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The Latest: Pope urges EU leaders to count on solidarity

ROME (AP) -- The Latest on the upcoming European Union summit (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Pope Francis is urging European leaders to resist the "false forms of security" promised by populists who want to wall themselves off and instead bank on a future of greater solidarity and union.

Judge in Virginia declines to block travel ban

McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- In a sweeping affirmation of presidential authority, a federal judge in Virginia ruled against a Muslim civil-rights group that sought to block the Trump administration's proposed travel ban. The ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga is at odds with rulings from federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland who have issued orders preventing the bulk of the executive order from taking effect.

The Latest: Appeals court sets hearing in travel ban case

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- The Latest on challenges to President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban (all times local): 11:30 a.m. A federal appeals court will hear arguments in May in a challenge to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries. The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S.

Key events in the life of the ousted Egyptian president

CAIRO (AP) -- Key events in the life of the ousted Egyptian president, who has been released from detention and returned home. -- Oct. 15 1981: Mubarak takes office after his predecessor, Anwar Sadat, is assassinated by Islamic militants during a military parade. Mubarak, Sadat's vice-president, survives with a minor hand injury. -- Mubarak implements emergency laws as part of his battle against militants and expands police powers.

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CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL-RYAN UPDATE: Ryan visits White House WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan has gone to the White House to brief President Donald Trump on the state of play on the health care bill. The visit comes ahead of a planned showdown vote on the legislation later in the day Friday.

Egypt's Mubarak free, acquitted after years-long detention

CAIRO (AP) -- Far from the cameras that followed him closely over six years of legal wrangling, Egypt's ousted President Hosni Mubarak quietly returned home to his family on Friday after winning acquittals and release from a Cairo hospital where he has been detained for years. The 88-year-old onetime autocratic ruler now walks free, acquitted over his role in the killings of hundreds of protesters who defied his rule.

UN rights council approves fact-finding mission in Myanmar

GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N.-backed Human Rights Council on Friday approved a resolution by consensus to "dispatch urgently" an international fact-finding mission to Myanmar to probe alleged abuses by military and security forces, particularly against the minority Rohingya Muslim community.

Pakistan: More bloggers charged, cleric's rally blocked

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Three more bloggers were accused of blasphemy Friday in an Islamabad anti-terrorism court, while elsewhere in the city hundreds of security forces prevented a radical cleric from holding a protest to condemn another five bloggers, who were earlier charged with insulting Islam -- an offense punishable by death in this Islamic country.

Indonesia police fire tear gas on Muslims protesting church

BEKASI, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian police fired tear gas on Friday to disperse hard-line Muslims protesting against the construction of a Catholic church in a satellite city of the capital, Jakarta. Several hundred protesters from a group called Forum for Bekasi Muslim Friendship staged a rowdy demonstration in front of the Santa Clara church in Kaliabang, a neighborhood of Bekasi city, after Friday prayers.

Putin meets Le Pen, denies French election interference

MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin held a surprise meeting Friday with France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, yet dismissed suggestions that Russia aims to influence the election in her favor. Le Pen met Putin hours after a previously announced visit to the lower house of Russia's parliament. In the meeting with members of the Duma, Le Pen urged Russia and France to work together to save the world from globalism and Islamic fundamentalism.

At Baghdad rally, Iraq cleric threatens to boycott elections

BAGHDAD (AP) -- An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric addressed thousands of anti-government protesters who filled the streets of downtown Baghdad on Friday, threatening to boycott the country's upcoming provincial elections if the committee overseeing the vote is not overhauled. Muqtada al-Sadr's remarks reflect persistent political power struggles in Baghdad even as Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.

Church leader's long legal odyssey over abuse claims returns

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A former Philadelphia church official long imprisoned over his handling of abuse complaints may soon learn if his legal odyssey will come to an end. Monsignor William Lynn served nearly three years of a three- to six-year sentence when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed his conviction over trial errors. That was the second time Lynn's 2012 conviction for child endangerment had been thrown out.

Peru mudslide survivor: I prayed to God for strength

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Clinging to a trunk against a massive current of mud outside her home, Evangelina Chamorro cried out to her husband. The furious mudslide that had swept away the Peruvian family's pigs and cows was quickly pulling her in too. "I can't anymore," she told him. "Have strength!" he urged her.

Senate confirms Trump's choice for US ambassador to Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican-led Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to be U.S. ambassador to Israel, ignoring objections from Democrats that David Friedman lacked the temperament for such an important diplomatic post. Senators voted Thursday largely along party lines, 52-46, to approve Friedman's nomination.

Police: Mom beat, choked girl over incorrect Bible verses

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP) -- A woman severely beat her daughter, tried to strangle her and kicked her out of their house for incorrectly reciting Bible verses, police say. Rhonda Kemp Shoffner's daughter, who is under the age of 13, was forced to kneel on the bathroom floor at their Middletown home and repeat Bible verses, police told Pennlive.com. The girl told police her mother had been drunk for three days.

Northern Ireland bids farewell to ex-IRA chief McGuinness

DUBLIN (AP) -- Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army chieftain who turned away from violence to forge bonds with Northern Ireland's Protestants, was laid to rest Thursday in a cross-community service that illustrated the new alliances forged by the region's slow-blooming peace process.

Utah getting toughest drunken driving limit in the US

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's governor signed legislation Thursday giving the predominantly Mormon state the strictest drunken driving threshold in the country, a change that restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry say will hurt tourism. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert said lowering the blood alcohol limit for most drivers to 0.05 percent from 0.08 percent will save lives. The change means a 150-pound man would be over the 0.

Texas appeals court overturns ex-Baylor player's conviction

DALLAS (AP) -- An appeals court overturned the conviction of a former Baylor football player whose sexual assault case helped ignite a scandal that engulfed the nation's largest Baptist school. The Texas 10th Court of Appeals said in a ruling Wednesday that text messages between the accuser and friend should not have been excluded from the testimony in Sam Ukwuachu's 2015 trial in Waco.

Mayor resigns after getting threats over plan to stop prayer

CAREY, Ohio (AP) -- A village mayor who's an Air Force veteran resigned after saying he received threats over a plan to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the Lord's Prayer at council meetings. Carey Mayor Armand Getz said he decided to end the pledge and prayer to avoid potential lawsuits, noting that a Michigan village was sued over reciting the prayer at its meetings.