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Orthodox Church's top patriarch to visit US, meet with Biden

Oct. 22, 2021 12:31 PM EDT

The spiritual leader of the world’s 200 million Eastern Orthodox Christians brings an agenda spanning religious, political and environmental issues to a 12-day U.S. visit beginning Saturday that includes a meeting with President Joe Biden and various ceremonial and interfaith gatherings. ...

Blank slate to best hope: Can Youngkin rescue the Va. GOP?

Oct. 22, 2021 06:03 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Glenn Youngkin threw his hat and his cash into the Republican nominating contest for Virginia governor this year, he was a rich former private equity executive with no experience as a candidate, and few insider connections or public political views. ...

43 countries criticize China at UN for repression of Uyghurs

Oct. 21, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 40 mainly Western countries criticized China at a U.N. meeting on Thursday for the reported torture and repression of Uyghurs and other religious and ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, keeping a spotlight on the region where foreign governments and researchers...

UK police charge 25-year-old man with lawmaker's murder

Oct. 21, 2021 12:45 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British police charged a 25-year-old man Thursday with the murder of a Conservative lawmaker, alleging that the killing was an act of terrorism by a supporter of the Islamic State group. Prosecutors said Ali Harbi Ali, a man from London with Somali...

Tool for police reform rarely used by local prosecutors

Oct. 21, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Isaiah Obet was behaving erratically and in mental distress in 2017 when Auburn police officer Jeff Nelson ordered his police dog to attack and then shot Obet in the torso. Obet fell to the ground and Nelson fired again, fatally shooting Obet in the head. Police said the...

Massachusetts hospital workers lose bid on vaccine mandate

Oct. 21, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge denied a request by several employees at the largest hospital system in Massachusetts for an injunction to block the company from placing them on unpaid leave for violating the system's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. But the judge on Wednesday...

New redistricting committee all but gives up map effort

Oct. 20, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s new bipartisan redistricting committee all but gave up its effort to draw new congressional maps after committee members could not find consensus on what constitutes a politically fair map. The redistricting committee had already...

Across Africa, major churches strongly oppose LGBTQ rights

Oct. 20, 2021 12:10 PM EDT

In Ghana, home to a diverse array of religions, leaders of major churches have united in denouncing homosexuality as a “perversion” and endorsing legislation that would, if enacted, impose some of the harshest anti-LGBTQ policies in Africa. In Nigeria, the umbrella...

Christian boarding school sues over new oversight law

Oct. 20, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Christian boarding school is suing to stop state officials from implementing new regulations that were put in place following long-running abuse at some unlicensed residential care facilities. The Kansas City Star reports that CNS...

Wave of killings triggers memories of dark past in Kashmir

Oct. 20, 2021 01:27 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Kashmiri Hindu activist was listening to religious hymns on his cellphone when he was interrupted by a tragic WhatsApp message. It brought news of a fatal shooting of a prominent chemist from his community, just a few miles from the activist’s home in Srinagar,...