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FILE - This Wednesday, June 28, 2017 file photo shows an aerial view of the destroyed al-Nuri mosque during fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants in the Old City of Mosul, Iraq. Al-Nuri was a symbol of Mosul because of its minaret. For centuries, it was the tallest minaret in Iraq, nearly 60 meters (yards) high, cylindrical and decorated with elaborated interlaced brickwork. But what made it most unique and beloved was that it leaned precariously. That earned it the nickname “al-Hadbaa,” Arabic for “the Hunchback.” (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
June 29, 2017 - 2:07 pm
It was a victory marked in rubble. Iraqi forces on Thursday retook from the Islamic State group one of the most beloved landmarks of the city of Mosul, the nearly 850-year-old al-Nuri Mosque. But it was in ruins, blown up by the militants last week. The mosque's distinctive minaret, which once...
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FILE - In this Friday March 18, 2006 file photo, visitors to Colonial Williamsburg gather in the courtyard of the Colonial Capital as they watch the Royal Governor played by, Stephen Moore, right, a historical interpreter in a program called "Revolutionary City" in Williamsburg, Va. Colonial Williamsburg, facing a decline in visitors and hundreds of millions in debt, announced Thursday, June 30, 2017 it will outsource many of its commercial operations in a restructuring that will include layoffs. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
June 29, 2017 - 2:02 pm
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Colonial Williamsburg will outsource many of its commercial operations and lay off workers in response to declining attendance and long-running financial challenges, the living history museum's top official announced Thursday. The nonprofit foundation that operates the...
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In this May 2, 2017 photo, Eric Treene, Special Counsel For Religious Discrimination, Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on responses to the increase in religious hate crimes. Treene lamented the lack of solid data on hate crimes during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in May, saying incomplete numbers stymie officials’ ability to fully understand the problem. But he said the department is committed to prosecuting hate crimes, even as critics have blamed the Trump administration’s tough rhetoric and policies for a spike in such offenses. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
June 29, 2017 - 9:26 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The majority of hate crimes experienced by U.S. residents over a 12-year period were not reported to police, according to a new federal report released Thursday that stoked advocates' concerns about ongoing tensions between law enforcement and black and Latino communities. More...
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FILE - In this July 15, 2008, file photo, Cardinal George Pell walks onto the stage for the opening mass for World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia. Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday, June 29, 2017, with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
June 28, 2017 - 10:57 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — The Latest on Vatican Cardinal George Pell being charged with sex offenses in Australia (all times local): 1:30 p.m. An Australian support group for adult survivors of childhood abuse is applauding the decision by Australian police to charge a key Vatican aide with sexual assault. Pam...
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Sudanese activist Tayeb Ibrahim, who had worked to expose Sudanese abuses in the volatile South Kordofan province and hopes to see family living in the U.S. state of Iowa, watches television with his son Mohammed, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Dozens of Sudanese activists living in Egypt as refugees, many of whom fled fundamentalist Islamic militias and were close to approval for resettlement in the United States, now face legal limbo in Egypt after the Supreme Court partially reinstated President Donald Trump's travel ban. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
June 28, 2017 - 10:39 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a "close" family or business tie to the United States. The move came after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump's...
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Sudanese activist Tayeb Ibrahim, who had worked to expose Sudanese abuses in the volatile South Kordofan province and hopes to see family living in the U.S. state of Iowa, watches television with his son Mohammed, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Dozens of Sudanese activists living in Egypt as refugees, many of whom fled fundamentalist Islamic militias and were close to approval for resettlement in the United States, now face legal limbo in Egypt after the Supreme Court partially reinstated President Donald Trump's travel ban. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
June 28, 2017 - 9:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees that require a "close" family or business tie to the United States. The move came after the Supreme Court partially restored President Donald Trump's...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2011 file photo, Cardinal George Pell, left, reads a bible during the blessing of a statue of John Paul ll at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia. Australian police say they are charging Pell with historical sexual assault offenses. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)
June 28, 2017 - 9:52 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See. Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' chief financial adviser and Australia's most senior...
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FILE - In this July 15, 2008, file photo, Cardinal George Pell walks onto the stage for the opening mass for World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia. Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday, June 29, 2017, with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
June 28, 2017 - 9:45 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — The Latest on Vatican Cardinal George Pell being charged with sex offenses in Australia (all times local): 12:30 p.m. The leading support group for victims of sexual abuse by priests has called on Pope Francis to speak out about sexual assault charges filed in Australia against a key...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2011 file photo, Cardinal George Pell, left, reads a bible during the blessing of a statue of John Paul ll at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia. Australian police say they are charging Pell with historical sexual assault offenses. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)
June 28, 2017 - 9:15 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See. Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' chief financial adviser and Australia's most senior...
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FILE - In this May 1, 2011 file photo, Cardinal George Pell, left, reads a bible during the blessing of a statue of John Paul ll at St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia. Australian police say they are charging Pell with historical sexual assault offenses. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)
June 28, 2017 - 7:40 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See. Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' chief financial adviser and Australia's most senior...
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