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Iraqi security forces fire tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters in central Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
November 11, 2019 - 8:26 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations top envoy to Iraq, seeking support for a roadmap to resolve massive anti-government protests, said Monday that the country's most powerful Shiite religious leader backs serious reforms but is concerned politicians will not carry them out. At least 12 protesters...
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Pope Francis delivers his message during his Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
November 10, 2019 - 8:24 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday called for South Sudan politicians to salvage a tenuous peace deal and to bring a definitive end to conflicts to the African nation, which he announced he intends to visit in the coming year. In public remarks from a Vatican palace window overlooking St...
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Pope Francis delivers his blessing during his Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
November 10, 2019 - 7:40 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging Bolivians, including its politicians, to calmly await the outcome of a disputed election review. Francis on Sunday told pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter's Square that he was entrusting to their prayers "the situation of beloved Bolivia," noting that it...
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Cole Langford, left, and Hayden Spenct, of the Mormon colony in La Mora, Mexico, hug during a rendezvous in a gas station in Douglas, Ariz., Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. Family and friends said goodbye Saturday to the last victim of a cartel ambush that killed nine American women and children from a Mormon community in northern Mexico where cartels have disrupted an otherwise peaceful, rural existence. (Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star via AP)
November 10, 2019 - 5:36 am
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An 18-vehicle caravan carrying about 100 members of an offshoot Mormon community leaving their homes in Mexico after a violent attack arrived in Arizona on Saturday. The families came nearly a week after the attack Monday in which nine women and children were killed by what...
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Family and friends attend the burial service of Christina Langford Johnson the last victim of a cartel ambush that killed nine American women and children earlier this week, in Colonia LeBaron, Mexico, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. In the attack Monday, Langford Johnson jumped out of her vehicle and waved her hands to show she was no threat to the attackers and was shot twice in the heart, community members say. Her daughter Faith Marie Johnson, 7 months old, was found unharmed in her car seat. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
November 09, 2019 - 7:04 pm
COLONIA LEBARON, Mexico (AP) — Family and friends said goodbye Saturday to the last victim of a cartel ambush that killed nine American women and children from a Mormon community in northern Mexico where cartels have disrupted an otherwise peaceful, rural existence. In the attack Monday, Christina...
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FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2017, file photo, death row inmate Rodney Reed waves to his family in the Bastrop County District Court in Bastrop, Texas. Supporters for Reed, who's facing lethal injection in less than two weeks for a murder he says he didn't commit, are mounting a final push in the courts and on social media to stop his execution, which is being called into question by lawmakers, pastors, celebrities and the European Union. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)
November 09, 2019 - 4:08 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In his five years as Texas' governor, Republican Greg Abbott has overseen the execution of nearly 50 prisoners while only once sparing a condemned man's life, after a victims' family asked him to do so. But Abbott — who has proudly referred to the death penalty as "Texas...
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Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), or World Hindu Council, celebrate the Supreme Court's verdict outside the VHP office in Ahmadabad, India, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019. India's Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims. The dispute over land ownership has been one of the country's most contentious issues. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
November 09, 2019 - 8:43 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court on Saturday ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground in the country's north and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims to build a mosque — a verdict in a highly contentious case that was immediately deplored by a key Muslim...
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In this Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 photo Singer Tania Saleh takes pictures by her mobile phone at the martyrs square where the ongoing anti-government take place everyday, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. Saleh grew up amid a civil war that has robbed her of her childhood. Of her friends and neighbors. And of the Lebanon she so loved. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
November 09, 2019 - 12:17 am
BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's protests are bringing out people from across the country's spectrum of faiths and communities trying to throw out the entire ruling elite. They give a glimpse into a Lebanon transcending longtime divisions among sects. But the young protesters face an entrenched political...
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A masked demonstrator carries a statue of Jesus Christ that he took from a church to be added to a barricade, in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. Chile's president on Thursday announced measures to increase security and toughen sanctions for vandalism following three weeks of protests that have left at least 20 dead. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
November 08, 2019 - 7:16 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Hooded protesters looted a Roman Catholic church Friday near the main gathering site for three weeks of mass protests against Chile's government over inequality. An Associated Press photographer witnessed people dragging church pews, statues of Jesus and other religious...
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Anti-government protesters throw stones at security forces during clashes in the al-Rasheed street in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. The demonstrators complain of widespread corruption, lack of job opportunities and poor basic services, including regular power cuts despite Iraq's vast oil reserves. They have snubbed limited economic reforms proposed by the government, calling for it to resign. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
November 08, 2019 - 11:55 am
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric urged political leaders Friday to find a way out of the current cycle of anti-government protests and a subsequent security crackdown that has left more than 250 people dead, saying the country faces "great risks" if it continues. The protests...
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