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Son of Iraqi Kurdish leader calls for aid to battle IS

Bram Janssen and Balint Szlanko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 11:51am

A senior Iraqi Kurdish leader on Tuesday called for international aid to help finance the war against the Islamic State group, saying it's a "miracle" that underpaid Kurdish forces are still on the front lines.

LDS Church's opposition does not necessarily doom medical marijuana bill, sponsor says

Lisa Riley Roche and Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 8:08pm

The president of the Utah state Senate says a bill allowing the medical use of edible pot products may not be dead on arrival just because the LDS church opposes it.

Iraqi woman charged with role in Kayla Mueller's death

Eric Tucker and Deb Riechmann, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 7:11pm

The wife of a senior Islamic State leader who was killed in a U.S. raid last year has been charged in federal court with holding American Kayla Mueller hostage and with contributing to the aid worker's death, the Justice Department said Monday.

French ex-minister in court over tax fraud, money laundering

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 10:20am

Jerome Cahuzac was the face of France's fight against tax evaders — until he was forced to acknowledge that he himself was dodging taxes, hiding money in tax havens around the world.

Chinese visit temples, fairs to ring in Year of the Monkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 9:20am

Chinese and others around Asia flocked to temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune on Monday, the first day of the Lunar New Year.

Coldplay's latest video criticized for portrayal of India

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 6:40am

British rock band Coldplay's latest music video has triggered a debate in India over its portrayal of the country with critics accusing its producers of showing stereotypical images of India with Hindu holy men, peacocks and colorful festivals.

Photos: LDS temples, meetinghouses and tabernacles around the world

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 3:07pm

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worship in a variety of buildings around the globe.

Man accused of Masonic temple plot pleads not guiilty

Greg Moore, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:31pm

The man accused of plotting to attack a Milwaukee Masonic temple in the name of Islam has pleaded not guilty to federal gun charges in the case.

U of Illinois menorah damaged for a third time

David Mercer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 2:11pm

A 9-foot-tall menorah at a University of Illinois Jewish student center has been damaged for a third time in less than a year, police said Tuesday, and the center's rabbi believes school leaders need to take a stronger stand against the vandalism.

House delays vote on athletes' religious clothing bill

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 10:01am

The Georgia House has delayed voting on a bill that would prevent state-funded high schools from joining athletic associations that don't allow athletes to wear clothing expressing religious beliefs.

Police seize Santa Fe archdiocese files in molestation case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 9th - 8:51am

Authorities have seized records from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe as part of an investigation into claims that a Catholic school teacher inappropriately touched female students.

Wife of senior Islamic State leader charged in US in death of American hostage Kayla Mueller

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 4:00pm

Wife of senior Islamic State leader charged in US in death of American hostage Kayla Mueller.

Evangelicals expected to have less impact in NH than Iowa

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 3:21pm

Evangelicals are expected to play a smaller role in New Hampshire's primary than they did in Iowa's caucuses.

With only 29 students, Catholic school in Missouri hangs on

Donald Bradley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 11:21am

The bell tower of the old Catholic church rises above all else in this tabletop-flat town.

Chechen Special Ops in Syria says republic's leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 9:10am

The strongman leader of Russia's Chechen republic says special operation units from his region have infiltrated the Islamic State group.

Philippine autonomy delay stalls disarming of Muslim rebels

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 8:20am

A Philippine rebel leader said Monday that Congress' failure to pass a Muslim autonomy bill as part of a new peace pact would delay a program to disarm thousands of guerrillas in the country's south.

Vatican stresses policy role of sex committee after ouster

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 8th - 8:20am

Pope Francis' sex-abuse commission stressed Monday that its sole purpose is to propose initiatives to protect children from pedophiles, after it effectively suspended a member who advocated a more activist role.

2 killed on Calgary bobsled track mourned

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 8:31pm

Twin teenage brothers who died during an after-hours visit to a luge-bobsled track are being remembered as dynamic members of their school communities, while prayers continued for other boys who were hurt in the crash.

Professor who wore headscarf to leave Christian college

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 7th - 11:30am

A professor of a Christian college who asserted Christians and Muslims worship the same God will leave her post, the school near Chicago announced.