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Stained glass windows reported stolen from former church

Feb. 18, 2019 10:02 AM EST

BRADDOCK, Pa. (AP) — Police in western Pennsylvania are investigating the theft of 13 stained glass windows from a shuttered church in suburban Pittsburgh. The Mon-Valley Initiative says a passer-by noticed the theft Thursday at the 126-year-old former First United Presbyterian Church in Braddock. The...

Nigeria's female candidates seek victory despite harassment

Feb. 18, 2019 9:45 AM EST

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Nervous ahead of Nigeria's delayed election, a group of young women picked up their cellphones and wished each other well. "Honestly I'm so tensed and scared," one typed. "I feel like crying. This is so touching," another wrote. "What we are about to do is the beginning of an era,"...

Pastor, church members escape Haiti rioting, return to US

Feb. 18, 2019 9:42 AM EST

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The pastor and five members of a Virginia church are back in the U.S. after finding their way out of Haiti, where rioting had become widespread. The Roanoke Times reported that the six from Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church members left Feb. 8 for a week in Haiti. Their return was...

French judge refuses to block Catholic sex scandal movie

Feb. 18, 2019 9:29 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French judge has refused to block the release this week in French cinemas of a movie based on a Catholic sex scandal. French director Francois Ozon's film "Grace a Dieu" ("By the Grace of God") won the Berlin Film Festival's jury grand prize on Saturday. The movie portrays French priest...

Indiana Senate panel hearing state hate crimes bill

Feb. 18, 2019 9:03 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Opponents and supporters of a proposed Indiana hate crimes law are arguing their positions before state legislators. A state Senate committee opened a hearing Monday morning on a bill that would create a law specifically against crimes fueled by biases regarding traits such as race,...

Church rally draws more than 200 after LGBTQ sign vandalized

Feb. 18, 2019 9:00 AM EST

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore County executive has agreed to meet with a coalition of community activists and people of faith in the next 30 days to discuss further actions after a church sign promoting support for LGBTQ people was vandalized. The Baltimore Sun reports County Executive Johnny Olszewski...

Kashmir tensions increase as 9 killed in fighting

Feb. 18, 2019 8:56 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Tensions escalated in the aftermath of a suicide attack in disputed Kashmir, with nine people killed Monday in a gunbattle that broke out as Indian soldiers scoured the area for militants. Government forces surrounded a village in the southern Pulwama area on a tip that militants...

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Feb. 18, 2019 8:30 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The organizers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen abuse victims who have descended on Rome to protest the Catholic Church's response to the crisis and demand an end to decades of cover-up by church leaders, officials said Monday....

Nicaragua: New talks explored but opposition sets conditions

Feb. 17, 2019 6:38 PM EST

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — President Daniel Ortega's government announced it held talks on restarting a long-stalled dialogue following political violence that left more than 300 dead last year, but the proposal was swiftly met with a raft of preconditions from opposition groups and civil society Sunday....

Verbal attack on French philosopher new anti-Semitism jolt

Feb. 17, 2019 5:22 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — An upsurge in anti-Semitism in France reached a climax this weekend with a torrent of hate speech directed at a distinguished philosopher during a march of yellow vest protesters, adding to questions about the radicalized fringes of the movement hidden within French society and troubling the...