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Lebanese town bans Muslims from buying, renting property

Jun. 26, 2019 5:28 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Mohammed Awwad and his fiancee, both Muslims, recently found an affordable apartment for rent online in a town in Lebanon, southeast of Beirut. The 27-year-old journalist called the number and asked the owner when they could drop by to take a look. He was stunned by her response: Muslims are...

UN report: Women too often suffer violence in families

Jun. 26, 2019 12:32 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. women's agency says in a new report that families around the world can be loving and supporting but too often are the place for discrimination and violence against women — and home is one of the most dangerous places for a woman. U.N. Women's Executive Director...

Moroccan women press to legalize abortion amid pending bill

Jun. 25, 2019 3:40 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — It was a small demonstration on a big topic for some Moroccan women trying to make some abortions legal. Two dozen activists gathered in front of the Muslim kingdom's parliament on Tuesday to press lawmakers to legalize abortion in extreme cases. A row of naked dolls on the ground symbolized...

Islamic scholar's terror convictions reviewed in Virginia

Jun. 25, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A judge is considering tossing out parts of a 10-count conviction against an Islamic scholar serving life in prison for persuading some of his followers to travel overseas after the Sept. 11 attacks and try to join the Taliban. The review in the case of Ali Al-Timimi of Fairfax...

Egypt arrests 8, including ex-lawmaker and secular activists

Jun. 25, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian police arrested at least eight people on Tuesday, including a former lawmaker and key secular activists in the country's 2011 uprising, for their alleged ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, authorities said. The arrests mark the latest in a years-long crackdown by President...

Cuba restores oldest Jewish cemetery as Havana is spruced up

Jun. 25, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — Some marble grave covers are broken and tombstones lie on the ground, covered in moss. At some plots, vegetation pokes through the cement cracks. But slowly, the oldest Jewish cemetery in Cuba is beginning to be rehabilitated, along with the memory of many of the island's early Jewish...

Indiana school firing gay teacher to keep archdiocese ties

Jun. 24, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis archbishop has forced a Catholic high school to fire a gay teacher, just days after another school in the city defied a similar order despite church officials saying they would no longer recognize it as Catholic. Cathedral High School announced Sunday that it's...

Lebanon slams Trump administration's Mideast peace plan

Jun. 23, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said Sunday that the country will not be "tempted" by money into giving up Palestinian rights, criticizing the Trump administration's $50 billion investment proposal that comes as part of its recently unveiled Middle East peace plan. Berri said in a...

The Latest: Democratic candidates make rapid-fire appeals

Jun. 21, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates in South Carolina (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Nearly all of the Democrats running for president in 2020 have made rapid-fire appeals to hundreds of cheering, sweating supporters at the "world famous" fish fry hosted by South Carolina...

Judge continues $50M bail for Mexican megachurch leader

Jun. 21, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge continued the extraordinary $50 million bail Friday for the leader of Mexico-based megachurch La Luz del Mundo but said prosecutors must offer more evidence of their child sex and human trafficking allegations at the next court hearing. Naasón Joaquín García, the...