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Tanzania receives 1st batch of COVID-19 vaccines

Jul. 24, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) — Tanzania on Saturday received its first batch of 1 million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines donated by the U.S. government. Tanzania had been among the few countries in Africa yet to receive vaccines or start inoculating its...

Chief wants Kansas site included in unmarked graves search

Jul. 23, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

The leader of an American Indian tribe is concerned that a former Kansas boarding school will be left out of a federal initiative seeking to determine whether thousands of Native American children were buried at schools across the country in the 1800s and early 1900s. ...

Utah recognizes early Mormon settlers during Pioneer Day

Jul. 23, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — People in Utah are gathering to celebrate the state's history and recognize early Mormon pioneers who trekked west in search of religious freedom. Pioneer Day is a beloved only-in-Utah holiday every July 24 that features parades, rodeos, fireworks...

Satanic Temple suit over Boston council prayer moves forward

Jul. 23, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit filed by the Satanic Temple against Boston to move forward. U.S. District Court Judge Allison Burroughs rejected the city's bid to dismiss the Salem-based group's lawsuit challenging the Boston City Council's...

Noem to headline GOP event in early-voting South Carolina

Jul. 23, 2021 06:12 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, possibly mulling a 2024 White House bid, is making her debut in South Carolina next month — an introductory step in the first Southern state to cast Republican-primary votes for president. Noem will speak Aug. 23 at...

US churches reckon with traumatic legacy of Native schools

Jul. 22, 2021 20:09 PM EDT

The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted renewed calls for a reckoning over the traumatic legacy of similar schools in the United States — and in particular by the churches that operated many of them. ...

US churches reckon with traumatic legacy of Native schools

Jul. 22, 2021 20:09 PM EDT

The discoveries of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential schools for Indigenous children in Canada have prompted renewed calls for a reckoning over the traumatic legacy of similar schools in the United States — and in particular by the churches that operated many of them. ...

Priest outed via Grindr app highlights rampant data tracking

Jul. 22, 2021 17:30 PM EDT

When a religious publication used smartphone app data to deduce the sexual orientation of a high-ranking Roman Catholic official, it exposed a problem that goes far beyond a debate over church doctrine and priestly celibacy. With few U.S. restrictions on what companies...

Norway mourns 77 slain a decade ago in extremist attack

Jul. 22, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Church bells rang out across Norway on Thursday to mark the 10th anniversary of the country’s worst peacetime slaughter as leaders called for renewed efforts to fight the extremism behind the attack that left 77 people dead. Norway was united in...

Room for 10,000: Inside China's largest detention center

Jul. 22, 2021 02:30 AM EDT

DABANCHENG, China (AP) — The Uyghur inmates sat in uniform rows with their legs crossed in lotus position and their backs ramrod straight, numbered and tagged, gazing at a television playing grainy black-and-white images of Chinese Communist Party history. This is one...