Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Thousands pray for America at Christian rally in Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Thousands pray for America at Christian rally

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins joined thousands of conservative Christians on Saturday on Independence Mall in Philadelphia to pray for the future of the United States. Robertson, 82, a former Republican candidate for president, said, "The nation belongs to Jesus, and we're here today to reclaim his sovereignty."

Canada

Gitmo detainee is repatriated

Omar Khadr, the only Canadian citizen held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, was returned to Canada early Saturday, the Pentagon and the Canadian government announced. Khadr was 15 years old in 2002 when he was captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

United Nations

Group calls for ban on prophet slurs

The head of an organization that represents Muslim countries is calling for a global ban on offending the prophet Mohammed, saying it should be equated with hate speech. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, says demonstrations in Muslim countries this month, provoked by an anti-Islamic film made in the United States, underscores why legislation is needed.

Switzerland

Virus may not spread rapidly

A new strain of a deadly, SARS-related virus, which has killed one man in Saudi Arabia and left a Qatari man critically ill in London, does not appear to spread easily from person to person, the World Health Organization says. But officials also say that health workers should be on the lookout for anyone with acute respiratory syndrome and requiring hospitalization who has traveled in the Middle East.

Phoenix

Man in TV police chase is identified

A man who stole a car at gunpoint, shot at Phoenix police officers and then led them on a chase that ended with his suicide broadcast on national television was identified Saturday as a fugitive with a long criminal history. Jodon F. Romero, 33, was wanted for violating his parole for a weapons conviction and had other violent crimes in his background, police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Woman accused in Facebook death

Police in Puerto Rico say a 27-year-old woman is suspected of killing her boyfriend after he became upset about her activities on Facebook. Lt. Candido Pagan says Wilnilia Sanchez Falcon is expected to be charged in the death of 25-year-old Jesus Rivera Algarin, who was stabbed in the torso. The lieutenant provided no information about what Sanchez may have posted on her Facebook account to upset Rivera.

france

Tensions rise after Roma camp burns

Advocates for Roma called Saturday for global protests to support the ethnic minority, two days after a group of residents in the southern city of Marseille expelled about 50 Roma from their camp and burned the site. There is widespread political debate about France's treatment of the Roma, who are also known as Gypsies, and who face discrimination across Europe.

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