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Business ties complicate Muslim states' response to Rohingya

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 5:54am

When Rohingya Muslims fled persecution and slaughter in Myanmar in past decades, tens of thousands found refuge in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's holiest sites. This time around, Muslim leaders from the Persian Gulf to Pakistan have offered little more than condemnation and urgently needed humanitarian aid.

Pope promises 'firmest measures possible' against pedophiles

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 5:29am

Pope Francis promised Thursday to respond with the "firmest measures possible" against priests who rape and molest children, and said bishops and religious superiors who cover up for them will be held accountable.

Diplomats meet on Iran deal as Trump stays mum on decision

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 7:49pm

President Donald Trump has determined how he wants to approach the Iran nuclear deal — which he has called the worst agreement ever negotiated by the United States — but has not told even his top national security advisers what his decision is.

Mexican family mourns 11 dead after church falls at baptism

Pablo Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 7:19pm

A child's baptism turned into tragedy when the roof of a church collapsed as a powerful earthquake shook central Mexico. Eleven members of a family died, including the 2-month-old girl being christened.

LDS Church issues statement on status of missionaries in central Mexico following earthquake

Xoel Cardenas,  |  Posted   Sep 19th - 9:00pm

Following an earthquake that shook central Mexico Tuesday afternoon, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued a statement on the status of church missionaries in the area.

After Irma, Florida Jews seek respite in High Holy Days

Rachel Zoll and Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 19th - 12:58pm

During Hurricane Irma, Temple Shalom served as a sanctuary of a different kind.

Racist church shooter can't fire Jewish and Indian lawyers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 19th - 11:54am

A federal appeals court has denied white supremacist Dylann Roof's request to replace his Jewish and Indian lawyers who are appealing his death sentence for a racist massacre in South Carolina a day after he filed it.

The Latest: UN says about 421,000 people have fled Myanmar

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 19th - 3:25am

The Latest on the violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state and the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh (all times local):

The Latest: North Korea's top diplomat heading to UN meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 18th - 9:47pm

The latest on the U.N. General Assembly meeting (all times local):

Convicted church killer wants to fire Jewish, Indian lawyers

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 18th - 7:04pm

A white supremacist who was sentenced to death in the 2015 massacre of nine black worshippers has told a federal appeals court he wants to fire his appellate attorneys because one of them is Jewish and the other is Indian-American.

As world leaders meet at UN, opinion hardens against Myanmar

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 18th - 5:03pm

International opinion hardened against Myanmar on Monday as the U.S., Britain and other powers renewed calls for an end to violence against Rohingya Muslims, whose plight is overshadowing the Southeast Asian nation's historic transition to democracy.

Malaysia police say beer festival axed due to security fears

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 5:45am

An annual beer festival in Kuala Lumpur has been axed due to information that militants were planning to sabotage the event, police said Thursday.

EU survey finds Muslims willing to embrace non-Muslims

George Jahn, Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 10:22pm

A survey of Muslims in 15 European Union countries finds most are willing to embrace non-Muslims, but they often feel rebuffed by the majority populations of the places they live.

Yemen rebel leader renews defiance on takeover anniversary

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 3:35pm

The leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels has lashed out with a defiant speech on the eve of the third anniversary of the day his forces stormed into the capital.

Michigan sued after gay couples are rejected for adoption

Ed White, Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 20th - 3:14pm

Michigan is illegally allowing faith-based groups to reject same-sex couples who want to adopt children or become foster parents, the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday in a lawsuit challenging the practice.

Children's singer-songwriter facing child porn charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 19th - 3:12pm

A music teacher and singer-songwriter who performs for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide is facing child pornography charges.

Ex-head of Vatican hospital justifies apartment renovations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 19th - 12:46pm

The former president of the Vatican's children's hospital has defended spending 422,000 euros ($506,000) in hospital donations to renovate a cardinal's apartment, saying the investment would have brought even more donations.

Michigan doctor charged with genital mutilation wins release

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 19th - 10:50am

A Detroit-area doctor charged with performing genital mutilation on girls in a Muslim sect will be released from jail as she awaits trial.

Robert E. Lee's former church is no longer named after him

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 19th - 10:44am

A Virginia church that Robert E. Lee belonged to after the Civil War will no longer be named after the Confederate general.

Rights group: Muslim Rohingya almost completely erased from Myanmar's Maungdaw township; other townships also damaged

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 18th - 7:28pm

Rights group: Muslim Rohingya almost completely erased from Myanmar's Maungdaw township; other townships also damaged.