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US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania arrive at Fiumicino's Leonardo Da Vinci International airport, near Rome, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Trump is in Italy for a two day visit, including a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, ahead of his participation in a NATO meeting in Brussels on Thursday. (Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA via AP)
May 24, 2017 - 12:09 am
ROME (AP) — Concluding his tour of the ancestral homes of the world's three largest monotheistic religions, President Donald Trump is poised to call on Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed. Trump, midway through his grueling nine-day maiden international...
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ALT CROP - US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wave at the Israel museum in Jerusalem, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
May 23, 2017 - 3:58 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump showered his Middle Eastern hosts with praise and declared a breakthrough regional peace within reach. No one contradicted him, but behind the pageantry and politesse a wall of skepticism remains solidly intact. It's often said that the contours of Israeli-...
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FILE - In this combo of file photos, President Donald Trump and Pope Francis. They are stylistic and strategic opposites, one a bombastic and ostentatious president, the other a modest though worldly wise pontiff. They disagree on global issues ranging from immigration to climate change. (AP Photo, File)
May 23, 2017 - 1:18 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — They are stylistic opposites, one a bombastic tycoon-turned-president, the other a famously modest pope. They disagree openly on such weighty issues as immigration, climate change and economic policy. But President Donald Trump and Pope Francis share a trait that adds drama to...
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Shariah law official whips one of two men convicted of gay sex during a public caning outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, Aceh province Indonesia, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Two men in the province were publicly caned dozens of times Tuesday for consensual sex, a punishment that intensifies an anti-gay backlash and which rights advocates denounced as "medieval torture." (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)
May 23, 2017 - 11:06 am
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Two men in Indonesia's Aceh province were publicly caned dozens of times Tuesday for consensual gay sex, a punishment that intensifies an anti-gay backlash in the world's most populous Muslim country and which rights advocates denounced as "medieval torture." More than...
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In this May 18, 2017 photo, Fayez Ghosn surveys damage in his house at the mountain resort town of Zabadani in the Damascus countryside, Syria. Once a popular summer resort famed for its fruit trees and favored by tourists from rich Gulf Arab countries, the Damascus suburb town of Zabadani is now a deserted, endless vista of pulverized buildings after thousands of rebels were driven out along with the town’s original inhabitants. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
May 23, 2017 - 2:01 am
ZABADANI, Syria (AP) — Arriving with her husband and 10-year-old daughter to check on their home for the first time in five years, Adibeh Ghosn had trouble recognizing the neighborhood. In disbelief, she walked over the mounds of rubble leading to her home. "Where are the neighbors, where are the...
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May 22, 2017 - 7:03 am
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill early Monday that allows publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections. The "Freedom to Serve Children...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a bilateral meeting with Kuwait's Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 22, 2017 - 12:05 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Having declared that finding a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict is "maybe not as difficult as people have thought," President Donald Trump will make his first visit to Israel with few concrete ideas of solving a problem that has vexed presidents for decades...
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President Donald Trump delivers a speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit, at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. From left, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Ivanka Trump, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 21, 2017 - 2:46 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump railed against President Barack Obama for failing to utter the words "radical Islamic terrorism." He accused the foundation run by Bill and Hillary Clinton of corruption for accepting charitable contributions from Saudi Arabia and...
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Notre Dame students walk out of the commencement ceremony in opposition opposed to the Trump administration's policies as Vice President Mike Pence is introduced at Notre Dame Stadium on Sunday, May 21, 2017, in South Bend, Ind. (Santiago Flores/South Bend Tribune via AP)
May 21, 2017 - 2:09 pm
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Dozens of graduates and family members silently stood and walked out Sunday as Vice President Mike Pence began his address at Notre Dame's commencement ceremony. Pence, the former governor of Indiana, was invited to speak after Notre Dame students and faculty protested the...
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May 21, 2017 - 7:03 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named five new cardinals for Laos, Mali, Sweden, Spain and El Salvador. Francis, in his surprise announcement Sunday to faithful in St. Peter's Square, said his selection reflects the universal nature of the Catholic Church. In some of the countries, like Laos...
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