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Attorney: North Korean detainee was treated well
WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) - The lawyer for an American arrested and held for nearly six months in North Korea for leaving a Bible at a nightclub says the man was treated well by the North Korean government and is in good health.
Attorney Timothy Tepe (teep) says the family of detainee Jeffrey Fowle (fowl) is overjoyed to have him home but mindful that two other Americans remain detained in North Korea.
Tepe says the family thanks God for protecting Fowle over the past six months. The family also thanked the U.S. State Department and the Swedish Embassy for organizing Fowle's release.
Tepe spoke Wednesday standing next to Fowle, Fowle's wife and their three children outside the family's home in rural southwest Ohio.
Fowle did not speak, and Tepe says his client needs time to get adjusted to life at home.
UN: Assault on Yazidis may be genocide attempt
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - A United Nations official says evidence strongly indicates that the Islamic State group's assault on Iraq's Yazidi religious minority is "an attempt to commit genocide."
Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic (EE'-vahn see-MOH'-noh-vich) spoke to reporters Tuesday after a weeklong visit to Iraq, where he spoke with at least 30 Yazidis from various parts of the country.
Hundreds of Yazidis were killed as the Islamic State group swept across parts of northern and western Iraq in August. Tens of thousands fled for their lives, most to the Kurdish-held parts of northern Iraq. Hundreds of women and girls were captured by fighters.
An estimated 7,000 Yazidis stayed and have been forced to convert to the Islamic State group's harsh interpretation of Islam.
Pope to visit Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia in Turkey
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis will visit sites that recall Turkey's often-tumultuous history as a cultural crossroads between continents and faiths during a three-day visit to the country next month.
The Vatican announced Tuesday that Francis' first stop on the Nov. 28-30 trip will be a visit to the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey. He will also meet Turkey's president and prime minister.
The pope travels the next day to Istanbul, where he will visit the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia, an ancient Christian cathedral that was transformed into a mosque after the Muslim conquest of Constantinople and is now a museum.
While in Istanbul, the pope will also say a Mass at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit and participate in ecumenical prayers at the Church of St. George and meet with Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew.
Reports: Televangelist urged vasectomies, abortion
AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A newspaper reports that Ohio televangelist Ernest Angley (AINJ'-lee) advised church members not to have children, encouraged people to shun those who leave the fold and used free labor at his for-profit businesses.
The reports were based on interviews with more than 20 former church members of Grace Cathedral in Cuyahoga Falls and were published in a series of articles in the Akron Beacon Journal starting last week. The 93-year-old minister denied any wrongdoing.
Some former members called Angley's church a cult. Others said Angley would encourage men to have vasectomies and examined their genitals. One woman told the newspaper she was pressured into having an abortion. Angley also was accused of covering up allegations that teens had been sexually assaulted by church members.
Angley told the Beacon Journal in an interview that it wasn't "his place" to report the accusations to authorities. And he denied that he tries to control his congregation, saying he counsels those who seek advice. He also told the newspaper that it's a "bad time" for couples to have children because of the dangers in the world.
Drive begins to restore furnishings lost to Ebola
DALLAS (AP) - Dallas officials have started working with a Dallas church and private donors on a drive to replace a family's home furnishings lost to decontamination after a man fell ill to Ebola in the home.
A city statement Monday says the city and private donors are working with Wilshire Baptist Church, where Louise Troh is a member.
Troh was the fiancee of Thomas Eric Duncan, who developed an Ebola infection while he was a guest at Troh's home. Duncan later died at a Dallas hospital, becoming the first person in the United States to die of the disease, and decontamination crews removed and destroyed most of Troh's family's belongings as potentially contaminated.
Givers are providing new clothes, furnishings, linen and kitchenware and money to house the family.