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India's Modi awarded UAE medal amid Kashmir crackdown

Aug. 24, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the United Arab Emirates' highest civilian honor during a visit Saturday to the oil-rich Gulf nation, reinforcing ties between the countries even as he pursues stripping statehood from the disputed Muslim-majority region of...

The Latest: India's Modi bars opposition from Kashmir visit

Aug. 24, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Latest on Kashmir (all times local): 7:40 p.m. India's government has barred several opposition leaders from visiting the Kashmir region to assess the situation created by a massive security crackdown in the Indian-administered part of the disputed territory that started early this...

Buttigieg making faith-based appeal to voters in 2020 bid

Aug. 24, 2019 7:29 AM EDT

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — The question was about climate change. The answer soon turned to the Bible. And Pete Buttigieg knew the verses. "There's a lot about the stewardship of creation that is in Scripture that I don't see being honored by the administration right now, not to mention the stuff about loving...

Pennsylvania House wins appeal in atheist prayer-policy suit

Aug. 23, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court reversed a lower court decision and ruled Friday that the Pennsylvania House of Representatives' policy of barring atheists from delivering invocations does not violate the U.S. Constitution. Friday's decision by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds...

Sri Lanka attacks boost feared ex-official's bid for power

Aug. 23, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — He is a feared former defense official accused of condoning rape, torture and shadowy disappearances of critics, but to many Sri Lankans, the opposition's presidential candidate is the best choice to protect the South Asian island nation after attacks that killed over 250 people...

The Latest: Cleric issues edict forbidding US troops in Iraq

Aug. 23, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Iraq, after U.S. officials confirmed Israel last month bombed a weapons depot belonging to Iran-backed Shiite militias (all times local): 5:40 p.m. A leading Shiite Muslim cleric followed by some Iraqi militants has issued a public religious edict forbidding...

UN chief urges world to stamp out religious persecution

Aug. 22, 2019 10:16 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the world on the first international day to remember the victims of religious persecution to "step up to stamp out anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim hatred, the persecution of Christians and other religious groups." The U.N. chief on Thursday cited a...

India's 'patriotism pop' songs urge Hindus to claim Kashmir

Aug. 22, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The music videos began appearing on social media within hours of the announcement by India's Hindu nationalist-led government that it was stripping statehood from the disputed region of Kashmir that had been in place for decades. The songs delivered a message to India's 250 million YouTube...

UN report condemns sexual violence by Myanmar military

Aug. 22, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Sexual violence carried out by Myanmar's security forces against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority was so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit genocide as well as warrants prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity, a U.N. report charged Thursday. The...

Report alleges sex abuse by 40 Vermont priests since 1950

Aug. 22, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A report released Thursday by Vermont's Roman Catholic Church found there were "credible and substantiated" allegations of the sexual abuse of minors against 40 priests in the state since 1950. All but one of those allegations occurred prior to 2000, and none of the priests is...