US Justice Department asks judge to block transgender law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U. S. Justice Department has asked a federal judge to halt implementation of a North Carolina law requiring people to use the bathroom of the gender on their birth certificate.


Father of restaurant attacker: Other Bangladeshi men missing

NEW DELHI (AP) — A Bangladeshi politician whose son was one of the Dhaka restaurant attackers said Wednesday that many young men from educated families have been missing like his son was for several months before carrying out the deadly attack.


US military worker wants his murder trial moved off Okinawa

TOKYO (AP) — A U.S. military contractor charged with raping and killing a 20-year-old woman in Japan has asked that his trial be moved outside Okinawa, saying he may not receive a fair trial on the southern island where the case has received massive media coverage and opposition to U.S. bases is high, his lawyer said Wednesday.

  • Written by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press

Syrian army declares temporary, nationwide truce

BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian military declared a unilateral, three-day cease-fire for the entire country on Wednesday, coinciding with the start of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holidays that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, state media reported.

The truce is to expire at midnight Friday, according to the state TV report.

  • Written by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press