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President Donald Trump arrives at the White House in Washington, late Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, following a short trip from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., after attending a rally in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump works to win over Catholic voters on abortion issue

Sep. 23, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised Wednesday to sign an executive order that would require health care providers to provide medical care to all babies born alive as he makes an election-year push to appeal to voters who oppose abortion. The White House did not release further details about...

Churchgoers participate in a procession at the Holy Apostles Church in Milwaukee, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. For decades, Roman Catholic voters have been a pivotal swing vote in U.S. presidential elections, with a majority backing the winner — whether Republican or Democrat — nearly every time. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

In battleground states, Catholics are a pivotal swing vote

Sep. 22, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

For decades, Roman Catholic voters have been a pivotal swing vote in U.S. presidential elections, with a majority backing the winner — whether Republican or Democrat — nearly every time. How they vote in the battleground states this year could well decide the outcome, and the rival campaigns are...

FILE - In this May 25, 2019 file photo, Muslim worshippers circumambulate the Kaaba, the cubic building at the Grand Mosque, during the minor pilgrimage, known as Umrah in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Authorities on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, released new details on how it plans to gradually allow Muslims back to Islam's holiest site in Mecca to perform the smaller-year-round pilgrimage, which has been suspended for the past seven months due to the coronavirus (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Saudi Arabia to lift ban on Mecca pilgrimage amid virus

Sep. 22, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said Muslims will be allowed to perform the smaller, year-round pilgrimage starting Oct. 4 as the kingdom gradually begins lifting restrictions that had been in place on Islam's holiest site for the past seven months due to the coronavirus. State media...

Rome's skyline is seen from the St. Damaso balcony at the Vatican, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Vatican: Assisted suicide, euthanasia "intrinsically evil"

Sep. 22, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Tuesday reaffirmed its stance that euthanasia and assisted suicide are “intrinsically evil,” and told priests they should minister to those contemplating such deaths to try to change their minds but shouldn’t be present at the end if they don’t. The...

Fahima Mirzaie performs a Sema dance (Sufi Whirling) in Kabul Afghanistan, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Taking on an unorthodox task in her society, the 24-year-old teaches men and women Sufi whirling. Mirzaie spins alongside men at an Afghan Italian restaurant in center of the capital, Kabul. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

Young Afghan women, men perform whirling Sufi dance together

Sep. 22, 2020 3:53 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A group of young Afghans – both women and men – is coming together in the country's war-torn capital to practice a mystical Sufi Islamic dance. The group’s founder says she sees their whirling dance, known as Sema, as a way of carving out a space in the...

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In this UNTV image, Nicolás Maduro Moros, President of Venezuela, speaks in a pre-recorded video message during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. The U.N.'s first virtual meeting of world leaders started Tuesday with pre-recorded speeches from heads-of-state, kept at home by the coronavirus pandemic. (UNTV via AP)

The Latest: Venezuela calls US 'serious threat to peace'

Sep. 23, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times EDT): 6:50 p.m. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has blasted the United States as “the most serious threat to peace in the world” in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly while calling for the Trump...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past a shopping mall on a rainy day in Beijing, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, the coronavirus is still surging across other parts of the world. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: New Year's Eve in Times Square to be scale down

Sep. 23, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK — The organizers of the New Year’s Eve in Times Square celebration say the event will incorporate virtual elements and be scaled down and socially distant on site in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Times Square Alliance, Jamestown Properties and Countdown Entertainment say in...

President Donald Trump arrives at the White House in Washington, late Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, following a short trip from Andrews Air Force Base, Md., after attending a rally in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump works to win over Catholic voters on abortion issue

Sep. 23, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised Wednesday to sign an executive order that would require health care providers to provide medical care to all babies born alive as he makes an election-year push to appeal to voters who oppose abortion. The White House did not release further details about...

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Israel's Netanyahu calls for tough lockdown as virus rages

Sep. 23, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday announced plans for a strict, two-week nationwide lockdown in a bid to slow a raging coronavirus outbreak. In a video statement, Netanyahu said there would be a “full lockdown” beginning Friday that would run through Oct....

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, a woman passes a fence outside Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery adorned with tributes to victims of COVID-19 in New York. The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, Sept. 22, a figure unimaginable eight months ago when the scourge first reached the world’s richest nation with its sparkling laboratories, top-flight scientists and towering stockpiles of medicines and emergency supplies. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Virus uptick in Hasidic NYC neighborhoods causes concern

Sep. 23, 2020 4:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A spike in COVID-19 cases in a handful of Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods with large Orthodox Jewish populations is raising alarm bells even as New York City's overall infection rate remains low, city officials said Wednesday. The neighborhoods including Borough Park and Williamsburg...

Egypt: 3 police killed as 4 convicts attempt prison bust

Sep. 23, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Three Egyptian police officers were killed when four men, convicted on terror-related charges and awaiting their death sentences, attempted on Wednesday to escape from a notorious Cairo prison, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry, which oversees the country’s police and prisons,...

In this image made from UNTV video, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at UN headquarters. (UNTV via AP)

Saudi king's rare address to UN showcases monarch in charge

Sep. 23, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman made a rare address to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, using the moment to highlight the foundational notions of his regime — his steadfast commitment to the Palestinians, his stature as custodian of Islam’s holiest...

Montenegro's lawmakers take part in the parliament session in Podgorica, Montenegro, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Montenegro's new parliament has convened for the first time since last month's election with lawmakers from formerly opposition groups set to form a new governing majority and oust from power a party that has ruled the Balkan country for some 30 years. (AP Photo/Risto Bozovic)

Montenegro lawmakers return to forge new path after election

Sep. 23, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Lawmakers from three political parties in Montenegro asserted their new combined power as a majority in parliament Wednesday to oust the party that has governed the Balkan country for some 30 years. The pro-Western Democratic Party of Socialists won the most votes in the...

Friends and family members participate in the funeral of veteran Nepalese Sherpa guide Ang Rita, in Kathmandu, Nepal, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Ang Rita, who was the first person to climb Mount Everest 10 times has died Monday at age 72 after a long illness. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Sherpa guide who climbed Everest 10 times cremated in Nepal

Sep. 23, 2020 3:40 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of government officials, mountaineers, fellow Sherpa guides and supporters gathered in Nepal on Wednesday to mourn the veteran guide who was the first person to climb Mount Everest 10 times. The body of Ang Rita was cremated Wednesday according to Buddhist rituals two days...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

The Latest: Honolulu to allow some activities to resume

Sep. 22, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

HONOLULU -- Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell says the city plans to allow some activities that were shut down last month to control the spread of the coronavirus to resume under new guidelines. The mayor said Tuesday the city will allow social gatherings of up to five people, including at beaches and hiking trails. ...