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Russia's Putin warns artists against offending believers

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 8:30am

Top Russian cultural figures urged President Vladimir Putin on Friday to protect the freedom of artistic expression — something the Russian leader pledged to do, even as he warned artists to be careful not to offend religious believers.

Indonesian police: Treason suspects planned to incite chaos

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 5:51am

Indonesian police arrested 10 people including prominent citizens for suspected treason and other crimes and said they were planning to use a mass protest in the capital on Friday to cause chaos and overthrow the government.

Indonesia blasphemy protest draws 200,000; ends peacefully

Stephen Wright and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:40am

At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied peacefully in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest against its minority Christian governor, who is being prosecuted for alleged blasphemy.

Ohio State knife attacker was 'nice guy' but unknown to many

Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 3:00pm

The Somali-born student who injured nearly a dozen people in a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University showed few signs of bitterness despite what must have been a difficult early life, and he even danced onto the stage when he graduated from community college.

A year after attack in San Bernardino, faithful seek unity

Christine Armario and Amy Taxin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 2:21pm

Almost a year after her father was killed in the San Bernardino terror attack last December, Kate Bowman etched the word "love" in yellow chalk on the sidewalk outside a mosque.

LDS Church kicks off 'Worldwide Day of Service'

Erin Goff  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 11:59pm

Musicians and YouTube stars help The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints kick off its 'Worldwide Day of Service.'

AP Explains: What's behind persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya

Grant Peck, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 10:40pm

Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Somali-born student accused of carrying out a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University this week, reportedly protested on his Facebook page about the killing of minority Muslims in Myanmar. Muslim Rohingya face discrimination and violence from the Buddhist majority in the country, also called Burma. Their plight generally goes unnoticed by the world at large, even though some rights activists say their persecution amounts to ethnic cleansing. Here are several things to know about the group:

Dallas man holds sign of support outside Islamic center

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 7:31pm

A Dallas man who held a sign of support outside a mosque says his "You Belong" message was prompted by hatred directed at Muslims as part of the recent presidential election.

Ruins of homes in Kirkuk a sign of divisions to come in Iraq

Balint Szlanko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 12:40am

All along the street, houses have been reduced to rubble in the central Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The work of Kurdish security forces retaliating against Sunni Arabs after a recent Islamic State group attack, residents say.

Malaysia defends rally against 'ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 7:20pm

Malaysia's government on Saturday defended plans for a protest rally to condemn what it called "ethnic cleansing" of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority, saying it has an obligation to ensure that its neighbor takes steps to prevent the crisis from deteriorating.

Philadelphia to keep 'AMOR,' the bilingual 'LOVE' sculpture

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:01pm

Philadelphia is permanently putting the "amor" in the City of Brotherly Love.

Sex assault report casts shadow on SF Bay Area high school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:51pm

Accusations of an on-campus sex assault have pointed a negative light on a San Francisco Bay Area Catholic high school with a nationally recognized football program.

Court orders release of Nigeria's detained Shiite leader

Michelle Faul and Bashir Adigun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:21am

Nigeria's federal high court Friday ordered the intelligence agency and justice minister to free the country's detained Shiite leader and his wife, pay damages of 50 million naira (167,000 dollars) and provide a home to replace their bulldozed property.

Kofi Annan begins visit to Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 8:21am

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Friday began a fact-finding visit to Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state, where the army has been accused of large-scale violence against members of the Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority, resulting in destruction of villages, civilian casualties and an exodus of refugees to neighboring Bangladesh.

Empowered Shiite militias poised to dominate key Iraq town

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 8:00am

On the road to Tal Afar, an Iraqi city near Syria that's been key to sectarian catastrophes in both countries over the past decade, a mosaic of rag-tag troops advancing against Islamic State militants have one symbol in common.

Indonesia blasphemy protest swells to crowd of 200,000

Stephen Wright and Niniek Karmin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:10am

At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest in a month against its minority Christian governor who is being prosecuted for alleged blasphemy.

Victim advocates: Pope told of priest arrested in Argentina

Luis Andres Henao and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 3:23pm

Advocates for clerical sex abuse victims expressed outrage Thursday that a priest accused of sexually abusing deaf children in Italy wasn't sanctioned by the Vatican and allegedly went on to abuse children in Pope Francis' native Argentina.

Foreign governments warn citizens about Indonesia protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 1st - 12:00am

Foreign governments are warning citizens in Indonesia to stay away from central Jakarta ahead of a huge rally against the capital's minority Christian governor.

More mosques receive hate-filled letters from California

Brian Melley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 30th - 8:04pm

Several more mosques nationwide have reported receiving a hate-filled letter from California that warns Muslims to leave the country or face genocide.