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Saudi man accused of participating in rebellion executed

Jun. 15, 2021 12:56 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia executed a young man Tuesday who was convicted on charges stemming from his alleged participation in an anti-government rebellion by minority Shiites. A leading rights group said his trial, however, was “deeply flawed.” ...

Louisiana will give child victims more time to file lawsuits

Jun. 15, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed legislation removing deadlines for Louisiana's child sex abuse victims to pursue damages in civil court, delivering a victory to survivors of abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy. The new law, taking effect Aug....

Panel OKs House GOP bill to ban employer vaccine mandates

Jun. 15, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A ban on employers mandating vaccines for their workers inched ahead in the state House on Tuesday with a committee vote supported by all Republicans and opposed by every Democrat. The main sponsor, Rep. Russ Diamond, R-Lebanon, called it “a...

Fla. governor signs bill requiring moment for school prayer

Jun. 14, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited a South Florida Jewish temple to denounce anti-Semitism and stand with Israel, as the Republican governor cloaked himself in religion Monday while signing a bill into law that would require public schools in his state to set aside...

Nicaragua stages unprecedented roundup of opposition leaders

Jun. 14, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan police have arrested another opposition politician, bringing to six the number detained over the weekend in an unprecedented roundup of opponents of President Daniel Ortega. Five were arrested Sunday, the biggest one-day roundup so...

Egypt court upholds death sentences for 12 over 2013 sit-in

Jun. 14, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s highest criminal court Monday upheld the death sentence for 12 people involved in a 2013 protest by Islamists, including leaders of the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, state media reported. The 12 were convicted and sentenced in a mass trial in...

US Catholic bishops meet amid divisions on Communion policy

Jun. 14, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

When U.S. Catholic bishops convene virtually for a national meeting Wednesday, they will be divided ideologically as well as physically. They’re split over whether to press ahead with an initiative that could — at least implicitly — rebuke President Joe Biden for receiving Communion...

EXPLAINER: Who is Naftali Bennett, Israel's new leader?

Jun. 14, 2021 01:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Naftali Bennett, who was sworn in Sunday as Israel's new prime minister, embodies many of the contradictions that define the 73-year-old nation. He's a religious Jew who made millions in the mostly secular hi-tech sector; a champion of the settlement...

Nicaragua arrests 5 more opposition leaders in crackdown

Jun. 13, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega arrested five opposition leaders during a major weekend round up, in what appears to be widespread detentions of anyone who might challenge his rule. The four arrests Sunday and one Saturday...

Israel swears in new coalition, ending Netanyahu's long rule

Jun. 13, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s parliament on Sunday narrowly approved a new coalition government, ending the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sending the polarizing leader into the opposition. Naftali Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu turned...