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Mosques in NYC struggle to house and feed an influx of Muslim migrants this Ramadan

Mosques in NYC struggle to house and feed an influx of Muslim migrants this Ramadan

NEW YORK (AP) — Above a bodega in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood, a mosque congregation hosts iftar, the traditional Islamic end of fast meal, for hundreds of hungry migrants every night during this holy month of Ramadan.
Polygamous sect leader pleads guilty in scheme to orchestrate sexual acts involving children

Polygamous sect leader pleads guilty in scheme to orchestrate sexual acts involving children

PHOENIX (AP) — The leader of an offshoot polygamous sect near the Arizona-Utah border has pleaded guilty to conspiring to transport underage girls across state lines in what authorities say was a yearslong scheme to orchestrate sexual acts involving
LGBTQ-inclusive church in Cuba welcomes all in a country that once sent gay people to labor camps

LGBTQ-inclusive church in Cuba welcomes all in a country that once sent gay people to labor camps

MATANZAS, Cuba (AP) — Proudly wearing a rainbow-colored clergy stole and a rainbow flag in her clerical collar, the Rev. Elaine Saralegui welcomed all to her LGBTQ+ inclusive church in the Cuban port city of Matanzas. “We’re all invited.
White House Easter egg roll draws a huge crowd after storm-delayed start

White House Easter egg roll draws a huge crowd after storm-delayed start

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thunder and lightning delayed the start of the annual Easter egg roll at the White House on Monday, but the event eventually rolled ahead under gray skies with a large crowd including many youngsters wearing ponchos or colorful jack
Pope overcomes health concerns to preside over Easter Mass and appeal for peace in Gaza and Ukraine

Pope overcomes health concerns to preside over Easter Mass and appeal for peace in Gaza and Ukraine

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis rallied from a winter-long bout of respiratory problems to lead some 60,000 people in Easter celebrations Sunday, making a strong appeal for a cease-fire in Gaza and a prisoner swap between Russia and Ukraine.
The Trump camp and the White House clash over Biden's recognition of 'Transgender Day of Visibility'

The Trump camp and the White House clash over Biden's recognition of 'Transgender Day of Visibility'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is facing criticism from Donald Trump's campaign and religious conservatives for proclaiming March 31 — which corresponds with Easter Sunday this year — as “Transgender Day of Visibility.
Pope presides over Easter Vigil, delivers 10-minute homily after skipping Good Friday at last minute

Pope presides over Easter Vigil, delivers 10-minute homily after skipping Good Friday at last minute

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis presided over the Vatican's somber Easter Vigil service on Saturday night, delivering a 10-minute homily and baptizing eight people, a day after suddenly skipping the Good Friday procession at the Colosseum as a health precau
Hours to make and seconds to destroy, Holy Week flower carpets are a labor of love in Guatemala

Hours to make and seconds to destroy, Holy Week flower carpets are a labor of love in Guatemala

ANTIGUA, Guatemala (AP) — Overnight before the Holy Week processions pass in front of his house, Luis Álvarez works with two dozen family members and friends to create an elaborate, 115-foot-long (35-meter-long) carpet out of colored sawdust on the s
Israel's high court says the government must stop funding seminaries. Could that topple Netanyahu?

Israel's high court says the government must stop funding seminaries. Could that topple Netanyahu?

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court ruling curtailing subsidies for ultra-Orthodox men has rattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's governing coalition and raised questions about its viability as the country presses on with the war in Gaza .
Girl, 8, only survivor of bus crash that kills 45 Easter pilgrims on South Africa's deadly roads

Girl, 8, only survivor of bus crash that kills 45 Easter pilgrims on South Africa's deadly roads

MMAMATLAKALA, South Africa (AP) — An 8-year-old girl was the lone survivor after a bus full of pilgrims making their way to a popular Easter festival in rural South Africa slammed into a bridge on a mountain pass and plunged into a ravine before burs