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In battle for Iraq's Mosul, many forces with many motives

Susannah George and Lee Keath, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 12:20am

An unlikely array of forces is converging on the city of Mosul, lining up for a battle on the historic plains of northern Iraq that is likely to be decisive in the war against the Islamic State group.

General Women's Session: Latter-day Saints urged to be strong in their faith

Carole Mikita  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 10:29pm

Latter-day Saint women, young women and girls were urged to be strong in their faith during the General Women's Session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference.

Priests' murders rattle Mexican city gripped by violence

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 12:40pm

In this eastern Mexican oil town already weary of rising gangland violence and extortion, the abduction and murder of two priests this week sank many residents only deeper into despair.

War crimes tribunal for IS detainees lacks support

Desmond Butler and Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 10:20am

War crimes investigators collecting evidence of the Islamic State group's elaborate operation to kidnap thousands of women as sex slaves say they have a case to try IS leaders with crimes against humanity but cannot get the global backing to bring current detainees before an international tribunal.

War crimes tribunal for IS detainees lacks support

Desmond Butler and Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 10:00am

War crimes investigators collecting evidence of the Islamic State group's elaborate operation to kidnap thousands of women as sex slaves say they have a case to try IS leaders with crimes against humanity but cannot get the global backing to bring current detainees before an international tribunal.

Austrian leader: EU's outer borders must be better protected

Kiyoko Metzler and Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 9:00am

Austria's chancellor vowed Saturday to better protect the European Union's outer borders to curb illegal migration, as he held a summit with his German, Greek and west Balkans counterparts to debate strategies to deal with Europe's migrant crisis.

Pope receives relatives of Nice attack victims at Vatican

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 6:30am

Pope Francis met one by one with relatives of the victims of this summer's truck attack in Nice, France, at the Vatican Saturday, encouraging them to resist what he called the great temptation to "respond to hatred with hatred and to violence with violence."

Imam in bombing suspect's hometown speaks against violence

Megan Trimble and Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 23rd - 9:41pm

An imam spoke against violence and in support of law enforcement during the first Friday prayer service since a local man was charged in last weekend's New Jersey and New York City bombings.

Dutch lawmaker Wilders wants hate speech case dropped

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 23rd - 10:20am

Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders appealed Friday for judges to throw out a hate-speech case against him, branding it a political prosecution that should not be handled in a criminal court.

Priest kidnapped in Mexico adds to worries after 2 killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 22nd - 3:24pm

Roman Catholic Church officials pleaded on Thursday for the life of a priest who was kidnapped from his parish residence one day after two other priests were abducted and killed in another part of Mexico.

Poland's lawmakers open debate on divisive anti-abortion law

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 22nd - 3:01pm

Poland's lawmakers on Thursday opened a divisive debate on changing the restrictive anti-abortion law, among Europe's toughest, in this predominantly Catholic nation.

Muslim Brotherhood bloc wins 15 of 130 seats in Jordan vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 22nd - 2:41pm

Election officials on Thursday released the results of Jordan's parliament election, and the opposition Muslim Brotherhood said its electoral bloc won 15 of 130 seats, roughly in line with its own predictions.

Berlin's Jewish Museum opens show on mystic golem creature

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 22nd - 8:51am

A gigantic golem made out of wooden Hebrew letters lies motionless on the ground, yet it seems as if only a few magic whispers are needed to bring the creature to life.

Suu Kyi makes 1st UN speech as Myanmar leader

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 21st - 6:02pm

Former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi made her first speech Wednesday at the U.N. General Assembly since forming a democratically elected government and called for international understanding as Myanmar grapples with sectarian tensions.

Murdered priests mourned in Mexico's troubled Veracruz state

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 21st - 4:02pm

Mourners packed a church Wednesday for a funeral Mass in memory of a Roman Catholic priest who was murdered along with another cleric in the troubled Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

Tennessee: $100K in damages awarded to fired Muslim trooper

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 23rd - 1:21pm

A federal judge has ordered Tennessee to pay $100,000 in damages to a Muslim state trooper fired after a military liaison falsely accused him of terrorist sympathies.

Defense: Roof won't ask jury for mercy in church trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 23rd - 1:11pm

Defense attorneys don't intend to have Dylann Roof ask the jury for mercy during the penalty phase of his federal trial in the Charleston church shootings.

Vatican makes new rules for miracles in saint-making

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 23rd - 11:34am

The Vatican issued new rules Friday for the process to determine if healings qualify as miracles for sainthood, including safeguards against possible financial abuses.

Guam leader Oks bill ending time limits in child sex cases

Grace Garces Bordallo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 23rd - 9:10am

Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo said Friday he signed a bill that would lift the statute of limitations on child sex abuse charges for civil cases, a move that Catholic leaders say could bankrupt the church in the largely Catholic U.S. territory.

US: Shell that hit Iraqi base contained sulfur-mustard agent

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 22nd - 11:32am

The top U.S. general said Thursday that an Islamic State rocket that hit a military base used by hundreds of U.S. troops in northern Iraq contained chemical agents that cause human skin to blister.