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Church suspends talks to ease Nicaragua political crisis

Jun. 18, 2018 8:50 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua's Roman Catholic hierarchy has suspended a dialogue with the government aimed at ending a two-month political crisis. The Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua says the government has not met an agreed requirement to formally invite the United Nations High Commissioner for...

H. Clinton: Separating families at border a 'moral crisis'

Jun. 18, 2018 5:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday called the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that has separated children from their parents at the southern U.S. border "a moral and humanitarian crisis." Speaking at an awards lunch for the Women's Forum of New York, Clinton...

US urges Russia to release political and religious prisoners

Jun. 18, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration urged Russia on Monday to release what it called a growing number of political and religious prisoners, warning that President Vladimir Putin's government was turning to "old Soviet practices" to deny rights to detainees. The condemnation came as President Donald...

Afghan Sikh leader holds out hope for dwindling minority

Jun. 18, 2018 3:10 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Avtar Singh Khalsa will represent Afghanistan's tiny Sikh and Hindu minority in the next parliament, where he says he hopes to serve the entire country. Few Afghans are as invested in the government's quest for peace and stability as the dwindling Sikh and Hindu minorities, which...

Portugal remembers 66 victims from deadly year for wildfires

Jun. 17, 2018 2:24 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's president and prime minister have attended a Mass in a rural town to mark the anniversary of a wildfire that killed 66 people. President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Prime Minister Antonio Costa joined other government members and scores of local people Sunday at a small...

Correction: Conversion Therapy Ban-California story

Jun. 15, 2018 8:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story June 12 about a bill to declare gay conversion therapy fraudulent, The Associated Press misspelled a speaker's last name. It is Jim Domen, not Doman. A corrected version of the story is below: Group fights bill to declare gay conversion therapy a fraud An effort to call...

Mormon genealogical database to accept same-sex couples

Jun. 15, 2018 7:13 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church's massive genealogical database will begin accepting submissions of names of people from same-sex relationships sometime next year. The move doesn't foreshadow any change to long-standing church opposition to gay marriage, but it is being done to ensure the databank...

Iran fans unfurl banner at World Cup in support of women

Jun. 15, 2018 1:48 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Iranian fans at the national team's first game at the World Cup unfurled a banner protesting Iran's ban on women attending soccer matches back home. The banner read "#NoBan4Women" and "Support Iranian Women to Attend Stadiums" and it was held aloft during the match against...

Sessions cites Bible to defend separating immigrant families

Jun. 14, 2018 8:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible on Thursday in his defense of his border policy that is resulting in hundreds of immigrant children being separated from their parents after they enter the U.S. illegally. Sessions, speaking in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on immigration, pushed back...

Strike paralyzes Nicaragua capital as talks to resume Friday

Jun. 14, 2018 5:52 PM EDT

MANAUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The streets of Nicaragua's capital were all but deserted Thursday as residents observed a national strike called by opponents of President Daniel Ortega's embattled government a day ahead of renewed talks on ending the political standoff. The Roman Catholic Episcopal Conference of...