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Texas GOP stars push school choice, but will it be enough?

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 12:21pm

The governor of Texas and the Bush family's rising star added political muscle Tuesday to a rally supporting school vouchers, which have stalled repeatedly in the country's largest Republican state despite steadfast support from top conservatives.

Egypt's el-Sissi says he is alarmed by high divorce rates

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 9:34am

Egypt's president said Tuesday he was alarmed by his country's high divorce rate, suggesting a ground-breaking legislation to delegalize divorces verbally declared by Muslim men to their spouses, the latest foray by the general-turned-president into thorny social and cultural issues in the most populous Arab nation.

Former German President Herzog commemorated in state funeral

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 9:20am

Former German President Roman Herzog has been commemorated in a state funeral in Berlin for his services to the country during his tenure in the 1990s.

Turkish president warns Mozambique of alleged Gulen threat

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 7:30am

The group blamed for last year's botched coup attempt in Turkey could infiltrate state institutions in other parts of the world where it operates, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday during a visit to Mozambique.

Pet pigeons take flight in Iraq's Mosul as militants retreat

Susannah George and Mstyslav Chernov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 11:11pm

For the first time in over two years, flocks of white and grey pigeons can be seen circling Mosul's rooftops.

Trump praises the CIA, bristles over inaugural crowd counts

Julie Pace and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 10:31pm

On his first full day in office, President Donald Trump on Saturday berated the media over its coverage of his inauguration, and turned a bridge-building first visit to CIA headquarters into an airing of grievances about "dishonest" journalists. But it was Trump who spread inaccuracies about the size of the crowds at his swearing in.

The Latest: Former CIA chief says Trump should 'be ashamed'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 10:22pm

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EST):

Trump takes charge, assertive but untested 45th US president

Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 9:41pm

Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but untested leadership.

Trump draws far smaller inaugural crowd than Obama

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 4:50pm

Far fewer people attended President Donald Trump's inauguration Friday than his predecessor's swearing-in eight years ago.

UN rights envoy slams Myanmar on military's actions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 10:41am

A U.N. human rights envoy on Friday ended a 12-day visit to Myanmar with a bleak evaluation of the government's ability to deal with the problems facing the country's ethnic minorities.

Vietnam War-era tear gas bombs found in Cambodian village

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 8:11am

A village in eastern Cambodia will have to be largely evacuated next month when two large bombs left over from the Vietnam War containing a powerful tear gas are excavated from the grounds of a Buddhist temple, demining experts said Tuesday.

Banned from boats in Myanmar, Rohingya fish on rafts of junk

Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 1:04am

Every day before sunrise, dozens of fishermen, shivering against the cold, shove out onto the Bay of Bengal on makeshift rafts made out of plastic jugs, bamboo and twine, just steps away from the sturdy and much safer wooden boats they had used for years.

North Dakota weighs lifting Sunday morning shopping ban

James MacPherson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:52pm

North Dakota residents can order alcohol at a restaurant or bar late Sunday morning but must wait until afternoon to go shopping because of a ban — rooted in religious tradition — that some legislators say no longer makes much sense.

Turkey's Erdogan urges Tanzania to end Gulen ties

Sylivester Domasa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 7:21am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday talked about trade and security on the first stop of an African tour, urging Tanzania's leader to shut institutions linked to a Muslim cleric who is accused by Turkey of leading a failed coup.

Aleppo's landmark mosque bears scars of Syria's war

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:30am

The Great Mosque of Aleppo, a centuries-old treasure at the heart of one of the world's oldest cities, is today a grim testament to the ravages of Syria's war.

Turkish president targets cleric's schools on Africa visit

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 22nd - 6:10am

Turkey has courted Africa for more than a decade, boosting trade, opening more than two dozen new embassies and Turkish Airlines routes and dispatching aid to conflict-torn Somalia. More recently, the Turkish government lobbied African nations to close or take over local schools linked to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Turkey of masterminding a failed coup attempt last year.

Dalai Lama hopes President Trump, Putin will work for peace

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 22nd - 2:20am

The Dalai Lama said he hopes that President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will work together for global peace.

Pope: I'll judge Trump after we see what he does

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 8:31pm

Pope Francis says he'll wait to see what U.S. President Donald Trump does before forming an opinion about him.

The Latest: Family asks for prayers for victim, shooter

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 4:21pm

The Latest on an Ohio school shooting that injured one student (all times local):

Mother sues to stop Bible classes in West Virginia schools

Michael Virtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:01pm

A kindergartner's mother sued her public school system in West Virginia, saying a 75-year practice of putting kids in Bible classes violates the U.S. and state constitutions.