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Hungary signs special agreement with Orthodox Jewish group

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 10:16am

The Hungarian government has signed a special agreement with an Orthodox Jewish group, granting them a status in the country enjoyed only by a small number of churches.

Vatican’s financial 007 leaves amid fallout from police raid

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 4:38am

The head of the Vatican’s financial watchdog agency is leaving his post after a raid by Vatican police on the agency’s offices breached the Holy See’s international financial obligations and jeopardized its reputation.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 11:49pm

Former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lanka’s president on Monday and appealed to minority Tamils and Muslims who voted against him to give their support.

Pope decries that ‘greed of a few’ worsens poverty of others

Frances D’emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 3:04am

Pope Francis on Sunday decried that the “greed of a few” wealthy people is compounding the plight of the poor before sharing a meal with the jobless and the homeless that has become a tradition of his papacy.

Myanmar rejects court probe into crimes against Rohingyas

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 16th - 9:10am

Myanmar's government rejected the International Criminal Court's decision to allow prosecutors to open an investigation into crimes committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Pope urges ‘prudent’ choices as hospital weathers new storm

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 16th - 6:48am

Pope Francis has urged the Vatican’s pediatric hospital to make “prudent” choices as it expands to welcome more patients.

Parole rejected for Charles Manson follower after 50 years

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 15th - 1:15pm

A third consecutive California governor is blocking parole for a former follower of late cult leader Charles Manson who has been in prison for decades for two of the Manson family’s slayings in the 1960s.

AP Interview: Evo Morales wants UN mediation in Bolivia

E. Eduardo Castillo, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 10:17pm

Bolivia’s Evo Morales called for the United Nations, and possibly Pope Francis, to mediate in the Andean nation’s political crisis following his ouster as president in what he called a coup d’etat that forced him into exile in Mexico.

Christian pregnancy centers to offer women contraceptives

Clarice Silber, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 10:04pm

Planned Parenthood gave up roughly $60 million when it left a federal family planning program this year in opposition to a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions.

Sri Lankans seek security in post-Easter attack election

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 9:34pm

Worries about Islamic extremism will be paramount for many Sri Lankan voters while others hope to block former leaders accused of human rights violations from returning to power in Saturday’s presidential election, the country’s first national polls since last Easter’s deadly suicide attacks.

Suit: School officials in Tennessee county push Christianity

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 3:39pm

Two atheist families are suing a Tennessee school system, claiming district officials there promote Christianity.

Teacher union to sue Quebec on religious symbols ban

Tracey Lindeman, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 12:39pm

A union federation representing 45,000 teachers in Quebec is suing the Canadian province over its ban on the wearing of religious symbols by many public employees.

Cypriot president says Pope Francis to visit island in 2020

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 6:58am

Cyprus’ president says Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to visit the east Mediterranean island nation next year.

Kuwait’s ruler fires ministers, orders new government formed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 5:15am

Kuwait’s ruler has fired two warring Cabinet ministers at the center of embezzlement allegations and directed the prime minister to form a new government.

UN calls for talks to end Bolivia crisis as death toll rises

Carlos Valdez, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 7:08pm

A Bolivian official says a U.N. envoy is urging the government of the Andean country’s interim president and supporters of self-exiled leader Evo Morales to begin talks on resolving a crisis that has already claimed 23 lives and is causing food shortages.

Vatican youth seminary scandal grows with new abuse claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 16th - 12:18am

A scandal over alleged sexual molestation and abuse at the Vatican’s youth seminary is growing, with more former papal altar boys alleging inappropriate behavior by priests inside the Vatican walls.

Chicago gang leader accused of trying to help Islamic State

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 15th - 10:11am

A purported street-gang leader from suburban Chicago who became radicalized in prison faces federal charges accusing him of seeking to provide money to Islamic State militants in Syria, according to a complaint unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

Polish archbishop banned for abuse of clerics dies at 84

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 15th - 3:43am

Juliusz Paetz, the former Roman Catholic archbishop of Poznan in Poland who was banned from active service after allegations he sexually abused young priests and clerics, has died. He was 84.

Egyptian woman fights unequal Islamic inheritance laws

Noha Elhennawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 14th - 11:11pm

An Egyptian woman has taken her fight against unequal Islamic inheritance laws to Egypt’s top constitutional court.