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Stories with subject: Religious issues
  • Prosecutors seek 580 years for kidnapper of 2 NY Amish girls 
    Updated: Nov-27-15 10:22 am

    SYRACUSE, New York - Federal prosecutors are seeking a maximum 580-year prison sentence for a man who sexually abused six children, including two Amish girls he kidnapped in northern New York.

  • Head of inquiry into sex abuse outlines scope of probe 
    Updated: Nov-27-15 6:46 am

    LONDON - The head of a British inquiry into child sex abuse says the Anglican and Catholic churches will be among the institutions investigated in the wide-ranging probe.

  • El Salvadoran church suspends priest in sex abuse case 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 10:46 pm

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - El Salvador's Roman Catholic Church announced Thursday it has suspended a well-known priest, saying he acknowledged sexually abusing a young girl.

  • Gambia leader denounces female genital mutilation 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 9:44 am

    DAKAR, Senegal - Gambia's president advocated banning female genital mutilation, giving hope to human rights activists who are urging Gambia to adopt a law against the practice.

  • Rights court upholds French headscarf ban in hospital job 
    Updated: Nov-26-15 4:55 am

    PARIS - Europe's top human rights court is upholding France's headscarf ban in the case of a Muslim social worker who lost her hospital job because she would not remove her scarf.

  • Settlement results in release of St. John's monk files 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 8:03 pm

    ST. CLOUD, Minnesota - St. John's Abbey has released the first batch of internal files of monks as part of a settlement of a clergy sex abuse lawsuit.

  • Egypt says 30 percent turnout in 2nd round of voting story has photos
    Updated: Nov-25-15 3:28 pm

    CAIRO - Turnout in the second round of Egypt's parliamentary elections was nearly 30 percent, authorities said Wednesday, with the vote expected to result in a rubber-stamp body loyal to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

  • County judge: No Nativity or other displays at courthouse 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 3:06 pm

    LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - No Nativity scene or any secular holiday displays can take root on the courthouse lawn this year, Baxter County Judge Mickey Pendergrass said Wednesday.

  • Spokesman says prayer at public school event was a mistake 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 10:31 am

    SABILLASVILLE, Maryland - A Frederick County Public Schools spokesman says a prayer said by a local Methodist minister at an elementary school assembly was a mistake.

  • NYC mayor: Disbanded unit alienated Muslim-Americans 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 10:26 am

    NEW YORK - Mayor Bill de Blasio says the NYPD's disbanded demographics unit alienated Muslim-Americans - the very people who could assist law enforcement in the fight against terror.

  • Russian crackdown on Muslims fuels exodus to Islamic State story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Nov-25-15 6:15 am

    KOMSOMOLSKOYE, Russia - Rashid Magomedov had had enough, his father said. The devout Muslim was detained several times by Russian security police, spent two months in jail on charges that later were dismissed, and complained that police repeatedly planted weapons at his home as a pretext to arrest him.

  • Former church secretary pleads guilty to wire fraud 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 4:01 am

    BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky - A former secretary at a south-central Kentucky church has pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges.

  • Ancient Jewish community endures on Tunisian isle 
    Updated: Nov-25-15 2:58 am

    DJERBA, Tunisia - When school lets out, the streets around the ancient synagogue on this Tunisian island fill with rambunctious boys wearing Jewish kippahs and girls in long skirts, shouting to each other in Hebrew, Arabic and French.

  • Pastor among 8 indicted in fatal New York church beating story has photos
    Updated: Nov-24-15 8:54 pm

    UTICA, New York - The pastor of an insular New York church where a young man was beaten to death and his younger brother seriously injured was among seven people charged Tuesday with murder.

  • Recent editorials from Texas newspapers 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 8:31 pm

    The Dallas Morning News. Nov. 23, 2015.

  • Jury awards $177,500 in suit against Kabbalah Centre 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 8:10 pm

    LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles jury has awarded more than $177,000 to a former student of the Kabbalah Centre who claimed a so-called "Rabbi to the Stars" made unwanted sexual advances.

  • Ex-pastor facing child pornography charge pleads not guilty 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 2:02 pm

    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - A former Catholic priest charged with viewing child pornography at his Louisville church has pleaded not guilty in federal court.

  • Baptists urge Greenville church to repent after gay marriage 
    Updated: Nov-24-15 7:56 am

    GREENVILLE, South Carolina - Two Baptist groups have urged a Greenville church to repent after its pastor performed a same-sex wedding off campus.

  • UAE court sentences Islamist Kuwaiti politician for critique 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 2:53 pm

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The United Arab Emirates' state news agency says the country's Federal Supreme Court has convicted a former Islamist lawmaker from Kuwait of insulting the country's leadership and spreading false rumors in a televised interview

  • Cameron pledges to outline strategy against IS this week story has photos
    Updated: Nov-23-15 1:43 pm

    LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron will begin to lay out his case this week for the Royal Air Force to start hitting Islamic State targets in Syria, something he has been eager to do but feared being blocked by Parliament.

  • Indiana county to allow Nativity scene with Bill of Rights 
    Updated: Nov-23-15 1:27 pm

    BROOKVILLE, Indiana - An eastern Indiana county that has been at the center of months-long legal battle over a Nativity scene that has been a courthouse tradition for five decades will allow a mixture of religious and secular displays this holiday season.

  • In Africa, Pope Francis to find a church growing in numbers story has photos
    Updated: Nov-23-15 6:19 am

    JOHANNESBURG - Pope Paul VI became the first modern pope to visit Africa in 1969 and declared the continent a "new homeland" for Jesus Christ. During the quarter century of his papacy, St. John Paul II traveled to 42 African countries and earned the nickname "the African." Pope Benedict XVI said Africa was a continent of hope. Next week, Pope Francis joins his predecessors and visits a region whose growing numbers of Catholics are seen as a bulwark for a church seeking to broaden its appeal in the face of challenges from secularism, competing Christian faiths and violent extremism.

  • Analysis: Mideast chaos, violence won't end with IS defeat story has photos
    Updated: Nov-23-15 3:11 am

    WASHINGTON - The chaos and violence gripping the Middle East are not likely to evaporate even if the forces arrayed against the Islamic State group manage to crush the brutal army and its drive to establish an Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria and beyond.

  • SE Asia creates Economic Community, but challenges remain story has photos
    Updated: Nov-21-15 11:39 pm

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Thirteen years after the idea was mooted, Southeast Asian leaders on Sunday formally created a unified economic community in a region more populous and diverse than the European Union or North America, and with hopes of competing with China and India.

  • Paris attacks rooted in Brussels bring question: Why Belgium story has photos
    Updated: Nov-21-15 11:06 am

    BRUSSELS - The family homes of the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks and one of the suicide bombers stand only a few blocks apart in the Belgian capital's Molenbeek neighborhood. After a string of attacks in recent years linked to its grimy streets in central Brussels, a key question arises: Why Belgium?