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Suspect in Portland light rail slayings to appear in court

Steven Dubois and Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 2:03am

The man police say fatally stabbed two other men who tried to shield young women from an anti-Muslim tirade on a Portland, Oregon, light-rail train makes his initial court appearance Monday and the city's mayor says he hopes the slayings will inspire "changes in the political dialogue in this country."

Top Dominican official among 12 detained in bribery scandal

Ezequiel Abiu Lopez, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 12:24pm

A cabinet member and nearly a dozen other people including top-level officials in the Dominican Republic's government were detained Monday in a widening international bribery scandal involving the Brazilian company Odebrecht, authorities said.

Paris mayor says 'solution' found for black feminist event

Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 11:43am

The mayor of Paris said Monday that a "clear solution" has been found with organizers of a festival for black feminists, an event that had aroused her ire because four-fifths of the festival space was to be open exclusively to black women.

6-day war begets 50 years of strife for Israel

Dan Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:20am

It may well be remembered as a pyrrhic victory for Israel: in six days it stunned the world by vanquishing several Arab armies, only to be saddled with a deeply corrosive 50-year fight with the Palestinians for the Holy Land.

6-day war begets 50 years of strife for Israel

Dan Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 9:14am

It may well be remembered as a pyrrhic victory for Israel: in six days it stunned the world by vanquishing several Arab armies, only to be saddled with a deeply corrosive 50-year fight with the Palestinians for the Holy Land.

India's limits on selling cattle could hurt industry, diets

Nirmala George, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:53am

A new ban imposed by India's government on the sale of cows and buffaloes for slaughter to protect animals considered holy by many Hindus is drawing widespread protests from state governments and animal-related industries.

Hungary signs accord with archbishop to support Iraqi clinic

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 6:13am

Hungary's government is donating 145 million forints ($525,000) to Saint Joseph's Clinic in Erbil, Iraq, which provides services for mainly Christian refugees living in the city.

Travel ban to test Supreme Court view of presidential power

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 1:34am

The Supreme Court may soon decide how courts are supposed to view presidential power in the age of Donald Trump.

Rwanda native shares story of survival, forgiveness to people who killed her family

Carole Mikita  |  Posted   May 28th - 11:49pm

Not only did Immaculee Ilibagiza survive the genocide in her homeland of Rwanda, she also forgave the people who killed her family.

AP Explains: Iraq's slow grind to retake IS-held Mosul

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 1:20pm

Iraq's fight to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group has been the largest and the longest operation against the extremists in the nearly three years since they overran a third of the country. Mosul is Iraq's second-largest city after the capital Baghdad and was a key logistical and economic hub for IS when the extremists' footprint spanned much of Iraq's north and into neighboring Syria. Iraq's prime minister had originally pledged Mosul would be retaken by the end of 2016, but it quickly became clear IS planned to draw out their inevitable defeat, leaving destruction and human suffering in their wake.

Egypt's answer to latest attack reflects despair, resolve

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 12:34pm

Egypt's response to the latest deadly attack against its sizable Christian minority — a wave of airstrikes against Islamic militant installations in eastern Libya — may be a sign of both despair and resolve.

Poland's PM attends first Mass celebrated by her son

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 11:52am

Poland's Prime Minister Beata Szydlo has attended the first Roman Catholic Mass that her older son celebrated as priest.

The Latest: Survivors tell of horror during Egypt bus attack

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

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Pope says Egyptian Copts killed by IS were 'martyrs'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 28th - 4:30am

For the second day in a row, Pope Francis has expressed his solidarity with Egypt's Coptic Christians following an attack on a bus carrying Coptic pilgrims to a remote desert monastery.

Pope visits factory workers, highlights the dignity of work

Vanessa Gera and Antonio Calanni, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 12:36pm

Pope Francis highlighted the struggles that workers face in a globalized economy with a visit Saturday to a troubled steel factory in Genoa, where he stressed how jobs give people a sense of human dignity and denounced those who exploit workers.

Nationalist Buddhist group gathers in Myanmar despite ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 12:31pm

Thousands of Buddhist monks, nuns and supporters of an ultranationalist Buddhist group gathered at an annual conference on the outskirts of Myanmar's biggest city on Saturday despite being banned by the government.

Islamic State claims responsibility for Egypt attack

Amr Nabil and Heba Afify, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 27th - 10:34am

The Islamic State group on Saturday claimed responsibility for the attack on a bus carrying Christians on their way to a remote desert monastery south of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, which killed 29.

Turkish paper's chief editor stabbed to death in family row

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 30th - 1:04am

Turkey's state-run news agency says the chief editor of a pro-Islamic Yeni Akit newspaper has died after being stabbed by his son-in-law.

Trial near for sect members accused of beating away demons

Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 1:24pm

It has been nearly 4½ years since Matthew Fenner said he was beaten in a church sanctuary by a group of congregants hell-bent on expelling his "homosexual demons."

Pieces of pig placed on plot of future mosque in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 29th - 11:24am

Nine wooden spikes topped with parts of a dead pig were planted on a plot of land where Muslims are planning to build a mosque in the eastern city of Erfurt, German police said Monday.