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Brazilians funneled as "slaves" by US church, ex-members say

Mitch Weiss, Holbrook Mohr and Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 3:31am

When Andre Oliveira answered the call to leave his Word of Faith Fellowship congregation in Brazil to move to the mother church in North Carolina at the age of 18, his passport and money were confiscated by church leaders — for safekeeping, he said he was told.

After Mosul victory, Iraq mulls future of Shiite militias

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 2:02am

In the wake of victory against the Islamic State group in Mosul, Iraq's political, religious and military leaders are debating the future of the country's powerful Shiite militias — the tens of thousands of men who answered a religious call to arms three years ago and played a critical role in beating back the extremists.

Report: German runaway girl in Iraq wants to go home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 24th - 2:00am

A teenage German girl, who ran away after converting to Islam and was found by Iraqi troops in Mosul, has told a newspaper she wants to go home.

Israeli troops placed on high alert after deadly stabbings

Ian Deitch and Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 1:42pm

Israel's military fortified its troops in the West Bank and placed forces on high alert Saturday, a day after a Palestinian stabbed to death three members of an Israeli family and some of the worst Israeli-Palestinian clashes in years erupted over tensions at the Holy Land's most contested shrine.

German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq

Kirsten Grieshaber and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 12:01pm

A German girl who ran away from home after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State extremists, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday. She is reported to be in good health and will be interrogated next week by Iraqi officials.

Hungary's leader: EU and Soros seek to "Muslimize" Europe

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 7:36am

European Union leaders and Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros are seeking a "new, mixed, Muslimized Europe," Hungary's anti-migration prime minister said Saturday.

Philippine Congress extends martial law in south amid siege

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 7:00am

The Philippine Congress on Saturday overwhelmingly approved the president's appeal for martial law in the south to be extended to the end of the year to help troops quell a two-month siege by Islamic State group-linked militants and stamp out similar extremist plots in the volatile region.

Sean Spicer hit bumps in road from first day at White House

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 1:41am

From Day One, it was clear that Sean Spicer was in for a rocky ride as President Donald Trump's press secretary.

Judge's order targets Kentucky abortion clinic protesters

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 1:22am

A federal judge has issued an order to keep protesters away from a buffer zone outside Kentucky's only abortion clinic, which is targeted by a national anti-abortion group.

Ginsburg: Justices felt Trump travel ban 'too restrictive'

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 9:51pm

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the Trump administration was "too restrictive" in deciding what family relationships qualify as close enough to avoid the ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries.

Indignities aplenty on Spicer's rocky ride with Trump

Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 8:05pm

From Day One, it was clear that Sean Spicer was in for a rocky ride as President Donald Trump's press secretary.

The Latest: UN deplores Palestinians deaths in Jerusalem

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 5:00pm

The Latest on developments in Israel (all times local):

3 Palestinians, 3 Israelis killed in violence over holy site

Mohammed Daraghmeh and Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:32pm

Escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions over the Holy Land's most contested shrine boiled over into violence on Friday that killed six people — three Palestinians in street clashes in Jerusalem and three Israelis in a stabbing attack at a West Bank settlement.

Kentucky told to pay attorney fees in same-sex marriage case

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 1:22pm

A federal judge has ordered Kentucky taxpayers to pay more than $220,000 in legal fees because a county clerk refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2015.

Myanmar propaganda? Army takes media on reporting trip

Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 6:35pm

Myanmar's military has a big public relations problem: It stands accused of committing genocide.

Al-Azhar setting up religious edict booths in Cairo metro

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 1:21pm

Egypt's Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world's foremost religious institution, is setting up booths in Cairo metro stations to provide religious edicts to commuters in the latest bid to dispel religious misconceptions seen as fostering Islamic militancy in the country, which is targeting mainly security personnel and Copts.

Erdogan says Muslims won't remain silent on Jerusalem crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 23rd - 5:37am

Turkey's president has condemned Israeli security precautions at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site saying the Islamic world would not remain silent.

Pakistani inmate asks court to suspend practice of hanging

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 22nd - 3:00am

A defense lawyer says a Pakistani death-row inmate has requested that a court suspend the "un-Islamic" practice of hanging prisoners because it is "too painful."

Quran submerged in lard mailed to California Islamic center

Sophia Bollag, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 4:32pm

Police are investigating the mailing of a Quran submerged in a tub of what appeared to be pork lard to a Northern California Islamic center.

Connecticut governor visits woman taking sanctuary in church

Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 21st - 11:11am

U.S. immigration officials said Friday they consider a woman trying to avoid deportation by seeking sanctuary in a Connecticut church to be a fugitive, but acknowledge they have a policy that restricts them from entering a house of worship except in extraordinary circumstances.