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Hong Kong-flagged sailboat attacked off Yemen, reports say

May. 19, 2022 06:18 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Hong Kong-flagged sailboat is reported to have come under attack on Thursday off the coast of war-torn Yemen, though the circumstances of the incident remained unclear, officials said. The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations group said the...

Alleged gunman sent diary to newspaper before church attack

May. 19, 2022 01:04 AM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The man accused of opening fire on a Southern California church congregation because of his political hatred for Taiwan dubbed himself a “destroying angel" in a seven-volume diary sent to a newspaper before the attack, the paper said Wednesday. David...

Gunman targets Taiwanese faith with long pro-democracy link

May. 19, 2022 00:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The recent deadly shooting at Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in California didn’t just violate a sacred space. Taiwanese Americans across the country say it ripped through their cultural bastion. It is where the congregation in Laguna Woods worshipped....

Alleged church shooter sent diary to newspaper before attack

May. 18, 2022 21:57 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The man accused of opening fire on a Southern California church congregation because of his political hatred for Taiwan dubbed himself a “destroying angel" in a seven-volume diary sent to a newspaper before the attack, the paper said Wednesday. David...

Sri Lankan protesters include Tamil victims in war memorial

May. 18, 2022 20:39 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan protesters lit flames and offered prayers Wednesday remembering thousands — including ethnic Tamil civilians — killed in the final stages of the country’s decadeslong civil war, in the first-ever event where mostly majority ethnic Sinhalese openly...

Doctor who fought church gunman remembered as kind protector

May. 18, 2022 20:22 PM EDT

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — He was known by all as simply Dr. John, the quiet, calm physician who mentored kids in kung fu, finding time between patient appointments to encourage people to learn self-defense. So it was no surprise to friends and colleagues that John Cheng spent his final moments...

Sex abuse suit filed against Oklahoma City Catholic school

May. 18, 2022 17:10 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ten current and former students of Mount St. Mary Catholic High School in Oklahoma City and six parents or guardians are suing the private school, alleging it fostered “a rape culture” for more than 10 years. School officials have known since 2011 that...

Cardinal: Pope ordered auditor to resign over spying charge

May. 18, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A Vatican cardinal testified Wednesday that Pope Francis himself ordered the ouster of the Holy See’s auditor-general, turning the tables on a scandal that had sparked questions about the Vatican’s commitment to financial transparency and accountability. ...

A year after disaster, thousands flock to Israeli holy site

May. 18, 2022 14:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of worshippers flocked to a Jewish holy site in northern Israel to light bonfires, pray and dance Wednesday under heavy police presence, a year after a stampede there left 45 people dead. This year's Lag BaOmer holiday festivities at Mount Meron appeared...

Egypt's top mufti to weigh in on penalty for priest's killer

May. 18, 2022 14:06 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court is asking the country’s top mufti, the highest religious authority for Islam, to weigh in on the case of a man accused of stabbing to death a Coptic Christian priest, the leading judge in the trial announced Wednesday. A decision from Grand Mufi...