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Malaysian opposition politician charged with graft

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:20pm

A Malaysian opposition politician, who has strongly criticized financial scandals involving Prime Minister Najib Razak, was charged Thursday with corruption.

The Latest: Erdogan says Turkey will overcome terror groups

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:01pm

The Latest on the explosions at Istanbul's Ataturk airport (all times local):

Breakaway Catholic group accuses pope of spreading errors

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:32am

A breakaway traditionalist Catholic group accused Pope Francis on Wednesday of spreading confusion and errors about the faith, joining a chorus of conservative criticism over his perceived lax doctrine and emphasis on mercy at the expense of morals.

Influential Malaysian opposition politician accused of graft

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:01am

An influential Malaysian opposition politician who has strongly criticized financial scandals involving Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested Wednesday on allegations of corruption.

Israel bans access for non-Muslims to Jerusalem holy site

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 1:01pm

Israeli police on Tuesday banned non-Muslims from a contentious Jerusalem holy site until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan following two days of clashes with Palestinians at the site.

'Lone wolf' terror attacks inspired by IS to persist in West

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 12:10pm

The threat of "lone wolf" acts of terrorism inspired by the Islamic State will persist in the West, a senior Obama administration official said Tuesday, even as the extremist group loses battles and territory in the Middle East.

Trump's shifting position Muslim ban causes confusion

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 11:11am

From the moment he first declared it, the plan has been a signature of his campaign for president: "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

Retired pope thanks reigning pope for his focus on mercy

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 9:50am

Retired Pope Benedict XVI thanked Pope Francis and endorsed his mercy-filled ministry Tuesday during an unprecedented Vatican ceremony featuring the reigning pope honoring the retired one on the 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest.

Turkish government lawyer: US cleric had 'unlawful conduct'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:21pm

A lawyer representing the Turkish government says he'll continue exposing what he calls the "unlawful conduct" of a reclusive Muslim cleric in Pennsylvania whom Turkey's president accuses of orchestrating a coup attempt.

Federal judge sets July 18 hearing in church shooting case

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 2:01pm

A hearing has been set for next month to sort out jury selection details for the federal trial of a white man accused of gunning down nine black parishioners at a historic South Carolina church.

Egypt marks new holiday amid violence in Sinai, near Libya

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 1:12pm

Egypt celebrated the army's 2013 overthrow of an Islamist president with a new national holiday on Thursday, a day that also saw a series of deadly militant attacks in Sinai and clashes with smugglers near the nation's porous border with Libya.

UN court upholds convictions, sentences of 2 Bosnian Serbs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 9:10am

A United Nations war crimes court has rejected the appeals of two senior Bosnian Serbs against their convictions for playing key roles in a campaign of murder, torture and persecution against Muslims and Croats during the 1992-95 Bosnian war

5 held for planning attacks on Indian religious, other sites

Omer Farooq, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:30am

India's federal investigative agency has arrested five people for allegedly collecting weapons and explosive materials to attack religious sites and sensitive government buildings in various parts of the country.

Priest, 2 members of security forces killed in Egypt's Sinai

Ashraf Sweilam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:22am

Egyptian officials say a Christian priest and two members of the country's security forces have been killed by suspected Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula's turbulent north.

German court rules against headscarf curbs for law students

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:11am

A court in Bavaria has ruled against restrictions on wearing headscarves for law students who are undergoing practical training in the justice system in the German state.

Official: Over 50 people killed in new South Sudan fighting

Charlton Doki, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:10am

More than 50 people have been killed in fighting between a new rebel group and government troops in a remote town in South Sudan, and the "smell of dead bodies" is in residential areas, a church official said Wednesday.

Moment of silence, not Lord's Prayer opens board meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:40am

The Lord's Prayer is no longer being recited at Berkeley County School Board meetings.

Ancient temple of Mexican Otomi Indians damaged

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 3:01pm

Assailants have damaged an ancient Otomi Indian religious site in Mexico, toppling stone structures used as altars, breaking carved stones and scattering offerings of flowers, fruit and paintings at the remote mountain shrine known as Mayonihka or Mexico Chiquito.

Supreme Court rejects pharmacists' religious rights appeal

Rachel By Corte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 1:01pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from Washington state pharmacists who said they have religious objections to dispensing Plan B or other emergency contraceptives.