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Hindu nationalist leader Kovind chosen India's new president

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 20th - 7:51am

A Hindu nationalist leader backed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been chosen India's new president, a largely ceremonial position.

Parents who 'gifted' daughter to man get prison sentence

Anthony Izaguirre, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 19th - 3:40pm

A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday sentenced a married couple to up to seven years in prison each for giving their oldest daughter to a cult-like figure who sexually assaulted the girl and her five sisters.

Metal detectors at Jerusalem shrine trigger new tensions

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 18th - 12:20pm

A dispute over metal detectors is escalating into a new showdown between Israel and the Muslim world over a Jerusalem shrine that has triggered major Israeli-Palestinian confrontations in the past.

Vatican court rejects motions to dismiss in hospital case

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 18th - 8:44am

A Vatican tribunal rejected attempts by two former executives of the pope's children's hospital to dismiss an embezzlement case, asserting Tuesday it could prosecute them on charges they diverted nearly a half-million euros in hospital donations to renovate a top cardinal's penthouse.

Report: Hundreds of boys abused at German choir school

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 18th - 7:01am

At least 547 members of a prestigious Catholic boys' choir in Germany were physically or sexually abused between 1945 and 1992, according to a report released Tuesday.

The Latest: Vatican court refuses to stop embezzlement case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 18th - 6:00am

The Latest on the Vatican embezzlement trial (all times local):

Philippines' Duterte asks Congress to extend martial law

Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 18th - 2:50am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to extend martial law in the southern third of the country until the end of the year because the rebellion there will not be completely quelled by July 22, the end of his 60-day martial law proclamation, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Gorsuch can't escape travel ban at San Francisco meeting

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 17th - 10:11pm

President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court couldn't escape discussion of the president's travel ban — and even the president — during an appearance Monday at a judicial conference, where a student essay winner compared the ban to Japanese internment and the producer of the musical "Hamilton" said the cast was scared following Trump's election victory.

Venezuela opposition calls strike, Trump threatens 'actions'

Michael Weissenstein and Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 17th - 8:11pm

Venezuela's opposition called Monday for a 24-hour nationwide strike to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to drop plans to rewrite the constitution while the United States threatened "strong and swift economic actions" against his socialist administration if it ignores the will of voters in a referendum.

Man sues Boston archdiocese citing sex abuse at orphanage

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 17th - 4:40pm

A New York man is suing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston for sexual abuse he says he suffered decades ago at a church-affiliated home for orphaned and foster children.

Vatican trial dawns for alleged misuse of hospital donations

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 17th - 1:12pm

Other than St. Peter's Basilica, there is hardly better real estate in Vatican City than the sprawling penthouse apartment in the Vatican gardens, where the rooftop terrace has in-your-face views of the dome itself and overlooks the hotel that Pope Francis calls home.

Islamic leaders boycott Jerusalem site over metal detectors

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 17th - 11:41am

Islamic leaders called on Muslims on Monday to boycott a Jerusalem holy site at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a gesture of protest after Israel set up metal detectors at the site's entrance gates following a deadly Arab attack there last week.

Philippine rebels: Peace pact 'best antidote' for extremism

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 17th - 8:04am

The Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group said Monday a peace accord it's trying to implement with the government is "the best antidote" for violent extremism exemplified by a bloody siege of southern Marawi city by Islamic State group-aligned militants.

Indian lawmakers choose president, likely a Hindu BJP ally

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 17th - 5:50am

Lawmakers voted Monday to choose India's next president in an election widely expected to be won by a little-known member of a Hindu political group closely allied to India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

Idaho professor fired after showing LGBT support on Facebook

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 19th - 10:55am

A former Brigham Young University-Idaho professor says she was fired after posting a critical view of the Mormon church's policies against same-sex couples on Facebook.

Justices urged to reject Trump plea to tighten travel ban

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 18th - 10:56am

Opponents of President Donald Trump's ban on refugees and visitors from six mostly Muslim countries are urging the Supreme Court to leave in place a federal judge's order that would relax restrictions on entry into the United States.

Boston launches poster campaign to combat Islamophobia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 18th - 6:55am

Boston has launched a new public service campaign to fight Islamophobia by offering the public ways to address aggression toward others because of their appearance or beliefs.

EU criticizes Russia over Jehovah's Witnesses ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 18th - 6:04am

The European Union is criticizing Russia over its nationwide ban on the Jehovah's Witnesses religious denomination, saying all must be able to practice their religion without interference.

The Latest: Gorsuch encourages tolerance among new citizens

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 17th - 6:28pm

The Latest on Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch's appearance at a judicial conference in San Francisco (all times local):

Portuguese town council gets to keep 4-century-old Torah

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jul 17th - 9:01am

A rural town council in Portugal says a court has ruled that a 400-year-old Torah scroll found by accident can remain in public hands, rejecting a businessman's claim that he bought it.