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The Latest: Temporary church proposed outside Notre Dame

Apr. 18, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and its aftermath (all times local): 5 p.m. The rector of Notre Dame Cathedral has proposed building a small, temporary church on the plaza outside the monument so that the faithful has a place of worship while the 12th-century structure...

2nd phase of Indian elections ends amid Kashmir lockdown

Apr. 18, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Voting in the second phase of India's general election on Thursday remained largely peaceful amid massive security and a lockdown in parts of the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Indian officials said the turnout was over 60% across 13 Indian states where voting took place....

Poll: Church membership in US plummets over past 20 years

Apr. 18, 2019 5:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The percentage of U.S. adults who belong to a church or other religious institution has plunged by 20 percentage points over the past two decades, hitting a low of 50% last year, according to a new Gallup poll. Among major demographic groups, the biggest drops were recorded among Democrats...

Israel's president formally nominates Netanyahu as PM

Apr. 17, 2019 11:34 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's president on Wednesday formally nominated Benjamin Netanyahu for a fourth consecutive term as prime minister, officially launching a process that is expected to result in a new government dominated by religious and nationalist parties in the coming weeks. In one of the president's...

The Latest: Fire chaplain hailed as hero in Notre Dame blaze

Apr. 17, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The latest on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (all times local): 11:50 p.m. For the chaplain of the Paris fire brigade, the hardest thing about the blaze at Notre Dame Cathedral was cracking the security codes to rescue its most precious relic. Fire chaplain...

Correction: Canada-Religious Symbols story

Apr. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — In a story April 13 about Quebec's religious symbols ban, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the ban on religious symbols extends to nurses and bus drivers. It does not. A corrected version of the story is below: Quebec proposes ban on religious clothing for public workers A...

Former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco enters hospice care

Apr. 17, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana officials are calling for prayers for former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who has entered hospice care for incurable cancer. The 76-year-old Democrat served from 2004 to 2008 as Louisiana's first and only female governor. Blanco's time in office included the devastating...

The Latest: Indonesia leader calls for unity after election

Apr. 17, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on Indonesia's presidential and legislative elections (all times local): 5 p.m. Both candidates in Indonesia's presidential election have addressed supporters after preliminary results showed President Joko Widodo leading his rival Prabowo Subianto by about 10 points....

Indonesia candidates: Metal fan, cleric, soldier, tycoon

Apr. 16, 2019 11:56 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's presidential election Wednesday pits incumbent Joko Widodo against former special forces Gen. Prabowo Subianto in a repeat of the 2014 contest. Widodo, a furniture exporter and heavy metal fan who had a meteoric rise in Indonesian politics, chose a conservative Muslim...

Macron: France to rebuild Notre Dame 'even more beautifully'

Apr. 16, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron pledged Tuesday to rebuild Paris' beloved Notre Dame Cathedral "even more beautifully" after a raging fire destroyed its spire and its roof but spared most of the structure, including the church's twin medieval bell towers. Macron said he wanted to see the...