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Utah won't release reaction to on 'conversion therapy' rule

Oct. 21, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A week after The Church of Jesus of Christ of Latter-day Saints came out against a ban on so-called conversion therapy in Utah, the state regulatory agency considering the proposal is refusing to release a final tally of how many of the nearly 2,500 public comments supported the rule....

Spain to exhume dictator Franco's remains to discreet grave

Oct. 21, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Socialist government says it will exhume and relocate the remains of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco on Thursday, bringing closer to an end a move that has sparked much criticism and legal battles. The government received court clearance last month to take the remains from the...

Guam clergy sex abuse survivors may receive payments in 2020

Oct. 21, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam's clergy sex abuse survivors could begin receiving compensation from the Catholic Archdiocese of Agana in the first half of 2020, officials said. A federal judge has given the archdiocese more time to calculate payment amounts to nearly 280 clergy sex abuse survivors and other...

Indonesia's losing presidential candidate to join Cabinet

Oct. 21, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's opposition leader and losing presidential candidate said Monday that he will join his election rival's Cabinet to help strengthen the country's defense, signaling a calming of political tensions in the world's third-largest democracy. Former special forces general...

Japan set to celebrate Emperor Naruhito's enthronement

Oct. 21, 2019 5:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is abuzz ahead of a ceremony Tuesday marking Emperor Naruhito's ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne. It is one of several formal ceremonies for Naruhito, 59, who has been a full-fledged emperor since succeeding in May after the abdication of his father, Akihito. A look at the...

Council of Churches to honor death penalty repeal leader

Oct. 21, 2019 12:46 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Council of Churches is going to honor a woman who fought for the repeal of the death penalty and another who served as a chaplain at the state prison for women. The Nov. 2 dinner in Manchester will present the "Work of the People" award to Barbara Keshen, chair of...

Widodo begins 2nd term pledging to make Indonesia developed

Oct. 20, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo was sworn in Sunday for his second and final five-year term with pledges to champion democracy and take bolder actions against poverty and entrenched corruption in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation. Known for his down-to-earth style,...

Sri Lanka presidential hopeful vows probe into Easter blasts

Oct. 20, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A former Sri Lankan defense chief who is a front-runner in next month's presidential election said he'll order a fresh probe into the Easter Sunday blasts that killed 263 people by appointing a presidential commission if he wins. Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said the commission would be...

The Latest: Lebanon party pulls out of embattled government

Oct. 19, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on anti-government protests in Lebanon (all times local): 12:20 a.m. A Lebanese Christian leader has asked his four ministers in the Cabinet to resign amid nationwide protests against the country's political elite. Samir Geagea, who heads the right-wing Lebanese Forces party, said...

Body of US Rep. Cummings will lie in state at Capitol

Oct. 19, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The body of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings will lie in state in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol next week. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office said in a news release that a formal ceremony open to members of Congress, the Cummings family and invited guests will be held...