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Pope blasts 'inhuman, un-Christian' rebirth of anti-Semitism

Nov. 13, 2019 6:34 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has denounced the "inhuman, un-Christian" rebirth of anti-Semitism, weighing in on an issue that has convulsed Italy in recent weeks. Speaking at his general audience Wednesday, Francis denounced anti-Semitism, saying it is raging after the world thought the "brutalities"...

Sri Lankan journalists fear situation may worsen after polls

Nov. 13, 2019 12:41 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Forced to flee their country a decade ago to escape allegedly state-sponsored killer squads, Sri Lankan journalists living in exile doubt they'll be able to return home soon or see justice served to their tormentors — whose alleged ringleader could come to power in this...

Northwestern paper's apology sparks journalism debate

Nov. 12, 2019 8:22 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Student editors at the newspaper covering Northwestern University have faced two waves of criticism over their coverage of protests in response to an event featuring former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. First, student activists criticized them for publishing photos of protesters on the...

Reed takes office as Montgomery's first black mayor

Nov. 12, 2019 8:12 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed was sworn in Tuesday as the capital city's first African American leader. Reed took the oath of office after easily winning the mayoral runoff last month. He is the first black mayor of a city that was the first capital of the Confederacy and later the...

Man linked to neo-Nazi group pleads guilty to gun charges

Nov. 12, 2019 4:45 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man who has been linked by the FBI to a violent neo-Nazi group pleaded guilty on Tuesday to gun charges, one of several recent criminal cases against members of the same far-right extremist group. Andrew Thomasberg, 21, of McLean, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison...

LA's Gómez elected 1st Hispanic to lead US Catholic bishops

Nov. 12, 2019 3:28 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles, an immigrant from Mexico, pledged to push for a more welcoming immigration system after winning election Tuesday as the first Hispanic to head the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. "I'm humbled by your support," said Gómez, whose...

Ukrainian police looking for fans who racially abused Taison

Nov. 12, 2019 1:22 PM EST

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian police want to identify and find about 20 Dynamo Kyiv fans as part of an investigation into racist abuse directed at Shakhtar Donetsk player Taison. The Brazilian midfielder left the field in tears after reacting to the abuse in Sunday's game by showing an obscene gesture...

Democrats' wins could help bring down Confederate statues

Nov. 12, 2019 10:33 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An army of Confederate monuments dots Virginia's landscape but some of those statues could soon start coming down after Election Day gave Democrats control of the General Assembly for the first time in decades. Members of the new legislative majority say they plan to revive proposals...

World Bank cuts back project in China's restive Xinjiang

Nov. 12, 2019 6:04 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The World Bank is cutting back a $50 million project in China's restive Xinjiang region following a review prompted by allegations of abuses. A statement from the bank dated Monday said it would close a component of the project to support vocational colleges involving partner schools that...

Klobuchar: Woman with Buttigieg's record would miss debate

Nov. 11, 2019 6:56 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign drew a record six female candidates to the field. But with just less than three months until voting starts, only one has risen to the top tier. Is it sexism or just politics? That's the debate that erupted Monday as one of those candidates,...