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Screensavers showing King Salman are visible on computers at the press center for upcoming summits, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, May 30, 2019. Salman convenes Arab heads of state from the Gulf and Arab League to discuss escalation in tension with Iran. Arabic on computers reads, "Despite all the challenges facing our Arab nation. We are optimistic about a promising future that fulfills the hopes of our nations for leadership." (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
May 30, 2019 - 6:15 pm
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 2:10 a.m. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made an appeal to Arab leaders gathered in Mecca to reject a White House plan for the Palestinian-Israel conflict. Speaking before King...
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May 30, 2019 - 8:18 am
MILAN (AP) — The relics of two Fatima child saints have been stolen from a church in Verona while they were traveling on a pilgrimage tour in Italy. The Rev. Andrea Ronconi said Thursday that small pieces of clothing belonging to the Portuguese shepherd children made saints in 2017 were stolen...
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before voting in the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced a deadline at midnight Wednesday to form a new governing coalition as he tried to stave off a crisis that could trigger an unprecedented second election this year or even force the longtime leader to step down. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
May 29, 2019 - 5:34 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's parliament voted to dissolve itself early Thursday, sending the country to an unprecedented second snap election this year as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition before a midnight deadline. The dramatic vote, less than two months after...
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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 29, 2019 - 4:26 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican communications office on Wednesday corrected the Italian transcript of Pope Francis' comments about disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Earlier, it had omitted Francis' claim that he didn't remember if he had been told in 2013 of McCarrick's penchant for...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick poses during an interview with the Associated Press, in Rome. Email correspondence shows disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was placed under Vatican travel restrictions in 2008 for sleeping with seminarians, but regularly flouted those rules with the apparent knowledge of Vatican officials under Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Francis defrocked McCarrick in February after a church investigation confirmed that McCarrick sexually abused minors and adults. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
May 28, 2019 - 2:57 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Email correspondence shows disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was placed under Vatican restrictions in 2008 for sleeping with seminarians, but regularly flouted those travel rules with the apparent knowledge of Vatican officials under Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis...
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May 28, 2019 - 2:56 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — An Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis is on trial at the Vatican on accusations he sexually abused seminarians. Francis revealed the development in an interview with Mexico's Televisa Tuesday. He said he received the results of a preliminary investigation into Bishop Gustavo...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a joint statement prior to a meeting with the president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, May 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
May 27, 2019 - 1:15 pm
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on European elections (all times local): 8:10 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she'd like to see a quick agreement on who should run the European Union's executive branch, a matter on which her own governing coalition so far is divided. In her first comments on...
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In this Thursday, May 23, 2019, photo, Nancy St Germain, 71, right, of Warwick, R.I., leans forward to show her sign to a driver leaving a fundraiser for the Rhode Island Senate Democrats political action committee in Providence, R.I. Her sign reads, "This fight isn't over." Protesters gathered at the fundraiser to pressure legislative leaders to bring a bill seeking to protect abortion rights to the Senate floor for a vote. (AP Photo/Jennifer McDermott)
May 27, 2019 - 12:30 pm
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A bill seeking to preserve abortion protections in state law fails to pass a key committee. Lawmakers cite God, church and faith in proclaiming their opposition to it. Abortion-rights groups protest outside a gathering of lawmakers. What sounds like a legislative fight in a...
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Faithful reach out to Pope Francis during an audience with participants of a pilgrimage of the Italian-Albanian diocese of Lungro, in the Pope Paul VI hall, at the Vatican, Saturday, May 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
May 25, 2019 - 7:55 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Saturday that abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or likely to die, and urged doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term. Speaking to a Vatican-sponsored anti-abortion conference, Francis said the...
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In this photo taken May 23, 2019, and released by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad, left, speaks with a monk at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa in western China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The U.S. ambassador to China urged Beijing to engage in substantive dialogue with exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama during a visit to the Himalayan region over the past week, the Embassy said Saturday. (U.S. Mission to China via AP)
May 25, 2019 - 6:42 am
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China urged Beijing to engage in substantive dialogue with exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama during a visit to the Himalayan region over the past week, the U.S. Embassy said Saturday. Terry Branstad also "expressed concerns regarding the Chinese...
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