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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.

Revitalized El Paso ready to show off for papal tourists

Astrid Galvan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 6:51pm

No longer the desolate space it was a few years ago, downtown El Paso is ripe with new hotels, bars, restaurants — and bulldozers that herald the planned construction of a streetcar, a children's museum, a Mexican-American cultural center and new mixed-used buildings.

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.

Dalai Lama reschedules University of Utah speech

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 12th - 5:30pm

The University of Utah says the Dalai Lama has rescheduled a speech there.

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.

FBI thanks evangelist for helping resolve standoff

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 6:11pm

The FBI is thanking the Rev. Franklin Graham for helping convince the last four occupiers of a national nature preserve to surrender peacefully.

Governor wants review of Idaho's faith-healing exemption

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:30pm

The governor said Thursday he is concerned with the number of children who die in Idaho because their parents choose faith healing for religious reasons over medical assistance.

El Paso prepares for pope's visit to US-Mexico border

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:01pm

When Pope Francis wraps up his visit to Mexico with a Mass in Ciudad Juarez next Wednesday, tens of thousands of people will be watching from the U.S. side of the Rio Grande in El Paso, Texas.

Herbert questions Mormon church impact on medical pot plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 3:01pm

Utah's governor says the Mormon church's opposition to a medical marijuana bill may have little impact on the proposal's fate.

Cuba hosting first-ever papal meeting with Russian Orthodox patriarch

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 11th - 2:31pm

The heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will hold a historic meeting Friday in Cuba.