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Under high security, Jewish pilgrims gather on Tunisia isle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 10:20am

The Tunisian island of Djerba is hosting an annual Jewish pilgrimage amid increased security after deadly Islamic extremist attacks last year scared away tourists and raised fears of religious violence.

UN envoy to Syria to consult Security Council on peace talks

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 10:11am

The U.N. special envoy for Syria said he will speak to the U.N. Security Council later on Thursday and after that, announce plans for the resumption of stalled peace talks between the government and the opposition.

Provo woman leads charge to restore town’s long forgotten Easter cross

Carter Williams  |  Posted  May 26th - 10:00am

A Utah woman is spearheading an effort to restore a religious symbol that once brought interdenominational groups together in Provo, but was torn down 40 years ago.

AP PHOTOS: Israeli transgender contestants ready for finals

Oded Balilty, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 8:40am

Contenders in Israel's first transgender pageant have been polishing their moves this week ahead of Friday's competition.

Japan urges G-7 to avert another economic crisis

Elaine Kurtenbach and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 7:00am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged fellow leaders of the Group of Seven advanced economies Thursday to avert another global crisis by acting to rescue the faltering global recovery.

The Latest: Obama says G-7 leaders focus on economic growth

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 4:20am

The latest news on the Group of Seven summit in Japan, where the leaders of the seven advanced economies are meeting for two days (all times local):

Church slaying families accept pursuit of death penalty

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 6:32pm

The husband of a woman gunned down at a historic black church in Charleston with eight other people said Wednesday he won't be at peace until the man charged in the slayings is put to death.

The Latest: Slain pastor and SC senator's portrait unveiled

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 3:20pm

The Latest on a church shooting in Charleston about a year ago that left nine black members dead (all times local):

Little-known extremist cleric chosen to lead Afghan Taliban

Lynne O'Donnell and Mirwais Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 12:30pm

A little-known extremist cleric was chosen Wednesday to be the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, just days after a U.S. drone strike killed his predecessor.

Swedish leader reshuffles government after gaffes, scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 9:10am

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has reshuffled his minority coalition after two ministers from coalition partner the Green Party stepped down amid gaffes and scandals.

Court: New Jersey can't give $11M to religious schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 11:31am

New Jersey cannot give $11 million in grants to two religious schools, including one of the largest ultra-Orthodox yeshivas in the world, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

UN envoy says Yemen peace talks are back on track

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 9:10am

The U.N. envoy for Yemen says peace talks aimed at ending fighting in the impoverished country are back on track in Kuwait.

UN decries church worship limit in Cyprus' breakaway north

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 26th - 8:00am

A U.N. envoy has expressed "deep concern" over a newly-imposed limit on worship in Orthodox Christian churches inside ethnically divided Cyprus' breakaway Turkish Cypriot north.

Driver of church van that hit train, killing 1, is indicted

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 2:01pm

The driver of an Ohio church van that crashed into a moving train last summer, killing a woman and injuring nine children, has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide.

Wisconsin company sued over break policy for Muslim workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 11:51am

A civil liberties group representing Muslim employees of a Wisconsin manufacturer has filed a religious discrimination complaint against the company for not allowing extra break time for prayer.

Swiss region: Muslim boys must shake female teachers' hands

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 11:42am

A school board in northern Switzerland said Wednesday that two Muslim boys who have refused to shake hands with their female teachers for religious reasons can be required to do so, ruling that their parents could face fines of up to 5,000 Swiss francs (about $5,000) if they don't.

Cheating hearing continues for Clarksdale principal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 7:40am

Lawanda Tyler-Jones, the Clarksdale principal accused of directing teachers to cheat on standardized exams, told a state education official that a dramatic increase on test scores was due to prayer.

2 Vatican bank board members resign over disagreements

The Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 7:20am

Two board members of the scandal-marred Vatican bank have resigned over disagreements about the management and mission of the institution.

Philippine population growth slows as contraceptives spread

Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted  May 25th - 2:50am

The Philippines' annual population growth rate has slowed as more people in the predominantly Roman Catholic country use contraception.