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The Latest: Pope Francis arrives at Al-Azhar

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 28th - 8:05am

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

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.

Egyptian artist paints church murals, unfazed by attacks

Mohamed Wagdy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 27th - 12:12am

On a scaffold several stories high beneath the dome of a Cairo church, Ayman William paints for the glory of God, unfazed by recent attacks against his fellow Coptic Christians in Egypt.

India blocks social media in Kashmir in wake of abuse videos

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:51pm

India has ordered internet service providers in Indian-controlled Kashmir to immediately block Facebook, Twitter and 20 other social media sites and online applications for one month, after several videos and photos depicting alleged abuses of Kashmiris by Indian security forces sparked outrage and fueled protests.

Jefferson Muzzle 'awards' take aim at free-speech offenders

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 10:40pm

A Tennessee sheriff accused of deleting atheists' comments on a county Facebook page, a school chief who dismissed a teacher who stepped on the American flag in class, and the U.S. Senate for a bill targeting speech on college campuses are among the winners of the Jefferson Muzzles — satiric awards bestowed annually by a free-speech group.

Here's what could be next for Trump's sanctuary cities order

Sudhin Thanawala and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 8:02pm

President Donald Trump is lashing out at a judge's ruling blocking his attempt to strip funds from "sanctuary cities" that don't cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities, calling it "ridiculous" and vowing to go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Last sections of beloved 600-year-old tree removed at church

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 4:42pm

The final sections of a 600-year-old white oak tree that's believed to be among the oldest in the nation were taken down Wednesday at a New Jersey church.

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.

Chicago Archdiocese to settle priest abuse suits for $4.45M

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 26th - 1:42pm

The Archdiocese of Chicago will pay $4.45 million to settle separate lawsuits brought by three men who allege they were sexually abused over a decade ago by a former Roman Catholic priest and convicted sex offender.