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Muslim pilgrims converge at Mount Arafat for daylong worship as Hajj reaches its peak

Muslim pilgrims converge at Mount Arafat for daylong worship as Hajj reaches its peak

MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Following the footsteps of prophets beneath a burning sun, Muslims from around the world congregated Saturday at a sacred hill in Saudi Arabia for intense, daylong worship and reflection.
A usually joyous Muslim holiday reminds families in Gaza of war's punishing toll

A usually joyous Muslim holiday reminds families in Gaza of war's punishing toll

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Last summer, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip celebrated the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha the way it's supposed to be: with large family feasts, meat shared with those less fortunate, and new clothes and gifts for chil
G7 leaders pledge action to counter foreign interference in new statement

G7 leaders pledge action to counter foreign interference in new statement

SAVELLETRI DI FASANO — Leaders of the G7 countries say they are more concerned than ever about foreign interference and plan to create a "collective response framework" to counter foreign threats to democracies.
Muslims start the Hajj against the backdrop of the devastating Israel-Hamas war

Muslims start the Hajj against the backdrop of the devastating Israel-Hamas war

MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In sweltering temperatures, Muslim pilgrims in the Saudi city of Mecca converged on a vast desert tent camp Friday, officially starting the annual Hajj pilgrimage .
Pope Francis becomes first pontiff to address a G7 summit, raising alarm about AI. The G7 responds

Pope Francis becomes first pontiff to address a G7 summit, raising alarm about AI. The G7 responds

BARI, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis challenged leaders of the world’s wealthy democracies on Frida y to keep human dignity foremost in developing and using artificial intelligence, warning that such powerful technology risks turning human relations thems
Top US bishop worries Catholic border services for migrants might be imperiled by government action

Top US bishop worries Catholic border services for migrants might be imperiled by government action

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Government officials would be infringing on religious freedom if they were to restrict the Catholic Church’s work serving migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, says a top U.S. bishop.
Virginia city repeals ban on psychic readings as industry grows and gains more acceptance

Virginia city repeals ban on psychic readings as industry grows and gains more acceptance

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Ashley Branton has earned a living as a psychic medium for seven years, helping a growing number of people with heavy choices about toxic relationships, home purchases and cross-country moves.
US Catholic bishops approve outreach to Native Americans and acknowledge boarding school 'traumas'

US Catholic bishops approve outreach to Native Americans and acknowledge boarding school 'traumas'

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S.
Man pleads not guilty in pipe bomb attack on Massachusetts group Satanic Temple

Man pleads not guilty in pipe bomb attack on Massachusetts group Satanic Temple

BOSTON (AP) — An Oklahoma man accused of throwing a pipe bomb at the Massachusetts headquarters of a group called The Satanic Temple pleaded not guilty Thursday at his arraignment in federal court in Boston.
Apparent Gaza activists hurl paint at homes of Brooklyn Museum leaders, including Jewish director

Apparent Gaza activists hurl paint at homes of Brooklyn Museum leaders, including Jewish director

NEW YORK (AP) — People purporting to be pro-Palestinian activists hurled red paint at the homes of top leaders at the Brooklyn Museum, including its Jewish director, and also splashed paint across the front of diplomatic buildings for Germany and the