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A French Leclerc main battle tank is engulfed by smoke during an exercise at a training range in Smardan, eastern Romania, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023. Around 600 French soldiers deployed to Romania as part of a NATO battlegroup on the alliance's eastern flank carried out live combat exercises on Wednesday to test their preparedness amid Russia's ongoing war in neighboring Ukraine. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Religious liberty summit leader sees church link to Ukraine war

- The Washington Times

Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine threw a spotlight on religious liberty around the world, shifting the discussion from abstract arguments to the front lines of a war that’s lasted 11 months with no immediate end in sight, said a co-chairman of the Tuesday-Wednesday International Religious Freedom Summit.

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Victims of a shooting attack are covered near a synagogue in Jerusalem, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. A Palestinian gunman opened fire outside an east Jerusalem synagogue Friday night, killing five people and wounding five others in one of the deadliest attacks on Israelis in years, medical officials said. The attack was halted when the gunman was shot by police. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Palestinian gunman kills 7 near Jerusalem synagogue

- Associated Press

A Palestinian gunman opened fire outside an east Jerusalem synagogue Friday night, killing seven people, including a 70-year-old woman, and wounding three others before he was shot and killed by police, officials said. It was the deadliest attack on Israelis in years and raised the likelihood of more bloodshed.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy delivers the first State of the State speech of his second term in office before a joint session of the Alaska Legislature on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, in Juneau, Alaska. Shown behind him are Senate President Gary Stevens, left, and House Speaker Cathy Tilton, right. (Clarise Larson/The Juneau Empire via AP)

Alaska governor says he wants policies supporting families

- Associated Press

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy told lawmakers late Monday he wants to work with them to make Alaska "the most pro-life state in the country," with policies supporting families and making the state an affordable and a desirable place to live.

A rusted fence surrounds the Varick Memorial AME Zion Church, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Friday, a fund established to preserve historic Black churches in the United States formally revealed the first 35 houses of worship that will receive financial grants totaling $4 million. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Historic Black churches receive $4M in preservation grants

- Associated Press

Administrators of a trust fund established to preserve historic Black churches in the United States on Friday revealed a list of houses of worship receiving $4 million in financial grants.

A gender neutral restroom is seen at the Downtown & Vine Restaurant and Wine Bar, Monday, May 9, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif. A measure, by Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, requiring all single-stall restrooms to be gender-neutral, was approved by the state Assembly, Monday. The bill now goes to the Senate. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Virginia bill would require parental notification of transgender students

- Associated Press

A Republican lawmaker touted a bill Thursday that would require Virginia school officials to notify parents if their child identifies as transgender in school, one of several proposals lawmakers are expected to debate this session that could significantly affect transgender people.