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Indian authorities begin easing clampdown in Kashmir

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 11:36pm

Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir began restoring landline phone services on Saturday after a nearly two-week security crackdown and news blackout following a decision by India's government to downgrade the Muslim-majority region's autonomy.

2 men sentenced for plotting to attack Muslim community

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 2:18pm

Two of four young men arrested for plotting to attack an upstate New York Muslim community with homemade explosives were sentenced Friday to four to 12 years in prison.

Abuse prevention training now required for Latter-day Saint leaders of children and youth

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 16th - 9:57am

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints launched a new abuse prevention training program for leaders and teachers of children and youth Friday morning.

Churches arm, train congregants in wake of mass shootings

Jake Bleiberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 9:28am

Acrid gun smoke clouded the sunny entrance of a Texas church on a recent Sunday.

Police: Mosque bombing in southwest Pakistan kills 4 people

Abdul Sattar, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 5:11am

A powerful bomb exploded inside a mosque during Friday prayers on the outskirts of the southwestern city of Quetta, where the Afghan Taliban have had a strong presence, killing at least four worshippers, including the prayer leader, officials said.

Slurs and slingshots: Kashmiris allege abuse amid lockdown

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 3:03am

Farooq Ahmed Wani was driving home on his motorcycle with his 6-year-old niece in Indian-controlled Kashmir when they were stopped by paramilitary soldiers, one of whom he said used a verbal slur.

Latter-day Saint magazine clarifies Word of Wisdom on coffee, tea, vaping and medical marijuana

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug 15th - 9:33pm

In a recent edition of the “New Era” magazine, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints clarified its stance on modern drinks and products tied to substances banned by the religion.

Ed Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart, announces he is gay

Dennis Romboy, KSL  |  Posted Aug 15th - 6:30pm

Ed Smart, the father of kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart, posted on social media Thursday that he is gay, divorcing his wife and doesn’t see a place for himself in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

AP Analysis: Trump uses Israel to fuel partisan fires

Matthew Lee and Zeke Miller, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 3:33pm

President Donald Trump's encouragement and support of Israel's decision to ban two Democratic lawmakers may play well to his political base, but it could endanger the foundations of the U.S.-Israel relationship in the longer term.

The Latest: UN Security Council to discuss Kashmir

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 7:04am

The Latest on disputed Kashmir (all times local):

Emotional Paris ceremony near Notre Dame for Assumption Day

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 4:51am

Catholic pilgrims have held an emotional procession past fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral, singing and parading with a statue of the Virgin Mary rescued from the flames.

Indian business ties underpin muted Arab response to Kashmir

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 12:04am

Gulf Arab countries have remained mostly silent as India's government moved to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its limited autonomy, imposing a sweeping military curfew in the disputed Muslim-majority region and cutting off residents from all communication and the internet.

Trial of accused Christchurch mosque shooter may be delayed

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 14th - 8:02pm

The trial of the man accused of killing 51 people at two New Zealand mosques could be delayed by several weeks to avoid clashing with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Police: 2nd mosque prayer leader killed in SW Pakistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 17th - 4:26am

Pakistani police said Saturday that a second mosque's prayer leader had been killed in as many days near the southwestern city of Quetta.

UN expert: Executions in Iran among the world's highest

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 5:34pm

The U.N. expert on human rights in Iran says last year saw increasing restrictions on the right to freedom of expression and continuing violations of the right to life, liberty and a fair trial in the Islamic Republic, including 253 reported executions of adults and children.

Priest already deemed sexually violent sentenced again

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 2:34pm

The first Catholic priest in the U.S. to be labeled sexually violent when he was convicted in Illinois was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for abusing two boys in Missouri in the 1990s.

Court rules in favor of city allowing mosque to be built

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 6:03am

An appeals court says a Detroit suburb violated no laws when it cleared City Council chambers during a meeting about construction of a mosque.

Threats to Maryland synagogue charged in federal indictment

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 4:58am

A federal grand jury has indicted a man who prosecutors say made threatening telephone calls to a Maryland synagogue.

DC priest convicted of sexually abusing 2 kids in parish

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 16th - 4:52am

A Catholic priest faces up to 45 years in prison for sexually abusing two children in his parish in Washington, D.C.

Berlin police investigating attack on rabbi, 2nd in 2 weeks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 4:27am

Berlin police are investigating an attack on a rabbi, the second in as many weeks in the German capital.