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Key events in Egypt since the 2011 pro-democracy uprising

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 20th - 1:31am

Here are key events in eight years of turmoil and transition in Egypt, leading up to a national referendum on constitutional amendments that could allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in power until 2030.

Embattled US Rep. Ilhan Omar tweets 'happy Passover'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 2:13pm

U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is wishing "happy Passover" to Jews commemorating the holiday in her home state of Minnesota and around the world.

Nicaraguans use Good Friday processions to protest

Gabriela Selser, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 12:50pm

Good Friday religious processions in Nicaragua's capital took on a political tone as people seized a rare opportunity to renew protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega.

Salt Lake Temple to close in December 2019, will remain closed for 4 years

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Apr 19th - 9:55am

The Salt Lake Temple will close on Dec. 29, 2019. It will remain closed for about four years as it undergoes extensive renovations.

Ukraine candidates: Experience vs image

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 4:21am

Ukraine's presidential election on Sunday will pit image against experience, with polls suggesting TV comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy heading for an overwhelming victory against President Petro Poroshenko.

Devotees nailed to crosses on Good Friday in Philippines

Iya Forbes, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 3:48am

Several Roman Catholic devotees were nailed to wooden crosses in a gory Good Friday ritual in the Philippines, and others flogged themselves or took part in religious plays to reenact Jesus Christ's suffering.

Christian pilgrims march through Jerusalem for Good Friday

Isabel Debre, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 2:54am

Thousands of Christian pilgrims and clergy members marched through the ancient stone alleys of Jerusalem's Old City, retracing Jesus' path to crucifixion in observation of Good Friday.

Pope cites plight of migrants, children on Good Friday

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 1:34am

Pope Francis used a Good Friday ceremony to decry "all the crosses" of suffering in the world, including those borne by migrants who find doors closed due to "political calculations" and children who are harmed in their "innocence and purity," in a reference to pedophile clergy.

In Ukrainian candidate's hometown, a cry for change

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 12:34am

Residents of this grim industrial city in eastern Ukraine say they are exhausted by a daily battle for survival amid low wages and soaring bills. Many of them believe a native son — a comedian with no political experience — is just the person to lift them out of their economic misery.

Warsaw synagogue 'reappears' on anniversary of ghetto revolt

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 11:15pm

The Great Synagogue of Warsaw, which was destroyed by German forces during World War II, made a brief reappearance as an apparition of light during commemorations for the Ghetto Uprising of 1943.

Minister at secretive N Carolina church sentenced for fraud

Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 3:18pm

A minister at a secretive church in North Carolina has been sentenced to 34 months in prison and ordered to pay $466,960 in restitution for his role in an unemployment fraud scheme involving businesses owned by members of the congregation.

Doctor: Tennessee church shooting suspect has mental illness

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 3:14pm

A psychiatrist has identified mental illnesses in the man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Tennessee church in 2017.

Rabbis: 'Not kosher' to buy at grocery store during strike

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 2:34pm

As thousands of Stop & Shop workers remain on strike in New England, some Jewish families are preparing for Passover without the region's largest supermarket chain, which has deep roots in the local Jewish community.

President Nelson writes Pope Francis letter of sympathy after fire at Notre Dame

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Apr 18th - 1:04pm

A few days after the Notre Dame fire, President Russell M. Nelson, leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, wrote Pope Francis a letter, expressing his condolences.

Arson reported at Russia's largest yeshiva during Passover

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 12:33pm

Jewish officials say an arson fire was set at the largest yeshiva in Russia as the faithful were gathered there for a Passover meal.

Extremist Merah's brother handed 30-year sentence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 19th - 3:35am

The brother of Islamic extremist Mohamed Merah has been convicted of complicity to murder for his involvement in a horrific 2012 attack in southern France that killed seven people.

Minister at secretive N Carolina church sentenced for fraud

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 3:46pm

A minister at a secretive church in rural North Carolina has been sentenced to 34 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $466,000 in restitution for his role in an unemployment fraud scheme involving businesses owned by church leaders.

Drive for 3 burned African American churches tops $1.8M goal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 2:20pm

A crowdfunding drive to help rebuild three African American churches gutted by arson fires in Louisiana has surpassed its original $1.8 million goal.

Evangelical group says Laos deports 3 American missionaries

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 9:05am

A U.S.-based Christian evangelical organization says three of its American volunteers who were detained in Laos more than a week ago for proselytizing have been freed and deported.

Israeli police detain Jewish suspects with sacrificial goats

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 18th - 5:37am

Israeli police say they detained four suspects involved in an attempt to smuggle two baby goats into Jerusalem's most sensitive holy site for a ritual sacrifice.