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AP Explains: A look at the Islamic Jihad movement in Gaza

Ilan Ben Zion and Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 9:10am

An Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip has killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta, a senior official with the Islamic Jihad militant group, setting off the worst bout of fighting in recent months. Islamic Jihad is one of several groups fighting Israel, including Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

US troops at Syria base say they'll keep pressure on IS

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 4:26am

At a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants and prevent the extremists from resurging or breaking out of prisons.

Catholic bishops' agenda: immigrants, gun deaths, sex abuse

David Crary and Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 11th - 3:18pm

US Catholic bishops received a challenging to-do list Monday as they opened their national assembly — notably to support immigrants and refugees, extend the campaign to curtail clergy sex abuse and work harder to combat gun violence. They also were urged by Pope Francis' envoy to be more vigorous in promoting sometimes-divisive segments of the pope's agenda.

US troops at Syria base say they'll keep pressure on IS

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 11th - 2:05pm

At a base in eastern Syria, a senior U.S. coalition commander said Monday that American troops who remain in Syria are redeploying to bases, including in some new locations, and working with the Kurdish-led forces to keep up the pressure on the Islamic State militants and prevent the extremists from resurging or breaking out of prisons.

Still teaching at 95, Jimmy Carter draws devotees to church

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 10th - 11:09pm

The pilgrims arrive early and from all over, gathering hours before daybreak in an old pecan grove that surrounds a country church. They come, they say, for a dose of simple decency and devotion wrapped up in a Bible lesson.

Hispanic immigrant in line to lead US Catholic bishops

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 10th - 11:05am

but so is a potentially historic milestone: Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, an immigrant from Mexico, is widely expected to win election as the first Hispanic president of the bishops' national conference.

Pope to Bolivia: await peacefully election review outcome

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 10th - 6:40am

Pope Francis is urging Bolivians, including its politicians, to calmly await the outcome of a disputed election review.

Pope says he intends to go to South Sudan, urges dialogue

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 10th - 5:04am

Pope Francis on Sunday called for South Sudan politicians to salvage a tenuous peace deal and to bring a definitive end to conflicts to the African nation, which he announced he intends to visit in the coming year.

The Latest: Family wants governor to consider new evidence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 9th - 3:08pm

The Latest on pressure from lawmakers and celebrities to call of the execution of Rodney Reed in Texas (all times local):

Hopes of young Lebanese to escape sectarianism put to test

Mariam Fam, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 8th - 11:15pm

Singer Tania Saleh grew up amid a civil war that robbed her of her childhood, of her friends and neighbors and of the Lebanon she so loved. For years, she has sung the pains of sectarian schisms.

Hindus rejoice, Muslims deplore India court ruling on temple

Sheikh Saaliq, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 8th - 11:12pm

India's Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground in the country's north and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims to build a mosque - a verdict in a highly contentious case that was immediately deplored by a key Muslim body.

Australia's highest court agrees to hear cardinal's appeal

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 3:38pm

Australia's highest court has agreed to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children.

Australia's highest court agrees to hear appeal from the most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 3:36pm

Australia's highest court agrees to hear appeal from the most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse.

Greek government drops plan to criminalize blasphemy

Derek Gatopoulos and Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 7:27am

Greek officials Tuesday scrapped plans to criminalize blasphemy as a law-and-order debate intensified between the country's new conservative government and the left-wing opposition.

Cyprus' Church to return money if donor's passport revoked

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 12th - 6:41am

Cyprus' Orthodox Christian Church says it's ready to give back a fugitive Malaysian financier's 310,000-euro ($342,000) donation if a probe into wealthy individuals who were granted a Cypriot passport under a lucrative investment program finds that he broke eligibility rules and is stripped of citizenship.

Australian court to say if will hear Cardinal Pell's appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 10th - 9:35pm

The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn on Wednesday whether Australia's highest court will hear his appeal against convictions for molesting abusing two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago.

Pakistan eases rules for Indian Sikh pilgrims near border

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 9th - 4:41am

Pakistan's prime minister has inaugurated a visa-free initiative that allows Sikh pilgrims from India to visit one of their holiest shrines.

French bishops approve payments for church sex abuse victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 9th - 4:31am

French bishops have approved a plan to financially compensate people abused sexually within the church.

Global debate gets underway over married Catholic priests

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 9th - 1:01am

Germany's Catholics reacted enthusiastically when bishops from across the Amazon called for the ordination of married men as priests to address the clergy shortage in that region. Such reforms have been pushed for decades by many in Germany who hope it can lead to the liberalization of centuries of Roman Catholic tradition.