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Pope tells Egypt ahead of visit he comes as peace messenger

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:23am

Pope Francis has told the Egyptian people he is coming to Cairo this week as a friend and a "messenger of peace."

Pakistan raises death toll to 14 in Taliban roadside bombing

Riaz Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 6:04am

A roadside bomb targeting a minivan in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region on Tuesday killed 14 people, a local official said, raising an earlier reported death toll of nine killed. The attack was claimed by a breakaway Taliban faction.

Pope pays to rent beach space for disabled youths

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 5:32am

The papal almsgiver has made a donation, in the name of Pope Francis, to cover the annual rent for a beach area near Rome used by disabled youths.

Beloved 600-year-old white oak tree takes final bow

Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 5:23pm

A white oak tree that has watched over a New Jersey community and a church for hundreds of years began its final bow Monday as crews began its removal and residents fondly remembered the go-to spot for formal photos, landmark for driving directions and the remarkable piece of natural history.

Lesbian Methodist bishop faces challenge to her election

Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:33pm

Karen Oliveto clutched a friend's hand, closed her eyes and wept when she learned last year she had been elected a bishop of the United Methodist Church. Oliveto, who is married to another woman, had become the denomination's first openly gay bishop.

UKIP seeks ban on face-covering veils, new Muslim schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 8:25am

Britain's anti-EU U.K. Independence Party says it will promote social unity by banning face-covering veils and barring the opening of new Islamic schools.

The Latest: Crews start taking down 600-year-old tree

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 7:53am

The Latest on the removal of a 600-year-old tree where George Washington once had a picnic. (all times local):

Report: US cases of anti-Semitism increased last year

Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 10:24pm

The Anti-Defamation League found an increase in cases of anti-Semitic intimidation and vandalism last year, evidence that anti-Jewish bias intensified during the election.

Amid North Korea crisis, Pence becomes Trump emissary abroad

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 9:51pm

As tensions rose on the Korean peninsula, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has President Donald Trump's trust but little diplomatic experience to go with it, became the top American official headed to the region after North Korea again failed to successfully launch a ballistic missile.

Plight of Palestinian refugees now spans 5 generations

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:31am

As a boy, Palestinian Abdullah Abu Massoud fled the war over the creation of Israel in 1948 and sought refuge in the nearby Gaza Strip.

Pope comforts sister of French priest slain by extremists

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 12:35pm

Pope Francis on Saturday comforted the sister of an elderly French priest who was slain by Islamic militants in a church in Normandy as the pontiff paid tribute with a special prayer service to the courage of 20th- and 21st- century Christian martyrs.

Chinese jihadis' rise in Syria raises concerns at home

Bassem Mroue and Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 4:32am

Many don't speak Arabic and their role in Syria is little known to the outside world, but the Chinese fighters of the Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria are organized, battled-hardened and have been instrumental in ground offensives against President Bashar Assad's forces in the country's northern regions.

26 hostages, including Qatar royals, freed in bargain

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 1:32am

Qatar has secured the release of 26 hostages after nearly a year and a half in captivity, including members of its ruling family, in what became possibly the region's most complex and sensitive hostage negotiation deal in recent years.

More charges filed in Detroit in genital mutilation probe

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 5:04pm

Two more people have been charged in Detroit in an investigation of alleged genital mutilation against two girls in a Muslim sect.

San Diego schools launches effort against Islamophobia

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 25th - 1:51am

One of the nation's largest school districts has launched a campaign against Islamophobia, drawing praise and criticism.

Dashcam video captures Arkansas 4-year-old's fall from bus

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 1:00pm

A 4-year-old girl fell through the open back door of a moving church bus onto an Arkansas state highway, but was rescued from the road by a volunteer firefighter who happened to be driving behind.

Lawmaker's invocation reignites dispute over prayer in House

Bob Christie, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 7:24pm

An ongoing fight in the Arizona House over what constitutes a real prayer has heated up again.

3 judges to hear appeal of Hawaii ruling blocking travel ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 6:20pm

A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court will hear arguments in an appeal of a Hawaii federal judge's ruling blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Germany to appeal US case involving Nazi art sale

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 3:45pm

German officials plan to appeal a decision by a U.S. judge that the heirs of Jewish art dealers can sue in a U.S. court over art allegedly looted by the Nazis.