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Court rejects UK couple’s bid for civil partnership

LONDON (AP) — A British couple who want their relationship recognized in law without the “patriarchal baggage” of marriage have lost a bid to be allowed a civil partnership. Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan say they face discrimination because only same-sex couples are eligible for civil partnerships. The High Court ruled against them last year, and on Tuesday the Court ... Read More »

UN cites flaws in Libya trial of Gadhafi’s son, others

GENEVA (AP) — A United Nations report says the trial in Libya of over three dozen people including Moammar Gadhafi’s son failed to meet international fair-trial standards. In the 60-page report released Tuesday, the U.N.’s mission in Libya and human rights office cited problems like defendants held incommunicado for long stretches, inadequate investigation of torture claims, and a lack of ... Read More »

Burundi ex-deputy leader returns home, criticizes opposition

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — A former vice president of Burundi who fled the country after criticizing the ruling party has returned to the country after accusing some of her colleagues in the opposition of being “destructive.” Alice Nzomukunda, who was one of President Pierre Nkurunziza’s deputies between 2005 and 2006, returned to Burundi Monday with two other members of the ... Read More »

How long should injured pro athletes get workers comp?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Should injured pro athletes be allowed to earn worker compensation benefits until they are 67 years old, like other workers, even if their athletic careers normally would have ended more than 30 years earlier? That issue is being debated between the Chicago Bears and the NFL Players Association in the Illinois Legislature as one unlikely element ... Read More »

Pakistani women take key first step in rugby sevens debut

ISLAMABAD (AP) — They won only once at the Asian Women’s Rugby Sevens in Laos last weekend but for the Pakistan women it was a dream debut at an international event. “That’s a big deal that women are playing rugby,” player Mehru Khan said. “And secondly, that we are getting a platform to come and perform to represent our country.” ... Read More »