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Pope says he is pained by murder of innocents in Mosul

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 23rd - 4:50am

The pope says the cruelty of the fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul "makes us cry, leaves us without words."

From Utah, McMullin calls for 'new conservative movement'

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 7:40am

Two months after he jumped into the presidential race as a political unknown, independent candidate Evan McMullin is surging in Utah polls and drawing large crowds of Republican-leaning voters fed up with Donald Trump's crudeness and antics.


David Crary, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 2:10am

THE ISSUE: Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, but there are other battlegrounds related to civil rights and nondiscrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. Two polarizing questions: What sort of access should transgender people have to public bathrooms? And are the advances for LGBT rights infringing on the religious freedom of some Americans?

No regrets, Trump vows; Clinton pursues his supporters

Josh Lederman and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:01pm

Hillary Clinton ramped up her pressure on Donald Trump in the election's most competitive states Friday with an emotional TV ad targeting his criticism of a Muslim-American family. Trump vowed to go all-out in the final three weeks so he'll have no regrets — even if he loses.

Pastor, 3 others guilty in church beating that killed teen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 5:50pm

The pastor of a small church where two brothers were beaten for hours during a counseling session that she called pleaded guilty on Friday to manslaughter and assault.

Iraqi advances give hope to displaced Christians

Fay Abuelgasim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 2:01pm

Raeda Paulos could hardly conceal her joy when the television inside her cramped trailer showed Iraqi forces raising the national flag over a church in her hometown, a day after it was freed from Islamic State rule.

Open House: Vatican opens papal summer apartment to public

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 7:10am

Now this is an open house: The Vatican on Friday opened the private apartments at the papal summer retreat to the public, giving visitors a rare look at the bed where Popes Pius XII and Paul VI died and where John Paul II recovered from an assassination attempt in 1981.

In the West Bank, Samaritans provide a sanctuary

Daniel Estrin and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 1:13am

In one of the tensest corners of the West Bank, Israeli settlers and Palestinians live in separate worlds. But there is a spot on the top of a mountain that connects them both: a village of Samaritans.

Egypt's fight against Islamic militancy makes enemies

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 12:50am

Egypt has made fighting Islamic militants its overriding foreign policy objective, a decision that has brought it closer to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Russia and Iran, in turn antagonizing its chief financial backer, Saudi Arabia.

Iraqi-Turkish split points to distrust among Mosul forces

Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 8:00am

Just days into the operation to retake the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, a fault-line has widened between Iraq and Turkey, and the distrust among the various forces arrayed against the extremists has again bubbled to the surface.

Group makes discrimination complaint with NCAA against BYU

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 22nd - 3:31pm

A group has filed a complaint against Brigham Young University for allegedly discriminating against Mormon students who leave the faith.

Giant pages from ancient Quran on display in Washington, DC

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:54am

Books come in all sizes, but one 15th century Quran was so enormous, it's said that a wheelbarrow was needed to carry it.

Muslims protest in front of Colosseum over mosque closures

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 11:01am

Hundreds of Muslims have gathered near Rome's Colosseum to pray and protest the closures of mosques and other places of worship.

Vatican-Muslim dialogue to restart in April, Vatican says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 21st - 6:10am

The Vatican and the prestigious Sunni Muslim center of learning, Al-Azhar, are expected to formally reopen talks next year after a five-year lull.

Jerusalem Christian gathering blasts UNESCO resolution

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 5:01pm

Christians meeting in Jerusalem are denouncing this week's UNESCO resolution that uses only the Islamic name for the hilltop revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

Idaho school district settles ACLU lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 4:31pm

An Idaho school district has settled a lawsuit by agreeing to change policies that a former student called discriminatory.

Newly banned Shiite group in Nigeria appeals in court

Godwin Isenyo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 12:31pm

A newly banned Shiite group in northern Nigeria said Thursday it was appealing in court against the government decision that observers are warning could spark sustained violence.

Lebanon's ex-PM Hariri backs Hezbollah's ally for president

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 10:23am

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who heads the largest bloc in parliament, on Thursday formally endorsed a leading Christian politician and strong ally of the Hezbollah group to become the next president in what many hope wil end a 29-month presidential vacuum.

Czech army to deploy medical personnel, instructors in Iraq

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 20th - 5:30am

Czech lawmakers have approved a government plan to send medical personnel and additional military instructors to Iraq.

Evangelical urges defiance of California abortion law

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 19th - 5:51pm

Evangelical leader Dr. James Dobson is calling for civil disobedience against a California law that requires pregnancy centers to inform women about publicly-funded abortion services.