In Jerusalem’s culture war, secular residents make gains

JERUSALEM (AP) — Crowds of angry ultra-Orthodox Jewish men, wearing long beards, black and white garb and large black hats, protested in the streets of Jerusalem earlier this month against a new cinema opening its doors on the Sabbath….

Palestinians, Vatican could raise UN flags before pope visit

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a move likely to upset Israel’s government, the Palestinians and the Vatican are seeking to raise their flags at U.N. headquarters – just in time for Pope Francis’ visit next month….

Colombian garbage collector rescues books for children

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A second-grade education has not stopped garbage collector Jose Gutierrez from bringing the gift of reading to thousands of Colombian children….

Colombians flee homes in Venezuela amid border crackdown

SAN ANTONIO DEL TACHIRA, Venezuela (AP) — Dozens of Colombians began fleeing their homes in Venezuela on Tuesday, wading knee-deep through a river separating the two countries, as President Nicolas Maduro vowed to extend a crackdown on illegal migrants living along the...

In Islamic State war, like others, heritage always a target

CAIRO (AP) — A nearly 2,000-year-old temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra this week was the latest victim in the Islamic State group’s campaign of destruction of historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria….

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to visit US next month

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi officials say King Salman will visit the United States early next month for the first time since ascending the throne and will meet with President Barack Obama….

3 reported dead in northern France shooting; 2 police hurt

PARIS (AP) — The French national gendarme service says three people have apparently been killed and two officers wounded in a shootout at a Gypsy camp in northern France….

With these words from Justice Anthony Kennedy, I thee wed

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is getting invited to be a part of a lot of weddings lately….

Airbnb agrees to enforce small Paris tourism tax on rentals

PARIS (AP) — The home-sharing company Airbnb has agreed to put a small tourist tax on rental apartments in Paris – following a request by Paris authorities….

3 generations of Swedish family linked by single womb

GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AP) — For one family in Sweden, a pioneering procedure has led to a baby being born from the same womb that nurtured his mother, uniting three generations….