Religion

May 06, 2018 - 7:20 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the war in Afghanistan (all times local): 3:45 p.m. An Afghan official says a bombing at a mosque in the eastern Khost province that was being used as a voter registration center killed 12 people and wounded another 33. Habib Shah Ansari, the provincial head...
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Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he recites the Regina Coeli noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
May 06, 2018 - 6:47 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has offered a prayer in St. Peter's Square for an end to violence in the deeply impoverished Central African Republic, which he visited 2½ years ago. Francis during his traditional Sunday blessing recalled the serious violence in recent days that left many,...
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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, send kisses to his supporters after he voted for Lebanon's parliamentary elections, outside a polling station, in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, May 6, 2018. Lebanon's polling stations have opened for the first parliamentary elections in nine years. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
May 06, 2018 - 5:33 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Tens of thousands of Lebanese began casting their ballots Sunday in the first parliamentary elections in nine years, with people lining up early in the morning to take part in a vote that is being fiercely contested between rival groups backed by regional powers. The voting is...
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Lebanese voters queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the Lebanon's parliamentary elections in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, May 6, 2018. Lebanon's polling stations have opened for the first parliamentary elections in nine years. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
May 06, 2018 - 4:05 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's polling stations opened Sunday for the first parliamentary elections in nine years, with people lining up early in the morning to take part in a vote that is being fiercely contested between rival groups backed by regional powers. Thousands of army and police forces deployed...
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Muharrem Ince, a lawmaker with Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, CHP, and the party's presidential candidate, prays with supporters as he begins his campaign in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, May 4, 2018. The party has nominated Ince to run against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the upcoming presidential election on June 24, 2018. The 54-year-old former physics teacher has been a fierce critic of Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party. (AP Photo)
May 05, 2018 - 9:43 am
ISTANBUL (AP) — Four opposition parties in Turkey have announced a political alliance ahead of the country's June 24 national election, aiming to mount a meaningful challenge to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party. Speaking to reporters Saturday, the main opposition Republican People's...
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May 05, 2018 - 9:20 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The world's oldest standing army is getting some new headgear. The Swiss Guards plan to replace their metal helmets with plastic PVC ones made with a 3-D printer, giving the pope's army cooler and more comfortable headgear when standing guard for hours at a time. The Swiss...
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FILE - In this Sunday, 29, 2018 file photo, a luna park wheel decorated by posters that show portraits of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and his son the current Prime Minister Saad Hariri who is a candidate for the parliamentary elections which will be held on May 6, in Beirut, Lebanon. Campaigning for the first election in nine years has revolved around promises of stability and growth and has avoided divisive issues such as Hezbollah's weapons and its regional alliances, virtually guaranteeing the Iran-backed militant group's continued domestic hegemony. The Arabic banners read:" We are the eye that protects Lebanon, Support the project of Rafik Hariri by voting intensely." (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
May 05, 2018 - 8:17 am
BEIRUT (AP) — It's Lebanon's unique form of democracy. Almost everyone in the country complains about it. The same political dynasties dominating year after year, whether in government or parliament. Politicians work for their sect, or their own families. None managing to repair an electricity...
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Pope Francis sits during a meeting with faithful on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Neocatechumenal Way, one of the Catholic Church's biggest missionary movement, in the esplanade of Tor Vergata neighborhood in Rome, Saturday, May 5, 2018. Pope Francis is urging the missionary movement to respect different cultures and not try to conquer souls as it spreads the faith around the world. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
May 05, 2018 - 7:30 am
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday urged one of the Catholic Church's biggest but most contentious missionary movements to respect different cultures and not try to conquer souls as it spreads the faith around the world. Francis headlined a big rally marking the 50th anniversary of the...
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FILE - In this Sunday, 29, 2018 file photo, a luna park wheel decorated by posters that show portraits of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri and his son the current Prime Minister Saad Hariri who is a candidate for the parliamentary elections which will be held on May 6, in Beirut, Lebanon. Campaigning for the first election in nine years has revolved around promises of stability and growth and has avoided divisive issues such as Hezbollah's weapons and its regional alliances, virtually guaranteeing the Iran-backed militant group's continued domestic hegemony. The Arabic banners read:" We are the eye that protects Lebanon, Support the project of Rafik Hariri by voting intensely." (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
May 05, 2018 - 7:26 am
BEIRUT (AP) — It's Lebanon's unique form of democracy. Almost everyone in the country complains about it. The same political dynasties dominating year after year, whether in government or parliament. Politicians work for their sect, or their own families. None managing to repair an electricity...
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May 05, 2018 - 6:38 am
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is urging one of the Catholic Church's biggest missionary movements to respect different cultures and not try to conquer souls as it spreads the faith around the world. Francis headlined a rally Saturday marking the 50th anniversary of the Neocatechumenal Way's arrival in...
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