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In Lebanon, Syrian refugees face new pressure to go home

Jun. 20, 2019 2:51 AM EDT

ARSAL, Lebanon (AP) — Lebanese authorities are making their most aggressive campaign yet for Syrian refugees to return home and are taking action to ensure they can't put down roots. Mirroring the rise of anti-migrant sentiment in Europe and around the world, some in Lebanon say that after eight years of...

Ivey signs law allowing church to hire police force

Jun. 19, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed legislation permitting Briarwood Presbyterian Church to establish its own police force for its church and school campuses. The law approved two weeks ago allows the Birmingham-based church to set-up a private law enforcement department to make...

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...

Utah relinquishes oversight of trust linked to polygamist

Jun. 18, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge said Tuesday it's time to let a community board on the Utah-Arizona border have final say about who is entitled to buy homes and properties in a trust that once belonged to a sect run by notorious polygamist Warren Jeffs, ending court oversight that began 14 years ago. Judge...

2 Catholic parishes in Providence to merge next month

Jun. 18, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Providence is merging two of its parishes. WJAR-TV reports that St. Mary Parish and SS John and James Parish of West Warwick will merge on July 1. The diocese said in a press release Monday that a decline in attendance and key retirements played a role in...

Charitable giving by individual Americans drops in 2018

Jun. 18, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Charitable giving by individual Americans in 2018 suffered its biggest drop since the Great Recession of 2008-09, in part because of Republican-backed changes in tax policy, according to the latest comprehensive report on Americans' giving patterns. The Giving USA report, released Tuesday,...

Deadline arrives for clergy abuse claims in New Mexico

Jun. 17, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Monday marked the deadline for filing claims against New Mexico's largest Roman Catholic diocese as it wades through a bankruptcy prompted by the clergy sex abuse scandal. Lawyers for hundreds of people who are submitting claims are hopeful the case will shed more light on a...

Pakistani police target traffickers selling brides to China

Jun. 17, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

FAISALABAD, Pakistan (AP) — At first, in her desperate calls home to her mother in Pakistan, Natasha Masih couldn't bring herself to say what they were doing to her. All the 19-year-old would say was that her new husband — a Chinese man her family sold her off to in marriage — was torturing...

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...