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Georgians protest for 2nd straight day over journalist death

Jul. 12, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Hundreds of people protested in Georgia on Monday for a second day in a row, demanding the government of the ex-Soviet nation resign over the death of a journalist who was attacked and beaten by anti-LGBT protesters. Demonstrators gathered in...

Protests erupt in Georgia after beaten journalist dies

Jul. 11, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Several thousand people protested in front of the Georgian parliament on Sunday evening, demanding that the ex-Soviet nation's prime minister resign over the death of a journalist who was attacked and beaten by anti-LGBT protesters. Cameraman...

Journalists attacked, hurt in Georgia at anti-LGBT protest

Jul. 05, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — A protest against a planned LGBT march in the Georgian capital turned violent Monday as demonstrators attacked and injured some 20 journalists covering the event. Organizers of the Tbilisi March For Dignity that was to take place in the evening...

Greek priest charged over acid attack on 7 senior bishops

Jun. 24, 2021 14:23 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A defrocked Greek Orthodox priest was charged Thursday with multiple counts of causing grievous bodily harm over an acid attack that injured seven senior bishops and three other people. The 37-year-old Greek man was led to court in lay clothing,...

Greece: Bishops attacked with caustic liquid, 10 hurt

Jun. 23, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Seven senior members of Greece’s Orthodox Church and three others were hospitalized with burns Wednesday after being attacked with a caustic liquid, allegedly by a priest facing a disciplinary hearing, authorities said. The incident occurred at a...

Illegal Serb church on Bosniak woman's land is demolished

Jun. 05, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian authorities on Saturday demolished a Serbian Orthodox church that was illegally built on land owned by a Bosniak woman, a move that comes after a 20-year legal battle that saw the case reach the European Court of Human Rights. ...

US hosts Ethiopian Orthodox Church head after Tigray warning

May. 10, 2021 08:51 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States ambassador to Ethiopia on Monday hosted the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church after he warned of “genocide” in the Tigray region in his first public comments on the war. In a Facebook post, the U.S. Embassy said...

Ethiopian Orthodox Church patriarch blasts Tigray 'genocide'

May. 07, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in his first public comments on the war in the country’s Tigray region is sharply criticizing Ethiopia’s actions, saying he believes it's genocide: "They want to destroy the people of Tigray.” In a...

AP PHOTOS: Dwindling Armenians show Easter faith in Romania

May. 06, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The ethnic Armenian population in Romania numbered more than 40,000 at the beginning of World War II but rapidly plunged during the country's communist era, especially during the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu. The latest available census...