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Turkey military allows Islamic headscarves for officers

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s military has changed its regulations to allow female officers to wear headscarves while on duty, defense officials said Wednesday, removing a ban on Islamic-style head coverings at an establishment that once was considered a bastion of secularism. The move also ends the last remaining headscarf ban at a public institution in the predominantly Muslim, but ... Read More »

Duchess of Cambridge pool-playing skills deemed ‘dreadful’

LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Cambridge has shown off her pool-playing skills — though one teenager was not impressed. Visiting a mental health center for children in South Wales on Wednesday, the former Kate Middleton spent time talking to children and teens with mental health issues before picking up a pool cue. Kate, who wore a burgundy suit paired ... Read More »

DC-based for decades, Apollo 11 capsule to go on road trip

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — The Apollo 11 command module, which traveled more than 950,000 miles to take Americans to the moon and back in 1969, is going on a road trip, leaving the Smithsonian for the first time in more than four decades. The capsule, named “Columbia,” went on a tour of U.S. capitals following its historic role in the ... Read More »

Bomb explodes outside Northern Ireland policeman’s home

DUBLIN (AP) — A booby-trap bomb has exploded outside the home of a Northern Ireland policeman, injuring nobody but underscoring the continued threat from Irish Republican Army splinter groups. The Police Service of Northern Ireland says Wednesday’s failed attack involved a bomb attached to the underside of the policeman’s private car in Londonderry, the second-largest city in Northern Ireland. It ... Read More »

Vatican abuse probe of Guam archbishop heads to mainland US

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Vatican officials prosecuting Guam’s archbishop for alleged sex abuse have shifted their investigation from the Pacific island of Guam to Hawaii and now to the U.S. mainland to interview potential witnesses. But attorney David Lujan says he has instructed all four of his clients to not testify unless they can have their lawyer present. His complaints ... Read More »

Serbs warn Bosnian Muslim bid at UN court revives old wounds

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A decision by Bosnia’s Muslim leader to revive a wartime genocide lawsuit against Serbia at the United Nations’ top court has rekindled divisions that led to the 1992-95 war, the top leaders of Serbia and Bosnian Serbs warned on Wednesday. The bid to appeal a 2007 ruling by the International Court of Justice that cleared Serbia ... Read More »