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Maduro meets pope as Vatican steps into Venezuela crisis

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:22pm

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met Monday with Pope Francis as the Vatican took a more active role trying to defuse a tense political standoff in the South American nation.

Poles protest plan to ban abortion of unviable fetuses

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 12:11pm

Polish women gathered Monday in cities across the country to protest a proposal to ban abortions in cases where fetuses are badly damaged or have no chance of survival after birth.

Egypt's security chief warns of scheme to incite chaos

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 11:00am

Egypt's interior minister warned in comments published Monday that the country faced "unprecedented challenges" that require a decisive response by security forces, accusing the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood of inciting chaos.

Pope gives marching orders to Jesuits and new superior

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:40am

Pope Francis is giving marching orders to members of his Jesuit order and their new superior. He wants them to go to the "peripheries" to serve freely and obediently.

Iraqi parliament passes bill banning alcohol

Joseph Krauss and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 7:31am

Iraq's parliament has passed a law forbidding the import, production or selling of alcoholic beverages in a surprise move that angered many in the country's Christian community who rely on the business.

Pope says he is pained by murder of innocents in Mosul

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 4:50am

The pope says the cruelty of the fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul "makes us cry, leaves us without words."

From Utah, McMullin calls for 'new conservative movement'

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 7:40am

Two months after he jumped into the presidential race as a political unknown, independent candidate Evan McMullin is surging in Utah polls and drawing large crowds of Republican-leaning voters fed up with Donald Trump's crudeness and antics.


David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 2:10am

THE ISSUE: Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, but there are other battlegrounds related to civil rights and nondiscrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. Two polarizing questions: What sort of access should transgender people have to public bathrooms? And are the advances for LGBT rights infringing on the religious freedom of some Americans?

No regrets, Trump vows; Clinton pursues his supporters

Josh Lederman and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:01pm

Hillary Clinton ramped up her pressure on Donald Trump in the election's most competitive states Friday with an emotional TV ad targeting his criticism of a Muslim-American family. Trump vowed to go all-out in the final three weeks so he'll have no regrets — even if he loses.

Pastor, 3 others guilty in church beating that killed teen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 5:50pm

The pastor of a small church where two brothers were beaten for hours during a counseling session that she called pleaded guilty on Friday to manslaughter and assault.

Iraqi advances give hope to displaced Christians

Fay Abuelgasim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:01pm

Raeda Paulos could hardly conceal her joy when the television inside her cramped trailer showed Iraqi forces raising the national flag over a church in her hometown, a day after it was freed from Islamic State rule.

Open House: Vatican opens papal summer apartment to public

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:10am

Now this is an open house: The Vatican on Friday opened the private apartments at the papal summer retreat to the public, giving visitors a rare look at the bed where Popes Pius XII and Paul VI died and where John Paul II recovered from an assassination attempt in 1981.

Police: Man stabbed cousin in S. Carolina church over curse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 4:00pm

Authorities say a man stabbed his cousin during a church service in South Carolina because he thought the victim had put a curse on him.

Turkey-Iraq relations remain tense on Mosul

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:00am

Tensions between Turkey and Iraq showed no sign of subsiding on Monday with Turkish leaders saying the country was engaged in the offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State groups while Iraq denied the claim.

35 Turkish diplomats, family members seek asylum in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:00am

Officials say 35 Turkish diplomats and family members have applied for asylum in Germany since the failed military coup in Turkey.

Man charged with stabbing person during church service

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 3:51pm

A 65-year-old South Carolina man is charged with stabbing the person sitting in front of him in church.

Idaho Dems face uphill battle for congressional seats

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 1:41pm

Three first-time Democratic candidates are running for congressional seats in Idaho, but they face an uphill battle in convincing voters to swing left in a Republican-dominant state.

Group makes discrimination complaint with NCAA against BYU

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 3:31pm

A group has filed a complaint against Brigham Young University for allegedly discriminating against Mormon students who leave the faith.

Giant pages from ancient Quran on display in Washington, DC

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:54am

Books come in all sizes, but one 15th century Quran was so enormous, it's said that a wheelbarrow was needed to carry it.

Muslims protest in front of Colosseum over mosque closures

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:01am

Hundreds of Muslims have gathered near Rome's Colosseum to pray and protest the closures of mosques and other places of worship.