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Undercover journalist in Afghanistan finds Taliban are abducting, imprisoning women

In August 2021, shortly after the Taliban took over Afghanistan, spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid held a press conference in which he vowed that the insurgents would defend women's rights according to Islamic law. Filmmaker Ramita Navai says it was an empty promise.


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How the 2022 midterms strategy could change after the Kansas abortion vote

On Tuesday, voters in Kansas overwhelmingly rejected a ballot initiative that would have opened the door to significant abortion restrictions in the state.


Miami Herald via AP, File

The Parkland jury gets a rare view of the school massacre site

Updated August 4, 2022 at 3:41 PM ET

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Roses that had been brought to honor love on that Valentine's Day in 2018 lay withered, their dried and cracked petals scattered across classroom floors still smeared with the blood of victims gunned down by a former student more than four years earlier.


AP

A judge unleashed a tirade on a prominent Jan. 6 defendant for his post-plea comments

A federal judge reprimanded a prominent pro-Trump social media personality and Jan. 6 Capitol riot defendant for making "questionable" comments in the media about his plea agreement and cooperation with law enforcement. Those comments, U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich said, were "inconsistent" with what he previously told the court.

"He's losing more and more credibility by the moment," Friedrich said at the hearing, which was held via teleconference.


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A massive sinkhole just discovered in Chile has authorities puzzled

It's so deep.

At 656 feet from top to bottom, a sinkhole that opened up in Chile over the weekend could fit the Washington Monument inside — with about 100 feet to spare.

Officials are working to determine what caused the massive sinkhole near the mining town of Tierra Amarilla.


Netflix

The Netflix v. 'Unofficial Bridgerton Musical' lawsuit, explained

For musical theater fans and romance novel lovers, the news was shocking: Netflix is suing Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear, the duo behind the Grammy-winning Unofficial Bridgerton Musical, for "blatant infringement of intellectual property rights."


AP

The driver in a hit-and-run that killed Nicki Minaj's father is sentenced to one year

MINEOLA, N.Y. — The driver in a hit-and-run crash that killed the father of rapper Nicki Minaj last year was sentenced Wednesday to a year in jail, in keeping with a promise the judge made when the man pleaded guilty in May.

Charles Polevich, who pleaded guilty to leaving the scene and tampering with evidence in the crash on New York's Long Island that killed Robert Maraj, was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and had his driver's license suspended for six months.


AP

China fires waves of missiles over the Taiwan Strait, raising tensions in the region

Updated August 4, 2022 at 10:55 AM ET

China has fired several waves of missiles over the Taiwan Strait, hitting targets in the waters that encircle the island of Taiwan after a visit from Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi triggered a tense military standoff in the East Asia region.


Grant Schroeder

He lived in Oregon and she lived in England. A drawing of a cat brought them together

Two cats and one popular Twitter artist helped unite a man and woman separated by more than 4,600 miles.

It all started on Twitter — specifically, with the account called "poorly drawn cats." The account's premise is pretty simple: Artist Heloísa Nora uses photos of people's cats and draws them. The drawings don't have a lot of details, but they're still perfect in how they really do capture each individual cat.


NASA

To this retired commander, the ISS was the last good bond between the U.S. and Russia

In 1975, a handshake in space heralded an era of cooperation between unlikely partners.

The Apollo-Soyuz mission was the first joint space mission between the U.S. and Soviet space agencies. Spacecraft from each country docked in orbit, and the world watched as Soviet cosmonauts and American astronauts embraced more than 100 miles from Earth. The mission was a powerful symbol of de-escalation after years of Cold War geopolitical tensions.


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