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Nicaraguans celebrate Mass peacefully after procession ban

Aug. 13, 2022 17:19 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hundreds of Nicaraguans attended a Mass under a heavy police presence Saturday after the government prohibited a religious procession in the capital amid tensions with the Roman Catholic Church. Church leaders announced a day earlier that the National Police had...

AP PHOTOS: The story of India, 75 years in the making

Aug. 13, 2022 00:34 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — “At the stroke of the midnight hour,” India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said, “when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.” The historic speech just before midnight on Aug. 15, 1947 turned the hopes of millions into reality....

Nicaraguan police prohibit religious procession in capital

Aug. 12, 2022 17:30 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaragua’s police have prohibited a religious procession scheduled for Saturday in the capital, the latest sign of tensions between the government and the Roman Catholic Church. The Managua Archdiocese urged the faithful to come directly and peacefully to the...

Mormon lawmaker pushes abuse reporting reform in Utah

Aug. 12, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker in Utah said Friday he plans to introduce legislation that would require clergy to report child abuse to authorities, eliminating the clergy-penitent privilege in a state where The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the predominant...

Colorado to spar over discrimination case in Supreme Court

Aug. 12, 2022 16:23 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold its anti-discrimination law in the face of a challenge by a Christian web designer who does not want to create custom wedding websites for same-sex couples and claims the state law violates her right to free speech. ...

Creighton students' COVID vaccine mandate appeal dismissed

Aug. 12, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday dismissed an appeal by a handful of Creighton University students who sought to be exempt from the private Catholic school’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate last year, arguing that getting the shots would violate their religious beliefs against...

Rival Iraq protests underscore inter-Shiite power struggle

Aug. 12, 2022 12:28 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Supporters of Iran-backed Shiite groups rallied in Baghdad on Friday to denounce their rivals, followers of an influential Shiite cleric who stormed the parliament last month and have since been holding a sit-in outside the assembly building in the Iraqi capital. ...

At 75, India’s democracy is under pressure like never before

Aug. 12, 2022 09:20 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Aug. 5 demonstrations by India’s main opposition Congress party against soaring food prices and unemployment began like any other recent protest — an electorally weak opposition taking to the New Delhi streets against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s massively popular...

Albuquerque Muslims help bid to keep killings suspect jailed

Aug. 11, 2022 20:04 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Members of New Mexico's Muslim community pushed Thursday for the Afghan refugee suspected of killing four Muslim men to remain behind bars pending trial — citing previous accusations of domestic violence and video surveillance that appeared to show him slashing the...

Indiana Rep. Walorski's work called "mission" during funeral

Aug. 11, 2022 19:25 PM EDT

GRANGER, Ind. (AP) — Political leaders on Thursday honored Republican U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana as a determined advocate for her beliefs during a funeral after she and three other people were killed in a highway crash last week. Numerous members of Congress were among...