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Pope appeals for end of migrant shipwrecks, prays for dead

Jul. 22, 2018 6:47 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has lamented the latest migrant deaths in shipwrecks of smugglers' boats and entreated nations to act swiftly to prevent more tragedies. Francis in his traditional Sunday appearance to faithful in St. Peter's Square expressed sorrow over recent deaths in the Mediterranean...

Egypt rejects Jewish-nation law passed by Israeli parliament

Jul. 21, 2018 7:22 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's government says it rejects a controversial legislation passed by Israel's parliament defining Israel as a nation-state of the Jewish people. Saturday's statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry says the law adopted Thursday by the Knesset "consolidates the notion of occupation and...

Pakistani court convicts ex-lawmaker for substance misuse

Jul. 21, 2018 4:01 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A court convicted a former lawmaker and candidate for the national assembly Saturday giving him a life sentence for the misuse of a controlled substance he obtained for his pharmaceutical company. Hanif Abbasi, a leader of the former ruling party Pakistan Muslim League-N, was immediately...

Revelations of US cardinal sex abuse will force pope's hand

Jul. 21, 2018 10:59 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Revelations that one of the most respected U.S. cardinals allegedly sexually abused both boys and adult seminarians have raised questions about who in the Catholic Church hierarchy knew — and what Pope Francis is going to do about it. If the accusations against Cardinal Theodore...

Mob lynches Muslim man over cow smuggling charges in India

Jul. 21, 2018 8:40 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A Muslim man was beaten to death by a mob in western India over allegations of smuggling cows, police said Saturday, despite calls by the country's highest court for immediate steps to stop deadly mob violence across the country. Cows are considered sacred in Hindu-majority India, and...

The Latest: Boat victims mourned

Jul. 21, 2018 5:49 AM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly tourist boat accident in Missouri (all times local): 9:35 p.m. About 300 people gathered in a parking lot outside a tourism business to remember the 17 people killed when one of its duck boats capsized in storm-tossed water. The mourners Friday night sang Amazing...

New sex abuse allegations levied against prominent cardinal

Jul. 20, 2018 7:00 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man said Friday he was sexually abused for about two decades by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a prominent Roman Catholic leader who was removed from public ministry last month over separate child abuse allegations. The man, who agreed to be identified only by his first name,...

Poland's parliament OKs tighter grip on judicial branch

Jul. 20, 2018 3:37 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's parliament voted Friday to approve legislation that will make it easier for the ruling party to appoint the president and members of the Supreme Court and influence judges. It was the latest development in the right-wing ruling party's overhaul of the justice system that has...

Civil rights legend Meredith says he's on a mission from God

Jul. 20, 2018 11:21 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — James Meredith is a civil rights legend who resists neatly defined narratives. He integrated the University of Mississippi while braving mob violence in 1962 — yet he worked in the late 1980s for archconservative Sen. Jesse Helms, considered a foe by many in the civil rights...

Pope removes Honduran bishop accused of sexual misdeeds

Jul. 20, 2018 6:58 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of a Honduran bishop accused of sexual misconduct with seminarians, the latest in a series of high-ranking clergy implicated in sexual improprieties with adults under their authority. Francis had ordered an investigation into the...