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Survivors denounce Vatican handling of Peru abuse case

Nicole Winfield and Franklin Briceno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 9:14am

Victims of Latin America's latest charismatic Catholic leader-turned-sexual predator are denouncing the Vatican's handling of the case, saying the six-year delay and final resolution are anything but satisfactory for survivors of his sexual, psychological and physical violence.

Pope quietly trims sanctions for sex abusers seeking mercy

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 5:52am

Pope Francis has quietly reduced sanctions against a handful of pedophile priests, applying his vision of a merciful church even to its worst offenders in ways that survivors of abuse and the pope's own advisers question.

AP Exclusive: Analysts downplay threat from 7 nations in ban

Vivian Salama and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:47am

Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.

2 men of different faiths create translation of the Qur'an with references to the Bible

Carole Mikita  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:00pm

Two men of faith, one Muslim and one Christian, created a new book — a translation of The Qur'an into English, with references to the Bible. It's something that's never been done before.

AP Exclusive: DHS report disputes threat from banned nations

Vivian Salama and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:43pm

Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to the United States.

2nd Florida mosque hit by arson in past 6 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 3:18pm

An intentionally set fire damaged a prayer hall at a Tampa-area mosque early Friday, investigators said.

Refugee haven 'insulted' by suit over alternative schooling

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 2:33pm

The handiwork posted outside a small classroom in the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish country hints at the ambition of the refugees studying at Phoenix Academy.

LGBT issues present Trump with loyalty test

Laurie Kellman and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 2:08pm

There was candidate Donald Trump in Colorado, waving a rainbow flag emblazoned with "LGBTs for Trump," a photo opportunity meant to signal he was a new brand of Republican when it comes to protecting LGBT Americans.

Tiger zoo to open next to Thailand's raided Tiger Temple

Dake Kang and Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:16am

A new zoo is planned in western Thailand right next to the closed Buddhist temple that ran a lucrative tiger attraction while allegedly trafficking in the endangered beasts.

Bangladeshi Muslim hardliners seek removal of Justice statue

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:42am

Thousands of people marched in Bangladesh's capital on Friday to demand a Lady Justice statue be removed from the Supreme Court complex.

Myanmar nationalist monks protest Thai crackdown on sect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:47am

A Buddhist nationalist group that has been accused of stirring up religious tensions in Myanmar demonstrated Friday outside Thailand's embassy in Myanmar to protest the Thai government's siege of the temple headquarters of a controversial Buddhist sect.

Japanese cult also used VX; survivor recounts how it felt

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:24am

A Japanese religious cult that carried out a deadly nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subways in 1995 also experimented with the VX nerve agent suspected in the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother in Malaysia.

Indonesian authorities shutter minority Ahmadiyah mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:24am

An Ahmadiyah mosque has been shuttered by authorities in Indonesia after Muslim groups called for protests against the minority group they regard as heretical.

A look at the legal path ahead for the Trump travel ban

Eric Tucker and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:00pm

President Donald Trump's travel ban has been frozen by the courts, but the White House has promised a new executive order that officials say will address concerns raised by judges that have put the policy on hold.

Supreme Court won't hear Ohio man's Amish hair-cutting case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:37pm

The U.S. Supreme Court won't review the case of the Ohio leader of a breakaway group that was accused in hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish.

Brazil's sexy Carnival puts Pentecostal mayor in tight spot

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:45am

While campaigning last year to become Rio de Janeiro's mayor, Marcelo Crivella, a retired Pentecostal bishop, insisted his faith would not get in the way of governing the nation's most famous city.

Dutch lawmaker suspends campaigning due to security scandal

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:48am

Anti-Islam Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders on Thursday suspended open campaigning for next month's parliamentary election in the wake of a scandal centering on a security official who is part of a the team giving him round-the-clock protection.

Man pleads guilty in killing of priest at Phoenix church

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:33pm

A homeless ex-convict has pleaded guilty to murder and aggravated assault in the 2014 shooting death of a Catholic priest and the beating of another clergyman during a burglary at a Phoenix church.

Christians flee Egypt's Sinai after militant killings

Ashraf Sweliam and Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:18pm

Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Christian man inside his home in northern Sinai, officials and a priest said Friday, the latest in a string of sectarian killings there that has sent hundreds of Christians fleeing and raised accusations the government is failing to protect the community.

2 ex-Vatican bank execs convicted of minor offenses

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:17am

A Rome court has convicted two former top managers of the Vatican's scandal-marred bank for minor violations of anti-money laundering norms.