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Pizza shop gunman says he regrets how he handled situation

Jonathan Drew and Tom Foreman Jr., Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:32am

The man accused of firing an assault rifle inside a Washington restaurant said he regrets how he handled the situation but refused to completely dismiss the false online claims involving a child sex ring that brought him there.

AP Explains: What next after the downfall of IS in Sirte?

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:21pm

The Islamic State group this week lost the city of Sirte, its only foothold in Libya, essentially ending its ambition to expand its self-styled "caliphate" into the North African nation, at least for now.

Churches vow to offer sanctuary to people in US illegally

Denise Lavoie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 1:30pm

Hundreds of houses of worship are offering sanctuary to people who could face deportation if President-elect Donald Trump follows through on his campaign pledge to remove millions of immigrants living in the country illegally.

Vatican nativity scene includes quake-damaged church spire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 11:00am

The Vatican's Christmas nativity scene has an unusual addition this year: a spire from one of the dozens of churches and basilicas that were damaged or destroyed in this year's central Italy earthquakes.

Diplomats call for aid access to troubled Myanmar state

Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:52am

Foreign diplomatic missions in Myanmar urged its government on Friday to allow "full and unfettered" humanitarian access to troubled Rakhine state, where operations by aid agencies have been curtailed while the army carries out counterinsurgency operations.

Populist lawmaker Wilders convicted of anti-Moroccan chants

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:40am

Populist anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders was found guilty Friday of insulting and inciting discrimination against Moroccans, a conviction he immediately slammed as a "shameful" attack on free speech and an attempt to "neutralize" him.

Pope taps Allentown, Pa bishop for Rockville Centre

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:40am

Pope Francis has named a new bishop for Rockville Centre, New York, tapping the bishop of Allentown, Pennsylvania whose diocese is one of six undergoing a statewide grand jury investigation into clerical sex abuse.

New Krakow archbishop named to replace former top papal aide

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 12:40pm

Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski from the central Polish city of Lodz will be the new archbishop of Krakow, succeeding the retiring Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Catholic church authorities in Poland announced Thursday.

Ellison says he'll resign from Congress if elected DNC head

Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:50am

Aides and supporters of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are searching for an alternative to Rep. Keith Ellison, the early favorite to become the next leader of the Democratic National Committee, amid resistance to the Minnesota liberal's bid from key parts of the party's base.

IS calls for attacks on US bases in uneasy island of Bahrain

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:20am

The Islamic State group is calling on its followers to launch attacks in Bahrain and to target American military personnel stationed on the tiny island ahead of a visit by the U.S. defense secretary.

UN scrambling for land to shelter displaced outside Mosul

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 9:21am

The U.N. is scrambling to find enough land to shelter those displaced by the fighting to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group as humanitarians brace for the exodus of as many as 700,000 people from the city, an official said.

Pope recalls poor families as Rome holiday shopping begins

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 9:10am

Pope Francis has recalled struggling families, the jobless and those forced to take "undignified" work as Rome's holiday season begins.

French ex-budget minister sentenced to 3 years

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:51am

A former French budget minister was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison in one of the biggest political scandals of President Francois Hollande's government.

An officer and a refugee: New policeman straddles worlds

Holly Ramer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:20am

Soon after arriving in New Hampshire as a teenager, Abdesselam Baddaoui met two fellow refugees who accidentally ended up involved in a criminal case because, after being instructed about domestic violence laws, the wife mistakenly believed she had to call police any time she and her husband argued.

Iraq's parliament speaker says airstrike killed civilians

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:00am

Iraq's parliament speaker says an airstrike targeting the Islamic State-held town of Qaim near the Syrian border killed and wounded "dozens" of civilians, and that he is holding the Iraqi government responsible.

The Latest: Investigators describe scene at church shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 3:30pm

The Latest on the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof charged with killing nine people during a Bible study in a Charleston church (all times local):

Ellison says he'll resign from Congress if elected DNC chair

Lisa Lerer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:51pm

Rep. Keith Ellison said Wednesday he'll resign his seat in Congress if he's elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Pope insists suggestion on remarried has church backing

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 11:50am

Pope Francis says the majority of the world's bishops back his suggestion that civilly remarried Catholics can receive Communion, adding fuel to the debate that has riled some conservative Catholics.

Pope warns about fake news - from experience

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 10:21am

Pope Francis is warning about the dangers of fake news, and he should know: Earlier this year, he was reported — falsely — to have endorsed Donald Trump for U.S. president.