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Slain pregnant Amish woman had cuts to her head and neck, Pennsylvania police say

Feb. 29, 2024 20:34 PM EST

SPARTANSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Search warrant filings for the Pennsylvania home where a pregnant Amish woman was killed this week said she appeared to have suffered cutting wounds to her neck and head. Two search warrants were issued at the request of state police regarding Monday's...

Georgia Republicans say religious liberty needs protection, but Democrats warn of discrimination

Feb. 29, 2024 20:11 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Republicans are voting to protect religious rights from being trampled by state and local governments, while Democrats warn that the long-disputed measure opens the door for people and groups to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people in the name of religion. The...

Utah Legislature expands ability of clergy members to report child abuse

Feb. 29, 2024 20:11 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah faith leaders who learn about ongoing child abuse from a perpetrator during a religious confession will be able to alert police without fear of legal ramifications under a bill that received final legislative approval Thursday in the state Senate. The...

Spanish bishop rebukes priests who joked about wishing pope goes to heaven soon

Feb. 29, 2024 19:20 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish bishop rebuked comments made by some priests on a weekly internet program about praying for Pope Francis to die as soon as possible. The priests later apologized. Archbishop Francisco Cerro Chaves of Toledo posted a statement on the archdiocese website...

Liev Schreiber dons a collar to play a Catholic priest in revival of 'Doubt' on Broadway

Feb. 29, 2024 12:49 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Liev Schreiber was in a reflective mood one recent Sunday when he got a call about possibly starring in the play “Doubt” on Broadway. “I had just come out of Mass with my in-laws, which is odd for a Jewish boy from the Lower East Side,” the actor and new dad...

Israel-Hamas war brings back pain to Argentine Jewish community decades after major bombing attack

Feb. 29, 2024 08:27 AM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — On Oct. 7, when Hamas militants attacked numerous targets in Israel, killing hundreds and abducting others, Marina Degtiar felt she had traveled back in time, to July 18, 1994. What happened in Buenos Aires 30 years ago broke her apart. A bomb-laden...

Austria's top diplomat appeals for a pause in Mideast fighting for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan

Feb. 29, 2024 08:24 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Austria’s foreign minister on Thursday urged Israel and Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group against escalating the conflict along the volatile Israel-Lebanon border and expressed hope for a pause in the fighting in Gaza in time for the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in...

A bomb destroyed a Jewish community center in Argentina in 1994. What has happened since?

Feb. 29, 2024 08:21 AM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — On July 18, 1994, an explosion destroyed the Buenos Aires headquarters of the Argentine-Israelite Mutual Association, a Jewish community center. The worst such attack in the history of Argentina left 85 dead and more than 300 injured. Official reports...

Turkish drones kill 3 in an attack on a local Christian militia in northeastern Syria, officials say

Feb. 28, 2024 15:44 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish drone strikes in northeastern Syria on Wednesday killed at least three members of a local Christian force and wounded others, including civilians, a Kurdish official and a Syrian opposition war monitor said. Also on Wednesday, reported Israeli airstrikes hit...

Pope Francis had diagnostic tests in a Rome hospital after his weekly audience

Feb. 28, 2024 14:09 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who recently had the flu, was brought to a hospital in Rome for diagnostic testing after the papal audience Wednesday, the Vatican said, without giving further details. The pope arrived at the Gemelli Hospital on Tiber Island in a small white Fiat...