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August 28, 2015 - 2:03pm
2 days 20 hours ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has gotten embroiled in a modern-day, secular version of the Index of Banned Books.

The Holy See press office had to set the record straight on Friday after the Italian media interpreted a formulaic blessing by Pope Francis of a lesbian children's book publisher and her partner as an endorsement of their lifestyle.

Author Francesca Pardi had written to Francis in June complaining about how her books — some of which...

August 28, 2015 - 12:51pm
2 days 11 hours ago

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Dominica's prime minister says 20 people have died and the island has been set back 20 years in the damage inflicted by Tropical Storm Erika.

Roosevelt Skerrit said in a televised address late Friday that hundreds of homes, bridges and roads have been destroyed.

He said authorities still have not been able to reach some communities cut off by landslides, mudslides and flooding.

Tropical...

August 28, 2015 - 11:40am
3 days 5 hours ago

TORONTO (AP) — Former Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who remains in Egypt awaiting a verdict in his terror trial, is hoping his ordeal will be over this weekend.

The Canadian journalist said in a telephone interview from Cairo that he hopes to get his life back when he hears a verdict in the long-running case Saturday. The case against Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed embroiled the journalists in the political...

August 28, 2015 - 11:33am
3 days 5 hours ago

CAIRO (AP) — Three journalists on trial in an Egyptian court on terrorism-related charges are awaiting its verdict, hopeful that they will be acquitted after lengthy proceedings criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists.

On Friday, a day before the verdict, Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, who was Al-Jazeera's acting Cairo bureau chief, said he was particularly hopeful because senior Egyptian officials had agreed to meet his lawyer Amal...

August 28, 2015 - 11:19am
3 days 5 hours ago

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A government-allied militia in Mali says it won't follow demands by an international peace monitoring group to leave a northern town that it took from separatists last week.

Fihroun Maiga, spokesman for the militia, said Friday that if they leave and the army does not come in, the Tuareg separatist group that previously occupied the town of Anefis will return. Maiga said there is little the United Nations can do to get them to leave....

August 28, 2015 - 11:10am
3 days 5 hours ago

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Tiny Estonia just got a little bit bigger.

Modern technology has made Estonia grow by 112 square kilometers (44 square miles) by including 834 islands that were not accounted for in earlier surveys.

Hanno Kuus of Estonia's state mapping agency says the current number of islands and islets in the Baltic Sea and in bigger Estonian lakes grew to 2,355 from 1,521 — mainly ones at sea.

Kuus said Friday that...

August 28, 2015 - 10:48am
3 days 5 hours ago

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Senegalese activist has called for the release of seven men arrested in July and sentenced to six months in prison for homosexual acts.

Djamil Bangoura, president of gay rights group Prudence, said Friday that Senegal must stop condemning people who are different. He said he wants the laws changed but also alleges that people are being convicted with insufficient evidence.

Bangoura said police arrested the seven at one of the...

August 28, 2015 - 10:42am
3 days 5 hours ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's defense ministry says the country has reached a preliminary agreement with Bulgaria to modernize the Balkan country's Soviet-era fleet of MiG-29 fighter jets.

The deal comes as Bulgaria seeks to reduce its reliance on Russia in light of the Ukraine crisis, which has made many countries across the former Soviet bloc nervous.

The Polish Defense Ministry said a letter of intent was signed in Bulgaria on Friday between the...

August 28, 2015 - 10:39am
2 days 20 hours ago

BATANGAFO, Central African Republic (AP) — A militia group released 163 children from its ranks on Friday in Central African Republic, a country where as many as 10,000 youth have become ensnared in the sectarian violence between armed groups since 2013.

The children — including five girls — were handed over at a ceremony in the northern town of Batangafo that was facilitated by the U.N. children's agency and the U.N. peacekeeping mission in the country....

August 28, 2015 - 10:32am
3 days 6 hours ago

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish woman is fuming after football club Barcelona made her pay 54 euros ($60) for a match ticket for her 10-month-old baby even though the seat wouldn't be used.

In a letter to El Periodico newspaper this week, Roso Castellsagues related how she and friends bought six tickets to watch Barcelona play on Aug. 17, but stadium officials told her the baby daughter also needed one.

She said she had to buy another ticket — located...

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