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Catholics challenge St. Louis' 'abortion sanctuary' law

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 3:40pm

A group of St. Louis Catholics filed a lawsuit against the city Monday over a local ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on "reproductive health decisions," saying the law could force employers or landlords to go against their religious beliefs.

Questions about Russia chase Trump during first Israel visit

Jonathan Lemire and Julie Pace, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 2:46pm

President Donald Trump solemnly placed a note in the ancient stones of Jerusalem's Western Wall on Monday, sending a signal of solidarity to an ally he's pushing to work harder toward peace with the Palestinians. But his historic gesture— and his enthusiastic embrace of Israel's leader — were shadowed even here by reminders of Trump's tumult back home

LDS Church, facing restrictions, merges Russia missions

The Associated Press and Lisa Riley Roche  |  Posted   May 22nd - 12:16pm

The LDS Church is merging two of its missions in Russia, sending those missionaries home early or reassigning them to finish their service in the U.S.

Trump administration wavers on location of Western Wall

Vivian Salama and Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 11:46am

As President Donald Trump became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the hallowed Western Wall on Monday, it remained unclear whether his administration was changing longstanding U.S. policy by declaring the wall's location to be Israel, versus Jerusalem.

Trump urges Mideast nations to drive out 'Islamic extremism'

Julie Pace and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 8:39pm

President Donald Trump on Sunday implored Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to extinguish "Islamic extremism" emanating from the region, describing a "battle between good and evil" rather than a clash between the West and Islam.

Mother from Peru granted stay from deportation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 5:55pm

A mother of two children who sought sanctuary at a Quaker meeting house in Denver to avoid U.S. immigration authorities has been granted a temporary stay from deportation.

Graduates walk out on Pence at Notre Dame commencement

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 4:11pm

Dozens of graduates and family members silently stood and walked out Sunday as Vice President Mike Pence began his address at Notre Dame's commencement ceremony.

Contradictions add up during Trump's Saudi visit

Ken Thomas and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:44pm

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump railed against President Barack Obama for failing to utter the words "radical Islamic terrorism." He accused the foundation run by Bill and Hillary Clinton of corruption for accepting charitable contributions from Saudi Arabia and chastised first lady Michelle Obama for not covering her head during a visit to the Kingdom.

Ark bearing popular Saint Nicholas' relics come to Moscow

Jim Heintz, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 2:24pm

Relics of Saint Nicholas, one of the Russian Orthodox Church's most revered figures, arrived in Moscow on Sunday from an Italian church where they have lain for 930 years. Intense media coverage accompanied the arrival, underlining the church's influence in post-Soviet Russia.

New Islamic institute prioritizes outreach, education

Jeff Karoub, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 8:40am

When the Islamic Institute of America bought a Baptist church, the plan initially was to remove the pews — until the mosque's leader objected, in part because he saw keeping the benches as a way of showing Islam's compatibility with its sister faith.

Bahrain gives Shiite cleric 1-year suspended sentence

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 1:40am

A Bahrain court sentenced a prominent Shiite cleric to a 1-year suspended prison sentence Sunday and seized assets belonging to him and his ministry, part of an ongoing crackdown on dissent in the tiny island kingdom.

Harsh sentences for IS sympathizers in Brazil test new law

Lucas Iberico Lozada, Mauricio Savarese and Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 3:52pm

After months of trading messages on social media praising violence by the Islamic State militant group, Leonid El Kadre de Melo said it was time to act.

Romanian court nixes request to put bishop under home arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 9:54am

A Romanian court on Monday rejected a request by anti-corruption prosecutors to place under house arrest Teodosie, the Romanian Orthodox Archbishop of Tomis, who is suspected of defrauding the European Union.

Texas Senate approves 'religious refusal' adoption measure

Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 5:13am

Texas' Republican-controlled Senate approved a bill early Monday that allows publicly funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections.

Official: IS suspects aimed to attack Turkish party congress

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 2:00am

A senior official says two suspected Islamic State militants who were shot dead in a police operation were aiming to attack the ruling party's congress which re-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its chairman.

Texas adoption agency 'religious refusal' closer to law

Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 22nd - 12:33am

Texas Republicans pushed the state closer to a law that allows publicly-funded foster care and adoption agencies to refuse to place children with non-Christian, unmarried or gay prospective parents because of religious objections.

Bodies of Cambodian soldiers killed in Africa return home

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 8:06am

Tears were shed and the sounds of cries were heard from the families of four Cambodian soldiers who were killed by a Christian rebel group in the Central African Republic earlier this month as the bodies arrived home Sunday.

Egypt refers militants to military trial over church attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   May 21st - 7:56am

Egypt's chief prosecutor has referred 48 suspected Islamic militants to a military trial over their alleged participation in deadly attacks targeting Christian churches.

Albania's Muslims call for peaceful electoral campaign

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted   May 20th - 9:45am

The Albanian Muslim Community on Saturday called on political parties to hold a peaceful election campaign that coincides with the holy month of Ramadan.