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Iranians welcome Farhadi's Oscar for best foreign film

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 27th - 2:16am

Iranians on Monday cheered the choice of one of their own for best foreign film Oscar, lauding director Asghar Farhadi's boycott of the Hollywood ceremony for his film "The Salesman" as an act of defiance against the Trump administration's executive order.

AP Exclusive: Ex-congregants reveal years of ungodly abuse

Mitch Weiss, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:34pm

From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror — waged in the name of the Lord.

AP Exclusive: Ex-congregants reveal years of ungodly abuse

Mitch Weiss, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:34pm

From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror — waged in the name of the Lord.

Former disciples describe storage annex for 'worst sinners'

Mitch Weiss, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:21pm

It was the most dreaded place on the Word of Faith Fellowship grounds — a one-story, four-room structure that former members of the sect say was reserved for the most brutal physical and emotional punishment.

Egypt's Christians flee terror in north Sinai security void

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 3:19pm

After Islamic militants barged into his uncle's house, shot him and his son dead, then looted the place and set it on fire, Said Sameh Adel Fawzy knew it was time to leave.

Francis becomes 1st pope to visit an Anglican church in Rome

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 11:25am

Pope Francis on Sunday became the first Catholic pontiff to visit an Anglican parish in Rome, using the historic occasion to press for greater closeness after centuries of mistrust, prejudices and hostility between the two churches.

The Latest: UN's Syria ambassador expected talk 'spoilers'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:10am

The Latest on developments in Syria and at peace talks in Geneva (all times local):

Survivors denounce Vatican handling of Peru abuse case

Nicole Winfield and Franklin Briceno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 9:14am

Victims of Latin America's latest charismatic Catholic leader-turned-sexual predator are denouncing the Vatican's handling of the case, saying the six-year delay and final resolution are anything but satisfactory for survivors of his sexual, psychological and physical violence.

Pope quietly trims sanctions for sex abusers seeking mercy

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 5:52am

Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope's own advisers question.

AP Exclusive: Analysts downplay threat from 7 nations in ban

Vivian Salama and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:47am

Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.

2 men of different faiths create translation of the Qur'an with references to the Bible

Carole Mikita  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:00pm

Two men of faith, one Muslim and one Christian, created a new book — a translation of The Qur'an into English, with references to the Bible. It's something that's never been done before.

AP Exclusive: DHS report disputes threat from banned nations

Vivian Salama and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:43pm

Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.

2nd Florida mosque hit by arson in past 6 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 3:18pm

An intentionally set fire damaged a prayer hall at a Tampa-area mosque early Friday, investigators said.

Refugee haven 'insulted' by suit over alternative schooling

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 2:33pm

The handiwork posted outside a small classroom in the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish country hints at the ambition of the refugees studying at Phoenix Academy.

LGBT issues present Trump with loyalty test

Laurie Kellman and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 2:08pm

There was candidate Donald Trump in Colorado, waving a rainbow flag emblazoned with "LGBTs for Trump," a photo opportunity meant to signal he was a new brand of Republican when it comes to protecting LGBT Americans.

Bangladeshi Muslim hardliners seek removal of Justice statue

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:42am

Thousands of people marched in Bangladesh's capital on Friday to demand a Lady Justice statue be removed from the Supreme Court complex.

Myanmar nationalist monks protest Thai crackdown on sect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:47am

A Buddhist nationalist group that has been accused of stirring up religious tensions in Myanmar demonstrated Friday outside Thailand's embassy in Myanmar to protest the Thai government's siege of the temple headquarters of a controversial Buddhist sect.

Copy this: Vatican stakes out rights to Pope Francis' image

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 26th - 1:26pm

God's love may be free, but the Vatican says it has a copyright on the pope.

Man pleads guilty in killing of priest at Phoenix church

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:33pm

A homeless ex-convict has pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated assault in the 2014 shooting death of a Catholic priest and the beating of another clergyman during a burglary at a Phoenix church.

Christians flee Egypt's Sinai after militant killings

Ashraf Sweliam and Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:18pm

Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Christian man inside his home in northern Sinai, officials and a priest said Friday, the latest in a string of sectarian killings there that has sent hundreds of Christians fleeing and raised accusations the government is failing to protect the community.