Religion

May 22, 2019 - 7:24 am
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A 77-year-old French-Spanish nun who taught impoverished women and girls in volatile Central African Republic has been decapitated, local authorities said Wednesday. Sister Ines Nieves Sancho's body was found early Monday in the village of Nola, located in...
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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter's square at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 22, 2019 - 1:45 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging China's divided Catholic community to come together in communion, as he seeks to heal decades of estrangement following a landmark deal with Beijing over bishop nominations. Francis made a special appeal at the end of his weekly audience Wednesday, noting...
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FILE - In this April 30, 2019 file photo, John T. Earnest appears for his arraignment hearing in San Diego. New federal charges have been filed against Earnest accused with opening fire in a Southern California synagogue, killing one person and wounding three others on April 27. A federal grand jury on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, handed up a revised indictment that adds four counts of discharging a firearm during crimes of violence. He earlier pleaded not guilty to 109 federal charges. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP, Pool, File)
May 21, 2019 - 5:35 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — New federal charges were filed Tuesday against a man accused of opening fire in a Southern California synagogue, killing one person and wounding three others. A grand jury handed up a revised indictment against John T. Earnest, 19, that adds four counts of discharging a firearm...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks during a protest against abortion bans, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. A coalition of dozens of groups held a National Day of Action to Stop the Bans, with other events planned throughout the week. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
May 21, 2019 - 4:50 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden would support Congress enshrining abortion rights into federal law "should it become necessary," his presidential campaign said Tuesday, following several other Democratic candidates in promising to take that step if elected president. The hot-button issue has shot to...
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Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders hugs Pamela Rush after visiting her home in Tyler, Ala., on Monday, May 20, 2019. (Jake Crandall/Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
May 20, 2019 - 3:36 pm
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has made an appeal to black voters in the Deep South, stopping at a historically African American church and calling health care a "human right" that he equated to the civil rights movement. The Vermont senator spoke before a...
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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, of the Austrian People's Party, OEVP, addresses the media during a news conference in Vienna, Austria, Monday, May 20, 2019. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for an early election after the resignation of his vice chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache from the Freedom Party spelled an end to his governing coalition. (AP Photo/Michael Gruber)
May 20, 2019 - 10:11 am
VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on the video scandal that's rocked the Austrian government (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says he expects the far-right Freedom Party to leave his government as it has threatened to do. Kurz, who has asked Austria's president to remove...
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May 20, 2019 - 8:50 am
ROME (AP) — Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini is defending his invocation of God at a political rally, after Italy's Catholic establishment criticized it as a cynical exploitation of faith ahead of European Parliament elections this weekend. Salvini brandished a rosary and entrusted Italy to...
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Map locates the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq.;
May 20, 2019 - 8:43 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Leading Iraqi Shiite figures warned Monday against attempts to pull their country into a war between the U.S. and Iran, saying it would turn Iraq into a battlefield yet again, just as it is on the path to recovery. The warning came hours after a rocket slammed into Baghdad's heavily...
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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (Austrian People's Party) addresses the media during a press conference at the Federal Chancellors Office in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, May 18, 2019. Kurz has called for an early election after the resignation of his vice chancellor spelled an end to his governing coalition. (AP Photo/Michael Gruber)
May 20, 2019 - 2:05 am
VIENNA (AP) — Austria's leader was apparently preparing Monday to force out the country's interior minister, a prominent and divisive figure in the far-right Freedom Party, after his vice chancellor resigned in a scandal over a covertly filmed video. Conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called...
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FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2019, file photo, Emanuel Kidega Samson, center, enters the courtroom for a hearing in Nashville, Tenn. Prosecutors have said they're seeking life without parole for 27-year-old Samson, accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding several people at a Nashville church. His trial is slated to begin Monday, May 20. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
May 19, 2019 - 10:05 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting a woman and wounding seven people at a Nashville church is heading to trial. Prosecutors have said they're seeking life without parole for 27-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson, whose trial is slated to begin Monday. Samson faces a 43-count...
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