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London police apologize after threatening to arrest 'openly Jewish' man near pro-Palestinian protest

Apr. 20, 2024 11:29 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — London’s police force has been forced to issue two apologies after officers threatened to arrest an “openly Jewish” man if he refused to leave the area around a pro-Palestinian march because his presence risked provoking the demonstrators. Gideon Falter, chief...

Children learn matzo making and Passover's traditions ahead of the Jewish holiday

Apr. 20, 2024 08:08 AM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — The group of first graders had no time to waste — they had matzo to make. The students from Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital had just 18 minutes to prep and cook the cracker-like, unleavened Passover staple if they wanted to keep...

War, hostages, antisemitism: A somber backdrop to this year's Passover observances

Apr. 20, 2024 08:04 AM EDT

Passover is a major Jewish holiday, celebrated over seven or eight days each year, commemorating the exodus of ancient Israelites from slavery in Egypt, as recounted in the Bible. To many Jews, it symbolizes freedom and the birth of a Jewish nation. This year, for many Jews, the...

Maurizio Cattelan, Zoe Saldana join iconoclastic Vatican Biennale exhibition inside women’s prison

Apr. 20, 2024 01:57 AM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — A pair of nude feet — dirty, wounded and vulnerable — are painted on the façade of the Venice women’s prison chapel. It's the work of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan and part of the Vatican’s pavilion at the Venice Biennale contemporary art show in an innovative...

The Latest | World leaders call on Iran and Israel to avoid allowing conflict to worsen

Apr. 19, 2024 19:36 PM EDT

World leaders called on Iran and Israel to try to avoid escalating tensions following the apparent Israeli airstrike on Friday near an Iranian air base and nuclear facility. Group of Seven foreign ministers meeting in Italy warned of new sanctions against Iran for its drone and...

Mandisa, Grammy-winning singer and 'American Idol' alum, dies at 47

Apr. 19, 2024 18:58 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mandisa, a contemporary Christian singer who appeared on “American Idol” and won a Grammy for her 2013 album ‘Overcomer’, has died. She was 47. A representative for the singer told The Associated Press that the singer was found dead in her home in...

John Adams' Nativity oratorio 'El Nino' gets colorful staging at the Met

Apr. 19, 2024 16:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The children crumple and fall to the stage, victims of King Herod’s assassins. Then the Virgin Mary, in a voice brimming with anguish and outrage, memorializes the student protesters who were massacred by Mexican armed forces in 1968. This is “El Nino,” a...

Has Salman Rushdie changed after his stabbing? Well, he feels about 25, the author tells AP

Apr. 19, 2024 15:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly two years after the knife attack that nearly killed him, Salman Rushdie appears both changed and very much the same. Interviewed this week at the Manhattan offices of his longtime publisher, Random House, he is thinner, paler, scarred and blind in his right...

Catholic priest resigns from Michigan church following protests over his criticism of a gay author

Apr. 19, 2024 14:47 PM EDT

BEAL CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Catholic priest has resigned as pastor of a church in a small central Michigan community, the result of weeks of controversy following his publicly expressed regret that a gay author had read a book to preschool children. Gay rights activists and others...

The Latest | Iran says air defense batteries fire after explosions reported near major air base

Apr. 19, 2024 00:19 AM EDT

Iran fired air defense batteries Friday reports of explosions near a major air base at the city of Isfahan, the state-run IRNA news agency reported. It remained unclear if the country was under attack, but tensions remain high after Iran’s unprecedented missile-and-drone attack on Israel. The...