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Dispute over mosque becomes religious flashpoint in India

May. 26, 2022 00:09 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — For nearly three centuries, Muslims and Hindus in India’s northern Varanasi city have prayed to their gods in a mosque and a temple that are separated by one wall. Many see it as an example of religious coexistence in a country where bouts of deadly communal violence are...

Live updates | Slain child's father: Police were unprepared

May. 25, 2022 23:16 PM EDT

The father of a child killed by a shooting rampage at a Texas elementary school says police were slow to move in and were unprepared. Javier Cazares is the father of fourth-grader Jacklyn Cazares, one of 19 youngsters who died along with two teachers in a classroom at Robb Elementary...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

May. 25, 2022 21:21 PM EDT

The Russian Defense Ministry is promising to open a safe corridor to allow foreign ships to leave Black Sea ports. A separate corridor will be open to allow ships to leave Mariupol by sailing from the port on the Sea of Azov port to the Black Sea. Mikhail Mizintsev, who heads the...

Abortion rights graffiti on tiny, rural Mississippi church

May. 25, 2022 19:19 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in a rural Mississippi county are stunned and perplexed after finding a tiny, isolated church vandalized with abortion rights slogans. “It’s mystifying, you know?” said St. Elmore Armistad, a deacon at Mt. Avery Missionary Baptist Church in...

Court interested in dispute over Michigan 1931 abortion ban

May. 25, 2022 17:32 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Court of Appeals opened the door Wednesday to abortion opponents who are trying to overturn a recent decision that suspended the state's long-dormant ban on the procedure. The court set a briefing schedule that runs through July 5. ...

Chicago-area man gets year in prison for throwing explosive

May. 25, 2022 17:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man who admitted throwing an explosive at police during a violent demonstration in June 2020 was sentenced Wednesday to one year in federal prison. Christian Rea, 21, of Aurora, pleaded guilty last year to obstructing law enforcement when he threw...

Blast in Kabul mosque, IS bombs in north Afghanistan kill 14

May. 25, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A series of explosions shook Afghanistan on Wednesday, the Taliban said, including a blast inside a mosque in the capital of Kabul that killed at least five worshippers and three bombings of minivans in the country's north that killed nine passengers. The Islamic...

School loses challenge to expired Michigan mask order

May. 25, 2022 15:24 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a Catholic school's challenge to Michigan's 2020-21 mask order. The Whitmer administration policy during the COVID-19 pandemic was dropped about a year ago, making the lawsuit moot, the court said. ...

Indian court sentences Kashmiri leader to life in prison

May. 25, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court sentenced a Kashmiri separatist leader to life in prison on Wednesday after declaring him guilty of terrorism and sedition, triggering a clash between protesters and police and a partial shutdown of businesses in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir. ...

Pope greets Russian patriarch, criticized for 'naive' policy

May. 25, 2022 11:40 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has sent a protocol greeting to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, assuring him of prayers on his patron's feast day and stressing the value of human life and wisdom, as the Vatican insists on maintaining cordial relations amid the war in Ukraine. ...