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Polish police looking for man who threw stone into synagogue

Sep. 20, 2018 12:16 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish police are looking for a man who threw a stone into a synagogue in the city of Gdansk as members of the Jewish community were praying at the end of the Yom Kippur holiday. On Thursday, police released security footage of the incident, which shows a man in a dark shirt and jeans...

Jehovah's Witnesses accused of mishandling abuse in Montana

Sep. 19, 2018 6:42 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two women who say they were sexually abused as children have alleged that the Jehovah's Witnesses failed to report their abuser to authorities in Montana and instead punished him internally by expelling him from the congregation until he repented the following year. A trial begins...

India bans instant divorce by Muslim men

Sep. 19, 2018 12:52 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government on Wednesday approved an ordinance to implement a top court ruling striking down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce. The government decision came after it failed to get approval from Parliament a year after the court ruled that the practice of...

Israel to approve immigration for 1,000 Ethiopian Jews

Sep. 17, 2018 1:58 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government announced Monday that it agreed to absorb 1,000 Ethiopian Jews — accepting just a fraction of the African country's 8,000 remaining Jews who want to move to Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that a special committee had agreed to allow community...

Mormon leaders call for new medical-marijuana plan in months

Sep. 17, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church leaders are calling for Utah lawmakers to pass medical-marijuana legislation by the end of the year even as they urge people to vote against a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. Church leaders say they oppose the ballot measure because...

Egypt says it fights fake news, critics see new crackdown

Sep. 17, 2018 2:15 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Echoing some of President Donald Trump's rhetoric, authorities in Egypt are taking aim at an alleged barrage of "fake news" they say is meant to sow division and undermine the rule of general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. Under a new law, the state's top media regulatory agency can...

Iraqi lawmakers elect Sunni Arab as parliament speaker

Sep. 15, 2018 1:31 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Amid escalating political wrangling, Iraqi lawmakers elected an Iran-backed Sunni Arab as speaker of parliament on Saturday, the first step in forming a new government four months after national elections. The 37-year old speaker was supported by the pro-Iran bloc inside parliament, the...

Pope says populism should serve people, not stir up quarrels

Sep. 15, 2018 8:45 AM EDT

PALERMO, Sicily (AP) — Pope Francis is recommending a Christian kind of populism after being attacked by Italian politicians for defending migrants. Francis told a crowd of 100,000 at an outdoor Mass on Saturday that "the only possible populism" is a Christian one that "listens to and serves the people...

Uncertainties mount as Iraq's PM says he won't seek 2nd term

Sep. 14, 2018 2:38 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi said he will not "cling to power," after the country's highest Shiite religious authority called for the appointment of a new head of government. A member of the leader's parliamentary bloc, however, said Friday that if al-Abadi gets a majority in the...

Russian church rebuffs Orthodoxy's leader after Ukraine move

Sep. 14, 2018 12:06 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday announced a rebuff to the leader of the worldwide Orthodox community, saying it would not participate in events headed by the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate due to a dispute over control of the church in Ukraine. The church also announced at a...