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When it comes to inaugural crowds, does size matter?

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:10pm

Donald Trump says his inauguration will have "an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout." Organizers of a protest the next day call it the biggest demonstration in history to welcome a new president.

Trump's America: Rural-urban divide in Georgia

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 10:41am

Patti Thomas owns a flower shop in the north Georgia town of Lula. Xavier Bryant runs an independent pharmacy just outside Atlanta. Looking toward the inauguration of an entrepreneur as president, the two share this expectation: Donald Trump will be good for business.

DeVos pledges not to undo public education, pushes choice

Maria Danilova and Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:11pm

In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and school choice.

2 weeks, 1 country and a world of wonders in Thailand

Courtney Bonnell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:15pm

Trudging up a lush mountainside to a remote village, plunging through a swift-moving river in the footsteps of elephants and cruising Bangkok's gleaming luxury malls — with each step, I walked into different worlds, each one beautiful, all in Thailand.

Vatican rejects Knights of Malta attempt to discredit probe

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 6:50am

The Vatican struck back Tuesday at the Knights of Malta, rejecting its attempt to discredit a Vatican-appointed commission investigating the ouster of a top official over a condom scandal.

Northern Ireland unity government crumbles, faces March vote

Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 12:42pm

Northern Ireland's shattered unity government will be dissolved next week to make way for an early election demanded by the coalition's main Irish Catholic party, the secretary of state for the British territory announced Monday.

Academics race to save rare colonial documents in Cuba

Chris Gillette, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 10:01am

An American team of academics is racing to preserve millions of Cuban historical documents before they are lost to the elements and poor storage conditions.

Nebraska targets ban on religious garb worn by teachers

Grant Schulte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:34pm

Sister Madeleine Miller applied for a high school teaching job in Nebraska thinking she would get judged on her credentials — not what she was wearing on her head.

Rome's 5-Star mayor admits errors after poor survey showing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:11pm

Rome's embattled mayor, the highest-profile elected official of the populist 5-Star Movement, has gone on national television to admit to a series of errors that landed her in second-to-last place in an annual survey of Italy's mayors.

Iran's president welcomes Syria talks planned for next week

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 10:43am

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that he hopes talks planned for next week can mark the beginning of the end of the civil war in Syria, where Tehran has provided crucial military and financial support to the government.

Rights groups concerned by disappearances of Myanmar pastors

Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 6:24am

Human rights organizations expressed alarm Tuesday over the disappearances of two Baptist pastors who had shown journalists a Catholic church allegedly damaged by airstrikes by Myanmar government forces who are fighting ethnic Kachin rebels.

Trump partner eyes Indonesia power, sees faults in democracy

Stephen Wright, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 8:20pm

President-elect Donald Trump's billionaire business partner and possible political proxy in Indonesia nurses big leadership ambitions in the vast but perennially lagging Southeast Asian nation, which he says isn't developed enough to have a successful democracy and needs strong leadership.

Knights of Malta seek to discredit pope's probe of ouster

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 1:01pm

The head of the embattled Knights of Malta is seeking to discredit a Vatican investigation into the removal of a top official over a condom scandal, insisting that he followed the rules in the dismissal.

Bahrain bans paper from publishing online after protests

Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 11:40am

Bahraini authorities ordered an independent newspaper to stop publishing online Monday and said a city hall was set ablaze during clashes between opposition protesters and police.

Ethics watchdog investigating Canadian PM's vacation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 10:50am

Canada's ethics commissioner said Monday she is launching an investigation into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent family holiday at the Aga Khan's private island in the Bahamas.

Pence looks like he will be Trump's inside man in Congress

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 1:40am

When Mike Pence landed in Congress after the 2000 election, he was a conservative agitator who often bucked President George W. Bush's agenda. Seventeen years later, he's the vice president-elect and Donald Trump's inside man on Capitol Hill.

Inspired by Nepalese, UK architect rebuilds ancient temple

Martha Mendoza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 10:30pm

When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal last year, villagers in Changu Narayan ran up the steep rocky path that cuts through their town to their renowned temple. Seeing the piles of rubble, they figured their lives were over.

Attorney General Lynch: 'We have always pushed forward'

Kim Chandler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 5:21pm

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in her final speech as head of the Justice Department, praised the work of the Obama administration to advance the dream of justice and said worries of difficult days ahead should be a call for action, not despair.

Eddie Long, megachurch pastor embroiled in scandal, dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 2:20pm

Eddie Long, the flamboyant megachurch pastor whose reputation was tarnished after former congregants accused him of sexual misconduct, has died. He was 63.

Boston's archbishop joins Vatican office on clergy sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 1:30pm

Boston's archbishop has been appointed to a top Vatican office that handles cases of clergy sex abuse.