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Pope begs forgiveness for church role in Rwandan genocide

Pope Francis on Monday begged forgiveness for the “sins and failings of the church and its members” during Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, and told Rwanda’s president that he hoped his apology would help the country heal.<p>In an extraordinary statement after Francis’ meeting with Rwandan President Paul …

Pope Francis

Taxpayer-Funded Horror at Standing Rock

Police brutality against protesters is reminiscent of civil-rights battles like Selma. And the state has borrowed millions to fund it.<p><i>UPDATE: Ten people were arrested, and one protester was injured during confrontation with North Dakota police during evictions Wednesday. Forty-six more were</i> …

Policing

Pope Francis to activists: Stand with migrants, do not deny climate science, there is no such thing as ‘Islamic terrorism’

In a letter written to a leaders of grassroots organizations and social movements meeting this week in California, Pope Francis said Christians must …

Sanctuary Churches Brace For Clash With Trump Administration

Jeanette Vizguerra walked into a Colorado church on Wednesday — and into the forefront of a possible clash between Donald Trump and sanctuary churches across the country.<p>Vizguerra has lived in the U.S. since 1997. She has four children, three of them born here. Vizguerra was due to check in with …

Immigration

Abandoning two-state solution is 'no joke', Palestinian officials say

Washington distances itself ahead of Netanyahu and Trump meeting, with Palestinians calling for support from the international community<p>Palestinians have angrily warned the United States against abandoning a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel, after a White House official said peace did …

Israel

The Bible has a very clear message about refugees—we should accept them

On Jan. 27, president Donald Trump signed an executive order that placed a stay on refugees from seven Muslim majority countries. Entrance of refugees from Syria, however, will be banned for the next 120 days.<p>Two days prior to that, he committed the United States to building a wall on its border …

Theology

Trump on waterboarding: 'We have to fight fire with fire'

Government

With Donald Trump in Charge, GOP Warms to Torture Again

At the Republican retreat on Wednesday, some Republicans seemed to be newly open to bringing back torture tactics banned by the Army Field Manual just last year.<p>PHILADELPHIA—With all the talk of CIA black sites, enhanced interrogation techniques, and a Cheney defending it all, the Republican …

Republicans

John McCain Pledges to Fight Donald Trump on Torture

To reinstate torture, President Donald Trump will have to go through Sen. John McCain.<p>The United States will allow torture again over Sen. John McCain’s dead body.<p>The Arizona Republican has worked tirelessly for more than a decade to prevent the United States from using torture during …

Government

The gap between rich and poor is far greater than had previously been estimated, with big business and the super-rich fueling the inequality crisis by dodging taxes, driving down wages, and using their power to influence politics.

The gap between rich and poor is far greater than had previously been estimated, with big business and the super-rich fueling the inequality crisis …

Barack Obama's Enduring Faith in America

In his farewell address, the president warned of threats to the nation’s tradition of democracy—none more than from inside—and rebuked Donald Trump, but sought to rally the country around shared ideals.<p>In his final speech to the nation as the 44th president of the United States, Barack Hussein …

Foreign Policy

Michelle Obama delivers heartfelt final speech

The first lady Michelle Obama held her last formal White House event, with a message of empowerment for youth and gratefulness for her work in office.

Black History

Senate Democrat Urges Obama To Ensure The CIA Torture Report Won't Disappear

Ron Wyden is worried the report could be destroyed under the Trump administration if it's not made a federal record.<p>WASHINGTON ― If President Barack Obama wants to codify his legacy on banning the use of torture in U.S. intelligence gathering, he should declassify the 6,700-page CIA torture report …

Government

Cedar Falls junior reports bullying since election

CEDAR FALLS — Like most teenagers nowadays, Sam Potter has not hidden her sexuality — she’s said she's gay since she was 13.<p>For nearly four years, …

After 500 years of schism, will the rift of the Reformation finally be healed?

Pope Francis is beginning a year of events to herald growing cooperation between Protestants and Catholics<p>A simple act, it was the work of a few moments, but it triggered an epic era of political and religious convulsions that changed the shape of Europe. On 31 October 1517, a monk named Martin …

Pope Francis
Donald Trump

Michelle Obama: This issue is personal for me

<b>(CNN) —</b> For me, education has never been simply a policy issue -- it's personal.<p>Neither of my parents and hardly anyone in the neighborhood where I grew up went to college. But thanks to a lot of hard work and plenty of financial aid, I had the opportunity to attend some of the finest universities …

Education

America's First Black President Nears The End Of A History-Making Run

Jordan Weaver was just a kid when Barack Obama was elected eight years ago. But she'll never forget that November night.<p>"My biggest memory is us in my living room," said Weaver, who grew up in Harrisburg, Penn. "My mom was crying. She was so happy that a president could be African-American and …

Black History

Looking to his legacy, Barack Obama creates largest protected natural space on Earth

Barack Obama has created the largest protected natural area anywhere on Earth, as he pushes to make the environment and the fight against climate change cornerstones of his legacy.<p>The American president yesterday signed an executive order quadrupling the protective perimeter around …

George W. Bush

The real history of Native American team names

USA TODAY Sports asks Kevin Gover, Director of the National Museum of the American Indian: Do Native American mascots honor or offend? USA TODAY Sports<p>WASHINGTON — Native American team names mean honor and respect. That’s what executives of pro sports clubs often say. History tells a different …

Native Americans

Obama Wins Respect in Hiroshima

After more than half a century of resentment, President Obama’s sincere tribute to the bombings’ fallen has begun to heal the deep bitterness between two nations.<p>HIROSHIMA, Japan — Almost 71 years after the United States dropped the atomic bomb here, killing more than 140,000 people, Barack Obama …

Japan

With Hiroshima, Obama goes where predecessors stayed away

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama tours Hiroshima's haunting relics of nuclear warfare, he will be making a trip that past administrations weighed and avoided. For good reason: The hollowed core of the city's A-Bomb Dome and old photos of charred children are sure to rekindle questions …

Japan

Kids Win Again In Lawsuit Blaming Gov't For Not Fighting Global Warming

A child in the southern outskirts of Tegucigalpa on April 22, 2016. (ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)<p>Against all odds, another group of children who are suing the government to protect the environment against the harm of global warming in their future, have won in court.<p>Again.<p>In a surprise ruling …

Climate Change

How Hillary Helped Ruin Haiti

Much of the blame for Haiti’s chaotic political scene can be pinned on Hillary Clinton’s State Department, whose handpicked president has only made things worse.<p>Last week Haiti’s Electoral Council postponed the nation’s current presidential election indefinitely. The present chaos is a fitting coda …

Hillary Clinton