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The Latest: German official: Farage was lazy blowhard at EU

May. 27, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on European elections (all times local): 4:15 p.m. A senior German official is criticizing the leader of the Brexit Party that trounced traditional political forces in Britain's vote for the European Parliament. Michael Roth, Germany's deputy foreign minister, said Monday that...

US sanctions on Iran felt in Iraqi Shiite tourist districts

May. 26, 2019 5:53 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — For years, Karar Hussein has sold sweets in his shop near the entrance to one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines, accepting whatever currency was offered to him by his clients, many of them religious tourists from neighboring Iran. But lately, when Iranian pilgrims ask about prices, he tells...

US ambassador raises concerns during rare Tibet visit

May. 25, 2019 7:43 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China urged Beijing to engage in substantive dialogue with exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama during a visit to the Himalayan region over the past week, the U.S. Embassy said Saturday. Terry Branstad also "expressed concerns regarding the Chinese...

'Revolution' in Poland as nation confronts priestly abuse

May. 25, 2019 4:25 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — One victim spoke out, and then another, and another. A statue of a pedophile priest was toppled in Gdansk, put back by his supporters, and finally dismantled for good. A feature film about clerical abuse was a box office hit. Poland thought it had started confronting the problem of...

The Latest: Navajo school voucher fix goes to governor

May. 25, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on legislation designed to allow several Navajo children in Arizona to use school vouchers in New Mexico (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Legislation giving a handful of Navajo children another year to use their vouchers for tuition at a private New Mexico school is headed to Gov....

Maine to end non-medical exemptions for vaccinations

May. 24, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Friday signed into law a bill that eliminates religious and philosophical exemptions for vaccinations in Maine. Maine has one of the highest rates of non-medical vaccine exemptions in the nation, and health officials say the opt-out rates appear to be...

Paducah council weighing religious liberty, civil rights

May. 24, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Paducah officials are debating possible amendments to an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect religious liberty. The Paducah Sun reports , the ordinance that passed in January 2018 added protections for residents who encounter discrimination based on age, gender identification and...

Judge freezes assets of Florida church in Ponzi scheme case

May. 24, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The pastor of a Florida church is refusing to turn over $1.7 million that financial regulators claim belongs to people who were caught up in a $30 million Ponzi scheme. The Palm Beach Post reports a federal judge temporarily froze the accounts of Winners Church and pastors Fred...

Pakistan official: Bomb at Quetta mosque kills 2, wounds 28

May. 24, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A bombing Friday at a mosque in the Pakistani city of Quetta, the capital of restive Baluchistan province, killed two people, including the prayer leader, and wounded 28 worshippers, officials said. The blast took place at the mosque in the city's Pashtoonabad neighborhood during...

India's Modi facing urgent economic challenges after win

May. 24, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Dissatisfaction with India's lagging economy didn't deter voters from handing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party a landslide parliamentary election victory. Now, they'll be expecting something in return: faster, bolder action on long-promised reforms to transform...