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Jewish artifacts disappear from Damascus in fog of Syria war

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 10:24pm

Jewish artifacts, including ancient parchment torahs from one of the world's oldest synagogues, have gone missing from the Syrian capital amid the tumult of ongoing civil war, with some precious items reportedly surfacing abroad.

Papal envoy asks forgiveness in divided Chilean diocese

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 3:00pm

A papal emissary asked forgiveness Sunday from Roman Catholics in a region of Chile where people bitterly protested a now-resigned bishop who had once been a lieutenant of the country's most notorious predator priest.

Portugal remembers 66 victims from deadly year for wildfires

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 12:26pm

Portugal's president and prime minister have attended a Mass in a rural town to mark the anniversary of a wildfire that killed 66 people.

Pope presses for talks on Yemen amid humanitarian crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 17th - 8:33am

Pope Francis is pressing for negotiations involving the sides in the Yemen conflict so the humanitarian crisis doesn't worsen.

Pope: Abortion is 'white glove' equivalent to Nazi crimes

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 16th - 5:36pm

Pope Francis denounced abortion on Saturday as the "white glove" equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.

U. School of Medicine honors LDS Church President Nelson

Josh Furlong,  |  Posted Jun 16th - 1:26pm

The University of Utah School of Medicine honored President Russell M. Nelson, president of the LDS Church, Friday for his many years as a practicing heart surgeon.

Gaza residents pray near Israel as Muslims mark major feast

Wafaa Shurafa, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 2:08pm

Several thousand Gaza worshippers knelt on prayer rugs spread on sandy soil, near the perimeter fence with Israel, joining hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world Friday in marking the holiday that caps the fasting month of Ramadan.

The Latest: Head of Germany's migration office fired

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 2:00pm

The Latest on the flow of migrants to Europe (all times local):

Kirin investigates if donations went to Myanmar's forces

Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 6:42am

Japanese beer company Kirin is investigating whether donations intended for charity instead went to Myanmar's military, which is accused of brutal attacks against Rohingya Muslims.

The Latest: Activists say 2 killed by Syria shelling

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 5:59am

The Latest on Eid al-Fitr (all times local):

Filipino Muslims mark Eid in ruins of war-torn Marawi

Joeal Calupitan and Aaron Favila, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 5:52am

Muslim residents of a southern Philippine city devastated by last year's bloody militant siege celebrated the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr on Friday in gunfire-riddled mosques while many whose homes were leveled by the fighting prayed in tent shelters.

The Latest: Hoax tweet adds to German government tensions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 5:04am

The Latest on disputes within German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government (all times local):

AP PHOTOS: Inside the changing world of a Pakistani tailor

Saba Rehman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 15th - 12:28am

Stacks of multi-colored cloth crowd the six men sitting cross-legged on the floor, working through a mountain of orders at Needles Tailoring as Pakistan's wedding season goes into high gear.

Strike paralyzes Nicaragua capital as talks to resume Friday

Luis Manuel Galeano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 3:54pm

The streets of Nicaragua's capital were all but deserted Thursday as residents observed a national strike called by opponents of President Daniel Ortega's embattled government a day ahead of renewed talks on ending the political standoff.

Sessions cites Bible to defend separating immigrant families

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 2:48pm

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is citing the Bible in defending the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant parents from their children after they enter the U.S. illegally.

FamilySearch to soon include same-sex relationships in database

Josh Furlong,  |  Posted Jun 14th - 11:25am

An LDS Church-run genealogical organization will now include same-sex couples and their children to its database, according to a statement from the company.

US returns 1493 Christopher Columbus letter to Vatican

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 9:38am

The United States returned to the Vatican Library Thursday a rare copy of a letter written by Christopher Columbus in 1493 announcing his discovery of the New World that was stolen and replaced with a forgery.

The Latest: Houthis deny Saudi-led forces seized Yemen port

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 16th - 12:34pm

The Latest on the battle for Hodeida in Yemen (all times local):

US calls for release of Iranian human rights lawyer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 12:48pm

The United States says it is "deeply concerned" by the arrest of a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and is calling for her immediate release.

Netanyahu unexpectedly meets with Indonesian Muslim leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 14th - 10:08am

The leader of Indonesia's largest Muslim organization has held a surprise meeting with Israel's prime minister.