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Texas church opens new sanctuary 18 months after massacre

Clarice Silber, Associated Press  |  Posted May 18th - 9:54pm

A South Texas church began a fresh chapter of worship on Sunday as it unveiled a new sanctuary a year and a half after a gunman opened fire and killed more than two dozen congregants in the deadliest mass shooting in state history.

India's marathon national election reaches the finish line

Julhas Alam and Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted May 18th - 8:03pm

Voting in India's mammoth national election ended Sunday with the seventh and final phase of a grueling poll that lasted more than five weeks, as exit polls predicted a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party and its allies.

Jimmy Carter won't teach Sunday school days after procedure

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 18th - 3:44pm

Former President Jimmy Carter canceled plans to teach Sunday school just days after undergoing surgery for a broken hip.

Sikhs say Nordstrom apologized for turban, waiting for Gucci

Anita Snow, Associated Press  |  Posted May 18th - 3:37pm

Nordstrom has apologized to Sikhs for selling a turban they found offensive, but a representative with the U.S. community's top civil rights organization said Saturday they are still waiting to hear from the Gucci brand that designed it.

Pope urges foreign media to use power of press to seek truth

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 18th - 8:20am

Pope Francis urged foreign correspondents on Saturday to humbly use the power of the press to search for the truth and give voice to the voiceless, saying journalism is an important tool to counter the hatred, prejudice and fake news.

Austrian leader calls an early election amid video scandal

David McHugh and Kamila Jafaru, Associated Press  |  Posted May 18th - 3:51am

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called Saturday for an early election after his vice chancellor resigned over a covertly shot video that showed him apparently promising government contracts to a prospective Russian investor.

Catholic bishop challenges Dallas police affidavit accuracy

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17th - 7:06pm

The Roman Catholic bishop of the Dallas diocese has challenged the accuracy of a Dallas police affidavit's allegations that the diocese had "thwarted" its investigation of past sexual misconduct by priests.

Algerians hold anti-government protest, jump on police vans

Aomar Ouali, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17th - 11:06am

Protesters flooded the streets of Algeria for the 13th straight Friday, climbing atop police vans that were blocking the main demonstration site in the capital in a bold show of defiance.

Alabama abortion law raised hope for execution reprieve

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17th - 9:59am

A lawyer for a condemned inmate said he hoped Gov. Kay Ivey might a grant clemency request and block the execution after she talked about her belief that "life is precious" in signing a bill to virtually outlaw abortion in Alabama.

Poland leader slams church pathology, backs sex abuse probe

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17th - 5:12am

Poland's ruling conservative party leader said Friday it does not tolerate "pathology" in the Catholic church and will back a commission to investigate sex abuse of minors in church but also in other circles.

India's ruling party takes election battle to West Bengal

Julhas Alam and Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17th - 4:03am

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken his ruling party's fight to the state of West Bengal, where it hopes to retain a majority in staggered general elections concluding this week by diluting the strength of a formidable opponent, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Senators in Brazil pass forced rehab for drug users

Marcelo Silva By Sousa, Associated Press  |  Posted May 16th - 7:33pm

Brazil's Senate approved a series of drug policy changes designed to toughen penalties for traffickers and require users to undergo rehabilitation at private or religious centers, acting ahead of a Supreme Court decision on the decriminalization of marijuana consumption and possession.

Man to stay jailed over talk about avenging mosque attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 16th - 12:11pm

A federal judge has ruled a New York man will remain in custody in Montana pending his June 24 trial over charges that he lied to authorities about discussions he had about joining the Islamic State group and attacking random people to avenge shootings at two New Zealand mosques.

Lebanese bid farewell to ex-cardinal at state funeral

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 16th - 9:11am

Lebanon on Thursday laid to rest the former patriarch of Lebanon's Maronite Christian church, a key political figure in the country's troubled modern history, following a state funeral attended by top political and spiritual leaders and more than a thousand people.

Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache says he is resigning amid video scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 18th - 4:31am

Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache says he is resigning amid video scandal.

Group wants Tennessee DA to resign over anti-Islam post

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17th - 2:45pm

A Tennessee district attorney is facing calls to resign after posting several anti-Islam remarks to social media.

Vatican high court absolves priest of advances in confession

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17th - 6:48am

The Vatican's high court has absolved a top Holy See official of charges that he made sexual advances against a nun during confession.

Police investigate 2nd suspicious fire at rabbi's home

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17th - 6:43am

Authorities in Massachusetts are investigating a second suspicious fire at a rabbi's home in less than a week, and trying to determine if a fire at another rabbi's home in a nearby town is connected.

Egypt's president pardons 560, including prominent columnist

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17th - 2:35am

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi pardoned 560 prisoners, including a prominent journalist and several women.

Senate confirms abortion opponent as US judge in Louisiana

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted May 16th - 2:19pm

The Senate confirmed Louisiana lawyer Wendy Vitter as a federal judge Thursday, overcoming opposition from Democrats who criticized her anti-abortion stance and accused her of trying to hide her record on the issue.