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Wisconsin Assembly votes to recognize tree, Bible week

Nov. 12, 2019 6:43 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who lead the Wisconsin Assembly voted Tuesday to call the state Capitol evergreen a Christmas tree and formally recognize National Bible Week, moves they said were necessary to ensure Christianity isn't marginalized as the holidays approach. The 64-30 vote on naming the...

Australia's highest court agrees to hear cardinal's appeal

Nov. 12, 2019 6:21 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's highest court agreed Wednesday to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, giving Cardinal George Pell his last chance at getting his convictions overturned. The decision by the High Court of Australia comes nearly...

Polish opposition celebrates taking control of Senate

Nov. 12, 2019 5:31 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's opposition parties elected their candidate as speaker of the Senate on Tuesday, a small victory that allows them to check the power of the populist right-wing ruling party. Senator Tomasz Grodzki was chosen speaker in a 51-48 vote with one abstention during the first sitting...

Trump appeals court nominee in jeopardy following GOP revolt

Nov. 12, 2019 2:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for a federal appeals court is in jeopardy following a conservative revolt from two Republican senators who have said publicly they won't support him. Trump nominated federal judge Halil "Sul" Ozerden of Mississippi to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

Greek government drops plan to criminalize blasphemy

Nov. 12, 2019 12:21 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek officials Tuesday scrapped plans to criminalize blasphemy as a law-and-order debate intensified between the country's new conservative government and the left-wing opposition. Justice Minister Costas Tsiaras said the proposal has been removed from draft legislation that's being...

Court says EU states must label Israeli settlement products

Nov. 12, 2019 10:31 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court ruled Tuesday that EU countries must identify products made in Israeli settlements on their labels, in a decision that was welcomed by rights groups but sparked anger in Israel. The European Court of Justice said that when products come from an Israeli...

China aims to build its own Yellowstone on Tibetan plateau

Nov. 12, 2019 12:10 AM EST

XINING, China (AP) — There's a building boom on the Tibetan plateau, one of the world's last remote places. Mountains long crowned by garlands of fluttering prayer flags — a traditional landscape blessing — are newly topped with sprawling steel power lines. At night, the illuminated signs of...

Top Shiite leader backs UN plan to resolve Iraqi crisis

Nov. 11, 2019 6:16 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most powerful Shiite religious leader said Monday he backs a U.N. roadmap aimed at meeting the demands of anti-government protesters who have been rallying in recent weeks despite a bloody crackdown by security forces, but he expressed concern that political parties would not carry...

Egypt lawmaker refutes UN report about ex-president's death

Nov. 11, 2019 2:58 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian lawmakers said Monday that the late President Mohammed Morsi was treated well in prison, just days after a U.N. report attributed Morsi's death to "brutal" conditions inside the country's jails. Alaa Abed, head of the Parliament's human rights committee, told The Associated Press that...

Myanmar accused at UN court of genocide against Rohingya

Nov. 11, 2019 11:52 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Myanmar was accused Monday of genocide at the U.N.'s highest court for its campaign against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority, as lawyers asked the International Court of Justice to urgently order measures "to stop Myanmar's genocidal conduct immediately." Gambia filed...