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Georgia monument that some called satanic damaged by bomb

Jul. 06, 2022 12:34 PM EDT

ELBERTON, Ga. (AP) — A rural Georgia monument that some conservative Christians have criticized as satanic was bombed before dawn on Wednesday, damaging one of four granite panels that some people dubbed “America's Stonehenge." The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said the Georgia...

Hate crimes officers investigate explosion outside NY mosque

Jul. 06, 2022 11:43 AM EDT

RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (AP) — Hate crimes officers are investigating after an incendiary device exploded outside a mosque on Long Island, damaging a metallic crescent moon that is a symbol of Islam. A device similar to a Molotov cocktail exploded around midnight Sunday at the Masjid...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Jul. 06, 2022 11:05 AM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: July 4 The Washington Post says that, after the abortion ruling, digital privacy is more important than ever In the 21st century, our phones might know we are pregnant before the people...

Saudi Arabia expecting 1 million in largest hajj since virus

Jul. 06, 2022 08:44 AM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — One million Muslim pilgrims were converging on Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca on Wednesday for the largest hajj since the coronavirus pandemic severely curtailed access to one of Islam’s five pillars. Saudi Arabia’s decision to allow some 850,000...

Taliban leader: Afghan soil won't be used to launch attacks

Jul. 06, 2022 07:35 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Taliban supreme leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada said Wednesday that Afghan soil will not be used to launch attacks against other countries, and he asked the international community to not interfere in Afghanistan's internal affairs. The Taliban say they are...

Dalai Lama marks 87th birthday by opening library and museum

Jul. 06, 2022 07:33 AM EDT

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama marked his 87th birthday on Wednesday by inaugurating a library and museum in his hillside Indian headquarters. He was cheered by a large number of followers, including American actor Richard Gere, a longtime disciple....

Judges dismiss Jewish couple's suit alleging adoption bias

Jul. 05, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A panel of Tennessee judges has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a couple who alleged that a state-sponsored Christian adoption agency refused to help them because they are Jewish. The lawsuit against the state challenged a 2020 law that installed legal...

Pope's envoy is joyfully welcomed by faithful in South Sudan

Jul. 05, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Hundreds of people braved a scorching sun Tuesday to welcome Pope Francis' envoy to South Sudan's capital, Juba, where many were disappointed last month when the pontiff canceled a trip to this East African country. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's...

Pope prays for victims in US July 4 parade shooting

Jul. 05, 2022 12:39 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis called Tuesday for a rejection of violence and respect for life as he mourned the dead from the “senseless shooting” during an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago. In a telegram of condolence to Chicago’s archbishop, Francis said he was...

Black Jewish leader works to boost community, inclusiveness

Jul. 05, 2022 08:40 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nate Looney is a Black man who grew up in Los Angeles, a descendant of enslaved people from generations ago. He’s also an observant, kippah-wearing Jew. But he doesn’t always feel welcome in Jewish spaces — his skin color sometimes elicits questioning...