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Israel heads toward unprecedented 3rd election within a year

Nov. 20, 2019 9:15 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli kingmaker politician Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday refused to endorse a candidate for prime minister, blaming both the contenders engaged in a tense standoff that has paralyzed Israeli politics and pushing the country toward a likely third election in less than a year....

State probe into SC church finances finds no wrongdoing

Nov. 20, 2019 7:08 AM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities found no evidence of wrongdoing in an investigation into the finances of Emanuel AME Church, which received millions in donations after a racist attack that killed nine worshippers. State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Tommy Crosby tells reporters that...

Pope arrives in Thailand to encourage Catholic minority

Nov. 20, 2019 1:43 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday to begin a tour of Thailand and Japan, beginning a mission to boost the morale of those countries’ tiny minority Catholic communities and speak about issues of concern including human trafficking and peacemaking. He is expected to highlight...

Pope heading to Thailand to encourage Catholic minority

Nov. 19, 2019 11:02 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to Thailand to encourage members of a minority Catholic community in a Buddhist nation and highlight his admiration for their missionary ancestors who brought the faith centuries ago and endured bouts of persecution more recently. After an overnight flight,...

Rich in dramatic Catholic history, Nagasaki awaits the pope

Nov. 19, 2019 7:37 PM EST

NAGASAKI, Japan (AP) — It’s fitting that Pope Francis will start his first official visit to Japan in Nagasaki, the city where Christianity first took hold in the country and where nearly 500 years later it remains steeped in blood-soaked symbolism, both religious and political. It was here that a...

5 things to know about Pope Francis’ visit to Thailand

Nov. 19, 2019 7:29 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis arrives in Thailand on Wednesday for the first visit here by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since St. John Paul II in 1984. Some things to know about the visit and the history of the church in Thailand: IT’S A MORALE BOOSTER Francis is certain to address some of...

Haiti mourns 5 people killed during ongoing protests

Nov. 19, 2019 3:58 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Wails filled a church in Haiti’s capital on Tuesday during funeral services for five people killed in anti-government protests that began more than two months ago. Among those killed was 15-year-old Jasmine Pierre, whose father told The Associated Press that she was hit...

Man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Rep. Omar of Minn.

Nov. 18, 2019 9:07 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man pleaded guilty Monday to threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Patrick Carlineo entered the plea Monday in Rochester, admitting to charges that carry up to 10 years in prison. His sentencing is set for Feb. 14. U.S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr....

Abortion opponents sue NY over anti-discrimination law

Nov. 18, 2019 5:28 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A church and anti-abortion pregnancy centers want to strike down New York’s new law that prevents employers from discriminating against employees over their reproductive health decisions. The groups filed a lawsuit this month asking a federal court to declare the state law...

Teacher union to sue Quebec on religious symbols ban

Nov. 18, 2019 3:35 PM EST

GATINEAU, Quebec (AP) — A union federation representing 45,000 teachers in Quebec is suing the Canadian province over its ban on the wearing of religious symbols by many public employees. The lawsuit by the Fédération Autonome de l'Enseignement challenges a state secularism law passed this year...