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Albania Holocaust memorial honors locals who protected Jews

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 9:37am

Albania unveiled a Holocaust memorial in the capital on Thursday to honor the dead and the Albanians who protected Jews from the Nazis.

Morocco to start reopening borders after strict lockdown

Amira El-Masaiti, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 6:50am

Morocco will start gradually reopening its air and maritime borders next week after one of the world’s strictest border lockdowns, which trapped tourists inside the country and left thousands of Moroccans stranded abroad and unable to come home.

Washington's 'Church of Presidents' etched in history again

Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 5:01am

but instead he embraced it.

Court: Some employers can refuse to offer free birth control

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 9:00am

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Trump administration rules allowing some employers to decline to provide contraceptive coverage on religious or moral grounds, which could leave more than 70,000 women without cost-free birth control.

Supreme Court sides with Catholic schools in employment suit

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 8:21am

The Supreme Court sided with two Catholic schools in a ruling Wednesday underscoring that certain employees of religious schools, hospitals and social service centers can't sue for employment discrimination.

Two COVID-19-ravaged churches take different recovery paths

David Crary and Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 5:02am

The paths of two New York City churches diverged this week — one reopened and one stayed closed. But they have shared a tragic fate, together losing at least 134 members of their mostly Hispanic congregations to the coronavirus.

US hits Chinese officials with visa bans over Tibet access

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 3:28pm

The Trump administration fired a new shot in its diplomatic war with China on Tuesday by imposing travel bans on Chinese officials it says are restricting foreigners’ access to Tibet.

Russian court fines coronavirus-denying rebel monk

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 5:44am

A Russian court on Tuesday fined a coronavirus-denying monk who has challenged Kremlin lockdown orders for spreading false information about the pandemic.

GOP worries Trump's divisive June imperils Senate control

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 10:06pm

President Donald Trump's June began with his Bible-clutching photo op outside a church after authorities used chemicals and batons to scatter peaceful demonstrators. It never got less jarring or divisive.

Virus loans helped entities tied to Trump evangelical allies

Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 10:03pm

Churches connected to President Donald Trump and other organizations linked to current or former Trump evangelical advisers received at least $17.3 million in loans from a federal rescue package designed to aid small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump's leadership is tested in time of fear, pandemic

Jonathan Lemire and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 10:23pm

Not long after noon on Feb. 6, President Donald Trump strode into the elegant East Room of the White House. The night before, his impeachment trial had ended with acquittal in the Republican-controlled Senate. It was time to gloat and settle scores.

Religious leaders to invoke Frederick Douglass on July 4th

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 2:47pm

About 150 preachers, rabbis and imams are promising to invoke Black abolitionist Frederick Douglass on July 4th as they call for the U.S. to tackle racism and poverty.

Russian Orthodox Church defrocks coronavirus-denying monk

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 9:38am

The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defrocked a coronavirus-denying monk who has defied Kremlin lockdown orders and taken control of a monastery.

Kansas legislators seek investigation into former detective

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 2:27pm

A coalition of Kansas lawmakers, religious leaders and racial justice advocates called Thursday for an investigation into a retired white police detective accused of preying on Black women for sex over decades and framing for murder the son of one of them.

Supreme Court agrees to hear Nazi art case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 11:44am

The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear a case involving the descendants of a group of Jewish art dealers from Germany who say their ancestors were forced to sell a collection of religious art to the Nazi government in 1935.

Feds charge Florida man, sons with selling fake virus cure

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 6:09pm

A Florida man and his three sons are facing federal charges that they illegally sold a bleachlike chemical mixture as a miracle cure for the new coronavirus and other diseases, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Update on the latest in business:

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 11:33am

Stocks are drifting up and down as a continued rally for big tech companies makes up for weakness elsewhere across Wall Street.

Pope denounces unimaginable "hell" of Libyan migrant camps

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 4:16am

Pope Francis denounced the unimaginable “hell” of Libya’s migrant detention camps as he celebrated a Mass on Wednesday in honor of would-be asylum seekers who risk their lives for a better future.

Protesters back Indiana pastor who called activists maggots

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 6:14pm

Supporters of an Indiana minister who was suspended for calling organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement “maggots and parasites” walked out of a service and shouted at a bishop who ended his remarks with the words, “Black lives matter.”