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Victims question Kamala Harris' record on clergy abuse

Michael Rezendes, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 11:17am

Joey Piscitelli was angry when Kamala Harris emerged as a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination. It brought back the frustration he felt in the 2000s, when he was a newly minted spokesman for clergy sex abuse victims and Harris was San Francisco's district attorney.

Trump tells evangelicals gains he's made are 'fragile'

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 10:00am

President Donald Trump on Wednesday listed steps his administration had taken to bolster conservative causes and oppose abortion, warning evangelical voters that it all could change very quickly with the "wrong person" in the White House.

Pope expresses sadness over image of drowned father, child

Trisha Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 6:58am

Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed sadness over the fate of the father and young daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande while trying to cross into the United States.

Lebanese town bans Muslims from buying, renting property

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 12:39am

Mohammed Awwad and his fiancee, both Muslims, recently found an affordable apartment for rent online in a town in Lebanon, southeast of Beirut.

Moroccan women press to legalize abortion amid pending bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 25th - 1:40pm

It was a small demonstration on a big topic for some Moroccan women trying to make some abortions legal.

Ex-priest dies months into imprisonment for raping boys

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 25th - 9:40am

A former Catholic priest who pleaded guilty last year to raping two boys decades earlier has died just several months into a 20-year prison sentence in South Carolina.

Iran says 'idiotic' new US sanctions shut doors of diplomacy

Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 25th - 7:21am

Iran warned Tuesday that new U.S. sanctions targeting its supreme leader and other top officials meant "closing the doors of diplomacy" between Tehran and Washington amid heightened tensions, even as President Hassan Rouhani derided the White House as being "afflicted by mental retardation."

Cuba restores oldest Jewish cemetery as Havana is spruced up

Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 10:03pm

Some marble grave covers are broken and tombstones lie on the ground, covered in moss. At some plots, vegetation pokes through the cement cracks.

Police: Driver health may be issue in fatal church bus crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 11:56am

Colorado authorities on Monday were investigating what caused a bus carrying a New Mexico high school church group home from a weekend retreat to veer off a highway and crash, killing the driver and a man training to become a Catholic priest.

Greek Orthodox church in US gets 1st new leader in 20 years

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 11:29am

The Greek Orthodox church of the United States, a far-flung denomination of 1.5-million members, on Saturday installed its first new leader in 20 years — a lifelong European whose top priority is completing construction of a shrine in New York City linked to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Unrepentant 'sinners' romp in Spanish town at Corpus Christi

Bernat Armangue, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 7:39am

It is time for the Corpus Christi celebrations in Spain and the central town of Camuñas smells of rosemary.

California campus removes bell marking Catholic missions

Natalie Rice, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 3:39pm

A university in Northern California removed a bell marking the 18th century Catholic missions that Native Americans say glorifies racism.

Internet-ordained ministers sue Tennessee over marriage ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 26th - 9:35am

A Tennessee law barring ministers ordained online from officiating at marriage ceremonies is being challenged in federal court.

Saudi coalition says head of Yemen's Islamic State captured

Aya Batrawy and Sam Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 25th - 8:51am

Saudi Arabia's special forces captured the leader of the Islamic State group's branch in Yemen during a raid on a house that was under surveillance, a Saudi military statement said Tuesday, dealing a blow to the extremist group which has taken advantage of the country's turmoil to launch devastating attacks.

Turkish court frees US Consulate worker from house arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 25th - 4:31am

A court in Istanbul has released an employee of the U.S. Consulate from house arrest for health reasons.

Iran's president says new US sanctions targeting Islamic Republic's supreme leader, others are 'outrageous and idiotic'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 25th - 1:33am

Iran's president says new US sanctions targeting Islamic Republic's supreme leader, others are 'outrageous and idiotic'

Spanish prosecutors want inquiry into church sex abuse cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 8:33am

Spain's public prosecutors are suggesting opening a national investigation into the sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic Church, the first such official proposal in the country.

Dominican judge sends 6 to trial in giant Odebrecht scandal

Martin Adames, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 6:44pm

A judge in the Dominican Republic on Friday ordered a former Senate president, an ex-public works minister and four other people to stand trial in a bribery scandal involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht.

APNewsBreak: 395 claims filed in church bankruptcy case

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 3:17pm

Nearly 400 claims have been filed against New Mexico's largest and oldest Roman Catholic diocese as part of a pending bankruptcy case that stems from the clergy sex abuse scandal, church officials announced Friday.