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Australian party accused of asking US gun lobby for money

Mar. 25, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister on Tuesday expressed concern over a media report that an influential minor political party had asked the U.S. gun lobby for donations to help undermine Australian gun laws. An Al Jazeera documentary showed One Nation party officials Steve Dickson and...

Vatican negotiator reveals decades-long path to China deal

Mar. 25, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican official who negotiated a landmark agreement between the Holy See and China on bishop nominations said Monday that the path to normalizing Catholic life in the country "is still long" but that a new future is now possible. Speaking in public for the first time since the accord was...

German conservatives advocate creating 'European FBI'

Mar. 25, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc is advocating stepping up security cooperation among European Union nations to create what it calls a "European FBI." The proposal was part of a program for the May 23-26 European Parliament elections approved Monday by Merkel's Christian...

Harris sends message to old-guard: Every era has its end

Mar. 24, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — California Sen. Kamala Harris sent a subtle signal to the old-guard of Democratic politics that every era has its end. At an Atlanta church service dedicated to youth Sunday, the presidential candidate compared leadership to a relay race in which each generation must ask themselves "what do...

The Latest: Candidates push for new Democratic leadership

Mar. 24, 2019 7:40 PM EDT

The Latest on the 2020 campaign season (all times Eastern): 7:40 p.m. Democratic presidential candidates are making it clear that there are new voices competing for voters' attention. California Sen. Kamala Harris sent a signal to the nation's old-guard that there's a time to move aside. At an Atlanta church...

Is it terrorism? Post NZ attack, Muslims see double standard

Mar. 24, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been hailed on social media by Muslims around the world for her response to two mosque shootings by a white nationalist who killed 50 worshippers. She wore a headscarf at the funerals in line with Islamic custom and swiftly...

Pompeo tours Lebanese historical sites in ancient city

Mar. 23, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

BYBLOS, Lebanon (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan spent much of the second and last day of their visit to Lebanon touring historical churches and a centuries-old citadel in this coastal city Saturday. The tour in Byblos and a nearby village came a day after Pompeo blasted the...

Clashes among government-aligned forces in Yemen's kill 6

Mar. 23, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials say heavy street battles among armed Islamist factions aligned with the exiled government have left at least six people dead and families displaced. They said on Saturday that the clashes, which erupted in Taiz a day earlier, saw a faction financed and armed by the...

Trump, Israeli leader have mutually beneficial relationship

Mar. 23, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was glowing as he stepped up to a podium in the backyard of his Jerusalem home to welcome U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to a holiday dinner. Less than an hour earlier, President Donald Trump had surprised the world by announcing that the U.S....

Vietnam orders monks to stop profiting from karma rituals

Mar. 22, 2019 11:49 PM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese authorities have ordered monks at a popular Buddhist pagoda to stop "soul summoning" and "bad karma eviction" ceremonies after an investigation found the rituals were a scam. Tens of thousands of worshippers have been paying the 18th century Ba Vang pagoda in northern Quang...