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US hits Poland, others in Europe over Holocaust claims

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th, 2020 - 12:32pm

The United States is criticizing a number of eastern and central European nations, including Poland, for failing to compensate Holocaust victims and their families and communities for property seized during Nazi occupation in World War II as the numbers of survivors dwindles due to age.

Islamic holiday Eid comes as families grieve virus victims

Mariam Fam, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th, 2020 - 9:05am

she was looking forward to getting engaged around that time.

Vatican allegedly hacked by China ahead of key talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th, 2020 - 7:06am

The Vatican and the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong have been the targets of alleged Chinese state-backed hackers ahead of talks on renewal of a landmark 2018 deal that helped thaw diplomatic relations between the Vatican and China, according to a monitoring group.

Very different, symbolic hajj in Saudi Arabia amid virus

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th, 2020 - 12:27am

Muslim pilgrims, donning face masks and moving in small groups after days in isolation, began arriving at Islam’s holiest site in Mecca on Wednesday for the start of a historically unique and scaled-down hajj experience reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic.

Faith in protest as young people find fervor on the street

Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th, 2020 - 8:56am

the point is closeness and togetherness.

Technology infuses ancient hajj rites tailored for pandemic

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 28th, 2020 - 6:21am

The vast, white-marble floors surrounding Islam’s holiest site, the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca, would normally be packed with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the world the day before the hajj.

Masked mourners brave heat, virus fears to honor John Lewis

Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th, 2020 - 10:20pm

Mourners braved both coronavirus fears and brutal heat on Tuesday to pay their respects to the late Rep. John Lewis, the first Black lawmaker to lie in state at the Capitol Rotunda.

Barr, Park Police distance Trump from clearing of protesters

Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th, 2020 - 10:16pm

and were watched closely by Americans on news and cellphone videos.

Guatemala teacher pedals classroom to students in pandemic

Moises Castillo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th, 2020 - 7:41am

When the novel coronavirus closed Guatemala’s schools in mid-March, teacher Gerardo Ixcoy invested his savings in a secondhand, adult tricycle.

Poles split over govt plan to exit domestic violence treaty

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th, 2020 - 6:45am

Poles are bitterly divided over steps being taken by the right-wing government to leave a European treaty against domestic violence, claiming it promotes gender “ideology” and links violence to religion.

Barr able to put his stamp on executive power as Trump's AG

Michael Balsamo, Colleen Long and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th, 2020 - 4:19am

Gathered in the small assembly hall in Little Rock, Arkansas, their chairs spaced 6 feet (1.83 meters) apart, the business leaders listen admiringly to the nation’s chief law enforcement official.

Pilgrims arrive in Mecca for downsized hajj amid pandemic

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th, 2020 - 2:47am

Muslim pilgrims have started arriving in Mecca for a drastically scaled-down hajj, as Saudi authorities balance the kingdom's oversight of one of Islam's key pillars and the safety of visitors in the face of a global pandemic.

India's PM to attend temple groundbreaking at disputed site

Emily Schmall, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 26th, 2020 - 8:18pm

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend a groundbreaking ceremony next week for a Hindu temple on a disputed site in northern India where a 16th century mosque was torn down by Hindu hard-liners in 1992, according to the trust overseeing the temple construction.

Hunger organization pushes out Yoho after Capitol incident

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 25th, 2020 - 8:20pm

A nonpartisan Christian organization that seeks to end hunger said Saturday it asked for and received the resignation of Rep. Ted Yoho from its board of directors following what it called his “verbal attack” on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Correction: Black Catholic History story

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 25th, 2020 - 6:08am

In a story July 25, 2020, about the teaching of Black Catholics’ history in Catholic schools, The Associated Press gave an erroneous figure for the number of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago. The archdiocese says there are 199 schools.

Female priests now outnumber male ones in Church of Sweden

David Keyton, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 25th, 2020 - 1:58am

The Church of Sweden has more female than male priests for the first time, according to numbers released this month, a sign of huge strides for gender equality since women were first allowed to be ordained in 1960.

US Supreme Court denies Nevada church’s appeal of virus rule

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 24th, 2020 - 6:43pm

A sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court denied a rural Nevada church’s request late Friday to strike down as unconstitutional a 50-person cap on worship services as part of the state’s ongoing response to the coronavirus.

Historically Black Louisiana university gets $20M donation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 29th, 2020 - 8:25am

A historically Black university in Louisiana has received a $20 million donation from MacKenzie Scott, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The gift is the largest private contribution in the school's history and part of hundreds of millions of dollars Scott announced that she had given away.

Man: Delaware church set on fire 'out of vengeance'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 27th, 2020 - 6:26am

A man who has been accused of setting multiple fires inside a church in Delaware told investigators he did it "out of vengeance and anger,” according to court documents.