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Egypt court sentences 2 monks to death for abbot's killing

Apr. 24, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has sentenced two former monks to death for killing an abbot in a desert monastery north of Cairo last year. The Damanhur Criminal Court, north of Cairo, announced the sentences Wednesday for two defrocked monks identified as Isaiah and Faltaous. They can appeal. The two were...

Ukraine quiet ahead of presidential election

Apr. 20, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian who plays the role of Ukraine's president on television is set to take on the job for real, pushing out the man who currently holds the office, according to public opinion surveys ahead of Sunday's election. Saturday was a so-called "day of quiet," on which electioneering is...

Ukraine candidates: Experience vs image

Apr. 19, 2019 6:21 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's presidential election on Sunday will pit image against experience, with polls suggesting TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy heading for an overwhelming victory against President Petro Poroshenko. Poroshenko has held the office for nearly five years — while Zelenskiy has...

In Ukrainian candidate's hometown, a cry for change

Apr. 19, 2019 2:33 AM EDT

KRYVYI RIH, Ukraine (AP) — Residents of this grim industrial city in eastern Ukraine say they are exhausted by a daily battle for survival amid low wages and soaring bills. Many of them believe a native son — a comedian with no political experience — is just the person to lift them out of...

Tourist mecca Notre Dame also revered as place of worship

Apr. 17, 2019 2:32 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The soaring beauty of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral as it echoed with Gregorian chants so moved French poet Paul Claudel on Christmas Day 1886 that the avowed atheist converted to Catholicism on the spot. "In an instant, my heart was touched and I believed," Claudel, who remained a...

The Latest: University of Notre Dame to donate $100,000

Apr. 16, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire that swept through Paris' Notre Dame cathedral (all times local): 8 p.m. The president of the University of Notre Dame said the school will donate $100,000 toward the renovation of Notre Dame cathedral following a devastating fire. The Rev. John Jenkins announced the...

Around world, 'our hearts ache' at Notre Dame Cathedral fire

Apr. 15, 2019 10:18 PM EDT

The world reacted with shock and prayers to the massive fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, united in grief and in solidarity with the people of France. As the flames tore through the 12th-century cathedral, Spain's prime minister offered France the help of his country in the recovery. The fire is a...

Ukraine comedian leads presidential election, runoff likely

Mar. 31, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Early results in Ukraine's presidential election showed a comedian with no political experience with a sizable lead over 38 rivals but far from a first-round victory, while the incumbent president and a former prime minister were close contenders to advance to the runoff. The strong...

Comedian leads presidential polling in Ukraine

Mar. 30, 2019 9:29 AM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian who's never held political office tops the public opinion polls ahead of Ukraine's presidential election, but even he appears to be falling far short of enough support to win in the first round. Ukrainians on Sunday will choose from among 39 candidates for a president they...

A look at Ukraine's 3 top presidential contenders

Mar. 28, 2019 3:54 AM EDT

By their nicknames, the top contenders in Ukraine's presidential election resemble a colorful operetta cast: "The Chocolate King," ''the Gas Princess," ''The Servant Of The People." Opinion polls before the March 31 vote indicate that no one will come close to the 50-percent support needed to win in the first...