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  • Prada latest luxury fashion house to go fur-free

    MILAN (AP) — The Prada Group has become the latest luxury fashion house to go fur-free. Prada said Wednesday that it will no longer include animal fur in its designs and new products starting from the spring-summer 2020 women’s collection, which will be previewed in September. Prada joins Versace, Gucci and Burberry in giving up […]
  • German government OKs plan to shoot protected wolves

    BERLIN (AP) — The German government wants to relax rules against shooting wolves if the animals kill sheep or other livestock. Wolves are an endangered species in Germany and they had largely been protected from being hunted, to the annoyance of farmers who claim they are causing widespread damage to herds. Cabinet agreed Wednesday on […]
  • German far right cancels election party after venue threats

    BERLIN (AP) — The far-right Alternative for Germany party is canceling a planned election-night party in Berlin after staff at the venue received threats from political rivals. In a statement Wednesday, the party’s top candidate for the upcoming European Parliament elections, Joerg Meuthen, said the landlady of the venue had been subjected to “aggressive telephone […]
  • Japan urges traditional order for Japanese names

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Foreign Ministry wants the world to begin using the traditional order for Japanese names, with family names first. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would become Abe Shinzo, as he is known in Japan, ending the Westernized name order the country adopted for use with foreigners more than a century ago as a […]
  • Suicide car bomb kills at least 9 in Somalia’s capital

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Islamic extremists exploded a suicide car bomb near the presidential palace in Somalia’s capital Wednesday, killing at least nine people, including former Foreign Minister Hussein Elabe Fahiye, who was an adviser to the current president. Capt. Mohamed Hussein told The Associated Press that an additional 13 people were wounded and most […]
  • Cyprus editor hails acquittal over Turkey insult charge

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The editor of a Turkish Cypriot newspaper said Wednesday his acquittal on charges he insulted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was a triumph of Turkish Cypriot justice. Sener Levent, editor of Afrika newspapers in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus, said he’s confident the supreme court will side with him […]
  • Remains of Holocaust victims laid to rest in Belarus

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Remains of more than 1,000 Holocaust victims were laid to rest on Wednesday in a Belarusian city on the border with Poland after a mass grave was discovered on a building site earlier this year. Belarus was home to a large, vibrant Jewish community before World War II, and the discovery […]
  • Germany grants asylum to 2 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany has granted asylum to two Hong Kong activists in a sign of growing concern over how dissent is dealt with in the territory. In interviews with The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times published on Wednesday, Ray Wong Toi Yeung said he and fellow pro-democracy protester Alan Li Tung Sing were […]
  • Thai court affirms defamation judgment against UK activist

    BANGKOK (AP) — An appeals court in Thailand on Wednesday upheld a 10 million baht ($313,000) judgment against a British activist who was sued by a fruit canning company whose workers complained of alleged labor abuses. The case was one of several highlighting the ability of corporations to harass labor activists and human rights workers […]
  • Ukraine’s parliament snubs new president on election law

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian lawmakers on Wednesday turned down the new president’s proposal to amend the election law in a blow to his hopes to get more of his supporters into parliament. Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a 41-year-old comedian who won 73% of the presidential vote last month, dissolved parliament on Tuesday, saying that current lawmakers […]