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Nationalist Buddhist group gathers in Myanmar despite ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 8:26am

Thousands of Buddhist monks, nuns and supporters of an ultranationalist Buddhist group gathered at an annual conference on the outskirts of Myanmar's biggest city on Saturday despite being banned by the government.

The Latest: Scandinavian leaders condemn Egypt Copts attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 7:48am

The Latest on developments in Egypt (all times local):

Pope: More Christian martyrs today than in ancient times

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 7:07am

Pope Francis prayed Saturday for the Coptic Christians killed a day earlier in Egypt by Islamic extremists, saying that there are more Christian martyrs today than in ancient times.

Pope denounces speculators in visit to industrial workers

Vanessa Gera and Antonio Calanni, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 6:03am

Pope Francis highlighted the struggles workers face in a globalizing economy with a visit Saturday to a troubled steel factory in Genoa, where he stressed the importance of work in giving people a sense of human dignity and denounced those who exploit workers.

AP Explains: Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 5:24am

Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church is enduring a dark chapter in its history with the community increasingly victimized by attacks from Islamic militants, including Friday's attack by gunmen on a bus transporting Copts to a monastery south of Cairo, leaving 29 dead.

Central African Republic killings send entire town fleeing

Cassandra Vinograd, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 4:14am

Scores of blackened homes dot this town where more than 41,000 people have fled for their lives.

Mosul siege extends IS fight in Iraq, puts civilians at risk

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 12:33am

Iraqi forces are steadily closing in on the remaining pockets of territory held by the Islamic State group in Mosul, inching toward a victory that U.S.-led coalition officials say is "only a matter of time."

At least 28 killed in ambush attack on Christians in Egypt

Hamza Hendawi and Mohammed Wagdy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 2:38pm

Masked gunmen ambushed a bus carrying Coptic Christians to a monastery south of Cairo on Friday, killing at least 28 people, and Egypt responded by launching airstrikes against what it said were militant training bases in Libya.

Trump views on climate 'evolving' amid push from Europeans

Julie Pace and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 12:49pm

President Donald Trump's views on climate change are "evolving" following discussions with European leaders who are pushing for him to stay in the Paris climate accord, a top White House official said Friday.

Trump travel ban showdown headed for Supreme Court

Jessica Gresko and Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 10:02am

Donald Trump's administration is pledging a Supreme Court showdown over his travel ban after a federal appeals ruled that the ban "drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination."

Turkish committee: US-based cleric was behind failed coup

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 6:57am

The head of a Turkish parliamentary investigative committee said Friday there was no question that U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind last year's failed military coup.

The Latest: Protesters oppose martial law in Philippines

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

The Latest on the siege of a southern Philippine city by militants linked to the Islamic State group (all times local):

Q&A: A look at latest legal loss for Trump travel ban

Gene Johnson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 2:02am

A Virginia-based federal appeals court pulled no punches in refusing to reinstate President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, with judges in the 10-3 majority calling the administration's action discriminatory and its reasoning nonsensical.

Turkey jails 2 journalists from opposition newspaper

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 6:56am

Two journalists from a pro-secular opposition newspaper in Turkey have been arrested and accused of aiding a terror organization.

School district changes rule to allow feathers on grad caps

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 2:00pm

A northern Nevada school district has tentatively reversed a long-standing policy that would have prohibited Native American students from wearing eagle feathers on their graduation caps.

The Latest: Egypt strikes bases in Libya after Copts attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 1:50pm

The Latest on the attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt (all times local):

Israel's Ramadan goodwill comes amid tension over Gaza power

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 11:20am

Israel has announced a series of goodwill gestures for Palestinians ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan a day after it warned Gaza's already meager electricity supply could be further reduced following a spat between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the Islamic militant group Hamas that rules the territory.

Pastor convicted of sexually assaulting female congregants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 9:26am

The former pastor of a Connecticut church has been convicted of sexually assaulting female parishioners, including a 15-year-old girl who later had suicidal thoughts.

Man stabbed repeatedly outside downtown Atlanta church

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 5:56am

A man who was sleeping on the steps outside of one of Atlanta's largest churches was stabbed repeatedly in a pre-dawn attack, and police are searching for a suspect.

Ethiopia charges 2 with terrorism over deadly stampede

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 26th - 2:50am

Ethiopia has charged two people with terrorism, saying they caused a stampede last year that killed dozens of people and led the government to declare a state of emergency.