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FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, left, Esther Hayut, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Israel, center, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attend a memorial service for former President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem. Barring a nearly unfathomable about face, Israel is headed Wednesday, Dec. 11 toward an unprecedented third election within a year - prolonging a political stalemate that has paralyzed government and undermined its citizens' faith in the democratic process. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)
December 11, 2019 - 1:50 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Barring a nearly unfathomable about-face, Israel was headed Wednesday toward an unprecedented third election within a year — prolonging a political stalemate that has paralyzed the government and undermined many citizens' faith in the democratic process. Both Prime Minister...
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In this Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 photo, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, patriarch of the Chaldean Church, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq. Leaders of Iraq's Christians unanimously cancelled Christmas-related celebrations in solidarity with the protest movement - but the aims of their stance go deeper than tinsel and fairy lights. In the slogans calling for a united Iraq, Christians see hope for much needed change from a sectarian system that has long marginalized them. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
December 11, 2019 - 1:08 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Christmas tree in the middle of a central Baghdad plaza occupied by anti-government protesters is bare, save for portraits of those killed under fire from security forces. A tribute, the demonstrators explained, to a recent decision by Iraq's Christians to call off seasonal...
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Representatives of the Rohingya community and Gambia's Justice Minister Aboubacarr Tambadou, left, listen to a testimony during a press conference in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. Gambia filed a case at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the United Nations' highest court, accusing Myanmar of genocide in its campaign against the Rohingya Muslim minority. A statement released Monday by lawyers for Gambia says the case also asks the International Court of Justice to order measures "to stop Myanmar's genocidal conduct immediately." (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
December 10, 2019 - 7:23 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The justice minister of Gambia appealed to the U.N.’s top court Tuesday to recognize that genocide against Myanmar's Rohingya minority took place and to ensure it does not continue, while Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi prepared to defend the actions of her country's...
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In this Nov. 8, 2019 photo, a lock is seen on the entrance gate of grand Jamia Masjid, the main mosque in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. The centuries-old Jamia Masjid in Srinagar city, apart from hosting the largest Muslim gatherings in disputed Kashmir, is also one of the nerve centers of anti-India protests. Thousands of people congregate here for prayers and Friday sermons at the mosque mainly revolve around the Kashmir conflict. But more than three months have passed and mosque gates continue to remain locked. Following India’s unilateral decision to strip the disputed region’s semiautonomous status in early August, authorities have not allowed any prayers at the mosque as part of their ongoing security clampdown. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
December 10, 2019 - 4:39 am
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — For years Romi Jan’s mornings would begin with the plaintive call to prayer that rang out from the central mosque in disputed Kashmir’s largest city. The voice soothed her soul and made her feel closer to God. Not anymore. For nearly four months now, the voice that would call...
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FILE - in this Friday, March 3, 2017 file photo, People pass by the "The Walled Off Hotel" and the Israeli security barrier the West Bank city of Bethlehem. As visitors descend on Bethlehem this Christmas, they have the option of staying in the restored centuries-old guesthouses, taking food tours of local markets and perusing the dystopian art in and around a hotel designed by the British graffiti artist Banksy. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File)
December 09, 2019 - 7:39 am
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel. But in recent years a new form of tourism has taken root,...
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Anti-government protesters gather near barriers set up by security forces to close Rasheed Street during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
December 06, 2019 - 2:49 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Gunmen in cars opened fire Friday in Baghdad's Khilani Square. leaving at least 15 people dead and 60 wounded, Iraqi security and medical officials said. At least two of the dead were policemen. Protesters fearing for their lives ran from the plaza to nearby Tahrir Square and mosques...
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In this photo taken Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, Steven Lacchin, 39, left, meets for the first time with Gerald Erebon, 30, right, who DNA tests indicate is his half-brother, and shows him documents related to Italian missionary priest Mario Lacchin, in Nairobi, Kenya. An Associated Press story on the front page of a newspaper in Nairobi brought together the two Kenyan men - one who knew that his father was an Italian missionary priest, and the other who wanted proof that he was the son of the same priest. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
December 06, 2019 - 8:01 am
NAIROBI (AP) — Steven Lacchin grew up a fatherless boy, but he knew some very basic facts about the man who was his father. He knew Lacchin, the name on his Kenyan birth certificate, was his dad’s name. He knew that Mario Lacchin abandoned him and his mother. When he was older, he learned that his...
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FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, a guard tower and barbed wire fences are seen around a facility in the Kunshan Industrial Park in Artux in western China's Xinjiang region. Congress is poised to hand President Donald Trump a chance to infuriate the Chinese government and attack its record on human rights as he is trying to deliver his long-sought trade deal (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
December 05, 2019 - 4:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is poised to hand President Donald Trump a second chance in less than a month to anger the Chinese government and attack its record on human rights as he tries to deliver a long-sought trade deal with Beijing. Members of the Senate said Thursday that they expect to...
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An oversized urn covered with a black plastic wrap placed by the artist group 'Center for Political Beauty" near the German parliament building, the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. An activist group has apologized to Jewish groups who expressed outrage at an urn placed in front of the German parliament that the activists claim contains Holocaust victims' remains. The Center for Political Beauty said late Wednesday they had not intended to hurt the feelings of Holocaust survivors and their descendants when they placed the urn in front of Reichstag building Monday. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)
December 05, 2019 - 4:48 am
BERLIN (AP) — An activist group has apologized to Jewish organizations outraged over their use of purported Holocaust victims’ remains in an installation outside Germany’s parliament building meant to draw attention to the perils of far-right extremism. The Center for Political Beauty, a Germany-...
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FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2018 file photo, Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, speaks during a news conference in Cheektowaga, N.Y. Pope Francis on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, accepted Bishop Richard Malone’s resignation following widespread criticism over how he handled allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
December 04, 2019 - 1:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo resigned Wednesday, forced to step aside amid mounting calls for his ouster from his staff, priests and public over his handling of allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. The Vatican said Pope Francis accepted the resignation and appointed Edward...
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