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Pope brings peace message to Africa amid security fears

Nicole Winfield and Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 3:00am

Pope Francis wants to bring a message of peace and reconciliation to an Africa torn by extremist violence, but security concerns are so high that he might be forced to make changes to his itinerary for the final leg of the trip.

AP PHOTOS: Ancient Jewish community endures on Tunisian isle

Mosa'ab Elshamy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 1:00am

When school lets out, the streets around the ancient synagogue on this Tunisian island fill with rambunctious boys wearing Jewish kippahs and girls in long skirts, shouting to each other in Hebrew, Arabic and French.

Francis begins peace pilgrimage to 3 African countries

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 12:30am

Pope Francis has begun a pilgrimage to three African nations.

Popular Utah YouTube stars unite for Christmas music video

Ashley Kewish  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 10:30pm

What do you get when you combine the stars of 12 different popular YouTube channels in one place for one night? They hope their next viral video.

Pastor among 8 indicted in fatal New York church beating

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 7:02pm

The pastor of an insular New York church where a young man was beaten to death and his younger brother seriously injured was among seven people charged Tuesday with murder.

Vatican court rejects journalist's bid to drop leaks charges

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 9:11am

A Vatican tribunal on Tuesday rejected a journalist's request to dismiss charges against him for publishing confidential documents as a trial opened in the Holy See's latest leaks scandal.

Leader of religious forum attacked in Bangladesh

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 9:11am

Two men wielding kitchen knives attacked a religious forum leader in Bangladesh on Tuesday, police said.

Carson backs off claims of American Muslims cheering 9/11

Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 5:30pm

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is backing away from his Monday claim that he saw American Muslims celebrating the Sept. 11 attacks.

Uganda fundraises, spruces up shrine for pope visit

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 10:01am

More than 2 million people are expected to converge near a minor basilica in the Ugandan capital where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass on Saturday, an official with the Roman Catholic Church here said Monday even as workers put in extra hours to spruce up the shrine.

UK court: non-religious views should be part of curriculum

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 5:30am

Britain's High Court has ruled that the nation's education secretary erred in failing to include non-religious views in the curriculum on religious studies.

Police: Newborn left in Christmas nativity manger at church

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 10:41pm

For a short time Monday afternoon, the Christmas manger at a New York City church might've been able to pass for the real thing: A newborn baby, with the umbilical cord still attached, was abandoned there. Now, New York City police are searching for whoever left the child.

Expert: Friends recruit most Islamic State fighters

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 10:00pm

A terrorism expert says three-quarters of those who become foreign fighters for the Islamic State extremist group are recruited through friends and about 20 percent through family members.

New Catholic high school to be built on 48 acres in Bismarck

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 4:50pm

A new Catholic high school will be built on a 48-acre plot in Bismarck thanks to a land donation.

Trial for church shooting suspect friend moved to Charleston

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 3:40pm

A federal judge has moved the trial of Joey Meek, a friend of the man charged in the Charleston church shootings, to the city where the shootings occurred.

N. Illinois University removes Bibles from campus hotel

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 3:11pm

Bibles can no longer be found in the rooms of Northern Illinois University's campus hotel after a secular group complained it had no place in nightstands.

Carson no longer claiming to have seen American Muslims celebrating on 9/11

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 5:50pm

Ben Carson is now backing away from his claim that he saw American Muslims celebrating the 9/11 attacks.

2015 AP Northeast Inland All-District Team

Craig Merz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 5:20pm

The 2015 Associated Press Northeast Inland All-District football team, as selected by a media panel from the district:

UAE court sentences Islamist Kuwaiti politician for critique

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 1:00pm

The United Arab Emirates' state news agency says the country's Federal Supreme Court has convicted a former Islamist lawmaker from Kuwait of insulting the country's leadership and spreading false rumors in a televised interview

Church of Scientology's Moscow branch to be dissolved

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 9:10am

A Russian court has ordered the Church of Scientology in Moscow to be dissolved.