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Rohingya refugees rescued after drifting at sea for 9 days

Zik Maulana and Andi Jatmiko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 9:33am

A Rohingya Muslim man among a group of 76 rescued in a wooden boat in Indonesian waters says they were at sea for nine days after leaving Myanmar, where the minority group faces intense persecution, and were hoping to reach Malaysia.

Remains of Czech cardinal return home from Vatican

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 11:13am

The remains of a Czech cardinal who faced persecution from the Nazis and Communists have been returned to his homeland from the Vatican almost 50 years after his death.

'This is my real life': Where Trump's travel ban hits home

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 9:09am

At the New York City convenience store where he works the overnight shift, Radad Alborati takes a sip of coffee and surveys his life.

Memoir of secretly baptized Jewish boy under new scrutiny

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 7:47am

It's an incident that has stained the Vatican for 160 years: a 6-year-old Jewish boy taken from his family by papal police and brought to Rome to be raised Catholic after church authorities learned his housekeeper had secretly had him baptized.

Key findings in analysis of memoir of a Jew raised Catholic

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 7:33am

The case of Edgardo Mortara has roiled Catholic-Jewish relations ever since the 6-year-old Jewish boy was taken from his home in Bologna by papal police in 1858 and brought to Rome to be raised a Catholic. The move was ordered after church authorities learned he had been secretly baptized. Church law at the time required all Catholics to be raised as Catholics and educated in the faith.

Correction: Israel at 70 story

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 6:35am

In a story on April 18 and April 19 about Israel's 70th independence day, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Israel's founding document described the country as a "light unto the nations." While the biblical phrase has been widely used by leaders, it does not appear in the Declaration of Independence.

Indian LDS Church members welcome President Nelson to Bengaluru

Carole Mikita, KSL TV  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 10:25pm

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in India welcomed President Russell M. Nelson Thursday to a place he says he loves.

AP Was There: The fiery end of the standoff near Waco, Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 1:59pm

Around 6 a.m. on April 19, 1993, FBI agents moved in to end a 51-day standoff with the Branch Davidian religious sect near Waco, Texas, ramming holes in the group's compound with armored vehicles and spraying tear gas inside. About six hours later, smoke poured from the compound, which soon was consumed by a massive fire.

First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and 'Black Panther'

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 11:28pm

The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood's blockbuster "Black Panther" premiered in Saudi Arabia's first movie theater.

AP Was There: The fiery end of the standoff in Waco, Texas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 4:53pm

Around 6 a.m. on April 19, 1993, FBI agents moved in to end a 51-day standoff with the Branch Davidian religious sect near Waco, Texas, ramming holes in the group's compound with armored vehicles and spraying tear gas inside. About six hours later, smoke poured from the compound, which soon was consumed by a massive fire.

Pope meets father of British toddler at center of battle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 18th - 5:42am

The father of a terminally ill British toddler met Wednesday with Pope Francis and begged him to make another bid for his son's life, after an appeals court ruled that the child cannot be taken to Italy for further medical treatment.

Mormons travel for 12+ hours to hear Pres. Nelson in Kenya

Keira Farrimond, KSL TV  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 12:26pm

Beginning their journeys on Sunday night, some African members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints slept on buses and waited outside the venue for hours before a special conference with President Russell M. Nelson Monday.

Priest shot dead in Mexico marks 2nd clerical murder in week

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 21st - 2:36pm

A young Roman Catholic priest was shot dead in the west-central Mexican state of Jalisco, becoming the second cleric slain this week in a country said to lead the region in such killings.

Minnesota school bus driver removed after leading prayer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 20th - 2:41pm

A Minneapolis-area church pastor who also drives a school bus says his rights to free speech and to practice his religion were violated when he was taken off his route for leading students in prayer.

Mexican priest stabbed to death in church

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 19th - 8:34am

A Roman Catholic priest has been stabbed to death in his church on the outskirts of Mexico City.

Protester gets probation for hitting police horse with pole

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 11:17pm

A counter-protester accused of attacking a police horse at a demonstration against Shariah law in Pennsylvania has been sentenced to two years' probation.

City panel OKs policy banning exchanges with Israeli police

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 4:56pm

A North Carolina city council voted Monday to prohibit its police department from engaging in international exchanges with agencies whose officers receive military-style training.

Nebraska doesn't extend Medicaid benefits to elderly nuns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 4:12pm

A vow of poverty by more than 20 elderly nuns isn't enough to qualify for Medicaid in Nebraska.

New sex abuse charges filed against Alabama evangelist

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 12:40pm

An Alabama youth evangelist arrested last week on charges of sexually abusing children was back in jail Tuesday on additional charges, authorities said.

Men charged in mosque bombing will face weapons charge first

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 17th - 8:01am

Federal prosecutors will try four men on a weapons charge in Illinois before three of the defendants stand trial in a mosque bombing case in Minnesota.