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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....

Israel to host largest event ever focused on anti-Semitism

Nov. 20, 2019 6:23 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials announced Wednesday that dozens of world leaders will arrive in Jerusalem for the largest-ever gathering focused on combatting anti-Semitism amid a global spike in violence against Jews. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said the fifth World Holocaust Forum in January will...

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...

Weber State drubs West Coast Baptist 130-50

Nov. 19, 2019 11:54 PM EST

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Jerrick Harding led five players in double figures with 23 points and all 12 Weber State players scored in a 130-50 romp over West Coast Baptist on Tuesday night. Harding sank 8 of 10 shots from the floor, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, and hit all three of his free throws for the...

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,...

Police: White teen girl aimed to attack black Georgia church

Nov. 19, 2019 8:47 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A white 16-year-old girl is accused of plotting to attack a mostly black church in a north Georgia city, where police say she planned to kill worshippers because of their race. Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church has a predominantly black congregation, Gainesville Police Chief Jay...

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...

Bolivians urge US court to restore $10M verdict on killings

Nov. 19, 2019 3:29 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Bolivians asked a U.S. appeals court Tuesday to restore a $10 million jury verdict against a former president and defense minister of the South American nation over killings by security forces during 2003 unrest there. Lawyers for a group of indigenous Bolivians told a three-judge panel of the...