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Cracker Barrel bars church event over LGBT execution remarks

Jun. 19, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cracker Barrel said it won't host an event by a Tennessee church whose pastor was a detective who preached that the government should execute gay people. The restaurant chain said Tuesday on Twitter that it's not affiliated with All Scripture Baptist Church or its pastor, ex-Knox...

Serbia-Montenegro church row fuels Balkan tensions

Jun. 19, 2019 1:24 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Serbian government official on Wednesday branded Montenegro a "criminal" state and urged a "fierce" response over the neighboring country's plans to introduce a new church law that has strained relations between the two former Balkan allies. The Montenegrin draft church law calls...

Egypt: UN office tries to politicize Morsi's courtroom death

Jun. 19, 2019 11:01 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt said Wednesday that the U.N. human rights office was trying to politicize the death of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, who collapsed inside a Cairo courtroom during his trial this week. Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president who hailed from the now outlawed...

Nepal protesters demand government keep away from trusts

Jun. 19, 2019 6:34 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in Nepal's capital Wednesday to protest proposed legislation that would allow the government to nationalize centuries-old community and religious trusts responsible for organizing festivals and ceremonies. The protesters gathered near the prime...

High school athletes file complaint over transgender policy

Jun. 18, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Three Connecticut girls who have run high school track have filed a federal discrimination complaint saying a statewide policy on transgender athletes has cost them top finishes in races and possibly college scholarships. The complaint filed Monday with the U.S. Education...

Egypt's ousted President Morsi buried after courtroom death

Jun. 18, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's first democratically elected president, Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi, was buried under heavy security early on Tuesday, a day after his dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom, his family and a member of his defense team said. Morsi's family attended funeral prayers in...

The Latest: Turkey president says Morsi didn't die naturally

Jun. 18, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments in Egypt after former President Mohammed Morsi's dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he doesn't believe that Egypt's former president Mohammed Morsi died of natural causes....

The Latest: Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate Morsi's death

Jun. 17, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's death during a court hearing (all times local): 9:50 p.m. A leading human right group is urging Egypt to investigate the death of former President Mohammed Morsi. Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader who rose to office in the country's...

Egypt's ousted president Morsi dies in court during trial

Jun. 17, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's first democratically elected president, Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi who was ousted by the military in 2013 after a year in office, collapsed in court while on trial Monday and died, state TV and his family said. The 67-year-old Morsi had just addressed the court, speaking from the...

50 years after Stonewall, LGBT rights are a work in progress

Jun. 17, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — They didn't set out to change history; they weren't the first LGBT Americans to mobilize against bias. Yet the June 1969 uprising by young gays, lesbians and transgender people in New York City, clashing with police near a bar called the Stonewall Inn, was a vital catalyst in expanding LGBT...