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Female priests now outnumber male ones in Church of Sweden

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Church of Sweden has more female than male priests for the first time, according to numbers released this month, a sign of huge strides for gender equality since women were first allowed to be ordained in 1960. The Lutheran institution, which was the official Swedish ...

Death of young actor fuels debate on nepotism in Bollywood

NEW DELHI (AP) — The entertainment capital of India may be reeling under the coronavirus onslaught, but its celebrity inhabitants are being roiled by troubles of another kind. The suicide last month of a young and popular movie actor in Mumbai has fueled a reckoning over the privileges of ...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he tested negative for coronavirus

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Saturday that he has tested negative for the new coronavirus, based on a fourth test since he said July 7 that he had the virus. "Good morning everyone," Bolsonaro wrote on Facebook after reporting that the test was ...

China accuses US of improperly entering Houston consulate

BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign ministry complained Saturday that American law enforcement officials improperly entered its consulate in Houston, which was ordered to close in an escalating diplomatic feud. The ministry gave no details, but U.S. federal agents checked the consulate's doors ...

Charges against Thai Red Bull heir dropped from fatal crash

BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) — Charges have been dropped against a Thai heir to the Red Bull energy drink fortune who was accused in a 2012 car crash that killed a Bangkok police officer, police in Thailand said Friday. Lt. Col. Thanawuth Sanguansuk from Bangkok's Thong Lor police station ...

Croatia parliament approves new government after election

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia's parliament has approved a new government that is led by a conservative party that won a parliamentary election earlier this month. Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic's government won support late Thursday in the 151-member assembly in a 76-59 vote. The remaining ...

Mexico opens anti-monopoly probe amid oxygen price rise

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's anti-monopoly commission said Thursday it is looking into possible price-fixing or monopolistic practices in the market for medical oxygen, after pharmacies reported a spike in prices and difficulties in getting tanks and refills. Prices for oxygen tanks in Mexico ...

Zimbabwean journalist, opposition figure appear at court

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean journalist known for exposing alleged government corruption appeared in court on Wednesday alongside an opposition politician with whom he is accused of conspiring to mobilize anti-government protests planned for July 31. Hopewell Chin'ono and Jacob ...

UK to open citizenship path to Hong Kongers from January

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government announced Wednesday that it will open a new special pathway to obtaining U.K. citizenship for up to 3 million eligible Hong Kongers as of January, taking another step toward solidifying a policy denounced by China. In a statement, the Home Office said ...

Court experts: US youth “sorry” in police slaying trial

ROME (AP) — Court-appointed psychiatrists testified Wednesday that a 20-year-old California man accused of murdering an Italian police officer has suffered from anxiety and depression and lives with "a sense of chronic anger" but is competent to stand trial. An evaluation was requested by ...