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A decade after the Islamic State group declared a caliphate, it's defeated but remains lethal

A decade after the Islamic State group declared a caliphate, it's defeated but remains lethal

BAGHDAD (AP) — A decade after the Islamic State militant group declared its caliphate in large parts of Iraq and Syria, the extremists no longer control any land, have lost many prominent leaders and are mostly out of the world news headlines.
Ultra-Orthodox Jews block highway to protest Israel's new mandatory military service ruling

Ultra-Orthodox Jews block highway to protest Israel's new mandatory military service ruling

BNEI BRAK, Israel (AP) — Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men blocked a major highway in central Israel for two hours on Thursday to protest a recent Supreme Court decision ordering young religious men to enlist for military service .
Funeral for monk shot by soldiers highlights Myanmar army's delicate relationship to Buddhist clergy

Funeral for monk shot by soldiers highlights Myanmar army's delicate relationship to Buddhist clergy

BANGKOK (AP) — Hundreds of people attended the funeral on Thursday of a senior monk who was fatally shot by soldiers in an incident that could undermine the cozy relationship that Myanmar’s military government has tried to maintain with the country’s
Oklahoma state superintendent orders schools to teach the Bible in grades 5 through 12

Oklahoma state superintendent orders schools to teach the Bible in grades 5 through 12

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s top education official ordered public schools Thursday to incorporate the Bible into lessons for grades 5 through 12, the latest effort by conservatives to incorporate religion into classrooms.
Harvard looks to combat antisemitism, anti-Muslim bias after protests over war in Gaza

Harvard looks to combat antisemitism, anti-Muslim bias after protests over war in Gaza

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.
In France's high-stakes legislative election, a Jewish candidate faces and fights hate and division

In France's high-stakes legislative election, a Jewish candidate faces and fights hate and division

IVRY-SUR-SEINE, France (AP) — Amid market stalls heaped with fresh foods, the shopper walked past the young candidate campaigning for votes in France's high-stakes and torrid legislative election but then paused and doubled back to give Shannon Seban
Another 400,000 people left Germany's Catholic Church last year, but the pace slowed from 2022

Another 400,000 people left Germany's Catholic Church last year, but the pace slowed from 2022

BERLIN (AP) — Another 400,000 people formally left the Catholic Church in Germany last year, though the number was down from a record set in 2022 as church leaders struggle to put a long-running scandal over abuse by clergy behind them and tackle cal
The Vatican stands trial in London as a British financier seeks to clear his name in a property deal

The Vatican stands trial in London as a British financier seeks to clear his name in a property deal

ROME (AP) — The Vatican went on trial in a London court Wednesday, as a British financier sought to recover from the harm he said he suffered to his reputation as a result of a Vatican investigation into its 350 million euro (around $375 million) inv
Catholic Church and B.C. First Nation unveil covenant on residential schools

Catholic Church and B.C. First Nation unveil covenant on residential schools

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The leader of Vancouver's Roman Catholic archdiocese says the church was wrong to administer residential schools in British Columbia, and he hopes a newly released covenant with a First Nation can act as a road map for redress.
B.C. rabbi says congregation resilient after arson as police release video of suspect

B.C. rabbi says congregation resilient after arson as police release video of suspect

VANCOUVER — Rabbi Andrew Rosenblatt says the congregation of the Schara Tzedeck synagogue in Vancouver has "come back and been resilient" after an arson attack that charred the doors of the temple last month. "They have not been shy.