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Security tight as pope celebrates open-air Mass in Cairo

Nicole Winfield and Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 29th - 2:05am

Military helicopters and police were out in force Saturday as Pope Francis arrived to celebrate an open-air Mass for Egypt's tiny Catholic community on the second and final day of a visit aimed at encouraging Christians following a series of attacks by Islamic militants.

Methodist court ruling a blow for openly lesbian bishop

Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 10:04pm

The first openly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church can stay on the job for now, but she is subject to a disciplinary review that could lead to her removal, the top church court ruled Friday.

In Egypt, pope brings a message of peace amid crackdown

Nicole Winfield and Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:15pm

Pope Francis demanded that Egypt's Muslim leaders teach a rejection of violence in God's name during a delicate visit Friday to the Arab world's most populous country, and he strongly backed its uncompromising crackdown on political Islam and militancy.

The Latest: Pope, Coptic patriarch to try to heal schism

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:16pm

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Egypt (all times local):

'Apartheid' furor comes amid 50 years of Israeli occupation

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 12:07pm

Labeling Israel's treatment of Palestinians as "apartheid" is like flinging a burning match into spilled gasoline — so combustible are the passions on both sides.

Tombstone of famed rabbi damaged in Czech town of Prostejov

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 9:10am

A tombstone of a well-known rabbi at a former Jewish cemetery in the Czech town of Prostejov has been damaged.

AP Explains: Who are Egypt's Coptic Christians?

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:23am

Pope Francis meets Friday with the leader of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church, part of a two-day trip to the Arab world's most populous country that comes as Islamic State group militants have been increasingly targeting its Christian minority.

Trump tower fated not to rise in Indonesian isle of the gods

Stephen Wright, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:52pm

Thousands of people flock daily to the centuries-old, sacred Hindu temple at Tanah Lot, a rock formation that juts into the Indian Ocean. An island at high tide and flanked by sheer cliffs, it's among Bali's most photographed sites, particularly for the mesmerizing sunsets that transform the waters into a shimmering orange vista.

Trump tower fated not to rise in Indonesian isle of the gods

Stephen Wright, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 7:58pm

Thousands of people flock daily to the centuries-old, sacred Hindu temple at Tanah Lot, a rock formation that juts into the Indian Ocean. An island at high tide and flanked by sheer cliffs, it's among Bali's most photographed sites, particularly for the mesmerizing sunsets that transform the waters into a shimmering orange vista.

600-year-old tree that witnessed history taken down

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 11:30am

Memories are all that remain of a 600-year-old white oak tree that was believed to be among the oldest of its kind in the nation.

China bans list of Islamic names in restive Xinjiang region

Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:21am

Authorities in China's Xinjiang region are prohibiting parents from giving children some Islamic names in the latest effort to dilute the influence of religion on life in the ethnic Uighur minority heartland.

Yangon mob forces closure of Muslim schools in Myanmar

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 11:20am

Ultra-nationalist Buddhist monks and their supporters have forced the closing of two Muslim schools in Yangon, Myanmar's biggest city, in a reminder that religious strife remains a threat to the country's stability.

Pope Francis arrives at Cairo's Al-Azhar, highest seat of world's Sunni Muslim learning, to meet Egypt's grand imam

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 7:50am

Pope Francis arrives at Cairo's Al-Azhar, highest seat of world's Sunni Muslim learning, to meet Egypt's grand imam.

Pope Francis meets Egypt's president at the start of the Catholic pontiff's historic two-day visit to Egypt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:40am

Pope Francis meets Egypt's president at the start of the Catholic pontiff's historic two-day visit to Egypt.

Pope Francis' plane touches down in Cairo for historic two-day visit to show a united Christian-Muslim front

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 6:04am

Pope Francis' plane touches down in Cairo for historic two-day visit to show a united Christian-Muslim front.

China convicts Christian lawyer of subverting state power

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 3:40am

A Chinese court has convicted a prominent Christian human rights lawyer on charges of subverting state power and sentenced him to three years in prison, with the sentence suspended for four years, the court said Friday.

German ban on full-face veils for public servants goes ahead

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 2:43am

The German Parliament has approved a government proposal that would ban the wearing of full-face veils for public servants while they are at work.

Alex Jones loses primary custody; ex-wife gets joint custody

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 10:17pm

A jury has stripped right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones of having primary custody of his children and awarded joint custody to his ex-wife.

Correction: Benny Hinn Ministries Raided story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 3:00pm

In a story April 26 about a federal raid on the headquarters of Benny Hinn Ministries, The Associated Press erroneously reported the Senate Finance Committee ended a three-year investigation of Hinn and five other television evangelist in 2010 by clearing the six of wrongdoing. The committee had no definitive findings of wrongdoing.

Moldova detains officials suspected of embezzling EU money

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 7:56am

Moldovan anti-corruption prosecutors have detained the transport minister and a senior road management official on suspicion of embezzling European Union funds.