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Promised Land: Venezuela Jewish converts fight way to Israel

Daniel Estrin and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:06pm

It's not quite Moses' 40 years in the desert, but for a group of nine struggling Venezuelan converts to Judaism their torturous journey to a better life in the promised land finally brought them to Israel on Thursday.

Brazil meat exports collapse in wake of inspection scandal

Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:57pm

Brazil's meat exports effectively collapsed this week, the agricultural minister said Wednesday, as several countries halted imports from the South American country in the wake of a meat inspection scandal.

Mattis says he welcomes approval from Congress for IS fight

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:59am

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told lawmakers Wednesday that Congress should approve a formal authorization for U.S. military forces to fight the Islamic State militants in Syria, but he wouldn't say whether and when more American troops may be sent to the war-torn nation.

Beyond spring cleaning: Tapestries get 16 years of grooming

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:34am

Think your home furnishings are a dust magnet? New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine just spent 16 years cleaning and conserving its rare, supersize wall hangings.

Pope says migrant crisis "biggest tragedy" since WWII

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:20am

Pope Francis has described Europe's refugee and migrant crisis as the biggest tragedy since World War II.

India jails 2 Hindu hard-liners for blast at Muslim shrine

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:17am

An Indian court sentenced two Hindu hard-liners to life in prison on Wednesday for triggering an explosion at a Muslim shrine in western India that killed three people and injured more than a dozen a decade ago.

AP Explains: What's behind conflict at sprawling Thai temple

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:02am

It's more than eight times bigger than Vatican City and twice the size of Cambodia's ancient Angkor Wat, making it quite possibly the world's biggest religious complex. Yet few non-Buddhists have heard of Wat Dhammakaya, a sprawling, extravagant temple compound north of Bangkok that has been at the center of a high-profile power struggle between monks and Thailand's ruling military.

Wilders: Dutch coalition talks ignore his 1.3 million voters

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:13am

Anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders said Wednesday that political parties discussing the makeup of the next Dutch ruling coalition are shutting him out and sidelining 1.3 million people who voted for his party in last week's parliamentary elections.

New French minister takes short-timer, scandal-plagued role

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:30am

A low-profile politician is taking over as France's interior minister after his predecessor came under formal investigation over a report that he hired his daughters for a series of jobs in the legislature.

Counting Americans: A new Mideast box on census is sensitive

Laurie Kellman and Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:33pm

Zahraa Ballout isn't "white," and she certainly isn't "some other race." If the government gives her the choice of checking a new "Middle East/North Africa" box on a census form, would she?

Correction: Israel-Jesus Tomb Restoration story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:06pm

In a story March 20 about renovations at the tomb of Jesus, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Edicule is revered by Christians as the site where Jesus rose to heaven. Tradition says the Jerusalem shrine is the site of Jesus' resurrection, not the ascension to heaven.

Cambodia halts Utah company's export of human breast milk

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:28am

Cambodia has suspended the export of human breast milk by a U.S.-based company pioneered by a former LDS missionary.

Court OK of student-led school board prayers to be appealed

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:40pm

A federal appeals court in New Orleans will be asked to reconsider its ruling allowing student-led prayer at school board meetings.

Court asks who should lead prayer before government meeting

Alanna Durkin Richer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:29pm

Does it matter whether a prayer opening a government meeting is led by local clergy or an elected official?

After fight, Indiana man receives 'ATHE1ST' license plate

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:52pm

A man who was initially denied an Indiana license plate reading "ATHE1ST" now has the personalized plate.

Authorities: Woman admits breaking into Amish homes in Ohio

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:39pm

Authorities say a woman confessed to burglaries against the Amish in northeast Ohio after detectives arrested her and found jars of loose change, cash and other items in her vehicle.

Religious TV station in Senegal accidentally airs porn

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:19am

An Islamic television station in Senegal says it has filed a formal complaint against unknown saboteur "X'' for taking over the network and airing pornography instead of its regularly scheduled religious programming.

Muslim advocacy group seeks broader travel-ban injunction

Matthew Barakat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:58pm

A federal judge in Virginia is weighing a request from a Muslim civil rights group for an even broader injunction against President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban than what other judges have imposed.

TSA: Teen denied flight to US due to Turkish airline's issue

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:58pm

A 17-year-old Tennessee girl was denied a flight back to the United States over the weekend because a Turkish airline didn't provide necessary passenger information, but a resolution is expected shortly, the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday.

Trump, ACLU make unusual allies supporting Virginia mosque

Matthew Barakat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:50am

The rejection of a sewage permit in rural Virginia has made unlikely allies of the Trump administration and the American Civil Liberties Union, which both allege that a county board discriminated against Muslims trying to build a new mosque.