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Israel at 70: Satisfaction and grim disquiet share the stage

Dan Perry and Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 10:47am

Is Israel a success as it turns 70? As Israelis commemorate the milestone this week, satisfaction and a grim disquiet share the stage.

First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and 'Black Panther'

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 11:28pm

The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood's blockbuster "Black Panther" premiered in Saudi Arabia's first movie theater.

AP Was There: The fiery end of the standoff in Waco, Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 4:53pm

Around 6 a.m. on April 19, 1993, FBI agents moved in to end a 51-day standoff with the Branch Davidian religious sect near Waco, Texas, ramming holes in the group's compound with armored vehicles and spraying tear gas inside. About six hours later, smoke poured from the compound, which soon was consumed by a massive fire.

Pope meets father of British toddler at center of battle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 5:42am

The father of a terminally ill British toddler met Wednesday with Pope Francis and begged him to make another bid for his son's life, after an appeals court ruled that the child cannot be taken to Italy for further medical treatment.

Mormons travel for 12+ hours to hear Pres. Nelson in Kenya

Keira Farrimond, KSL TV  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 12:26pm

Beginning their journeys on Sunday night, some African members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints slept on buses and waited outside the venue for hours before a special conference with President Russell M. Nelson Monday.

Israeli series exposes raw wounds from ethnic Jewish divide

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 12:17am

An electrifying new documentary series on the problematic integration of Middle Eastern Jews by Israel's European founders in the 1950s has reopened old wounds of an ethnic divide within Judaism ahead of the country's 70th anniversary festivities.

Lawyers make final remarks in Australian cardinal's sex case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 16th - 10:32pm

A lawyer for the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis told an Australian court on Tuesday that Cardinal George Pell could have been targeted with false accusations to punish him for the crimes of other clerics.

Slovak interior minister resigns in slain reporter case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 16th - 7:42am

Slovakia's interior minister has resigned amid the political crisis triggered by the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee.

Bangladesh rejects Myanmar's claim of repatriating Rohingya

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 16th - 12:29am

Bangladesh on Monday rejected a claim by Myanmar that the Buddhist-majority nation had repatriated the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled to the neighboring country to escape military-led violence against the minority group.

AP Exclusive: Jailed Chinese pastor's US family seeks mercy

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 15th - 7:12pm

For years, Rev. John Sanqiang Cao and fellow Chinese Christian teachers would cross the river on a bamboo raft into Myanmar, carrying with them notebooks, pencils and Bibles. During the ride on March 5, 2017, Cao saw Chinese security agents waiting on the shore. He threw his cellphone into the water, protecting the identities of Chinese teachers he had recruited.

Myanmar takes back 1 Rohingya family despite UN concerns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 15th - 9:04am

Myanmar has accepted what appears to be the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape military-led violence against the minority group, even though the United Nations says it's not yet safe for them to return home.

Mexican priest stabbed to death in church

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:34am

A Roman Catholic priest has been stabbed to death in his church on the outskirts of Mexico City.

Protester gets probation for hitting police horse with pole

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 11:17pm

A counter-protester accused of attacking a police horse at a demonstration against Shariah law in Pennsylvania has been sentenced to two years' probation.

City panel OKs policy banning exchanges with Israeli police

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 4:56pm

A North Carolina city council voted Monday to prohibit its police department from engaging in international exchanges with agencies whose officers receive military-style training.

Nebraska doesn't extend Medicaid benefits to elderly nuns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 4:12pm

A vow of poverty by more than 20 elderly nuns isn't enough to qualify for Medicaid in Nebraska.

New sex abuse charges filed against Alabama evangelist

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 12:40pm

An Alabama youth evangelist arrested last week on charges of sexually abusing children was back in jail Tuesday on additional charges, authorities said.

Men charged in mosque bombing will face weapons charge first

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 8:01am

Federal prosecutors will try four men on a weapons charge in Illinois before three of the defendants stand trial in a mosque bombing case in Minnesota.

Egypt's mufti issues fatwa against buying Facebook 'likes'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 2:43am

Egypt's top mufti has issued a fatwa, or a religious decree, saying that buying Facebook "likes" is prohibited under Islam because it's a form of fraud and deception.

Rohingya lawyer urges UN to refer Myanmar to ICC for crimes

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 16th - 4:25pm

A lawyer from Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority who focuses on the trauma, mass rape and trafficking of its girls and women urged the U.N. Security Council on Monday to refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court for "horrific crimes" against the Rohingya and other ethnic groups.

Police: Brawl at Sikh temple in Indiana leaves 4 injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 15th - 3:25pm

Police say a brawl at a Sikh temple in suburban Indianapolis has left four people with minor injuries.