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Thousands join Muslim prayer protests over Jerusalem shrine
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Thousands of Palestinian Muslims prayed in the streets near Jerusalem's most contested holy site Tuesday, heeding a call by clergy to not enter the shrine despite Israel's seeming capitulation when it removed metal detectors it installed there a week earlier....

US Navy fires warning shots near Iran ship in Persian Gulf
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots Tuesday near an Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf, the first such incident to happen under President Donald Trump. Iran's hard-line Revolutionary Guard later blamed the American ship for provoking the situation....

Rights groups ask Duterte to retract threat to bomb schools
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Human rights groups asked the Philippine president Wednesday to retract a threat to order airstrikes against tribal schools he accused of teaching students to become communist rebels, warning such an attack would constitute a war crime....

Top Vatican official faces Australian court on sex charges
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The most senior Vatican official ever charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday in a scandal that has stunned the Holy See and threatened to tarnish the pope's image as a crusader against abusive clergy....

AP: Brazilians detail abuses by US church, shattered lives
SAO JOAQUIM DE BICAS, Brazil (AP) -- At the Word of Faith Fellowship churches in the Brazilian cities of Sao Joaquim de Bicas and Franco da Rocha, the signs of broken families are everywhere: parents separated from their children, siblings who no longer speak, grandparents who wonder if they will ever know their grandchildren....

Charlie Gard's parents ask court to let him die at home
LONDON (AP) -- Charlie Gard's parents know their treasured son is about to die. They have one final wish - to take him home, put him to bed and kiss him goodbye....

Trump, Lebanese leader pledge solidarity against terrorism
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Tuesday that supporting Syrian refugees as close to their home as possible is the best way to help them....

Uruguay: Ex-Gitmo detainee also tried to travel to Russia
MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- A former Guantanamo Bay detainee resettled in Uruguay recently tried to travel to Russia in one of at least four attempts to leave the South American country, an official said Tuesday....

China denies its jets operated dangerously in US encounter
BEIJING (AP) -- China on Tuesday denied its fighter jet pilots operated dangerously during an encounter with a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace in which the American pilot took evasive action to avoid a possible collision....

EU-Turkey talks fail to ease friction over detentions
BRUSSELS (AP) -- High-level talks that European Union officials had with Turkey's foreign minister Tuesday did not appear to ease tensions between the 28-nation bloc and Ankara over a wave of detentions of human rights defenders, journalists and others....

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