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Once cheering diversity, Istanbul braces for Pride Week

Bram Janssen and Neyran Elden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 6:14am

For several years, Pride Week in Istanbul attracted tens of thousands of participants, making it one of largest gatherings celebrating gay, lesbian and transgender rights and diversity in the Muslim world.

After demands aired, solution to Qatar crisis seems far off

Josh Lederman and Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:04pm

Faced with a sweeping set of demands, Qatar insisted Friday it can indefinitely survive the economic and diplomatic steps its neighbors have taken to try to pressure it into compliance, even as a top Emirati official warned the tiny country to brace for a long-term economic squeeze.

Microphone cut after Mormon girl reveals she's gay at church

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 6:43pm

A video of a young Mormon girl revealing to her congregation that she is lesbian and still loved by God — before her microphone is turned off by local church leaders — is sparking a new round of discussions about how the religion handles LGBT issues.

The Latest: Envoy says Qatar feeling no economic pressure

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:00pm

The latest on the crisis between Gulf Arab states and Qatar (all times local):

Pence visits Focus on Family amid change for religious right

Nicholas Riccardi and Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:40pm

Vice President Mike Pence's visit Friday to Colorado to celebrate the anniversary of Focus on the Family came at a time of change for the religious right during the age of President Donald Trump.

Former Muslim charged with making bomb threat to mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:40pm

Authorities say a former Muslim threatened to blow up a Florida mosque, later telling investigators he was being targeted for converting to Judaism.

The Latest: Pence visits Focus on Family amid change

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:50pm

The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Focus on the Family, an evangelical Christian ministry in Colorado (all times local):

Pope seeks to encourage Colombian reconciliation with trip

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 12:16pm

Pope Francis will preside over a reconciliation ceremony between Colombian victims and former guerrillas during a September visit aimed at consolidating the peace process to end Latin America's longest-running armed conflict.

Supreme Court could reveal action on travel ban at any time

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 10:28am

The Supreme Court has almost certainly decided what to do about President Donald Trump's travel ban affecting citizens of six mostly Muslim countries.

Germany rejects Turkish office's criticism of liberal mosque

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 7:34am

The German government on Friday strongly rejected criticism from a religious authority overseen by the Turkish government of a new liberal mosque in Berlin where all Muslims can pray together.

Qatar's neighbors issue steep list of demands to end crisis

Josh Lederman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 1:12am

Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands Thursday to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and sever all ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Parole denied for Manson follower Krenwinkel in California

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:57pm

Officials denied parole Thursday for convicted killer Patricia Krenwinkel — a follower of cult leader Charles Manson — after considering whether battered women's syndrome affected her state of mind at the time of the notorious murders nearly five decades ago in California.

Rome show smashes myth Virgin model was Borgia pope's lover

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 4:07pm

For centuries, Renaissance artist Pintoricchio was practically accused of blasphemy by those who contended he used Pope Alexander VI's young lover as the model for the Madonna in a wall painting that decorated the pontiff's private apartment.

Official: Girl found at church likely to be missing baby

Sally Ho, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:37pm

An Arizona investigator said Thursday he is confident a baby left at a Las Vegas-area church is the same one that authorities have for weeks been searching for across three states.

Syria releases hundreds of detainees ahead of Eid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 7:35am

The Syrian government has released hundreds of detainees including some who backed the insurgency against President Bashar Assad.

In Moscow, 1 million people visit relics of popular saint

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 4:50am

Over a million people have visited relics of Saint Nicholas, one of the Russian Orthodox Church's most revered figures, since they were brought to Moscow last month.

Fireworks explosion kills 1, injures 9 in central Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:25pm

One person was killed and nine more suffered injuries when fireworks being carried in a pickup truck exploded Friday in central Mexico.

Police officer beaten to death in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:05am

A police officer in Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city was beaten to death after he fired at a group of people who suspected him of spying on worshippers during the holiest night of the year for Muslims, police and witnesses said.

Court clears Mississippi LGBT objections law; appeal likely

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 22nd - 3:19pm

A federal appeals court said Thursday that Mississippi can enforce a law that allows merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples, but opponents of the law immediately pledged to appeal.