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Defendant in Vatican trial takes case to UN, accuses pope of violating his rights with surveillance

Defendant in Vatican trial takes case to UN, accuses pope of violating his rights with surveillance

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the defendants in the Vatican’s big financial trial has filed a formal complaint with the United Nations, alleging that Pope Francis violated his human rights by authorizing wide-ranging surveillance during the investigation.
New law requires all Louisiana public school classrooms to display the Ten Commandments

New law requires all Louisiana public school classrooms to display the Ten Commandments

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has become the first state to require that the Ten Commandments be displayed in every public school classroom, the latest move from a GOP-dominated Legislature pushing a conservative agenda under a new governor.
Jihadis from Africa’s Sahel have crossed into Nigeria’s north, a new report says. A lot is at stake

Jihadis from Africa’s Sahel have crossed into Nigeria’s north, a new report says. A lot is at stake

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Jihadi fighters who had long operated in Africa’s volatile Sahel region have settled in northwestern Nigeria after crossing from neighboring Benin, a report said Wednesday, the latest trend in the militants' movements to wealthi

Hundreds died during this year's Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia amid intense heat, officials say

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Hundreds of people died during this year's Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia as the faithful faced intense high temperatures at Islamic holy sites in the desert kingdom, officials said Wednesday as people tried to claim their
On Juneteenth, a journalist honors ancestor at ceremony for Black soldiers who served in Civil War

On Juneteenth, a journalist honors ancestor at ceremony for Black soldiers who served in Civil War

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the middle of the night in the summer of 2021 when I finally found the missing piece of my family history.
US lawmakers meet with Dalai Lama in India's Dharamshala, sparking anger from China

US lawmakers meet with Dalai Lama in India's Dharamshala, sparking anger from China

DHARAMSHALA, India (AP) — A bipartisan United States congressional delegation met with the Dalai Lama Wednesday at his residence in India's Dharamshala, sparking anger from China which views the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism as a danger
Muslim pilgrims wrap up the Hajj with final symbolic stoning of the devil and circling of the Kaaba

Muslim pilgrims wrap up the Hajj with final symbolic stoning of the devil and circling of the Kaaba

MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Muslim pilgrims wrapped up the Hajj in the deadly summer heat on Tuesday with the third day of the symbolic stoning of the devil , and the last circumambulation around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest site, in the city of Mecca.
Religious and cultural mentions removed from names of China's Xinjiang villages, rights groups say

Religious and cultural mentions removed from names of China's Xinjiang villages, rights groups say

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Authorities in China’s western Xinjiang region have been systematically replacing the names of villages inhabited by Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities to reflect the ruling Communist Party’s ideology, as part of an attack on t
Should governments legislate 'bubble zones' around places of worship? Some say yes

Should governments legislate 'bubble zones' around places of worship? Some say yes

OTTAWA — Representatives of Muslim and Jewish community groups said Tuesday it's time for governments, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's, to consider legislating extra protections around places of worship, schools and daycares.
Brooklyn preacher who boasted of ties to NYC mayor gets 9 years in prison for multiyear fraud

Brooklyn preacher who boasted of ties to NYC mayor gets 9 years in prison for multiyear fraud

NEW YORK (AP) — A flashy Brooklyn preacher who has played up connections to New York City’s mayor was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison for multiple frauds .