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Dalai Lama reschedules University of Utah speech for June

Marjorie Cortez  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 9:29am

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is scheduled to speak at the University of Utah on June 21. A planned appearance at the university and participation in the Parliament of the World's Religions in October was canceled due to health issues.

Amid multitude of woes, Egypt leader says democracy is back

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 9:11am

Egypt's president said Saturday that his country has established democratic and constitutional rule after years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising, but rights groups say he has presided over an unprecedented crackdown on dissent.

Pope-Patriarch meeting seen by Russians as significant

Jim Heintz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 6:50am

Russians ranging from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to ordinary citizens are seeing the landmark meeting of the heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches as having significance far beyond religious doctrine.

Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric calls for government reforms

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 3:40am

Iraq's influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for government reform Saturday, demanding greater accountability and threatening to withdraw from the political process if his proposal is not accepted and the government does not show results within a year.

Israeli educators battle government over textbook content

Daniella Cheslow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 12:10am

Israel's main high school civics textbook has become a new battleground in a culture war embroiling the country — pitting politicians against educators in a debate over how much religion and Jewish history should be included in the country's national curriculum.

Deal delays eviction threat for San Francisco nuns

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:30pm

Nuns who faced possible eviction from San Francisco's gritty Tenderloin district because of a rent increase have won a reprieve.

The Latest: Pope arrives at envoy's residence to spend night

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 9:41pm

The latest on Pope Francis's historic meeting in Cuba with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill and his subsequent trip to Mexico (all times local):

'Finally': Pope meets Russian Orthodox leader

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 9:30pm

With an exclamation of "Finally," Pope Francis embraced Patriarch Kirill on Friday in the first meeting between a pontiff and the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, a brief but historic encounter held during a stopover in Cuba before the pope flew on to Mexico.

Philippines, rebels fortify truce amid stalled peace pact

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 6:40am

The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have extended the stay of international cease-fire monitors at their first meeting since their peace pact stalled amid fears of fresh fighting.

Carter says UAE will put special forces in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 4:40am

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says a key Persian Gulf ally has agreed to send special forces soldiers to Syria to assist in the development of local Sunni Arab fighters focused on recapturing Raqqa, the Islamic State group's capital.

Church lifts ban of Indian priest convicted of sex assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 13th - 7:00am

The Roman Catholic church in southern India has lifted the suspension of a priest convicted last year of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in the United States more than a decade ago, a spokesman said Saturday.

Bangladesh begins survey of undocumented Rohingya Muslims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:10pm

Authorities in Bangladesh began a survey to determine the number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in majority-Buddhist Myanmar.

Baylor regents set measures to curb sexual assault

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:31pm

Baylor University regents announced on Friday that they have approved added measures to improve the school's response to sexual assault incidents, including hiring more counselors and additional training for faculty and staff.

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill sign joint declaration on religious unity

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:51pm

Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill sign joint declaration on religious unity.

Man who threatened mosque pleads guilty to hate crime

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 2:11pm

A Florida man accused of threatening to firebomb a mosque last fall has pleaded guilty to a hate crime in federal court.

Bill would allow boards to send students to private schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:31pm

A bill before lawmakers in New Hampshire would allow school boards to send students in towns without a public school for their grade to an approved non-religious private school.

Pope Francis lands in Cuba for first-ever papal meeting with head of Russian Orthodox Church

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 12:01pm

Pope Francis lands in Cuba for first-ever papal meeting with head of Russian Orthodox Church .

LDS Church officials criticize new water testing rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 11:21am

An attorney representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says a state proposal to increase water monitoring would cost them $40,000 a month.

Russian Orthodox Church allowed to return debt in prayers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:20am

A Russian regional court has ruled that an Orthodox Church diocese can repay part of an outstanding debt in prayers rather than money.