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In debate, GOP Tennessee governor hopefuls align with Trump

Jun. 20, 2018 10:31 PM EDT

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The leading Republican candidates for Tennessee governor tried not to second-guess President Donald Trump during a debate Wednesday night, including pledging support for his administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. At the debate, House Speaker Beth Harwell,...

Republican candidates for Tennessee governor to debate

Jun. 17, 2018 10:58 PM EDT

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican candidates for Tennessee governor will square off in a debate this week. News outlets report the one-hour debate will be held at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville. Legislative issues and crime are among the topics of discussion....

Nicaraguan Cardinal emeritus Miguel Obando dies at 92

Jun. 3, 2018 7:04 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Cardinal emeritus Miguel Obando y Bravo, who clashed with Nicaragua's Sandinista leaders and later reconciled with them, died Sunday at age 92, the country's Roman Catholic Church announced. The Nicaraguan Bishops' Conference said in a statement that "the Church of Nicaragua is in...

Jewish group questions sainthood for WWII-era cardinal

May. 23, 2018 12:45 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A leading Jewish organization has criticized the Vatican's decision to move World War II-era Cardinal August Hlond along the path to possible sainthood, saying the Polish primate was "extremely" hostile to Jews and failed to condemn a 1946 pogrom. In a letter to top Vatican officials...

Speaker's long tenure embodies Lebanon's political stasis

May. 22, 2018 2:16 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's longtime parliament speaker Nabih Berri often seems like a veteran schoolteacher with a class of unruly students, using threats and jokes and occasional gavel-pounding to keep the assembly in order. The 80-year-old has held the job for a quarter-century, and is set to be re-elected...

LGBT community cheers pope's 'God made you like this' remark

May. 21, 2018 2:38 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis' reported comments to a gay man that "God made you like this" have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis' desire to make gay people feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church. Juan Carlos Cruz, the main whistleblower in Chile's clerical sex...

In Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega bends to Catholic Church

May. 16, 2018 1:12 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — On a recent Sunday, Managua's auxiliary Roman Catholic Bishop Silvio Baez talked to those gathered for Mass about love and its many forms. It soon became clear that Baez wasn't speaking just to the 300 people sitting on plastic chairs in the sweltering heat, but also to President...

Today in History

May. 13, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2018. There are 232 days left in the year. This is Mother's Day. Today's Highlight in History: On May 13, 1918, the first U.S. airmail stamp, costing 24 cents and featuring a picture of a Curtiss JN-4 biplane, was publicly issued. (On some of the stamps,...

Today in History

May. 12, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, May 12, the 132nd day of 2018. There are 233 days left in the year. Today's Highlights in History: On May 12, 1943, during World War II, Axis forces in North Africa surrendered. The two-week Trident Conference, headed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime...

France's Macron backs European unity amid US tensions

May. 10, 2018 9:11 AM EDT

AACHEN, Germany (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron urged Europe on Thursday to unite and exert a self-confident "European sovereignty" in the face of an increasingly complex world and unilateral American moves on issues such as the Iran nuclear deal and climate change. Macron spoke after receiving the...