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Turkey marks 2nd anniversary of thwarting violent coup

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 2:35pm

With prayers and other events, Turkey on Sunday commemorated the second anniversary of thwarting a coup against the Turkish president and the government that left nearly 290 people dead and hundreds wounded.

The Latest: Fountain, wing-like benches anchor memorial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 15th - 10:51am

The Latest on plans for a memorial at a South Carolina church where nine African-American worshippers were slain in 2015 (all times local):

Nicaraguan students reunite with families after attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 9:24pm

More than 200 Nicaraguan university students were reunited with their parents Saturday after a tense night of armed attacks that left two dead and dozens wounded.

Security forces deploy in Iraq's Najaf after day of protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 14th - 10:04am

Iraqi security forces deployed on the streets of the Shiite holy city of Najaf on Saturday after a day of angry demonstrations over failing public services and high unemployment.

The Latest: Death toll leaps to 128 in Pakistan bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 2:30pm

The Latest on Pakistan's upcoming national elections and the return of Nawaz Sharif (all times local):

Pope pays rare tribute to French cardinal, attends full Mass

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 6:58am

Pope Francis has paid an unusually personal and public tribute to French Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran by attending the funeral of the former Vatican foreign minister and interfaith expert.

Supreme Court nominee dishes out mac and cheese to homeless

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 6:26pm

Pausing in his pursuit of Supreme Court robes, nominee Brett Kavanaugh donned a blue apron Wednesday afternoon to help serve meals to the homeless.

Timeline: President's Donald Trump's rocky road to UK visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 11:28am

President Donald Trump will be arriving Thursday in Britain, his first visit since becoming president. He will meet with Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II before spending the weekend at one of his golf clubs in Scotland. Trump has angered many in Britain in the last two years with a series of actions and pronouncements and many protests are expected.

Jurors shown mosque arson suspect's anti-Muslim writings

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 11th - 7:36am

Prosecutors say a Texas man accused of torching a mosque made plans to create a "rogue unit" to monitor and possibly confront Muslims at the Islamic center.

Procession marks 100th anniversary of czar's execution

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 5:29pm

Thousands of pilgrims have begun a procession marking the 100th anniversary of the execution of Czar Nicholas II and his family.

Investigation into weeping Virgin Mary statue continues

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 5:21pm

The Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces continues to investigate a Virgin Mary sculpture in a Hobbs church that appears to be weeping.

Egypt draft bill to immune senior military officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 12:33pm

Egypt's parliament has passed a draft bill that could immune senior military officers from future prosecution related to violence following the 2013 overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president.

Judge: Jewish heritage can be basis for race discrimination

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 9:20am

A federal magistrate judge says a football coach should be allowed to pursue his legal claim that a private Baptist college in Louisiana racially discriminated against him because of his Jewish heritage.

Contentious bill defines Israel as Jewish nation-state

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 16th - 7:01am

An Israeli parliamentary committee deliberated Monday on the final draft of a contentious legislation that would define Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

Florida pastor accused of taking pic up parishioner's dress

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 13th - 9:29am

A pastor in Florida is under arrest and out of a job after allegedly recording images under the dress of a parishioner as she bent over to put her child in a car seat.

Chilean priest accused of sexually abusing minors arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 12th - 7:24pm

Authorities arrested a priest Thursday on accusations of sexually abusing minors, the latest turn in a scandal engulfing Chile's Roman Catholic Church for having covered up abuses for decades.

Vatican drafting guidelines on proper uses for sold churches

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 2:40pm

The Vatican is drafting guidelines to help Catholic dioceses find appropriate ways to decommission unneeded churches so they don't end up as discos, gymnasiums or gelato shops.

UN envoy meets with Yemen's president in Aden

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 8:22am

Yemen's news agency says a U.N. envoy has met with President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi in the southern city of Aden in an effort to revive peace negotiations with Shiite rebels.

Pakistan Christians welcome new Catholic cardinal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 10th - 3:00am

Christians, a tiny minority in Islamic Pakistan, have given a warm welcome to newly appointed Roman Catholic Cardinal Joseph Coutts in the southern port city of Karachi.