{FD} AP Interview: Iraq patriarch looks to life after war with IS

The head of Iraq’s Chaldean Church says that battling extremist “mentality” is key to peaceful coexistence among Iraq’s religious and ethnic groups as the nation emerges from more than three years of war with Islamic State militants.

{FD} Egypt reopens ancient library in Sinai after renovations

Egypt reopened on Saturday an ancient library which holds thousands of centuries-old religious and historical manuscripts at the famed St. Catherine Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in South Sinai.

{FD} Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy

An Australian inquiry into child abuse has recommended that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and clarify the extent that the seal of the confession applies to evidence of child abuse.

{FD} Muslim leaders attending Istanbul summit on Jerusalem

Leaders of the Muslim world gathered at an extraordinary summit in Turkey on Wednesday to coordinate a “unified action” against President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

{FD} The Latest: Abbas says no role for US in Mideast peace push

The Latest on the gathering of Islamic nations seeking a united stance against the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (all times local): 12:20 p.m. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says the Palestinians won’t accept any role for the United States in a peace process with Israel “from now on” after the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state.

{FD} Philippine Congress votes to extend martial law in south

Philippine legislators have voted to approve President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in the country’s south by a year due to what the military says are continuing terrorist threats despite the defeat of a disastrous pro-Islamic State group siege.

{FD} A look at Egypt-Russia relations as Putin visits Cairo

Relations between Russia and Egypt have rapidly grown over the past three years, with Presidents Vladimir Putin and Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi forging a multi-faceted relationship that features economic, military and political cooperation.