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Greek Orthodox bishop convicted of hate speech resigns

Aug. 18, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Metropolitan Amvrosios of Kalavryta, a fiery conservative Greek Orthodox bishop known for criticizing, often in intemperate terms, those who he believed acted in a "non-Christian" or "non-Greek" way, including gays, migrants and politicians, resigned Sunday. Amvrosios, 81,...

Warren, Sanders get personal with young, black Christians

Aug. 17, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren framed their Democratic presidential bids in personal, faith-based terms Saturday before black millennial Christians who could help determine which candidate becomes the leading progressive alternative to former Vice President Joe Biden. Sanders,...

Indian authorities begin easing clampdown in Kashmir

Aug. 17, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir began restoring landline phone services on Saturday after a nearly two-week security crackdown and news blackout following a decision by India's government to downgrade the Muslim-majority region's autonomy. Shahid Choudhary, a government...

The Latest: Omar disputes Netanyahu's claims about itinerary

Aug. 16, 2019 10:19 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel banning U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib and fellow Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar's planned tour, and subsequent reversal allowing Tlaib entry to West Bank for a family visit (all times local): 9:45 p.m. U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota disputes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

Correction: Myanmar-ASEAN story

Aug. 16, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — In a story July 30 about Malaysia's position on Myanmar's responsibility for Rohingya refugees, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, to which Malaysia belongs, has agreed to take Myanmar to the International Court of Justice for rights...

Java still a no-no for Mormons despite fancy coffee names

Aug. 16, 2019 8:32 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a warning to members that coffee is prohibited no matter how fancy the name, that vaping is banned despite the alluring flavors and that marijuana is outlawed unless prescribed by "competent" doctors. The new guidance in the...

UN expert: Executions in Iran among the world's highest

Aug. 16, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. expert on human rights in Iran says last year saw increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and continuing violations of the right to life, liberty and a fair trial in the Islamic Republic, including 253 reported executions of adults and children. Javaid...

Hundreds defy restrictions, join protests in Kashmir

Aug. 16, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of people protested an unprecedented security crackdown and clashed with police Friday in Indian-controlled Kashmir, as India's government said it was constantly reviewing the situation in the disputed region and the restrictions there will be removed over the next few days. The...

'A heavy lift': Religious black voters weigh Buttigieg's bid

Aug. 16, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Joe Darby, a South Carolina pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, pondered a sensitive question that he knew was on the mind of his congregation. Would black voters be able to reconcile their conservative religious doctrine with voting for a gay candidate for president?...

Tlaib declines to visit West Bank, citing Israeli conditions

Aug. 16, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Friday she would not visit her grandmother in the occupied West Bank, despite being granted an Israeli permit on humanitarian grounds, saying Israel's "oppressive" conditions aimed to humiliate her. Israel barred Tlaib and another Democrat, Rep. Ilhan...