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Egyptian students stage rare protest in Tahrir Square

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 12:11pm

Hundreds of Egyptian high school students staged a rare protest in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square on Monday before security forces quickly moved in, dispersing them with tear gas and detaining several.

Palestinians clash with Israeli police at holy site

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 11:11am

Masked Palestinians threw stones and shot fireworks at Israeli police at a contentious Jerusalem holy site for a second day in a row on Monday, as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the resumption of peace efforts.

Duterte ready to clash with Catholic church on birth control

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 6:00am

The Philippine president-elect said Monday he would aggressively promote artificial birth control in the country even at the risk of getting in a fight with the dominant Catholic church, which staunchly opposes the use of contraceptives.

After Dalai Lama met Lady Gaga, China warns of his motives

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 3:50am

China warned people to be aware of what it said are nefarious motives of the Dalai Lama after he met with Lady Gaga on a trip to the U.S. and spoke about love and compassion.

Turkey: Pope's genocide remarks won't help peace efforts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 3:10am

Turkey says Pope Francis's recognition of the Ottoman-era killings of Armenians as genocide during his visit to Armenia won't help efforts to establish peace and stability in the Caucasus region.

AP PHOTOS: Iraqi special forces share treasured possessions

Susannah George and Maya Alleruzzo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 2:20am

Sgt. Ahmed Abdelaziz, with Iraq's special forces, has been almost continually deployed fighting the Islamic State group ever since the militants overran nearly a third of Iraq in the summer of 2014. Now he's on the front lines of Fallujah, a city that was declared "fully liberated" on Sunday by the commander leading the fight against IS.

Fake monks? Buddhist leaders warn NYC tourists to be wary

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 10:51pm

New York City Buddhist leaders are sounding the alarm to tourists: Beware the "fake monks."

Pope: Gays and others marginalized deserve an apology

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 5:51pm

Pope Francis says gays — and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited — deserve an apology.

Pope defends Armenia 'genocide' comment; no offense meant

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 2:41pm

Pope Francis defended using the term "genocide" to describe the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians, saying Sunday that's how he has always referred to the massacre, he didn't mean anything offensive by it and that it would have been "very strange" to have avoided it.

AP PHOTOS: Iraqi special forces share treasured possessions

Susannah George and Maya Alleruzzo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 6:20am

Sgt. Ahmed Abdelaziz, with Iraq's special forces, has been almost continually deployed fighting the Islamic State group ever since the militants overran nearly a third of Iraq in the summer of 2014. Now he's on the front lines of Fallujah, a city declared "fully liberated" on Sunday by the commander leading the fight against IS. Abdelaziz has with him what he always brings into battle: a photo of his brother.

Pope visits Armenia's closed border with Turkey on last day

Nicole Winfield and Avet Demourian, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 25th - 9:50pm

Pope Francis is wrapping up his trip to Armenia with a Sunday liturgy in the Apostolic cathedral celebrated by his Orthodox hosts and a visit to Armenia's closed border with Turkey amid new tensions with Ankara over his recognition of the 1915 "genocide."

Pope prays at Armenia memorial after denouncing 'genocide'

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 24th - 8:41pm

Pope Francis heads to Armenia's genocide memorial for a prayer service, fresh from his ad-libbed declaration that the Ottoman-era massacre of Armenians a century ago was a planned "genocide."

Judge blocks part of Mississippi LGBT marriage law

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 3:50pm

A federal judge ruled Monday that Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Federal judge rules Mississippi clerks cannot cite religious beliefs to refuse issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 3:31pm

Federal judge rules Mississippi clerks cannot cite religious beliefs to refuse issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

Trial resumes for sister charged in fatal church beating

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 10:10pm

Testimony is scheduled to resume in the murder trial of a New York woman accused of taking part in a group attack during a church counseling session that killed her half brother and injured another.

Man who criticized church's Ramadan message goes to mosque

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

A Pennsylvania politician who apologized for criticizing a church that posted a message wishing Muslims a "blessed Ramadan" attended a worship service and dined at a Harrisburg mosque.

Newport resident gives youth in Jackson County town hope

Kenneth Heard-Gazette, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 12:01pm

More than 80 volunteers from four Texas churches tore out walls, built a wooden stage and painted inside the old Calhoun Street Church of Christ building near the White River in Newport on June 13.

Vatican names Italian as acting Latin Patriarch

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 6:30am

The Vatican has put its longtime protector of Church holy sites in the Middle East in charge of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem — a sensitive position that serves as the chief clergyman to the local Catholic population.

Jerusalem gay pride parade attacker given life sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 3:20am

A Jerusalem court on Sunday sentenced a radical ultra-Orthodox Israeli Jew who fatally stabbed a teenage girl at a gay pride parade last year to life in prison plus 31 years.

Amish growth extended to South America settlements last year

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 25th - 8:11am

The Amish are branching out, setting up settlements in Bolivia, Argentina and Canada as their numbers continue to grow.