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Trump tells evangelicals gains he's made are 'fragile'

Jun. 26, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday listed steps his administration had taken to bolster conservative causes and oppose abortion, warning evangelical voters that it all could change very quickly with the "wrong person" in the White House. Trump's remarks came in a speech kicking off a...

The Latest: Envoy says Iran could soon exceed uranium limits

Jun. 26, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Mideast and Persian Gulf amid tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Iran's U.N. ambassador says the government will exceed limits on low-enriched uranium set by the 2015 nuclear deal unless Britain, France and Germany take...

Victims question Kamala Harris' record on clergy abuse

Jun. 26, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joey Piscitelli was angry when Kamala Harris emerged as a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. It brought back the frustration he felt in the 2000s, when he was a newly minted spokesman for clergy sex abuse victims and Harris was San Francisco's district attorney....

Internet-ordained ministers sue Tennessee over marriage ban

Jun. 26, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee law barring ministers ordained online from officiating at marriage ceremonies is being challenged in federal court. The Universal Life Church Monastery is suing to block the law from taking effect July 1, saying it violates the freedoms of speech and religion enshrined...

Pope expresses sadness over image of drowned father, child

Jun. 26, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed sadness over the fate of the father and young daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande while trying to cross into the United States. "With immense sadness, the Holy Father has seen the images of the father and his baby daughter who drowned in the Rio...

Lebanese town bans Muslims from buying, renting property

Jun. 26, 2019 5:28 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Mohammed Awwad and his fiancee, both Muslims, recently found an affordable apartment for rent online in a town in Lebanon, southeast of Beirut. The 27-year-old journalist called the number and asked the owner when they could drop by to take a look. He was stunned by her response: Muslims are...

UN report: Women too often suffer violence in families

Jun. 26, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. women's agency says in a new report that families around the world can be loving and supporting but too often are the place for discrimination and violence against women — and home is one of the most dangerous places for a woman. U.N. Women's Executive Director...

American cardinal severs ties with Bannon-linked group

Jun. 25, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A conservative American cardinal distanced himself Tuesday from former White House adviser Steve Bannon and severed ties with a Bannon-linked institute that wants to train future populist leaders in Europe. Cardinal Raymond Burke said in a statement Tuesday that he was terminating his...

Moroccan women press to legalize abortion amid pending bill

Jun. 25, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — It was a small demonstration on a big topic for some Moroccan women trying to make some abortions legal. Two dozen activists gathered in front of the Muslim kingdom's parliament on Tuesday to press lawmakers to legalize abortion in extreme cases. A row of naked dolls on the ground symbolized...

The Latest: France's Macron warns against rising tensions

Jun. 25, 2019 3:04 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 9:55 p.m. France's President Emmanuel Macron has spoken by phone with his Iranian counterpart in what his office says is an effort to avoid a "dangerous escalation" of tensions in...