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France meets Muslim leaders, experts after burkini row

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 8:31am

France's interior minister convened Muslim leaders Monday to discuss a French-style Islam that honors the nation's secular values, a task given new urgency after deep divisions surfaced over burkini bans in 30 French beach towns and after terror attacks that also stigmatized Muslims.

Pope Francis chats in person with Facebook CEO Zuckerberg

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 6:30am

Pope Francis has met with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Zuckerberg's wife, Priscilla Chan, at the Vatican.

Released tape rekindles memory of 1988 Iran mass execution

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:11am

The scratchy, echo-filled tape recording carries the voice of a man who once was in line to become Iran's supreme leader, talking about one of the darkest moments of the country's post-revolution history still not recognized by its government.

Rivals Hamas, Fatah gear up for first election since 2006

Mohammed Daraghmeh and Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 11:30am

Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah are gearing up for their first contest at the polls since 2006 — a vote for mayors and local councils in 425 communities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

A radio career under microscope in race for Minnesota seat

Kyle Potter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 8:53am

A Republican candidate running for one of Minnesota's toughest Congressional seats is making political opposition researchers irrelevant.

Kerry heads to Bangladesh, India amid South Asian tensions

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 8:43am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's stops in Bangladesh and India come amid increasing concerns about terrorism in both South Asian nations.

AP PHOTOS: Ganges overflows its banks in Indian holy town

Tsering Topgyal, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 8:31am

As the mighty Ganges River overflowed its banks this past week following heavy monsoon rains, large parts of the Hindu holy town of Varanasi were submerged by floodwaters, keeping away thousands of devotees.

'Religious vote' hears messages from both candidates

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:50am

Republican Donald Trump has told conservative evangelical pastors in Florida that his presidency would preserve "religious liberty" and reverse what he insists is a government-enforced muzzling of Christians.

Mosul fight is already redrawing the map of northern Iraq

Susannah George and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:10am

In the buildup to a long-awaited offensive on the city of Mosul, Kurdish forces are seizing new territory in northern Iraq that they say will become part of their autonomous region. The moves are further straining relations between the Kurds and the Baghdad government and Shiite militias, all ostensibly allies in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Top French court rules burkini bans violate basic freedoms

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 7:21pm

France's top administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean beach resort, effectively meaning that towns can no longer issue bans on the swimsuits that have divided the country and brought world attention to its fraught relationship with Muslims.

Bolivian president, opposition spar over official's killing

Carlos Valdez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:53pm

President Evo Morales and his political opponents traded recriminations Friday over the shocking beating death of a high-ranking government official by protesting miners who had blockaded a highway.

The Latest: Valls: Burkini ruling won't end vital debate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 1:41pm

The Latest on the ruling by France's top administrative court on burkini bans (all times local):

Brits, Romanians among the foreigners killed in Italy quake

Trisha Thomas and Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 1:24pm

Most of the victims of this week's earthquake were Italians, but among the dead were also one Spaniard, eight Romanians as well as three British citizens who were killed in the devastated hamlet Sommati near hard-hit Amatrice.

Candidates capitalize on the ever-powerful 'religious vote'

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 10:14am

Republican Donald Trump has told conservative evangelical pastors in Florida that his presidency would preserve "religious liberty" and reverse what he insists is a government-enforced muzzling of Christians.

Senegal clamps down on Quranic schools that exploit children

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:20pm

Twelve-year-old Boubacar was picked up from the streets of Senegal's capital at night by police, along with dozens of other children, in the latest crackdown on begging.

Probe opens into French restaurateur's anti-Muslim tirade

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 7:00am

A French prosecutor has opened an investigation into suspected racial discrimination after two Muslim women said they were ordered out of a restaurant amid tension over France's burkinis controversy.

Utah missionaries injured in car crash in west Africa

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 11:50am

Mormon church officials say four missionaries, including two from Utah, were injured in a vehicle collision in west Africa.

Terrorism charges for Charlie Hebdo attacker's relative

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:30pm

French investigators have handed preliminary terrorism charges to the brother-in-law of one of the Islamic extremists who attacked the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo last year.

Nun retiring after 40 years with agency on aging

Michael H. O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 10:10am

Working hard has become a habit for Catholic Sister Anthony Marie. But she's going to give up her career at the Southeast Idaho Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging.

3 top former Turkish diplomats jailed in failed coup attempt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:10am

Turkey's state news agency says three former top Turkish diplomats have been jailed for their alleged involvement in the failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.