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N. Carolina church says it lost nearly $800K in email scam

Jan. 28, 2023 17:40 PM EST

ELKIN, N.C. (AP) — Leaders of a northwestern North Carolina church say cybercriminals stole nearly $800,000 that the congregation spent years raising to build a new sanctuary that's supposed to be completed in a few months. It happened in November when Elkin Valley Baptist Church...

Emhoff says somber Auschwitz visit key to antisemitism work

Jan. 28, 2023 14:47 PM EST

KRAKOW, Poland (AP) — Doug Emhoff, the husband of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, said he was deeply moved by a “solemn and sad” visit to the former site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, describing it Saturday as an important part of his work combating antisemitism for the Biden...

Taliban warn women can't take entry exams at universities

Jan. 28, 2023 11:56 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Saturday doubled down on their ban on women's education, reinforcing in a message to private universities that Afghan women are barred from taking university entry exams, according to a spokesman. The note comes despite weeks of condemnation and...

‘He’s close to us’: Wheelchair users in Africa await pope

Jan. 28, 2023 08:32 AM EST

GOMA, Congo (AP) — When Pope Francis arrives in Congo and South Sudan next week, thousands of people will take special note of a gesture more grounded than the sign of the cross. Watching from their wheelchairs, they will relate to the way he uses his. The pope, who began using a...

Pope clarifies homosexuality and sin comments in note

Jan. 28, 2023 04:18 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has clarified his recent comments about homosexuality and sin, saying he was merely referring to official Catholic moral teaching that teaches that any sexual act outside of marriage is a sin. And in a note Friday, Francis recalled that even that...

Spellbinding polar night gets darker in warming Arctic

Jan. 27, 2023 23:24 PM EST

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway (AP) — At 10:40 a.m. on a day in January, two powerful beams of light from the Svalbard governor’s boat pierced the complete darkness of the mountain-fringed fjord it was sailing. It was carrying the children’s choir from this remote village’s church to visit an even...

Auschwitz anniversary marked as peace again shattered by war

Jan. 27, 2023 17:28 PM EST

OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Auschwitz-Birkenau survivors and other mourners commemorated the 78th anniversary Friday of the Nazi German death camp's liberation, some expressing horror that war has again shattered peace in Europe and the lesson of Never Again is being forgotten. The...

Student groups show support for Minnesota college president

Jan. 27, 2023 14:31 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Representatives of several student groups at a Minnesota college that dismissed an adjunct art instructor for showing an image of the Prophet Muhammad to her class say they do not want the school's embattled president to resign. In a letter published...

Turkey summons Danish envoy over Quran-burning protest

Jan. 27, 2023 11:18 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Turkey summoned the Danish ambassador and accused Denmark of endorsing a “hate crime” after an anti-Islam activist on Friday burned two copies of Islam’s holy book, the Quran, in a solitary protest in Copenhagen. Rasmus Paludan, a far-right activist...

Explosion in Polish parish house kills 2, injures 7

Jan. 27, 2023 10:57 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two people were killed Friday when a suspected gas explosion demolished half of an old Evangelical parish house in the southern Polish city of Katowice, officials said. The morning blast injured seven other people, according to the regional governor, Jaroslaw...