• Naked Hindu holy men prepare to bath in the Godavari River during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, at Trimbakeshwar in Nasik, India, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. Hindus believe taking a dip in the waters of a holy river during the festival, will cleanse them of their sins.  According to Hindu mythology, the Kumbh Mela celebrates the victory of gods over demons in a furious battle over a nectar that would give them immortality. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

    AP PHOTOS: Hindu holy men lead bath rituals in Indian river

    NASIK, India (AP) — Brass bands played and people passed out fruit and cookies as hundreds of thousands of Hindu holy men and believers plunged into the Godavari River to wash away their sins on the first “royal” day of bathing at one of the world’s largest religious gatherings.

  • Marwa Fahmy wife of Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohammed Fahmy, bursts into tears, as she is watched by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, after the verdict in a courtroom in Tora prison in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison, the last twist in a long-running trial criticized worldwide by press freedom advocates and human rights activists. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    3 Al-Jazeera English reporters await Egyptian court ruling

    CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court sentenced three Al-Jazeera English journalists to three years in prison on Saturday for broadcasting “false news,” sparking an international outcry and underlining how authorities are trampling over free speech just over a year into general-turned-politician Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s presidency.

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  • FILE -- In this August 22, file photo, a Lebanese activist holds a poster with pictures of Lebanese Cabinet ministers during a protest against the ongoing trash crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. To the casual visitor, Lebanon may look like a relative success story: a tiny slice of modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism _ but the reality is quite different. For residents, it’s a failed state  eaten away by a sectarian political class, and while recent trash protests have challenged that system, others argue it’s what’s allowed a country of 4.5 million people from 18 recognized sects to survive. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

    Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside

    BEIRUT (AP) — To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism.

  • This March 15, 2013 file photo shows Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Vatican says Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who has been charged by church prosecutors with sexually abusing children in the Caribbean country, was found dead in his Vatican room early Friday: the Vatican prosecutor ordered an immediate autopsy. (AP Photo/Manuel Diaz, File)

    Vatican says ex-envoy, charged with sexual abuse, has died

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who had been charged by church prosecutors with sexually abusing children in the Caribbean country, died Friday of apparent natural causes as he awaited trial, the Vatican said.

  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, photo, a Hindu devotee performs a holy dip in the Godavari River during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, in Nasik, India. Water is central to many religions: Christians perform baptisms, Orthodox Jews seek ritual purity in mikvah baths, Muslims wash themselves before prayer. To the millions of Hindus expected at the Kumbh Mela festival, held this year along the Godavari, touching that water, which is far from the cleanest you could find, is reverential. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    India’s polluted waters cleanse spirits at Hindu festival

    NASIK, India (AP) — It’s just water, and far from the cleanest you could find. Raw sewage often flows in the Godavari River, bringing with it high bacteria levels. Residue from sand mining can cloud the water. Farm pesticides leech through the soil.

  • James Yates, left, and his partner Willaim Smith Jr., walk into the Rowan County Clerk's Office in Morehead, Ky., in an attempt to obtain a marriage license Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. The couple were denied despite the ruling of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding an earlier decision instructing the clerks to issue licenses. This was the couple's third attempt to obtain a license. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

    Same-sex couple cheers gay marriage ruling in Kentucky

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should exempt her from licensing a gay union.

  • In this May 19, 2015 photo, devotees arrive at the Bangla Sahib Gurdwara or Sikh temple in New Delhi, India. Men, women and children throng the kitchen at Bangla Sahib, one of the biggest gurudwaras in India, that serves langar, which translates to community dinner, served to more than 10,000 people every day. It is now a tradition followed by more than 30 million Sikhs worldwide. Nearly every gurdwara in the world, irrespective of size, has a kitchen and serves langar. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    Free meal for thousands in New Delhi example of Sikh service

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Harjeet Singh can usually be found riding around New Delhi on his Harley Davidson Superlow, or helping foreign companies set up operations in India. At home, the businessman has staff to clean and cook for his family. But at the gurdwara where he worships alongside other Sikhs, he sweeps the floor, cleans dirty dishes and helps prepare meals for thousands not as fortunate as him.

  • This June 30,1996 file photo, show a general view of the destroyed Khobar Towers and crater where a truck bomb exploded at a U.S military complex killing 19 Americans and injuring hundreds in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Ahmed al-Mughassil, suspected in the bombing has been captured, a U.S. official tells The Associated Press, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Al-Mughassil was described by the FBI in 2001 as the head of the military wing of Saudi Hezbollah. (AP Photo/Saleh Rifai, File)

    Saudi arrested in 1996 bombing that killed 19 Americans

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A man described as the mastermind of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 American servicemen in Saudi Arabia has been captured, a U.S. and a Saudi official said Wednesday, ending a nearly two-decade manhunt for one of the FBI’s most-wanted terrorists.

  • Mormons keep affiliation with Boy Scouts despite gay leaders

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church — the nation’s largest sponsor of Boy Scout units — is keeping its longtime affiliation with the organization despite its decision to allow gay troop leaders.

  • FIn this Sept. 18, 2007 file photo, the flags of member nations fly outside of the United Nations headquarters. In a move likely to upset Israel's government, the Palestinians and the Vatican are seeking to raise their flags at the U.N., just in time for Pope Francis' visit in September 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

    Palestinians, Vatican could raise UN flags before pope visit

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a move likely to upset Israel’s government, the Palestinians are seeking to raise their flag, along with the Vatican flag, at U.N. headquarters — just in time for Pope Francis’ visit next month.