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Mosul fight is already redrawing the map of northern Iraq

Susannah George and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 27th - 12:10am

In the buildup to a long-awaited offensive on the city of Mosul, Kurdish forces are seizing new territory in northern Iraq that they say will become part of their autonomous region. The moves are further straining relations between the Kurds and the Baghdad government and Shiite militias, all ostensibly allies in the fight against the Islamic State group.

Top French court rules burkini bans violate basic freedoms

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 7:21pm

France's top administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean beach resort, effectively meaning that towns can no longer issue bans on the swimsuits that have divided the country and brought world attention to its fraught relationship with Muslims.

Bolivian president, opposition spar over official's killing

Carlos Valdez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:53pm

President Evo Morales and his political opponents traded recriminations Friday over the shocking beating death of a high-ranking government official by protesting miners who had blockaded a highway.

The Latest: Valls: Burkini ruling won't end vital debate

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 1:41pm

The Latest on the ruling by France's top administrative court on burkini bans (all times local):

Brits, Romanians among the foreigners killed in Italy quake

Trisha Thomas and Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 1:24pm

Most of the victims of this week's earthquake were Italians, but among the dead were also one Spaniard, eight Romanians as well as three British citizens who were killed in the devastated hamlet Sommati near hard-hit Amatrice.

Candidates capitalize on the ever-powerful 'religious vote'

Bill Barrow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 10:14am

Republican Donald Trump has told conservative evangelical pastors in Florida that his presidency would preserve "religious liberty" and reverse what he insists is a government-enforced muzzling of Christians.

Senegal clamps down on Quranic schools that exploit children

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:20pm

Twelve-year-old Boubacar was picked up from the streets of Senegal's capital at night by police, along with dozens of other children, in the latest crackdown on begging.

In El Salvador, 'gang pastor' alleged to be crime financier

Marcos Aleman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:20pm

Walking out of prison three years ago, Marvin Ramos Quintanilla seemed to turn over a new leaf after a life of crime and gangland violence.

US, Turkey at an impasse over extraditing Muslim cleric

Josh Lederman and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:41pm

Turkey says the United States is legally bound by a treaty to immediately hand over Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric it accuses of plotting to overthrow Turkey's government.

AP EXPLAINS: Why burkini swimsuits are causing controversy

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 12:11pm

French mayors are drawing international anger for banning the burkini, an all-encompassing swimsuit worn by a small minority of Muslim women. The Associated Press explains the core of the controversy.

In Israel's religious press, Hillary Clinton is invisible

Daniella Cheslow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:20am

Hillary Clinton may become the president of Israel's most important ally, but her image is banished from a significant swath of the country's media: the ultra-Orthodox press whose deeply conservative readership chafes at images of women.

Mormon missionaries, members safe and well after major Italian earthquake

Tad Walch  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:58pm

LDS Church officials in Europe invited all to pray for those suffering after a powerful earthquake rocked a swath of mountains 100 miles from Rome, killing at least 38 people.

Nonbelievers sue over Pennsylvania House's opening prayers

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:01pm

A group of people who don't believe in God filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday seeking to change how prayers are handled before sessions of the state House of Representatives.

Chicago-area imam pleads guilty to sex abuse charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:11pm

A prominent Islamic scholar and longtime head of a suburban Chicago school accused of molesting an underage girl and a 23-year-old female school employee has pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 1:31pm

Authorities say 2 Catholic nuns have been found slain in a Mississippi home; motive unclear.

Walgreens clinics run by SSM to include birth control

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 12:52pm

The nonprofit Catholic organization SSM Health will provide birth control pills at the 26 clinics inside St. Louis-area Walgreens stores that it began operating Thursday, an SSM spokesman said.

Montenegro priest says Pokemons are demons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:00am

For a priest in Montenegro, Pokemons are no game.

Nun retiring after 40 years with agency on aging

Michael H. O'Donnell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:01pm

Working hard has become a habit for Catholic Sister Anthony Marie. But she's going to give up her career at the Southeast Idaho Council of Governments Area Agency on Aging.

Mississippi Islamic State recruit gets 8 years in prison

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:21pm

A Mississippi man who once tried to join the Islamic State group credited arresting FBI agents with saving his life as he was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday, telling a federal judge he didn't then understand what the Islamic State represented.

Police: Man charged in Texas mosque threat later apologized

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:31am

Police say a man accused of calling a Fort Worth-area mosque threatening to decapitate Muslims later called back to apologize.