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Egypt election sacrifices democracy for stability

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:04am

When the sole candidate running against Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi held a rally in downtown Cairo recently, all of 30 people showed up. And that wasn't even the biggest sign of the hollowness of his campaign.

Aum cult members face execution for Tokyo subway gas attack

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:10pm

Thirteen Japanese cult members may be sent to the gallows any day now for a deadly 1995 gas attack on the Tokyo subway system and other crimes. But when is uncertain. Such is the secrecy that surrounds Japan's death penalty system.

Amish leader wants hair-cutting convictions overturned

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:10pm

The leader of a breakaway Amish group in Ohio convicted in hair- and beard-cutting attacks is pushing to get his convictions overturned using arguments already rejected in court.

The Latest: Tokyo subway workers mark gas attack anniversary

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 9:46pm

The Latest on the anniversary of the 1995 Tokyo subway nerve gas attack (all times local):

Tennessee church shooting suspect indicted on 43 counts

Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:46pm

The man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding six people at a Tennessee church in September faces a 43-count indictment, including charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder and felony civil rights intimidation.

Pope tells 3 new bishops: no politicking, no high society

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:18am

Pope Francis is cautioning bishops to avoid politicking, business and high society.

Pope Francis condemns prostitution as torture

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:09am

Pope Francis asked forgiveness Monday for all Christians who buy sex from women, saying men who frequent prostitutes are criminals with a "sick mentality" who think that women exist to be exploited.

Leonard Bernstein, social activist, is focus of new exhibit

Kristen By Groot, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 7:42am

In October 1979, Leonard Bernstein received a fan letter from a high school humanities teacher. Helen Morgan wrote to the celebrity composer-conductor-pianist in hopes he could share the theme that guided his compositions — something she could pass along to her students for inspiration.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi welcomed to Australia amid protests

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:34am

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi was feted in Australia with a military honor guard and 19-gun salute Monday as part of a state visit that has provoked protests over her response to her country's violent campaign against Rohingya Muslims.

Scottish cardinal who recused himself from conclave dies

Danica Kirka and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:24am

Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the first cardinal in history to recuse himself from a papal election over a personal scandal, has died, his archdiocese in Scotland said Monday. He was 80 and had suffered from a heart ailment.

Women in Poland protest plans to tighten anti-abortion law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 9:50am

Women across Poland are protesting in front of bishops' residences after the influential Roman Catholic Church urged the government to ban abortion.

Southeast Asia leaders use Australia meet to talk NKorea

Trevor Marshallsea, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 7:42pm

Australia's prime minister said Southeast Asian leaders were using their meeting Sunday to discuss the "deadly threat" posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

Polish archbishop criticizes priest wishing Francis death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 5:39pm

Poland's leading archbishop deplored on Sunday comments by a senior conservative priest who had wished Pope Francis a quick death if he does not open to "wisdom."

Vatican bows to pressure, releases retired pope's letter

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 4:26pm

Stung by accusations of spreading "fake news," the Vatican on Saturday released the complete letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis after coming under blistering criticism for selectively citing it in a press release and digitally manipulating a photograph of it.

Pope visits Italy's south to honor popular saint, Padre Pio

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 5:54am

Pope Francis on Saturday traveled to southern Italy to honor a hugely popular Italian saint, Padre Pio, praying silently before a glass display case holding the mystic monk's body in a shrine town that draws millions of pilgrims each year.

Vatican convicts ex-Guam archbishop accused of abuse

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 1:34am

The Vatican on Friday removed the suspended Guam archbishop from office and ordered him not to return to the Pacific island after convicting him of some charges in a sex abuse trial.

Muslim engineer sues after Kansas flap over Malaysian flag

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:19pm

A Muslim aerospace engineer has sued the Spirit Boeing Employees Association for religious discrimination stemming from a party at a lake in Wichita, Kansas.

School board will debate settlement in teachers-cult lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 8:23am

A school board will debate a proposed settlement of a lawsuit that accuses four educators of "indoctrinating" three sisters into a religious cult that celebrates death.

Police: Teen who stabbed 3 had been monitored

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 8:18pm

A Florida teenager accused of fatally stabbing a 13-year-old boy during a fight about his religion during a sleepover had been monitored by federal and other authorities for months, police said.