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Authorities say fire was intentionally set at Florida mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 2:54pm

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.

Tiger zoo to open next to Thailand's raided Tiger Temple

Dake Kang and Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:16am

A new zoo is planned in western Thailand right next to the closed Buddhist temple that ran a lucrative tiger attraction while allegedly trafficking in the endangered beasts.

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.

Japanese cult also used VX; survivor recounts how it felt

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:24am

A Japanese religious cult that carried out a deadly nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subways in 1995 also experimented with the VX nerve agent suspected in the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother in Malaysia.

Indonesian authorities shutter minority Ahmadiyah mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:24am

An Ahmadiyah mosque has been shuttered by authorities in Indonesia after Muslim groups called for protests against the minority group they regard as heretical.

A look at the legal path ahead for the Trump travel ban

Eric Tucker and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:00pm

President Donald Trump's travel ban has been frozen by the courts, but the White House has promised a new executive order that officials say will address concerns raised by judges that have put the policy on hold.

Supreme Court won't hear Ohio man's Amish hair-cutting case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:37pm

The U.S. Supreme Court won't review the case of the Ohio leader of a breakaway group that was accused in hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish.

Brazil's sexy Carnival puts Pentecostal mayor in tight spot

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:45am

While campaigning last year to become Rio de Janeiro's mayor, Marcelo Crivella, a retired Pentecostal bishop, insisted his faith would not get in the way of governing the nation's most famous city.

Dutch lawmaker suspends campaigning due to security scandal

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:48am

Anti-Islam Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders on Thursday suspended open campaigning for next month's parliamentary election in the wake of a scandal centering on a security official who is part of a the team giving him round-the-clock protection.

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.

2 ex-Vatican bank execs convicted of minor offenses

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:17am

A Rome court has convicted two former top managers of the Vatican's scandal-marred bank for minor violations of anti-money laundering norms.

Israeli court rejects plea bargain in ex-Chief Rabbi case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:08am

A Jerusalem court rejected a plea bargain with a former chief rabbi of Israel over corruption charges, adding another year of prison time.

Building to be named for legislator slain in church shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:59am

The South Carolina senator and pastor who was slain during the Charleston church shootings will have a county building named in his honor.

Pope buys quake-zone produce to help farmers, donates food

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:55am

Pope Francis's chief alms-giver went on a shopping spree in quake-struck central Italy on Thursday, buying up prosciutto, cheese and local produce from struggling local businesses and donating the bounty to Roman soup kitchens.

Florence's Duomo encourages digital graffiti as deterrent

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:38am

Florence's famed Duomo is cleaning up its act, removing centuries of graffiti from the cathedral dome interior and letting new visitors leave their mark digitally instead.

Oklahoma court favors church in Syrian torture lawsuit

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:12pm

A man from Syria who says he was tortured in his home country after converting to Christianity has no legal recourse against an Oklahoma church that published his name and baptism online, the state's highest court ruled on Wednesday.

2 Amish men dump horse-poop lawsuit against Kentucky city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:45pm

Two Amish men from Kentucky who sued the city of Auburn's mayor and police chief over an ordinance requiring horses to wear excrement-catching bags within city limits have voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit.