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Police hunting for monk increase pressure on Thai temple

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 6:44am

Police in Thailand who spent three days in an orderly but unsuccessful search of a vast Buddhist temple for a prominent monk accused of financial wrongdoing kept up the pressure Sunday, sending fresh forces to confront devotees and monks at the compound's gates.

London mayor: 'Cruel' Trump should be denied state visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 6:40am

London's mayor says that President Donald Trump shouldn't receive a state visit in Britain because of his "cruel" policies on immigration.

Utah, LDS Church join 'friend of court' briefs in transgender bathroom case

Tad Walch  |  Posted  Feb 17th - 9:10pm

Utah and the LDS Church have joined separate briefs th support an appeal of a federal ruling that transgender students can use restrooms based on gender identity. The church joined five other faiths in a brief from major religious organizations.

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 1:06pm

Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports.

Cardinal aims to wrap up Guam abuse probe before summer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 12:45pm

American Cardinal Raymond Burke says he's aiming to wrap up the sex abuse investigation involving Guam's suspended archbishop by the summer.

Bob Jones U to get tax-exempt status back after 30 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 12:30pm

A conservative Christian university in South Carolina is getting its federal tax-exempt status back 30 years after losing it over a ban on interracial dating.

Dutch far-right populist Wilders kicks off election campaign

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 5:20am

Anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders has kicked off his campaign Saturday for Dutch parliamentary elections, amid tight security and intense media interest in a blue-collar town near Rotterdam.

Pakistan shuts key border crossing in wake of shrine attack

Munir Ahmed and Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 5:01am

Pakistani authorities shut down a second key border crossing into Afghanistan, halting trade supplies to the neighboring landlocked country and increasing tensions between the two nations in the wake of a bloody suicide bombing at a beloved shrine in Pakistan, officials said Saturday.

IKEA apologizes for catalog aimed at ultra-Orthodox Jews

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 3:10am

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has apologized for a catalog aimed at Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community that contains no images of women.

Filipino Catholics protest drug killings, death penalty

Bullit Marquez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 1:50am

Thousands of Catholics joined a march with church leaders in Manila on Saturday in one of the largest shows of opposition against President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly crackdown against illegal drugs and attempts to revive the death penalty.

Electronic media searches at border crossings raise worry

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 12:15am

Watchdog groups that keep tabs on digital privacy rights are concerned that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents are searching the phones and other digital devices of international travelers at border checkpoints in U.S. airports.

Woman accused of abducting woman who shamed Muslims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 17th - 8:00pm

An El Paso woman described in court documents as a "Mexican-Muslim" has been jailed after she was accused of abducting another woman because her "lifestyle brought shame to the Muslim community."

Tensions over Trump deepen fractures among American Jews

Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 17th - 6:55pm

The early weeks of the Trump administration have widened divides between liberal and conservative Jews, setting off quarrels over anti-Semitism, Israel and the Holocaust.

Vatican-sponsored conference criticizes Trump orders

Janie Har, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 17th - 4:44pm

Speakers at a Vatican-sponsored conference in Northern California — including an archbishop — denounced President Donald Trump's orders on immigration and travel and vowed to fight them at a meeting Friday.

McCain slams Trump in Munich speech without using his name

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 17th - 4:14pm

Republican Sen. John McCain delivered a withering critique of President Donald Trump in a speech Friday that highlighted fractures within the GOP as the new administration struggles to overcome a chaotic start.

The Latest: Speakers blast Trump's immigration orders

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 17th - 3:50pm

The Latest on a Vatican-sponsored conference on economic inequality (all times local):

Cities ask federal judge to keep Trump travel ban on hold

Larry Neumeister, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 17th - 3:35pm

Municipalities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis and Skokie, Illinois, urged a federal judge on Friday to continue blocking aspects of Republican President Donald Trump's travel ban.

Largest branch of American Judaism opposes Trump envoy pick

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 17th - 2:16pm

The leaders of the largest branch of American Judaism declared their opposition Friday to the combative attorney President Donald Trump selected to be his envoy to Israel, citing his "extreme views" and dearth of professional foreign policy experience.

Defrocked priest appears in court in Maine on 29 sex counts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 17th - 1:30pm

A former Roman Catholic priest who spent more than a decade in a Massachusetts prison for raping an altar boy has made an initial court appearance in Maine on 29 counts of sexual misconduct.

Germany: US benefits from stable EU, united NATO

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 17th - 11:32am

Germany's defense minister has told the United States that Washington has an interest in both a stable European Union and a united NATO. And the German official warned against turning the fight against terrorism into a "front against Islam and Muslims."