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UK official says airstrikes against Islamic State continue

Oct. 22, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense secretary says the country has launched 27 airstrikes against Islamic State positions in the last month. Gavin Williamson told Parliament on Monday that the Islamic State extremists represent a "great threat" to Britain even though its territory has been "massively reduced."...

Birth of a new Ukrainian church brings fears of violence

Oct. 21, 2018 7:18 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The rough-looking young men brought clubs and brass knuckles to the Pechersk Monastery in Kiev , one of Orthodox Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites, apparently seeking to disrupt worship. Police spread-eagled them against a wall decorated in faded centuries-old frescos of...

Australia's ruling coalition forced into minority government

Oct. 20, 2018 8:53 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's ruling coalition was forced into minority government on Saturday after a massive swing against its senior partner, the Liberal Party, in a by-election for the seat of the prime minister the party itself had dismissed. In a stinging backlash from the electorate after the fourth...

A look at Afghanistan's parliamentary elections

Oct. 20, 2018 3:15 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is holding parliamentary elections on Saturday despite deep security concerns and ongoing fighting in as many as 20 out of the country's 34 provinces. An official from the Interior Ministry said the number of security forces was increased to 70,000 from 50,000 across...

Silenced forever: Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi is dead

Oct. 20, 2018 12:15 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Two days after Jamal Khashoggi vanished into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, The Washington Post published a column featuring his byline and the headline "A missing voice." The space below it was blank. That influential voice on Saudi affairs has been silenced forever after three decades as...

Silenced forever: Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi is dead

Oct. 19, 2018 9:56 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Two days after Jamal Khashoggi vanished into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, The Washington Post published a column featuring his byline and the headline "A missing voice." The space below it was blank. That influential voice on Saudi affairs has been silenced forever after three decades as...

The Khashoggi I knew: mentor, guide, bridge between cultures

Oct. 19, 2018 7:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sitting in my suburban American kitchen, it is easy to feel that Saudi Arabia is a world away, that events at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul — as gruesome as they may have been — have little to do with me. Except for one thing. Almost 25 years ago, Jamal Khashoggi was my...

Feds: Child exploitation focus of Pennsylvania church probe

Oct. 19, 2018 2:58 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move. However, a colleague in Philadelphia is now taking aim at the...

Christian leaders urge Israeli PM to nix church lands bill

Oct. 19, 2018 10:07 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christian leaders in Jerusalem are urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop a bill that the churches say would allow the state to appropriate land sold to buyers. Orthodox, Catholic and Armenian church leaders wrote a letter to Netanyahu on Friday saying the vote...

A look at Afghanistan's parliamentary elections on Saturday

Oct. 19, 2018 7:19 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is holding parliamentary elections on Saturday despite deep security concerns and ongoing fighting in as many as 20 out of the country's 34 provinces. The vote comes amid a particularly vicious campaign by the Taliban and the Islamic State group, which have been...