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London police apologize after threatening to arrest 'openly Jewish' man near pro-Palestinian protest

LONDON (AP) — London’s police force has been forced to issue two apologies after officers threatened to arrest an “openly Jewish” man if he refused to leave the area around a pro-Palestinian march because his presence risked provoking the demonstrato
Children learn matzo making and Passover's traditions ahead of the Jewish holiday

Children learn matzo making and Passover's traditions ahead of the Jewish holiday

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — The group of first graders had no time to waste — they had matzo to make.
War, hostages, antisemitism: A somber backdrop to this year's Passover observances

War, hostages, antisemitism: A somber backdrop to this year's Passover observances

Passover is a major Jewish holiday, celebrated over seven or eight days each year, commemorating the exodus of ancient Israelites from slavery in Egypt, as recounted in the Bible. To many Jews, it symbolizes freedom and the birth of a Jewish nation.
Maurizio Cattelan, Zoe Saldana join iconoclastic Vatican Biennale exhibition inside women’s prison

Maurizio Cattelan, Zoe Saldana join iconoclastic Vatican Biennale exhibition inside women’s prison

VENICE, Italy (AP) — A pair of nude feet — dirty, wounded and vulnerable — are painted on the façade of the Venice women’s prison chapel.
The Latest | World leaders call on Iran and Israel to avoid allowing conflict to worsen

The Latest | World leaders call on Iran and Israel to avoid allowing conflict to worsen

World leaders called on Iran and Israel to try to avoid escalating tensions following the apparent Israeli airstrike on Friday near an Iranian air base and nuclear facility.
Mandisa, Grammy-winning singer and 'American Idol' alum, dies at 47

Mandisa, Grammy-winning singer and 'American Idol' alum, dies at 47

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Mandisa, a contemporary Christian singer who appeared on “American Idol” and won a Grammy for her 2013 album ‘Overcomer’, has died. She was 47.
John Adams' Nativity oratorio 'El Nino' gets colorful staging at the Met

John Adams' Nativity oratorio 'El Nino' gets colorful staging at the Met

NEW YORK (AP) — The children crumple and fall to the stage, victims of King Herod’s assassins. Then the Virgin Mary, in a voice brimming with anguish and outrage, memorializes the student protesters who were massacred by Mexican armed forces in 1968.
Has Salman Rushdie changed after his stabbing? Well, he feels about 25, the author tells AP

Has Salman Rushdie changed after his stabbing? Well, he feels about 25, the author tells AP

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly two years after the knife attack that nearly killed him, Salman Rushdie appears both changed and very much the same.
Catholic priest resigns from Michigan church following protests over his criticism of a gay author

Catholic priest resigns from Michigan church following protests over his criticism of a gay author

BEAL CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Catholic priest has resigned as pastor of a church in a small central Michigan community, the result of weeks of controversy following his publicly expressed regret that a gay author had read a book to preschool children.
The Latest | Iran says air defense batteries fire after explosions reported near major air base

The Latest | Iran says air defense batteries fire after explosions reported near major air base

Iran fired air defense batteries Friday reports of explosions near a major air base at the city of Isfahan, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.