slaughter of livestock.
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September 16

Trop boss makes 4 of 9 Atlantic City casinos run by women

Four of Atlantic City's nine casinos will be run by women, following Wednesday's appointment of a veteran female executive to run the Tropicana.
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September 16

US general meets with German officials over resort outbreak

The general commanding American troops in Bavaria met Wednesday with local officials in the Alpine town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen to reassure them of the U.S. military's commitment to preventing the spread of COVID-19, after an outbreak at a troop hotel sickened dozens.
World
September 16

UK to ration COVID-19 testing amid testing failures

U.K. lawmakers criticized the government's handling of the COVID-19 testing crisis for a second day Wednesday, as opposition leaders claimed Prime Minister Boris Johnson lacked a cohesive plan to tackle the virus at a time when the country faces a second wave in the pandemic.
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September 16
Finnegan Lee Elder, from California, sits in court ahead of a hearing in his trial where he and his friend Gabriel Natale-Hjorth are accused of slayin

American apologizes in Italy court for taking officer's life

A 20-year-old California man charged with murdering an Italian police officer apologized in court Wednesday, saying he was "filled with remorse" and hoped one day the slain man's family would forgive him.
World
September 16

What's in a name? At the Vatican, a debate on inclusiveness

The Vatican responded Wednesday to criticism that the title of Pope Francis' upcoming encyclical on the post-COVID world is sexist, saying the document, "Fratelli Tutti," ("Brothers All") in no way excludes women.
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September 16
Vietnam-era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington in December 2010.

Pentagon Papers leaker comes to the defense of Assange

Daniel Ellsberg, one of the most famous whistleblowers in living memory, came to the defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday in his legal fight to avoid extradition to the United States from Britain, arguing that the pair had "very comparable political opinions."
World
September 16

South Africa says 12 million 'probably' had coronavirus

About 12 million people in South Africa have "probably" been infected with the coronavirus, but that startlingly high number has not caused a similarly high death rate and might indicate a widespread "level of immunity," the country's health minister says.
World
September 16

Ukraine, Belarus trade accusations over Jewish pilgrims

Ukraine and Belarus traded angry accusations Wednesday over thousands of Hasidic Jewish pilgrims who have remained stuck on their border after Ukraine denied them entry because of coronavirus restrictions.
World
September 16

EU chief says UK cannot change EU-UK withdrawal agreement

The president of the European Union's executive arm said Wednesday that the United Kingdom cannot unilaterally change the bilateral Brexit agreement without destroying global trust in the country.
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September 16

More than 200 naked inmates on run in Uganda after jailbreak

Ugandan forces are searching for more than 200 naked inmates who escaped jail, broke into an armory, then stripped and fled into a remote wilderness area in the country's northeast.
World
September 16

29 German police suspended over far-right chat groups

Authorities in western Germany have suspended 29 police officers suspected of sharing far-right propaganda in WhatsApp groups, at least two of which were active for several years, a top security official said Wednesday.
World
September 16

No public at Dutch Saint Nicholas party due to coronavirus

The annual nationally televised arrival in the Netherlands of Saint Nicholas, known locally as Sinterklaas, will happen without public fanfare this year because of concerns about the coronavirus, the broadcaster that organizes the event announced Wednesday.
World
September 16

Amazon Indigenous group patrols to expel invading loggers

A bit after sunrise, dozens of Indigenous Tembé men began preparing for the important day ahead. They danced, chanted and donned matching black T-shirts before setting off on motorbikes into Brazil's Amazon forest.
World
September 16
The Mayflower Autonomous Ship is towed to its berth after being launched for its first outing on water since being built in Turnchapel, Plymouth south

High-tech UK-US ship launched on 400th Mayflower anniversary

With a splash of Plymouth gin, the U.S. ambassador to Britain officially launched a ship named Mayflower on Wednesday, 400 years to the day after a wooden vessel with that name sailed from an English port and changed the history of two continents.
World
September 16

German government calls Navalny recovery 'encouraging'

The German government on Wednesday welcomed news that poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's condition has further improved after his poisoning in Russia and confirmed that Moscow had sent a second request for judicial assistance in the case.
World
September 16

Iraqi army: Rocket hits Baghdad's Green Zone; no casualties

A Katyusha rocket landed inside the heavily fortified Green Zone in Baghdad on Wednesday, the Iraqi military said, a day after a British Embassy convoy was targeted on a key highway in the city.