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New bishop of Biden’s hometown mum on Communion question

The newly appointed bishop of President Joe Biden’s home diocese in Delaware says he would gladly speak with the president about his stance on abortion but he’s not saying whether he would allow Biden to keep receiving Communion, as his predecessor has By NICOLE WINFIELD and LUIS ANDRES HENAO Associated Press April 30, 2021, 4:34 […]

Hamas rejects delay of Palestinian elections as ‘coup’

JERUSALEM — The Islamic militant group Hamas has rejected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to cancel the first elections in 15 years, calling it a “coup” with no popular support. In his announcement early Friday, Abbas cited a dispute with Israel over voting in east Jerusalem, but delaying the elections will likely spare his divided […]

Indonesia arrests firebrand cleric’s lawyer over attacks

Members of Indonesia’s counterterrorism police have arrested the lawyer of a firebrand cleric and accused him of inciting people to commit terrorist acts and of pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group, officials said By NINIEK KARMINI Associated Press April 27, 2021, 3:11 PM • 3 min read JAKARTA, Indonesia — Members of Indonesia’s counterterrorism […]

New players pose additional threats to Jerusalem tensions

JERUSALEM — The holy city of Jerusalem, a tinderbox of competing religious and political claims, has repeatedly triggered bouts of Israeli-Palestinian violence. This time around, there have been some additional sparks, including Jewish extremists who, emboldened by their political patrons’ recent election to parliament, staged a provocative march to Jerusalem’s walled Old City chanting “death […]

Israeli police arrest dozens in night of chaos in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Israeli police said 44 people were arrested and 20 officers were wounded in a night of chaos in Jerusalem, where security forces separately clashed with Palestinians angry about Ramadan restrictions and Jewish extremists who held an anti-Arab march nearby. Tensions have spiked in recent days in Jerusalem, which has long been a flashpoint […]

Muslims mark Ramadan amid virus surge and new restrictions

MECCA, Saudi Arabia — Muslims in many parts of the world marked the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, but a spike in coronavirus cases in several countries has once again put curbs on the holy month’s signature feasts and lengthy prayers in mosques. Still, there were glimmers that Ramadan 2021 could feel less restricted than […]

EXPLAINER: What is behind the latest unrest in N Ireland?

LONDON — Young people have hurled bricks, fireworks and gasoline bombs at police and set hijacked cars and a bus on fire during a week of violence on the streets of Northern Ireland. Police responded with rubber bullets and water cannons. The streets were calmer Friday night, as community leaders appealed for calm after the […]


Opinion by Jan Lundius (stockholm / rome) Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Inter Press Service STOCKHOLM / ROME, Mar 30 (IPS) – I was born in the winter in 1990 in a country not my own i was born with my father’s eyes maybe i stole them he doesn’t look like that anymore i was born in […]

One Good Thing: A Singapore skyline view for migrant workers

Migrant workers are getting a bird’s eye view of Singapore, with the public’s help By ANNABELLE LIANG Associated Press March 30, 2021, 4:13 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article SINGAPORE — The capsules of the Ferris wheel in Singapore were peppered with rain. Not great for a bird’s eye […]