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Setting aside past rude talk, Trump and pope focus on peace

Jonathan Lemire, Nicole Winfield and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 3:57pm

Handshakes, gifts, friendly small talk and big hopes for peace. Setting aside past differences and rude comments aside, President Donald Trump and Pope Francis put a determinedly positive face on their first meeting Wednesday at the Vatican.

Young Nebraska priests' chants become best-selling album

Julia Shumway, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:07pm

At the sound of a tap, dozens of young men clad in black cassocks and white surplices rise from kneeling positions to watch two of their brother priests begin a chant.

Town agrees to settle lawsuits after denying plan for mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:48pm

A New Jersey town has agreed to settle two lawsuits over its denial of a proposed mosque.

Ivanka Trump asks trafficked women what US can do to help

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:48pm

Ivanka Trump met Wednesday with a group of African women in Rome who were trafficked into prostitution rings, a private encounter said to have moved her to tears.

Why Melania Trump covers her head one day and not the next

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:48pm

To cover up or not to cover up?

The Latest: Trump prepares for NATO after Belgian meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 11:00am

The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local):

Islamic State-linked militants besiege Philippine city

Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:52am

Islamic State group-linked militants swept through a southern Philippine city, beheading a police chief, burning buildings, seizing a Catholic priest and his worshippers and raising the black flag of IS, authorities said Wednesday. President Rodrigo Duterte, who had declared martial law across the southern third of the nation, warned he may expand it nationwide.

Hack, fake story expose real tensions between Qatar, Gulf

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 10:34am

Incendiary statements about Iran and Israel posted on Qatar's state-run news agency that authorities blamed on hackers sparked a regional dispute Wednesday, with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia blocking Qatari media including Al-Jazeera.

The Latest: Duterte considering nationwide martial law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 4:10am

The Latest on the siege of a Philippine city that led President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the south (all times local):

5 killed, 286 held in Bahrain raid on Shiite cleric's town

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 8:14pm

Bahrain police raided a town Tuesday that is home to a prominent Shiite cleric facing possible deportation, arresting 286 people in an assault in which officers fired tear gas and shotguns at protesters. At least five demonstrators were killed and others wounded.

Mormon church president, Thomas S. Monson, to no longer attend regular meetings

Josh Furlong  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:31pm

President Thomas S. Monson, leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will no longer come to the church offices to attend meetings on a regular basis "because of limitations incident to his age," LDS Church officials said Tuesday.

Trump, Francis: After clashing, a search for common ground

Jonathan Lemire and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:18pm

They are stylistic opposites, one a bombastic tycoon-turned-president, the other a famously modest pope. They disagree openly on such weighty issues as immigration, climate change and economic policy.

Trump touts ultimate peace, but same obstacles remain

Dan Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:07pm

President Donald Trump showered his Middle Eastern hosts with praise and declared a breakthrough regional peace within reach. No one contradicted him, but behind the pageantry and politesse a wall of skepticism remains solidly intact.

In Syria's devastated twin towns, tears mix with rubble

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:20am

Arriving with her husband and 10-year-old daughter to check on their home for the first time in five years, Adibeh Ghosn had trouble recognizing the neighborhood.

Questions about Russia chase Trump during first Israel visit

Jonathan Lemire and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:13pm

President Donald Trump solemnly placed a note in the ancient stones of Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday, sending a signal of solidarity to an ally he's pushing to work harder toward peace with the Palestinians. But his historic gesture— and his enthusiastic embrace of Israel's leader — were shadowed even here by reminders of Trump's tumult back home

Sri Lanka police blamed for not stopping attacks on Muslims

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:54pm

Opposition lawmakers and rights activists blamed the Sri Lankan government on Wednesday for failing to stop a series of attacks on business places and mosques of ethnic minority Muslims over the past five weeks.

President Donald Trump, Pope Francis open their meeting at the Vatican

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:40am

President Donald Trump, Pope Francis open their meeting at the Vatican.

President Donald Trump arrives at the Vatican for meeting with Pope Francis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:30am

President Donald Trump arrives at the Vatican for meeting with Pope Francis.

Philippine Catholic leader says a priest and several churchgoers have been taken hostage by gunmen in besieged city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:10am

Philippine Catholic leader says a priest and several churchgoers have been taken hostage by gunmen in besieged city.

Mormon President Thomas S. Monson scales back duties

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:27pm

Mormon President Thomas S. Monson is no longer coming to meetings at church offices regularly because of limitations related to his age, church officials said Tuesday.