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Aung San Suu Kyi defends policies toward Rohingya Muslims

Aug. 21, 2018 9:13 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday defended her government's actions in Rakhine state, where about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from a brutal counterinsurgency campaign to neighboring Bangladesh. She said terrorism, not social discrimination or inequality, triggered the crisis....

Movie star's lifestyle reversal sparks a debate in Egypt

Aug. 21, 2018 2:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Hala Shiha quit the glamorous film industry a decade ago to embrace a more religious lifestyle, adopting the traditional Muslim headscarf, or hijab, along with loose, long-sleeved clothes. The Egyptian movie star later was seen wearing the even more conservative face veil, or niqab. Islamists...

The Latest: Archbishop says he didn't see misconduct letter

Aug. 20, 2018 6:44 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the clerical sex abuse scandal (all times local): 12:40 a.m. The archbishop of Boston says he didn't see a letter sent to his office in 2015 concerning another archbishop's possibly inappropriate behavior with seminarians. Cardinal Sean O'Malley said Monday the letter was...

Correction: Pennsylvania Dioceses-Sex Abuse-Lawsuits story

Aug. 20, 2018 6:20 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In a story Aug. 16 about child sex abuse allegations in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, The Associated Press erroneously reported how a bill passed by the Pennsylvania House in 2016 would have changed state law. The legislation would have allowed lawsuits to be filed on...

Israeli questioning of US Jews at border exposes deeper rift

Aug. 19, 2018 10:25 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Simone Zimmerman arrived at the check-in window at the Israeli border with Egypt, it didn't take long for the young activist to run into trouble. Zimmerman, a Jewish American living in Israel, quickly became a person of interest after telling the border agent that she worked for an...

Movement encourages Argentines to quit Catholic church

Aug. 18, 2018 8:03 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered in Buenos Aires on Saturday to oppose the influence of religion on Argentine politics and encourage people to quit the Roman Catholic Church in the wake of a Senate vote not to legalize some abortions. The event, called "Collective Apostasy,"...

Saudi Arabia prepares for the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage

Aug. 18, 2018 12:40 PM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia is preparing to host the annual hajj pilgrimage beginning Sunday, as over 2 million Muslim faithful are ready to take part in the ultraconservative kingdom. The pilgrimage represents one of the five pillars of Islam and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in...

George Washington letter to be read at oldest US synagogue

Aug. 18, 2018 11:08 AM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A letter from George Washington will be read at the nation's oldest synagogue to celebrate freedom of religion. The annual reading is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday at the 255-year-old Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island. Touro Synagogue holds an important place in the history of the...

Somali-American candidate: Wants to 'instill hope in people'

Aug. 18, 2018 9:37 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The past 10 weeks have been a whirl for Ilhan Omar, who suddenly went from being famous for becoming the country's first Somali-American state legislator to being a likely shoo-in for the first Somali-American congresswoman. "It's been a really interesting rush," Omar said in an...

Will other states follow Pennsylvania on church abuse?

Aug. 17, 2018 6:43 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Attorneys general around the U.S. have been largely silent this week about any plans to conduct an investigation like Pennsylvania's that uncovered widespread child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses, although New York's top prosecutor is an exception, saying she is...