• In this Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 file photo, Filipino Muslims shout slogans during a protest at the Philippine Congress in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines because they believe the Philippine Congress has run out of time to pass under the current president's term a Muslim autonomy bill that aims to peacefully settle a decades-long Muslim rebellion in the south. The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have extended the stay of international cease-fire monitors at their first meeting since their peace pact stalled amid fears of fresh fighting. In their joint statement issued Friday, Feb. 12, government negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and her rebel counterpart, Mohagher Iqbal, expressed disappointment over Philippine Congress's failure to pass a Muslim autonomy bill that's required under a 2014 peace accord that ended decades of fighting in the southern Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

    Philippines, rebels fortify truce amid stalled peace pact

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have extended the stay of international cease-fire monitors at their first meeting since their peace pact stalled amid fears of fresh fighting.

  • In this Jan. 16, 2016 photo, Tzotzil Indians participate in the procession in honor of the Christ of Esquipulas in Chajtoj, Chiapas state, Mexico. Pope Francisí visit to the heavily indigenous Mexican state of Chiapas appears aimed at celebrating the regionís ìIndian church,î a mix of Catholicism and indigenous culture once considered a thorn in the side of standard liturgy by the Vatican. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Pope Francis visit to celebrate Mexico’s indigenous church

    SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico (AP) — Pope Francis’ visit to the heavily indigenous Mexican state of Chiapas appears aimed at celebrating the region’s “Indian church,” a mix of Catholicism and indigenous culture once considered a thorn in the side of standard liturgy by the Vatican.

  • Christian group says China charges pastor with embezzling

    BEIJING (AP) — A Christian rights group says a pastor in a Chinese province where authorities have been cracking down on churches has been charged with embezzling funds.