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Members of a far-right organization and police remove women from a church where they were protesting church support for tightening Poland's already restrictive abortion law in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Poland constitutional court issued a ruling on Thursday that further restricts abortion rights in Poland, triggering four straight days of protests across Poland.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish women enter churches to protest abortion restriction

Oct. 25, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Women's rights activists furious over a tightening of Poland's already restrictive abortion law staged protests outside and inside churches on Sunday, disrupting Masses and finding themselves confronted with accusations of “barbaric” behavior. At the Holy Cross Church in...

In this undated photo, the Right Reverend William H. “Bill” Love poses for a portrait in his office. Love agreed to resign his position as Episcopal bishop of Albany, New York on Feb. 1 after a disciplinary panel found that he violated church rules by ordering clergy in the diocese not to perform same-sex marriages, according to a disciplinary agreement announced Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020,  by Episcopal Church leadership.  (Amy Biancolli/The Albany Times Union via AP)

Episcopal bishop to resign over same-sex marriage stance

Oct. 25, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Episcopal bishop of Albany, New York, agreed to resign after a disciplinary panel found that he violated church rules by ordering clergy in the diocese not to perform same-sex marriages. The Right Reverend William H. “Bill” Love will leave his position on Feb. 1 after...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves St. Joseph On the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Latest: Biden attends church, plans push on early voting

Oct. 25, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 12:40 p.m. With nine days to go until Election Day, Joe Biden is spending a quiet Sunday in Wilmington, Delaware. The Democratic presidential candidate attended church nearby his home with two of his granddaughters. It’s a...

At least 14 civilians killed by booby traps in Egypt’s Sinai

Oct. 25, 2020 7:01 AM EDT

EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) — More than a dozen civilians, including women and children, were killed in Egypt’s restive northern Sinai Peninsula over the past two weeks from explosive devices laid down in their homes by militants, security and medical officials said Sunday. Islamic State militants in July...

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 file photo, Marc Short, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, speaks with reporters at the White House in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence will maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week the White House said Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 despite his exposure to Marc Short, his chief of staff who tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The Latest: Pence's top aide tests positive for coronavirus

Oct. 24, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 10:50 p.m. A spokesman says Vice President Mike Pence will continue with his aggressive campaign schedule after his chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday. Pence spokesman Devin O’Malley...

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 20, 2020 file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left and French President Emmanuel Macron stand, during a group photo at a conference on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. France has recalled its ambassador to Turkey after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude. Erdogan questioned his French counterpart’s mental condition while criticizing Macron’s attitude toward Islam and Muslims. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

France reacts after Erdogan questions Macron's mental health

Oct. 24, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France recalled its ambassador to Turkey for consultations after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said President Emmanuel Macron needed mental health treatment and made other comments that the French government described as unacceptably rude. Erdogan questioned his French counterpart's...

A woman casts her ballot on the first day of the parliamentary election inside a polling station in Giza, Egypt, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Egyptians began voting Saturday in the first stage of a parliamentary election, a vote that is highly likely to produce a toothless House of Representatives packed with supporters of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Egypt's parliamentary vote likely to tighten leader's grip

Oct. 24, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians cast ballots Saturday in the first stage of the country's parliamentary election, a vote which is highly likely to produce a toothless lower chamber packed with supporters of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. The election took place place as the Arab world’s most populous...

Attack in Kabul kills 18; al-Qaida leader killed in Ghazni

Oct. 24, 2020 1:50 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll from the suicide attack Saturday in Afghanistan's capital has risen to at least 18 killed and 57 people wounded, including students, the interior ministry said. Afghan security officials separately announced on Saturday that a senior al-Qaida commander had been...

Vatican Swiss Guards wearing masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 march as they leave the St. Damaso courtyard after the visit of Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to Pope Francis, at the Vatican, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope and Spain's prime minister visit maskless at Vatican

Oct. 24, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis met with the Spanish prime minister Saturday at the Vatican, which has had a rash of COVID-19 infections confirmed in recent days, but neither man used a face a mask during the public part of their meeting. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez wore a mask when he arrived in a...

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., listens to Republican congressional candidate Marjorie Taylor Greene speak during a news conference on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Dallas, Ga. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Loeffler charts path to the right in Georgia Senate race

Oct. 24, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler stepped out of a Humvee on a foggy morning in northwest Georgia wearing an American flag trucker hat to accept the endorsement of a congressional candidate who has expressed support for baseless QAnon conspiracy theories and made disparaging comments about...