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Reclusive Taliban leader releases Eid message urging officials to set aside their differences

Reclusive Taliban leader releases Eid message urging officials to set aside their differences

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban's reclusive supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada urged his officials to set aside their differences and serve Afghanistan properly, according to a written statement released Saturday ahead of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marki
What is Eid al-Fitr and how do Muslims celebrate the Islamic holiday?

What is Eid al-Fitr and how do Muslims celebrate the Islamic holiday?

CAIRO (AP) — Muslims around the world will soon bid farewell to the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and start celebrating the holiday of Eid al-Fitr.
An Argentine judge recognizes gender abuse suffered for years by 20 nuns in a breakthrough ruling

An Argentine judge recognizes gender abuse suffered for years by 20 nuns in a breakthrough ruling

BUNEOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — An Argentine judge on Friday ruled that 20 cloistered nuns had suffered abuse for more than two decades at the hands of high-ranking clergy in the country's conservative north, and ordered the accused archbishop and chu
Hulu's 'We Were the Lucky Ones' is a good reminder to talk to your elders while you still can

Hulu's 'We Were the Lucky Ones' is a good reminder to talk to your elders while you still can

In Hulu's limited-series “ We Were the Lucky Ones, " the Kurc family in Poland is separated during World War II and spends years trying to reunite. This was before the Internet and cell phones so tracking each other's whereabouts was hard.
Right to children or children’s rights? Surrogacy debate comes to a head in Rome

Right to children or children’s rights? Surrogacy debate comes to a head in Rome

ROME (AP) — An international campaign to ban surrogacy received a strong endorsement Friday from the Vatican, with a top official calling for a broad-based alliance to stop the “commercialization of life.
NYC to pay $17.5M to settle suit over forced removal of religious head coverings during mug shots

NYC to pay $17.5M to settle suit over forced removal of religious head coverings during mug shots

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has agreed to pay $17.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by two Muslim women who were forced to remove their head coverings to be photographed after they were arrested.
Thomas Gumbleton, Detroit Catholic bishop who opposed war and promoted social justice, dies at 94

Thomas Gumbleton, Detroit Catholic bishop who opposed war and promoted social justice, dies at 94

DETROIT (AP) — Thomas Gumbleton, a Catholic bishop in Detroit who for decades was an international voice against war and racism and an advocate for labor and social justice, died Thursday. He was 94.
How Dev Patel got 'Monkey Man,' his directorial debut beset by challenges, to the finish line

How Dev Patel got 'Monkey Man,' his directorial debut beset by challenges, to the finish line

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Dev Patel first pitched “Monkey Man” as “a revenge film about faith.” “Faith can be such a beautiful, powerful thing. It can bring us together.
Awe and dread: How religions have responded to total solar eclipses over the centuries

Awe and dread: How religions have responded to total solar eclipses over the centuries

Throughout history, solar eclipses have had profound impact on adherents of various religions around the world. They were viewed as messages from God or spiritual forces, inducing emotions ranging from dread to wonder.
Jewish group launches Holocaust survivor speakers bureau to fight increasing antisemitism worldwide

Jewish group launches Holocaust survivor speakers bureau to fight increasing antisemitism worldwide

BERLIN (AP) — More than 250 Holocaust survivors have joined an international initiative to share their stories of loss and survival with students around the world during a time of rising antisemitism following the Oct.