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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.

All eyes on Texas governor as calls grow to halt execution

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 8th - 10:02pm

In his five years as Texas' governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man's life.

Church looted by vandals as protests rage in Chile's capital

Esteban Felix and Eva Vergara, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 8th - 4:01pm

Hooded protesters looted a Roman Catholic church Friday near the main gathering site for three weeks of mass protests against Chile's government over inequality.

The Latest: Colorado synagogue bomb suspect to remain jailed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 8th - 10:48am

The Latest on a court appearance of a man accused of plotting to bomb a Colorado synagogue (all times local):

France reopens contested Jewish tomb in east Jerusalem

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 7th - 11:11pm

French authorities reopened one of Jerusalem's most magnificent ancient tombs to the public for the first time in over a decade, despite a dispute over access to the archaeological-cum-holy site in the city's volatile eastern half.

Suspect in Colorado synagogue plot will remain in jail

Colleen Slevin, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 7th - 9:31pm

A man arrested on suspicion of plotting to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue waived his right to have the evidence against him aired in court Friday and will remain behind bars for now.

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.

India state broadcaster: Top court rules disputed religious ground in favor of Hindus with alternate land for Muslims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 8th - 10:52pm

India state broadcaster: Top court rules disputed religious ground in favor of Hindus with alternate land for Muslims.

India's court set to deliver verdict on temple dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 8th - 9:21am

India's top court is expected to pronounce its verdict in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus over plans to build a Hindu temple in northern India.