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LGBT rights groups win as US judge blocks Mississippi law

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:50pm

Supporters of the LGBT rights movement won the latest round against conservatives when a federal judge ruled that a Mississippi "religious objections" law is unconstitutional, just moments before it was to take effect Friday.

Bangladesh under spotlight as terror attacks escalate

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:32pm

The taking of hostages by gunmen in Dhaka's diplomatic quarter is the latest in a string of attacks that have sparked international alarm and prompted the United States and Bangladesh to promise more cooperation against violent extremism in the Muslim-majority nation.

UN human rights envoy: displaced Rohingya still suffering

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 12:51pm

Conditions in camps for members of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority, forced from their homes four years ago by communal violence, remain poor with overcrowding, the deterioration of temporary housing, and a lack of proper sanitation facilities, the U.N.'s special human rights envoy to the country said Friday.

Retired pope offers first-ever assessment of his own papacy

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 12:30pm

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is offering a first-ever papal assessment of his own pontificate in a book that recounts his decision to resign, his surprise at his successor and his attempts to dismantle what he calls the Vatican's "gay lobby."

UK Labour leader criticized for Israel, Islamic State remark

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:40am

Embattled Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been harshly criticized for comments made Thursday during the release of an independent inquiry into anti-Semitism in the party ranks.

The Latest: DOJ won't comment on Charleston victims' lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:01pm

The Latest on a lawsuit filed against the FBI by families of some of the people killed at a South Carolina church (all times local):

Kansas denies firing clerk not attending office Bible study

Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 12:21pm

The Kansas secretary of state's office asked a judge to throw out the federal lawsuit filed by a former employee who claims she was fired for not attending Bible study sessions at the office.

Pennsylvania diocese changing offices due to abuse lawsuits

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 8:00am

A Roman Catholic diocese in central Pennsylvania is moving its offices to save money as it responds to lawsuits alleging child-sex abuse by its clergy.

Iranians hold annual anti-Israel rallies to mark al-Quds day

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 6:40am

Iranians staged anti-Israel rallies across the country on Friday, with protesters condemning the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and chanting "death to Israel."

NYPD to review beard policy after Muslim officer reinstated

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 6:00am

The New York Police Department says it will examine its policy banning beards after a federal class-action lawsuit was filed last week on behalf a Muslim officer who was suspended for violating the rule.

Pope appoints successor to German 'bling bishop'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:40am

Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop to lead Germany's Limburg diocese, ending a more than two-year hiatus after he removed the previous bishop amid an uproar over his costly new residence.

Man accused in Jewish Center bomb plot faces new charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:50am

A South Florida man accused of trying to detonate a bomb at a synagogue and Jewish school during Passover observances is facing a new charge.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:40pm

US judge blocks Mississippi law on religious objections to gay marriage.

Calif bill would extend LGBT rights at private schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:41pm

Legislation to let students charge Christian universities with LGBT discrimination is a step closer to becoming law in California.

Turkish government lawyer: US cleric had 'unlawful conduct'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:21pm

A lawyer representing the Turkish government says he'll continue exposing what he calls the "unlawful conduct" of a reclusive Muslim cleric in Pennsylvania whom Turkey's president accuses of orchestrating a coup attempt.

Federal judge sets July 18 hearing in church shooting case

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 2:01pm

A hearing has been set for next month to sort out jury selection details for the federal trial of a white man accused of gunning down nine black parishioners at a historic South Carolina church.

Egypt marks new holiday amid violence in Sinai, near Libya

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 1:12pm

Egypt celebrated the army's 2013 overthrow of an Islamist president with a new national holiday on Thursday, a day that also saw a series of deadly militant attacks in Sinai and clashes with smugglers near the nation's porous border with Libya.

UN court upholds convictions, sentences of 2 Bosnian Serbs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 9:10am

A United Nations war crimes court has rejected the appeals of two senior Bosnian Serbs against their convictions for playing key roles in a campaign of murder, torture and persecution against Muslims and Croats during the 1992-95 Bosnian war

5 held for planning attacks on Indian religious, other sites

Omer Farooq, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:30am

India's federal investigative agency has arrested five people for allegedly collecting weapons and explosive materials to attack religious sites and sensitive government buildings in various parts of the country.