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Trump draws far smaller inaugural crowd than Obama

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 4:50pm

Far fewer people attended President Donald Trump's inauguration Friday than his predecessor's swearing-in eight years ago.

UN rights envoy slams Myanmar on military's actions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 10:41am

A U.N. human rights envoy on Friday ended a 12-day visit to Myanmar with a bleak evaluation of the government's ability to deal with the problems facing the country's ethnic minorities.

IRA leader turned peacemaker McGuinness announces retirement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:00am

Allies and political opponents paid tribute Friday to Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army commander-turned-peacemaker who is stepping down as one of Northern Ireland's most influential politicians.

Mideast expects big changes under Trump

Dan Perry and Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:50pm

Donald Trump's all-but-dismissal of human rights as a foreign policy principle could hit like an earthquake across a Middle East landscape beset by warring factions and beleaguered governments, with some players eyeing the prospect of once unimaginable new alliances.

Muslim clerics attack rally for missing Pakistani activists

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:40am

Pakistani police say Muslim clerics attacked a rally calling for the release of five anti-Taliban activists and bloggers who went missing earlier this month.

Inaugural crowds sure to be huge _ but how huge?

Ben Nuckols, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 5:42pm

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.

Rabbis plan response to white supremacist threats in Montana

Matt Volz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:30pm

Orthodox Jewish rabbis said Wednesday they will counter white supremacists' harassment of the Jewish community in the Montana town of Whitefish by sending students to visit the Auschwitz concentration camp and by mailing a Torah to every Jewish family in the state.

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.

The Latest: Family asks for prayers for victim, shooter

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 4:21pm

The Latest on an Ohio school shooting that injured one student (all times local):

Mother sues to stop Bible classes in West Virginia schools

Michael Virtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:01pm

A kindergartner's mother sued her public school system in West Virginia, saying a 75-year practice of putting kids in Bible classes violates the U.S. and state constitutions.

Another inaugural tradition _ prayer _ under fire over Trump

Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:11am

For years, the Washington National Cathedral, an Episcopal parish with a dual role as a civic gathering place, has hosted a prayer service for the newly sworn-in president. But keeping the tradition this year has caused an uproar among Episcopalians opposed to President-elect Donald Trump.

Texas lawmaker polls mosque leaders on Sharia law support

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:11pm

A Texas lawmaker has sent a survey to mosques around the state asking leaders there about Sharia Law and to pledge support for the "safety" of former Muslims who have chosen to leave the faith, implying that they could face unspecified persecution for doing so.

Historic German abbey closed, property goes to diocese

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:21am

Bavarian Catholic church authorities said Thursday they have closed Germany's last Bridgettine Order abbey at the request of the Vatican — renewing concerns about what will happen to the property, including a precious library, which now goes to the local diocese.

European nationalists find common ground _ for now

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:10am

They are the would-be Donald Trumps of Europe and they are coming together in a bid to gain influence in some of the continent's most powerful nations.

OIC hopes to send team to Myanmar to study Rohingya's plight

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:20am

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation plans to send a high-level delegation to Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state to assess the plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority, Malaysia said Thursday.

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.