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The Latest: North Carolina hospital fires unvaccinated staff

Sep. 27, 2021 16:13 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A North Carolina-based hospital system announced Monday that more than 175 of its workers have been fired for failing to comply with its COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Last week, Novant Health announced 375 employees had been suspended and given...

Taliban issue no-shave order to barbers in Afghan province

Sep. 27, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban on Monday banned barbershops in a southern Afghanistan province from shaving or trimming beards, claiming their edict is in line with Shariah, or Islamic, law. The order in Helmand province was issued by the provincial Taliban...

San Marino legalizes abortion; Pope, women's groups disagree

Sep. 27, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

SAN MARINO (AP) — Pope Francis repeated Monday that abortion is “murder," a day after the tiny republic of San Marino became the latest Catholic state to legalize the procedure, much to the cheers of women's rights groups. An overwhelming majority — 77% of the...

Pope recognizes errors as Mexico celebrates independence

Sep. 27, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico celebrated a relatively little-known date Monday marking 200 years since the victory of the 1810-1821 independence movement. The commemorations included a message from Pope Francis acknowledging the errors of the Roman Catholic Church in...

Faith groups aid Haitian migrants, denounce mistreatment

Sep. 27, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

Faith-based groups — many of them longtime advocates for a more welcoming immigration policy -- have been scrambling to keep up with fast-paced developments in the Haitian migrant crisis, trying to assist those in need while assailing the harsh Border Patrol tactics employed against them. ...

Cardinal Raymond Burke says his recovery slow after COVID-19

Sep. 27, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A high-ranking Roman Catholic cardinal who was placed on a ventilator after contracting COVID-19 said he has moved into a house but is still struggling to recover from the disease. Cardinal Raymond Burke, 73, one of the church's most outspoken...

Sheriff: Florida woman threw firebombs at Buddhist temple

Sep. 27, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman is accused of firebombing a Buddhist temple, sheriff's officials said. Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputies arrested Mei Cheung, 46, on Sunday after they were called to St. Dak Buddhist Temple near Palm Beach Gardens,...

AP PHOTOS: In Qom, where Iran outbreak began, virus rages on

Sep. 27, 2021 02:18 AM EDT

QOM, Iran (AP) — In Iran's holy city of Qom, where Shiite scholars study and pilgrims travel to a shrine believed to be a gate to heaven, the Islamic Republic's coronavirus outbreak began and still rages to this day. While Iran works to vaccinate its 80 million people,...

San Marino voters overwhelmingly back legal abortion

Sep. 26, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

SAN MARINO (AP) — San Marino residents on Sunday voted overwhelmingly to legalize abortion, rejecting a 150-year-old law that had criminalized it and making the tiny republic the latest majority Catholic state to approve the procedure under certain circumstances. Some...

Wisconsin pastor fasting until Congress passes climate bill

Sep. 26, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Kenosha pastor is fasting for climate change. The Rev. Jonathan Barker, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, stopped eating on Saturday and said he will continue the protest until Congress passes a climate bill. Democrats pushed a...