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Turkey marks 3rd anniversary of failed coup

Jul. 15, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is marking the third anniversary of the July 15 failed coup attempt against the government with prayers and other events remembering its victims. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday attended a prayer recitation at a mosque on the grounds of the presidential complex,...

AP Photos: Indian mother prays to 'bleeding goddess' for son

Jul. 11, 2019 5:07 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Monika Deb Nath begins her morning with a prayer and a dip in a holy pond, all the while praying for her son, Gopal. Her days are spent caring for him — feeding him, taking him to the toilet, bathing him, keeping him hydrated. When she's not praying, Nath hovers around the...

Iconic glass-paned church converted to Catholic cathedral

Jul. 10, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (AP) — An iconic glass-paned church in Southern California that once housed a booming televangelist ministry has been transformed into a cathedral to give the region's Catholics a long-awaited and much larger place to congregate and pray. The landmark, with a facade made up of nearly...

Official: Blast during prayers in Afghan mosque wounds 11

Jun. 28, 2019 11:20 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb blast inside a mosque wounded at least 11 people Friday in northern Samangan province, a provincial official said. Sediq Azizi, spokesman for the provincial governor, said the blast took place during Friday prayers as dozens gathered in the mosque in Aybak, the provincial...

Police: Driver health may be issue in fatal church bus crash

Jun. 24, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado authorities on Monday were investigating what caused a bus carrying a New Mexico high school church group home from a weekend retreat to veer off a highway and crash, killing the driver and a man training to become a Catholic priest. Investigators were looking into the...

'Hail Satan' prayer at Alaska gov't meeting sparks protest

Jun. 20, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

SOLDOTNA, Alaska (AP) — A Satanic Temple member who won the right to open a regional Alaska government meeting declared "Hail Satan" during her first invocation, prompting about a dozen officials and attendees to walk out. Tuesday's invocation that started the meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough also...

Egypt's ousted President Morsi buried after courtroom death

Jun. 18, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's first democratically elected president, Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi, was buried under heavy security early on Tuesday, a day after his dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom, his family and a member of his defense team said. Morsi's family attended funeral prayers in...

The Latest: Turkey president says Morsi didn't die naturally

Jun. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments in Egypt after former President Mohammed Morsi's dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he doesn't believe that Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi died of natural causes....

Greece: Athens mosque likely to open in September

Jun. 7, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's education and religion minister says the country's long-delayed first state-sponsored mosque is likely to begin operating in September, about three years after its construction was approved by parliament. Kostas Gavroglou spoke Friday during a visit to the nearly complete...

Hampton says fired deputy will continue assisting her

Jun. 5, 2019 8:50 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's lieutenant governor has told the state's personnel secretary that she intends to defy a decision by Gov. Matt Bevin's administration to dismiss her deputy chief of staff. In an email, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton said her ousted aide, Adrienne Southworth, will "continue to...