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The Latest: Philippine police go on nationwide alert

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 2:00am

The Latest on the siege of a Philippine city that led President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the south (all times local):

Hack, fake story expose real tensions between Qatar, Gulf

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:51am

Qatar said hackers allegedly broke into the website of its state-run news agency on Wednesday and published a fake story quoting the ruling emir. The development prompted Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to respond by blocking Qatari media, including broadcaster Al-Jazeera.

Having previously clashed, Trump and Pope Francis meet

Jonathan Lemire and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:35am

President Donald Trump met with Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed, concluding his tour of the ancestral homes of the world's three largest monotheistic religions.

Priest among 14 hostages taken in siege of Philippines city

Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 1:23am

Muslim extremists abducted a Catholic priest and more than a dozen churchgoers while laying siege to a southern Philippine city overnight, burning buildings, ambushing soldiers and hoisting flags of the Islamic State group, officials said Wednesday. President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in the southern third of the nation and warned he would enforce it harshly.

5 killed, 286 held in Bahrain raid on Shiite cleric's town

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 8:14pm

Bahrain police raided a town Tuesday that is home to a prominent Shiite cleric facing possible deportation, arresting 286 people in an assault in which officers fired tear gas and shotguns at protesters. At least five demonstrators were killed and others wounded.

Mormon church president, Thomas S. Monson, to no longer attend regular meetings

Josh Furlong  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:31pm

President Thomas S. Monson, leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will no longer come to the church offices to attend meetings on a regular basis "because of limitations incident to his age," LDS Church officials said Tuesday.

Trump, Francis: After clashing, a search for common ground

Jonathan Lemire and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:18pm

They are stylistic opposites, one a bombastic tycoon-turned-president, the other a famously modest pope. They disagree openly on such weighty issues as immigration, climate change and economic policy.

Trump touts ultimate peace, but same obstacles remain

Dan Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:07pm

President Donald Trump showered his Middle Eastern hosts with praise and declared a breakthrough regional peace within reach. No one contradicted him, but behind the pageantry and politesse a wall of skepticism remains solidly intact.

In Syria's devastated twin towns, tears mix with rubble

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 5:20am

Arriving with her husband and 10-year-old daughter to check on their home for the first time in five years, Adibeh Ghosn had trouble recognizing the neighborhood.

Questions about Russia chase Trump during first Israel visit

Jonathan Lemire and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 6:13pm

President Donald Trump solemnly placed a note in the ancient stones of Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday, sending a signal of solidarity to an ally he's pushing to work harder toward peace with the Palestinians. But his historic gesture— and his enthusiastic embrace of Israel's leader — were shadowed even here by reminders of Trump's tumult back home

El Salvador's first cardinal surprised by selection

Marcos Aleman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:54pm

Monsignor Gregorio Rosa Chavez, an auxiliary bishop who works as a parish pastor in El Salvador, was alone preparing to lead a Sunday Mass when a friend called to say he heard Pope Francis had named him as a new cardinal.

Catholics challenge St. Louis' 'abortion sanctuary' law

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:40pm

A group of St. Louis Catholics filed a lawsuit against the city Monday over a local ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on "reproductive health decisions," saying the law could force employers or landlords to go against their religious beliefs.

LDS Church, facing restrictions, merges Russia missions

The Associated Press and Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted   May 22nd - 12:16pm

The LDS Church is merging two of its missions in Russia, sending those missionaries home early or reassigning them to finish their service in the U.S.

Trump administration wavers on location of Western Wall

Vivian Salama and Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 11:46am

As President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the hallowed Western Wall on Monday, it remained unclear whether his administration was changing longstanding U.S. policy by declaring the wall's location to be Israel, versus Jerusalem.

President Donald Trump, Pope Francis open their meeting at the Vatican

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:40am

President Donald Trump, Pope Francis open their meeting at the Vatican.

President Donald Trump arrives at the Vatican for meeting with Pope Francis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:30am

President Donald Trump arrives at the Vatican for meeting with Pope Francis.

Philippine Catholic leader says a priest and several churchgoers have been taken hostage by gunmen in besieged city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 24th - 12:10am

Philippine Catholic leader says a priest and several churchgoers have been taken hostage by gunmen in besieged city.

Mormon President Thomas S. Monson scales back duties

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 23rd - 2:27pm

Mormon President Thomas S. Monson is no longer coming to meetings at church offices regularly because of limitations related to his age, church officials said Tuesday.

Courts could put Texas GOP's aggressive agenda to the test

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:34pm

Texas Republicans have been pushing an aggressive agenda despite promised court challenges, including legislation that would let police ask drivers whether they're in the U.S. legally, restrict what school bathrooms transgender students can use, ban most second-trimester abortions and let adoption agencies reject gay couples over religious objections.

Romanian court nixes request to put bishop under home arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:54am

A Romanian court on Monday rejected a request by anti-corruption prosecutors to place under house arrest Teodosie, the Romanian Orthodox Archbishop of Tomis, who is suspected of defrauding the European Union.