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Support for gay marriage surges, even among groups once wary

David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 7:17am

In the two years since same-sex marriage was legalized nationwide, support for it has surged even among groups that recently were broadly opposed, according to a new national survey.

Travel ban, church-state case await action by Supreme Court

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 6:45am

Before taking their long summer break, the Supreme Court justices are poised to act on the Trump administration's travel ban and a separation of church and state dispute involving a Missouri church playground.

Pakistan raises death toll to 157 from fuel truck fire

Irum Asim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 5:44am

Pakistan's prime minister cut short a trip abroad to rush to the side of victims of a massive fuel tanker fire as authorities on Monday raised the death toll from the blaze to 157.

AP: Authorities delayed investigating gay 'demons' case

Mitch Weiss and Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:34am

For two years, Matthew Fenner said he pleaded with authorities to investigate his allegations that a group of fellow congregants at the Word of Faith Fellowship church had punched, slapped and choked him to expel his "homosexual demons."

Attention on Supreme Court as justice weigh Trump travel ban

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:13am

The focus is on the Supreme Court as the high-stakes legal fight over President Donald Trump's travel ban awaits action by the justices.

In about face, Israel freezes Western Wall mixed prayer plan

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 11:04am

The Israeli government froze a long-overdue plan Sunday to open a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem's Western Wall, a major policy reversal that infuriated the liberal streams of Judaism that represent most Jews in the United States.

Japan marks 75 years of Vatican ties with Noh theater show

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 7:40am

Japan has marked the 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties with the Holy See with a performance of ancient traditional Noh theater in Rome.

Options for Supreme Court on Trump travel ban

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 5:55am

The Supreme Court is expected to decide within days whether the Trump administration can enforce a ban on visitors to the U.S. from six mostly Muslim countries.

Syria releases hundreds of detainees ahead of Eid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 3:57pm

The Syrian government released Saturday hundreds of detainees including some who backed the insurgency against President Bashar Assad on the eve of a major Muslim holiday.

In Moscow, 1 million people visit relics of popular saint

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 1:50pm

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

Turkey bans Istanbul Pride, organizers vow to march anyway

Bram Janssen and Neyran Elden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 10:14am

Turkish authorities announced Saturday they will not allow the Istanbul Pride march to take place on Sunday — the third year in a row the celebration has been banned. The move prompted criticism from rights groups and fears of possible violence, as Pride organizers said they would defy the ban.

Big cases, retirement rumors as Supreme Court nears finish

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 6:43am

The Supreme Court enters its final week of work before a long summer hiatus with action expected on the Trump administration's travel ban and a decision due in a separation of church and state case that arises from a Missouri church playground.

Vatican worries about 'forcibly removed' bishop in China

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 7:43am

The Vatican expressed "grave concern" on Monday for a Chinese bishop who it says was "forcibly removed" from his office several weeks ago and whose whereabouts are unknown.

Supreme Court to rule in clash of gay, religious rights involving wedding cake for same-sex couple

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 7:34am

Supreme Court to rule in clash of gay, religious rights involving wedding cake for same-sex couple .

UK: 6 hurt as car strikes people at Muslim celebration

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 9:23am

Six people, including three children, were injured Sunday after a car ran into a large crowd gathered to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in the northern English city of Newcastle. Police said there was no information suggesting the incident was terror-related.

Assad decamps from Syrian capital for holiday prayers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 3:00am

Syrian President Bashar Assad has travelled to one of Syria's core cities to attend Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of Ramadan, in a rare departure from his capital stronghold.

Police investigate 2 possible hate crimes against mosques

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 8:40pm

Authorities in California are investigating two possible hate crimes against Islamic centers in Sacramento and Davis.

Egypt's president ratifies disputed Saudi islands pact

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 1:43pm

Egypt's president on Saturday ratified a disputed 2016 agreement under which his country would transfer control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, following through on his assertion earlier this week that the matter was closed.

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

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 10:34am

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.