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Egypt opens Gaza border crossing for Muslim pilgrimage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 8:00am

Hamas says Egypt has opened its border crossing with the Gaza Strip for three days, allowing hundreds of Muslim faithful to travel for a yearly pilgrimage.

Longtime aide Huma Abedin like 'second daughter' to Clinton

Ken Thomas and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 6:30pm

Often called Hillary Clinton's second daughter, Huma Abedin is a deeply trusted aide who is rarely far apart from the Democratic presidential nominee. She's also a confidante subjected to a similar level of attention and scrutiny as her longtime boss.

BYU's internal probe on sex assaults nearing completion

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 4:01pm

Brigham Young University President Keven Worthen says a faculty advisory council created to review how the school handles reports of sexual assault will present its findings this fall.

Fire engulfs century-old Presbyterian church; no injuries

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:42pm

A massive fire engulfed a century-old Gothic church that hosted many programs for young children and gay worshipers, but no injuries were reported.

Correction: House 2016-Minnesota story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:34pm

In a story Aug. 28 about Minnesota's 2nd District race for Congress, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of the spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. She is Sacha Haworth, not Sasha Haworth.

French minister: enemy seeks to divide Muslims, non-Muslims

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 12:10pm

France's interior minister said Monday that the country is at war with an enemy trying to pit Muslims against non-Muslims, making it urgent to create a strong bond between the nation and citizens of the Islamic faith.

Lawyer's at center of race, gun debate on 2 Charleston cases

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 9:12am

Andy Savage keeps in his law office a sealed plastic bag with the blood-splattered clothes that Felicia Sanders wore sheltering her granddaughter from a fusillade of bullets that killed nine black parishioners at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church.

Pope Francis chats in person with Facebook CEO Zuckerberg

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 6:30am

Pope Francis has met with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Zuckerberg's wife, Priscilla Chan, at the Vatican.

Released tape rekindles memory of 1988 Iran mass execution

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 1:11am

The scratchy, echo-filled tape recording carries the voice of a man who once was in line to become Iran's supreme leader, talking about one of the darkest moments of the country's post-revolution history still not recognized by its government.

Rivals Hamas, Fatah gear up for first election since 2006

Mohammed Daraghmeh and Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 11:30am

Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah are gearing up for their first contest at the polls since 2006 — a vote for mayors and local councils in 425 communities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Kerry heads to Bangladesh, India amid South Asian tensions

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 8:43am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's stops in Bangladesh and India come amid increasing concerns about terrorism in both South Asian nations.

AP PHOTOS: Ganges overflows its banks in Indian holy town

Tsering Topgyal, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 8:31am

As the mighty Ganges River overflowed its banks this past week following heavy monsoon rains, large parts of the Hindu holy town of Varanasi were submerged by floodwaters, keeping away thousands of devotees.

Germany's Cologne Cathedral gets new St. John Paul II relic

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 11:20am

Cologne's famous cathedral will soon be getting a new relic of a saint, with the gift of a drop of Pope St. John Paul II's blood from Krakow Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz.

Myanmar group targets Kofi Annan; uses Morgan Freeman photo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 30th - 7:50am

A prominent anti-Muslim group of Buddhist nationalists in Myanmar is criticizing former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on social media, and accidentally taking actor Morgan Freeman down with him.

Probe opens into French restaurateur's anti-Muslim tirade

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 29th - 7:00am

A French prosecutor has opened an investigation into suspected racial discrimination after two Muslim women said they were ordered out of a restaurant amid tension over France's burkinis controversy.

Utah missionaries injured in car crash in west Africa

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 28th - 11:50am

Mormon church officials say four missionaries, including two from Utah, were injured in a vehicle collision in west Africa.

Terrorism charges for Charlie Hebdo attacker's relative

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 3:30pm

French investigators have handed preliminary terrorism charges to the brother-in-law of one of the Islamic extremists who attacked the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo last year.

Nun retiring after 40 years with agency on aging

Michael H. O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 10:10am

Working hard has become a habit for Catholic Sister Anthony Marie. But she's going to give up her career at the Southeast Idaho Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging.

3 top former Turkish diplomats jailed in failed coup attempt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 7:10am

Turkey's state news agency says three former top Turkish diplomats have been jailed for their alleged involvement in the failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.