In South Africa, conservationists offer fake leopard hides

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — Many worshippers at a large religious gathering in South Africa this weekend will wear leopard skins, seen as symbols of status and power. But some of the pelts are fake, reflecting an effort by an international conservation group to reduce poaching of the threatened animals.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press

After Roof trial, SC addressing faith, violence intersection

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The federal trial of the South Carolina man who slaughtered nine Bible study participants has come and gone, with Dylann Roof's death sentence assuring he will spend the rest of his limited days in prison.

  • Written by MEG KINNARD, Associated Press

Pence helps bring new energy to anti-abortion rally in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than four decades, the March for Life has become a familiar ritual in Washington. No matter the weather, thousands of abortion opponents gather every year on the National Mall, many wearing matching hats or scarves from their school or church groups, and listen to speeches from social conservatives in Congress before marching to the Supreme Court.

  • Written by BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press

Trump, Putin set for phone call; GOP concerns on sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin since taking office is causing concern among European allies and consternation among fellow Republicans about the future of U.S. penalties imposed on Moscow.

  • Written by JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

Britain's May in Turkey for talks with Erdogan

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday urged Turkey to sustain its democracy and abide by human rights standards during her meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that also drew promises of closer defense cooperation between the two NATO allies.

  • Written by JILL LAWLESS and SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press