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Kuwait’s ruler fires son over feud with fellow minister

Nov. 18, 2019 11:52 AM EST

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait’s ruler on Monday fired his own son and another Cabinet minister after they publicly feuded over accusations of corruption, ordering the prime minister to form a new government. Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah issued the decree just days after Kuwait’s Cabinet...

Cypriot president says Pope Francis to visit island in 2020

Nov. 18, 2019 8:59 AM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus’ president says Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to visit the east Mediterranean island nation next year. President Nicos Anastasiades made the announcement after talks with the pontiff in the Vatican on Monday. In 2020, Cyprus will mark the 60th year of its...

Pope replaces financial watchdog head amid fallout from raid

Nov. 18, 2019 8:18 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday replaced the head of the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency amid continuing fallout from a controversial Vatican police raid on the agency’s offices that jeopardized the Holy See’s international financial reputation. Francis thanked Rene...

Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president

Nov. 18, 2019 5:53 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s president on Monday and appealed to minority Tamils and Muslims who voted against him to give their support. Rajapaksa, who is credited with helping end the country’s long civil war, comfortably...

Tolerant Thailand to welcome pope, but martyrs tale haunts

Nov. 17, 2019 11:52 PM EST

SONGKHON, Thailand (AP) — When Pope Francis makes his first trip to Thailand this week, he will be visiting a country that welcomed Roman Catholic missionaries more than five centuries ago and whose Buddhist population remains strikingly tolerant of other religious beliefs. But in 1940, as militarism and...

UN calls for talks to end Bolivia crisis as death toll rises

Nov. 17, 2019 9:12 PM EST

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Shadowed by street violence and food shortages, a U.N. envoy is urging the government of Bolivia’s self-proclaimed interim president and supporters of self-exiled leader Evo Morales to begin talks on peacefully resolving a crisis that has already claimed 23 lives, an official...

Kanye West talks about serving God during visit with Osteen

Nov. 17, 2019 6:20 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Rapper Kanye West told parishioners at Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch on Sunday that his recent spiritual awakening has made him realize he’s no longer in the service to fame and money but “in service to God.” West spoke to a packed crowd of about 16,000 people...

Rights group: Nicaragua plans charges for detained activists

Nov. 17, 2019 4:48 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Authorities will file charges against a group of anti-government opposition activists, including 13 who were arrested for supporting protesters demanding freedom for people they consider political prisoners, a rights group said Sunday. María Oviedo, a lawyer with the...

2 new lawsuits accuse Jesuit priests in Albuquerque of abuse

Nov. 17, 2019 12:56 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two new lawsuits have been filed that allege three Jesuit priests who once ministered at a downtown Albuquerque church sexually abused two victims. In a copyright story Sunday, the Albuquerque Journal reports one of the alleged victims contends he was sexually abused eight years...

Pope’s Asian agenda: Disarmament, martyrs, family reunion

Nov. 17, 2019 9:06 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution. Emphasizing the dignity of...