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Nicaragua opposition activists arrested trying to aid strike

Nov. 15, 2019 12:23 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Thirteen 13 activists including a Belgian-Nicaraguan student were arrested as they tried to deliver aid to relatives of jailed opponents of President Daniel Ortega’s government, Nicaragua’s opposition said Friday. The family members are on hunger strike at a church...

Gang leader accused of trying to send money to Islamic State

Nov. 15, 2019 12:12 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A purported street-gang leader from suburban Chicago is accused of seeking to send money to Islamic State militants in Syria. A complaint says 37-year-old Jason Brown, of Lombard, gave $500 on three separate occasions to someone he believed would forward it to an IS fighter. But the...

AP Explains: What’s wrong with hearsay evidence in Congress?

Nov. 15, 2019 12:02 PM EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A leading Republican critique of the House impeachment inquiry is that Democrats are relying on “hearsay” evidence. The word ‘hearsay’ is bandied about in legal circles all the time, and in its simplest form refers to testimony that quotes what another...

Ohio House OKs bill expanding religious freedom in schools

Nov. 15, 2019 11:30 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Republican-dominated Ohio House has approved a bill expanding religious freedom in public schools and allow students to engage in religious expression in their school assignments. The measure was sent to the Senate Wednesday after a 61-31 vote. The bill would remove a current...

3 protesters killed in Baghdad as bloody clashes continue

Nov. 15, 2019 10:23 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Security forces fired live rounds and tear gas at anti-government protesters in a central Baghdad square Friday, killing three people, in bloody confrontations that continued despite an influential Shiite leader’s call for calm. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani emphasized support for...

AP Interview: Evo Morales wants UN mediation in Bolivia

Nov. 15, 2019 9:41 AM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Bolivia’s Evo Morales called for the United Nations, and possibly Pope Francis, to mediate in the Andean nation’s political crisis following his ouster as president in what he called a coup d’etat that forced him into exile in Mexico. In an interview with The...

Hong Kong protesters issue demands, begin leaving university

Nov. 15, 2019 7:28 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Many of the protesters who had barricaded themselves in a Hong Kong university this week began to leave Friday after temporarily clearing a road they had blocked and demanding that the government commit to going ahead with local elections on Nov. 24. It wasn’t immediately clear why...

Polish archbishop banned for abuse of clerics dies at 84

Nov. 15, 2019 5:44 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Juliusz Paetz, the former Roman Catholic archbishop of Poznan in Poland who was banned from active service after allegations he sexually abused young priests and clerics, has died. He was 84. Poland’s Episcopate said Friday that, in consultation with the Vatican, the funeral...

Egyptian woman fights unequal Islamic inheritance laws

Nov. 15, 2019 2:41 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — One Egyptian woman is taking on the country’s inheritance laws that mean female heirs inherit half that of men. Since her father's death last year, Huda Nasrallah, a Christian, has stood before three different judges to demand an equal share of the property left to her two brothers by...

Chain of Christian pregnancy centers to offer contraceptives

Nov. 15, 2019 12:04 AM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Planned Parenthood gave up roughly $60 million when it left a federal family planning program this summer in opposition to a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. In Texas, a network of eight Christian pregnancy centers is jockeying for...