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Marianne Pohl Henzen smiles in the Saint Paul sisters church in Fribourg, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. A Swiss bishop's appointment of Marianne Pohl Henzen, a lay mother of three, to a senior administrative post previously held by a priest has raised eyebrows in conservative Catholic circles, at a time when a strengthened role for women in the church is under debate in other European countries. (AP Photo/Nadine Achoui-Lesage)

Eyebrows raised as Swiss bishop taps woman for senior job

Jun. 4, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

FRIBOURG, Switzerland (AP) — A Swiss bishop's appointment of a lay mother of three to a senior administrative post previously held by a priest has raised eyebrows in conservative Catholic circles, at a time when a strengthened role for women in the church is under debate in other European countries....

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 2, 2020 file photo, Pastor James Roberson leads a prayer with protesters during the Prayerful Protest march for George Floyd in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Pandemic and racial unrest test black clergy on dual fronts

Jun. 4, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

For black clergy across the United States, the past 10 days have been a tumultuous test of their stamina and their skills. For weeks, they had been striving to comfort their congregations amid a pandemic taking a disproportionately heavy toll on African-Americans. Then came a coast-to-coast upsurge of racial...

Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Levi Banon and his son Mendel, 12, read a religious text at their home library in Casablanca, Morocco, Thursday, May 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

In Morocco, tiny Jewish community grapples with virus

Jun. 4, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

When the phone rang on the second day of Passover, Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Levi Banon figured it must be an emergency. Electronic devices were prohibited during the holiday. Any call must be urgent. It was. Rabbi Sholom Eidelman, his godfather and a longtime Jewish leader in the Muslim country of Morocco, had...

FILE - This Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, file photo shows Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio as Pope Francis, right, arrives at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. DiMarzio, already under a church investigation for alleged sex abuse, has been accused by a second man who says he was molested in the 1970s. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, Pool)

Brooklyn bishop accused by 2nd man of sex abuse in the 1970s

Jun. 4, 2020 5:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Roman Catholic bishop of Brooklyn, already under a church investigation for alleged sex abuse, has been accused by a second man of abuse in the 1970s, when the bishop was a parish priest in New Jersey. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio “repeatedly sexually abused” Samier Tadros...

In this May 17, 2020, still image taken from a video conference call, Hadassah Raskas, 22, and other leaders of the website Corona Connects promote opportunities for people to volunteer during the coronavirus pandemic. (Courtesy of Hadassah Raskas via AP)

Kindness spreads with volunteer links at corona connects

Jun. 4, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

It started with a simple spreadsheet created by a group of college students who wanted to help during the pandemic. In just two months, that spreadsheet has grown into an online platform that has connected would-be do-gooders with nearly 3,000 opportunities to volunteer across the United States. Corona Connects...

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, ahead of a televised interview at the hauptstadtstudio (Capital city studio) of public broadcaster ARD in Berlin, Thursday June 4, 2020. (John MacDougall/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Germany's Merkel hopes calm protests unify US

Jun. 4, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Generally peaceful protests in Portland, New Orleans. — US Cardinal at Vatican to lead prayer for Floyd. — Gov....

FILE - In this March 19, 2020, file photo Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, talks with reporters following a Republican policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington. Murkowski acknowledged Thursday, June 4, that she’s “struggling” over whether she can support President Donald Trump given his handling of the virus and race crises shaking the United States. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

GOP's Murkowski says she's struggling with supporting Trump

Jun. 4, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski acknowledged Thursday that she’s “struggling” over whether she can support President Donald Trump given his handling of the virus and race crises shaking the United States. Murkowski, long a critic of the president's, told...

Marianne Pohl Henzen smiles in the Saint Paul sisters church in Fribourg, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. A Swiss bishop's appointment of Marianne Pohl Henzen, a lay mother of three, to a senior administrative post previously held by a priest has raised eyebrows in conservative Catholic circles, at a time when a strengthened role for women in the church is under debate in other European countries. (AP Photo/Nadine Achoui-Lesage)

Eyebrows raised as Swiss bishop taps woman for senior job

Jun. 4, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

FRIBOURG, Switzerland (AP) — A Swiss bishop's appointment of a lay mother of three to a senior administrative post previously held by a priest has raised eyebrows in conservative Catholic circles, at a time when a strengthened role for women in the church is under debate in other European countries....

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump departs the White House to visit outside St. John's Church in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Pentagon-Trump clash breaks open over military and protests

Jun. 4, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s Pentagon chief shot down his idea of using troops to quell protests across the United States, then reversed course on pulling part of the 82nd Airborne Division off standby in an extraordinary clash between the U.S. military and its commander in chief. Both...

Health workers attend a training session on handling the coronavirus pandemic in villages in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

Asia Today: Australia to restart flights to New Zealand

Jun. 4, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Canberra Airport opened a register for travelers interested in flying from the Australian capital to New Zealand on July 1 in a proposed resumption of international travel. The proposal to restart flights connecting the two capitals was under discussion between the two...

Afghan police arrive at the site of a bombing in a mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Tariq Arian, spokesman for the Afghan interior ministry says the the attack has taken place inside the compound of Wazir Akber Khan Mosque on the Tuesday evening. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

IS claims Kabul mosque attack that killed prayer leader

Jun. 4, 2020 8:39 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday for a bomb attack inside a mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul that killed two people, including the prayer leader, and wounded eight others. In a statement on an IS-affiliated website, the group said Tuesday’s attack...

Demonstrators take part in a protest, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in downtown Los Angeles, sparked by the death of George Floyd, who died May 25 after he was restrained by Minneapolis police. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

5 Things to Know for Today

Jun. 4, 2020 6:22 AM EDT

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PROTESTS FOR GEORGE FLOYD CALMER Demonstrations across America remain large but notably more subdued while prosecutors charged three more Minneapolis police officers and filed a new, tougher charge against...

FILE - This Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, file photo shows Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio as Pope Francis, right, arrives at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. DiMarzio, already under a church investigation for alleged sex abuse, has been accused by a second man who says he was molested in the 1970s. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, Pool)

Brooklyn bishop accused by 2nd man of sex abuse in the 1970s

Jun. 4, 2020 5:25 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Roman Catholic bishop of Brooklyn, already under a church investigation for alleged sex abuse, has been accused by a second man of abuse in the 1970s, when the bishop was a parish priest in New Jersey. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio “repeatedly sexually abused” Samier Tadros...

Demonstrators leave a rally and head toward Seattle City Hall Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Latest: Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule

Jun. 4, 2020 1:39 AM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Seattle ends city-wide curfew ahead of schedule. — Demonstrators march to U.S. Capitol during peaceful protests in...

A member of the media takes a picture of 15th century painting

No crowds delight art lovers in Italy at reopened museums

Jun. 4, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — The Uffizi Galleries, the most-visited museum in Italy, is open after three months of COVID-19 lockdown, delighting art lovers who don’t have to jostle with throngs of tourists thanks to new social distancing rules. Uffizi director Eike Schmidt told The Associated Press on...