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Most senior Catholic pedophile appeals Australia convictions

Sep. 17, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children lodged an appeal in Australia's highest court on Tuesday against his convictions in the molestation of two choirboys in a cathedral more than two decades ago. The High Court registry confirmed that Cardinal...

Judge refuses to toss charge over threat to Muslim candidate

Sep. 16, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

A federal judge refused on Monday to throw out a case in which a North Carolina man is charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Muslim-American man campaigning for a state Senate seat in Virginia. Joseph Cecil Vandevere is charged with interstate communication of a threat to injure a person in connection...

Biden on racism: White people 'can never fully understand'

Sep. 16, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Visiting a black church bombed by the Ku Klux Klan during the civil rights era, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden framed current racial tensions as part of an enduring struggle that is older than the nation. "In a centuries long campaign of violence, fear, trauma, brought...

UN mission accuses accountability for Myanmar 'genocide'

Sep. 16, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A special U.N. fact-finding mission has urged that Myanmar be held responsible in international legal forums for alleged genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority. The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar said in a report Monday wrapping up two years of documentation...

Israel faces potential deadlock in a closely contested vote

Sep. 16, 2019 2:19 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is headed toward an unprecedented repeat election on Tuesday with no guarantee that the do-over vote will produce a more decisive result than the inconclusive one last April. The Israeli electorate is deeply divided along religious, ethnic and ideological lines and the fragmented...

Correction: Sikh Killed-Anniversary story

Sep. 15, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — In a story Sept. 15 about the anniversary of an Indian Sikh immigrant gunned down in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he died in 2011. He died in 2001. A corrected version of the story is below: Sikh preaches love 18 years after...

Spying claims spur calls for Washington lawmaker ouster

Sep. 14, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington state's liberal reputation is well-known, but voters in a conservative legislative district have re-elected Republican lawyer Matt Shea to the Legislature six times — as he has raged against Communists and atheists he thinks will destroy the U.S. and lobbied for a...

Malaysia's 2 top opposition Malay parties forge alliance

Sep. 14, 2019 3:49 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two major opposition parties in Malaysia forged a political alliance Saturday to consolidate support from the country's majority ethnic Malay Muslims, a move that could threaten Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's government in the next general election. Mahathir's alliance...

Far from debate spotlight, Williamson keeps campaigning

Sep. 14, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Marianne Williamson's voice dropped to a near whisper, then soared preacher-style to the rafters. "There are more lovers than haters in America. But those who hate, hate with conviction, and conviction is a force multiplier," she said. "That is why we need a politics of love because the...

Pope Francis to visit Thailand, Japan in November

Sep. 13, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis will travel to Thailand and Japan in November for a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honor the small Catholic communities in each country. The Vatican confirmed the Nov. 19-26 trip, and its diplomatic representative in Thailand,...