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Top UN court says Israel's presence in occupied Palestinian territories is illegal and should end

Jul. 19, 2024 22:18 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The top United Nations court said Friday that Israel’s presence in the occupied Palestinian territories is unlawful and called on it to end, and for settlement construction to stop immediately, issuing an unprecedented, sweeping condemnation of Israel’s rule over...

Appeals court hears Christian homeless shelter's challenge to Washington anti-discrimination law

Jul. 19, 2024 20:18 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Lawyers for a Christian homeless shelter were in a federal appeals court Friday to challenge a Washington state anti-discrimination law that would require the charity to hire LGBTQ+ people and others who do not share its religious beliefs, including those on sexuality and...

Mississippi's new Episcopal bishop is first woman and first Black person in that role

Jul. 19, 2024 19:22 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The new bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi is being formally installed Saturday, and she is first woman and first Black person to hold the post. The Rev. Dorothy Sanders Wells was elected bishop in February and has been in the leadership role since...

Ten Commandments won't go in some Louisiana classrooms until at least November as lawsuit plays out

Jul. 19, 2024 18:03 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana won't take official steps to implement a law requiring the Ten Commandments be placed in all of the state's public school classrooms until at least November as a lawsuit makes its way through the courts, according to an agreement approved by a federal judge...

Ten Commandments won't go in Louisiana classrooms until at least November as lawsuit plays out, state agrees

Jul. 19, 2024 14:38 PM EDT
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Ten Commandments won't go in Louisiana classrooms until at least November as lawsuit plays out, state agrees.

Some convictions overturned in terrorism case against Muslim scholar from Virginia

Jul. 19, 2024 13:34 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge has overturned a conviction carrying a life sentence for an Islamic scholar from Virginia who was found guilty of soliciting treason after the Sept. 11 attacks for encouraging followers to fight against the U.S. in Afghanistan. The ruling issued...

Vatican unveils program for Pope Francis' trip to Belgium and Luxembourg in September

Jul. 19, 2024 08:08 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican released on Friday the program for Pope Francis’ trip to Belgium and Luxembourg in late September, where he will celebrate Mass for the faithful, as well as meeting with religious and political authorities. During the four-day visit, on Sept. 26-29, he...

The bodies of 4 Pakistanis killed in the attack on a mosque in Oman have been returned home

Jul. 19, 2024 05:28 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The bodies of four Pakistanis killed in an attack on a Shiite mosque in Oman this week have been repatriated and handed to their families, officials said Friday. Relatives of the victims were present when the Pakistan International Airlines flights landed at the...

Alabama executes man convicted of killing delivery driver during a 1998 robbery attempt

Jul. 18, 2024 22:48 PM EDT

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A man convicted of fatally shooting a delivery driver during a robbery attempt in 1998 was executed by chemical injection Thursday evening in Alabama. Keith Edmund Gavin, 64, was pronounced dead at 6:32 p.m. at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in...

Who is Itamar Ben-Gvir, the far-right minister who visited a contested Jerusalem holy site?

Jul. 18, 2024 20:46 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's far-right national security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, visited Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site on Thursday, a move that could threaten the delicate Gaza cease-fire talks. Itamar Ben-Gvir, an ultranationalist settler leader, said he had gone up...