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In Uganda, pope honors Christian martyrs, meets youth

Nicole Winfield and Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 8:00pm

Pope Francis is paying his respects to 19th century Ugandan Christians who were burnt alive rather than renounce their faith, the latest group of martyrs from around the world honored by Francis in hopes of giving today's faithful missionary role models.

Affiliate of IS group claims Bangladesh Shiite mosque attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 2:20am

An Islamic State group affiliate in Bangladesh said Friday it was behind an attack on a Shiite mosque in the country's north that killed one man and wounded three others.

Gunmen attack Shiite mosque, kill 1 in Bangladesh

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 9:00pm

Gunmen opened fire on Shiite Muslim devotees during evening prayers at a mosque in northern Bangladesh, killing one person and leaving three others injured, police said.

El Salvadoran church suspends priest in sex abuse case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 8:50pm

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

Pope presses case for adequate, dignified housing in Nairobi

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 8:50pm

Pope Francis is visiting a slum on Nairobi's northwestern edge to press his call for adequate and dignified housing for society's most marginal, especially in burgeoning megacities like the Kenyan capital.

In Saudi prison, artist facing death says he's no atheist

Aya Batrawy and Abdullah Al-Shihri, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 9:30am

A Palestinian artist sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for apostasy was quoted by a local news website Thursday as saying that he is not an atheist and that his case centers around a personal dispute he had with someone.

Pope urges Kenyans to work for peace

Nicole Winfield and Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 11:01am

Brushing aside security concerns, Pope Francis arrived in Kenya on Wednesday on his first-ever trip to Africa and urged Kenyans to work for peace and forgiveness amid a wave of extremist violence on the continent that threatens to disrupt his trip.

Israel court allows transgender woman's cremation

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 9:31am

The body of an Israeli transgender woman who took her own life will be cremated despite her ultra-Orthodox family's wishes, Israel's Supreme Court ruled in documents obtained Wednesday.

Supreme leader says US using money, sex to infiltrate Iran

Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 8:02am

Iran's top leader said Wednesday the United States is using "money and sexual attractions" to try to infiltrate the Islamic Republic and warned Iranians not to fall into the "enemy's trap."

AP PHOTOS: Ancient Jewish community endures on Tunisian isle

Mosa'ab Elshamy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 1:00am

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.

Francis begins peace pilgrimage to 3 African countries

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 12:30am

Pope Francis has begun a pilgrimage to three African nations.

Russians open coffin of next-to-last czar to collect DNA

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 9:50am

Investigators have opened the coffin of Russia's next-to-last czar to obtain genetic material from his remains and say it was not tampered with in Soviet times.

Prosecutors seek 580 years for kidnapper of 2 NY Amish girls

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 8:51am

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 4:50am

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.

Catholic Diocese in Utah investigating 'bleeding host'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 1:10am

The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City is investigating after a communion wafer turned red in water, an event known as a "bleeding host" considered miraculous by some.

Rights court upholds French headscarf ban in hospital job

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 3:10am

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.

Syrians in Nebraska plead: Don't turn your backs on refugees

Henry J. Cordes-Herald, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 3:20pm

Rula Jabbour tells of how her father fled Syria when he was tipped off that a terror squad was on its way to kidnap and behead him.

Not guilty pleas in fatal New York church beating

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 11:40am

Several members of an insular upstate New York church have pleaded not guilty to being part of a group that beat a young man to death and injured his younger brother.

UK court: non-religious views should be part of curriculum

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 5:30am

Britain's High Court has ruled that the nation's education secretary erred in failing to include non-religious views in the curriculum on religious studies.

Police: Newborn left in Christmas nativity manger at church

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 10:41pm

For a short time Monday afternoon, the Christmas manger at a New York City church might've been able to pass for the real thing: A newborn baby, with the umbilical cord still attached, was abandoned there. Now, New York City police are searching for whoever left the child.