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Travel ban a blow to Sudan refugees awaiting US resettlement

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 3:34pm

Dozens of Sudanese activists living in Egypt as refugees, many of whom fled fundamentalist Islamic militias and were close to approval for resettlement in the United States, now face legal limbo after the Supreme Court partially reinstated President Donald Trump's travel ban on six Muslim nations, including Sudan.

Mormon church now allows female employees to wear pants

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:46pm

Women who work at Mormon headquarters in Salt Lake City will be allowed to wear pantsuits and dress slacks instead of only skirts or dresses, the church announced Wednesday in a move that one Mormon women's group called a step in the right direction.

Pastor to face trial in granddaughter's faith healing death

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:18pm

The pastor of a fundamentalist congregation that eschews modern medicine will stand trial on a charge he should have alerted authorities when his 2-year-old granddaughter was dying of pneumonia last year, a Pennsylvania judge ruled Wednesday.

Pope gives prestigious red hats to 5 new cardinals

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 12:26pm

Pope Francis gave the Catholic church five new cardinals Wednesday, somberly instructing them to act as servants and not "princes" in a world where innocents are dying from wars and terrorism, slavery persists and refugee camps often are living hells.

Thousands gather in India to protest attacks on Muslims

Muneeza Naqvi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:38am

Thousands of Indians gathered in several cities Wednesday to protest recent violent attacks across the country targeting minority Muslims.

Pope to unions calls for new social pact to get youths jobs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 6:14am

Pope Francis has praised labor unions as the prophetic face of society, but called for a new social contract to bring more young people into the workforce.

Pope repudiates 'martyr' moniker for suicide bombers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 4:40am

Pope Francis has repudiated the idea that suicide bombers can be considered "martyrs," saying true martyrs don't harm others but rather are meek, honest and persecuted for their faith as true children of God.

Supreme Court term ended much different than it began

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:03am

The Supreme Court began its term nine months ago with Merrick Garland nominated to the bench, Hillary Clinton favored to be the next president, and the court poised to be controlled by Democratic appointees for the first time in 50 years.

Supreme Court term ended much different than it began

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 3:07pm

The Supreme Court began its term nine months ago with Merrick Garland nominated to the bench, Hillary Clinton favored to be the next president, and the court poised to be controlled by Democratic appointees for the first time in 50 years.

Lawyers prepare to defend travelers to US at airports

Colleen Long and Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 2:14pm

When the Trump administration's travel ban takes partial effect this week, immigrant-rights lawyers plan to head to the nation's major airports to make sure eligible foreigners are able to get into the country.

The Latest: Vetted refugees can come to US through July 6

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 1:27pm

The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to partially reinstate President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local):

Mali bishop pledges to make cardinal's ceremony amid scandal

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 12:07pm

An ailing Mali archbishop facing allegations of financial impropriety assured the Vatican on Tuesday he plans to show up at St. Peter's Basilica to be made a cardinal by Pope Francis.

Ultra-Orthodox lawmaker: Reform Jews don't believe in Temple

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 5:46am

A senior ultra-Orthodox Israeli lawmaker on Tuesday dismissed the protestations of liberal Jews over alternative access to Jerusalem's Western Wall as provocations, saying they don't even believe in the sanctity of the site.

Trump travel ban partly reinstated; fall court arguments set

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 4:34pm

The Supreme Court is allowing President Donald Trump to forge ahead with a limited version of his ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries to the U.S. Trump hailed the decision as a "victory for national security," but it's likely to set off a new round of court disputes over anti-terror efforts and religious discrimination.

The Latest: Suspected Holocaust memorial vandal held on bail

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 2:30pm

The Latest on vandalism to the New England Holocaust Memorial in Boston (all times local):

The Latest: Officials finalizing criteria for travel ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 12:53pm

The Latest on the Trump administration's revived travel ban for visitors from six mostly Muslim countries (all times local):

Ex-CIA agent plans return to Italy to serve kidnap sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 9:02am

A former CIA agent says she is returning to Italy this week to serve a three-year sentence for taking part in the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric in Milan 14 years ago.

Iran says US travel ban is 'racist' and 'unfair'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 28th - 1:20am

Iran says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to reinstate parts of a travel ban applied to six Muslim-majority countries is "racist" and "unfair."

Man convicted of sending false anthrax threats gets 2 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 9:45am

A man who pleaded guilty to mailing false anthrax threats has been sentenced to serve two years in prison.

10 more mass graves uncovered in restive central Congo

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 27th - 5:44am

Authorities say 10 more mass graves have been uncovered in the restive region of central Congo where the Catholic church has estimated more than 3,300 people have died.