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Trump pick as security adviser is nod toward pragmatism

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:27pm

President Donald Trump's choice of an outspoken but non-political Army general as national security adviser is a nod to pragmatism, but Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will serve a commander in chief with unorthodox ideas about foreign policy and an inner circle of advisers determined to implement them.

Le Pen refuses headscarf, nixes talks with Lebanon cleric

Andrea Rosa and Hussein Malla, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:56am

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen refused to don a headscarf for a meeting with Lebanon's top Sunni Muslim cleric on Tuesday and walked away from the scheduled appointment after a brief squabble at the entrance.

Pastor: Jesus statue vandalized twice at Indianapolis church

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:40am

A pastor says a statue of Jesus has been vandalized twice this month outside an Indianapolis church.

Lindsay Lohan says she was profiled while wearing headscarf

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:40am

Lindsay Lohan claims she was "racially profiled" while wearing a headscarf at London's Heathrow Airport.

Vatican, Rome's Jewish Museum, team up for first joint show

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 1:13pm

The museums of the Vatican and Rome's ancient Jewish community are hosting their first joint exhibit, building on decades of improved Catholic-Jewish relations following centuries of mistrust.

Merkel's Algeria visit canceled because president falls ill

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 10:13am

An attack of severe bronchitis suffered by long-ailing Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika forced his country to call off a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the last minute on Monday.

Islamic State vows more attacks on Egypt's Christians

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:52am

An Islamic State group affiliate in Egypt released a video Monday showing the suicide bomber who killed nearly 30 people when he attacked a packed church in December and vowing more attacks on the country's Christian.

AP source: Revised travel ban targets same countries

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 1:43am

A draft of President Donald Trump's revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven't used it yet.

Immigration rallies held around US to support Muslims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 10:44pm

Demonstrations were held in cities around the U.S. this weekend to support Muslim Americans and to protest President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

AP source: Trump's revised travel ban targets same countries

Vivian Salama, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:52pm

A draft of President Donald Trump's revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven't used it yet.

Pope to parish: Pontiff pick not always smartest cardinal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 1:00pm

Pope Francis says cardinals don't always choose "the most intelligent" of their lot to be pontiff.

Police hunting for monk increase pressure on Thai temple

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:44am

Police in Thailand who spent three days in an orderly but unsuccessful search of a vast Buddhist temple for a prominent monk accused of financial wrongdoing kept up the pressure Sunday, sending fresh forces to confront devotees and monks at the compound's gates.

London mayor: 'Cruel' Trump should be denied state visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:40am

London's mayor says that President Donald Trump shouldn't receive a state visit in Britain because of his "cruel" policies on immigration.

School district agrees to remove Ten Commandments monument

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:35pm

A Pennsylvania school district has agreed to remove a granite Ten Commandments monument from outside a high school and pay $164,000 in legal fees to settle a federal lawsuit.

Cardinal at center of Ireland's clergy abuse scandals dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 12:15pm

Cardinal Desmond Connell, whose tenure as Dublin's Roman Catholic archbishop was dominated by revelations of pedophilia in the priesthood, has died at the age of 90.

Police say 2 arrested for vandalism at mosques in Arkansas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 10:56am

Police say two Fort Smith men have been arrested for vandalizing mosques in the western Arkansas city.

FBI assessing threat against Muslims made during meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:45am

The FBI says it's looking into reports of death threats made against Muslims during a meeting of conservative activists in North Carolina.

US Bishops join Mexico colleagues, denounce 'Santa Muerte'

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 11:55am

Bishops in the United States are denouncing the skeleton folk saint known as La Santa Muerte — a figure Roman Catholic leaders in Mexico routinely have attacked for the deity's connection to violence and the illicit drug trade.

Times Square rally protests Trump immigration policies

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:50pm

Over a thousand people of various faiths rallied in New York City in support of Muslim Americans and to protest President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 1:06pm

Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports.