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Pope in Georgia: Vaguely Russia rebuke, warm Georgia welcome

Nicole Winfield and Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:41pm

Pope Francis issued a vague rebuke to Russia on Friday and received an unexpectedly warm welcome from the leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church as he mixed geopolitics with religion on the first day of a three-day trip to the Caucasus.

Opposition leader: Turkey is misusing its emergency powers

Suzan Fraser and Cinar Kiper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 10:03am

Turkey's opposition leader accused the government on Friday of using emergency powers from the aftermath of a failed coup to clamp down on dissenting voices, as authorities ordered 12 more news organizations to shut down for alleged threats to national security.

Cuba rejects Trump's call for negotiations on human rights

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 4:24pm

A top Cuban diplomat on Wednesday rejected Donald Trump's threat to undo detente with Cuba unless the single-party government meets the Republican presidential candidate's demands.

Connecticut's 1st Mormon temple to serve growing church

Emily Judd, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 2:50pm

The first Mormon temple in Connecticut opens to the public this week and will soon host services for thousands of the faithful from a four-state area.

Connecticut's 1st LDS temple to serve growing church

Emily Judd, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 10:47am

The first LDS temple in Connecticut opens to the public this week and will soon host services for thousands of the faithful from a four-state area.

The Latest: Pope Francis condemns Syria bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 3:50am

The Latest on the civil war in Syria (all times local):

Libyan general in east rejects UN-backed government

Rami Musa and Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 12:30am

A powerful Libyan general whose forces recently captured several key oil facilities has rejected a U.N.-brokered government and said the country would be better served by a leader with "high-level military experience."

Senators press FBI director on response to terrorism threat

Matthew Daly and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 4:49pm

Republican senators pressed FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday about whether anything more could have been done to prevent recent acts of extremist violence, including the Orlando nightclub massacre and the Manhattan bombing this month. Comey said the FBI admits mistakes when it makes them, but he did not agree that anything should have been done differently or that any red flags were missed.

Catholic charity to sell Pope Francis' cars used in Poland

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 10:31am

Three identical cars that Pope Francis used during his July visit to Poland are being auctioned online by a Catholic Church charity to fund support for Syrian refugees and Polish people in need.

Central Europe sees anti-immigration fervor, no migrants

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 7:52am

Together, Hungary and the Czech Republic took in just around 1,000 asylum-seekers last year. Still, rallying cries against migration have dominated the debates ahead of upcoming ballots in the two Central European countries.

Chicago-based religious order sued for docs on allegations

Michael Tarm, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 9:51pm

A 51-year-old Colorado man who says he was sexually abused when he was around 7 years old by a teenager who later became a prominent Roman Catholic priest — one known for his work with at-risk kids — on Monday sued the Chicago-based religious order to which the priest belongs, seeking the release of all records related to allegations of abuse by any of its priests.

Mormon conference kicks off as refugee concerns grow

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:31pm

Mormon leaders are set to deliver spiritual guidance at this weekend's twice-yearly conference as their members in the U.S. grapple with a testy presidential election and followers around the world try to respond to increasing needs of refugees.

Bulgarian lawmakers OK law banning women from wearing veils

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 7:21am

Bulgaria's Parliament has approved a law banning women from wearing veils that cover their faces in public.

Dutch man due in Myanmar court on insulting religion charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 3:00am

A Dutch citizen charged with insulting religion in Myanmar for allegedly unplugging an amplifier blasting a late-night Buddhist sermon near his hotel is to appear in court, local officials said Friday.

Pope visits Georgia, Azerbaijan with peace message

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 11:13am

Pope Francis is wrapping up a Caucasus pilgrimage that began in June in Armenia and ends this weekend with a visit to two other countries with tiny Catholic communities: the Orthodox Christian bastion of Georgia and the largely Shiite Muslim nation of Azerbaijan.

Imam: Pulse shooter prayed at mosque 4 days before attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:01am

An imam has released video footage of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen praying in a central Florida mosque four days before the attack that killed 49 people and injured 53 others on June 12.

Former altar boy supervisor denies sexual abuse charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:21am

A 79-year-old man who once supervised altar boys as a layman at a Roman Catholic church in Boston has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually abused a young boy decades ago.

Pope urges greater efforts for peace in the Middle East

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:20am

Pope Francis is urging the world not to look the other way from war and suffering in the Middle East and appealed to leaders "for greater and renewed efforts to achieve peace throughout the Middle East."

German officials probe alleged vote fraud in Jewish election

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 8:10am

German prosecutors have opened an investigation into allegations of vote-rigging in an election for Berlin's Jewish community parliament.

Turkey issues warrants for 121 people linked to Gulen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 27th - 1:00am

Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities have issued detention warrants for 121 people as part of an ongoing investigation into the July 15 failed coup.