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Pakistani police prevent clerics' rally against blasphemy

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 6:41am

Pakistani police blocked a rally on Friday in Islamabad by clerics seeking to press their calls for the death of social media activists accused of insulting Islam — an offense punishable by death in this Islamic country.

Hamas TV channel builds Jerusalem set in Gaza

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 6:41am

Quiet on the set! Surrounded by militant training sites on uprooted Jewish settlement lands, the first movie set in the Gaza Strip is growing, depicting the history-rich, volatile alleyways of Jerusalem's Old City.

Indonesia police fire tear gas on Muslims protesting church

Achmad Ibrahim and Ali Kotarumalos, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 4:01am

Indonesian police fired tear gas on Friday to disperse hard-line Muslims protesting against the construction of a Catholic church in a satellite city of the capital, Jakarta.

At Baghdad rally, Iraq cleric threatens to boycott elections

Ali Abdul-Hassan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:50am

An influential Iraqi Shiite cleric addressed thousands of anti-government protesters who filled the streets of downtown Baghdad on Friday, threatening to boycott the country's upcoming provincial elections if the committee overseeing the vote is not overhauled.

Church leader's long legal odyssey over abuse claims returns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:50pm

A former Philadelphia church official long imprisoned over his handling of abuse complaints may soon learn if his legal odyssey will come to an end.

Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:52pm

A 19-year-old American-Israeli Jew was arrested Thursday as the prime suspect in a wave of bomb threats against U.S. Jewish community centers, a startling turn in a case that had stoked fears of rising anti-Semitism in the United States.

Utah getting toughest drunken driving limit in the US

Michelle L. Price, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:27pm

Utah's governor signed legislation Thursday giving the predominantly Mormon state the strictest drunken driving threshold in the country, a change that restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry say will hurt tourism.

Peru mudslide survivor: I prayed to God for strength

Franklin Briceno, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:47pm

Clinging to a trunk against a massive current of mud outside her home, Evangelina Chamorro cried out to her husband.

Police: Mom beat, choked girl over incorrect Bible verses

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:29pm

A woman severely beat her daughter, tried to strangle her and kicked her out of their house for incorrectly reciting Bible verses, police say.

The Latest: Jewish leaders welcome arrest of threat suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:50am

The Latest on Israeli police saying they have arrested a Jewish Israeli man who is the prime suspect behind a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers and other institutions in the United States (all times local):

Northern Ireland bids farewell to ex-IRA chief McGuinness

Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:43am

Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army chieftain who turned away from violence to forge bonds with Northern Ireland's Protestants, was laid to rest Thursday in a cross-community service that illustrated the new alliances forged by the region's slow-blooming peace process.

Pope OKs sainthood for Fatima siblings, Mexico child martyrs

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:48am

Pope Francis is making five more child saints: Two Portuguese shepherd children who said the Virgin Mary appeared to them in Fatima 100 years ago, and three Mexican adolescents who were killed for their Catholic faith in the 16th century.

Promised Land: Venezuelan Jewish converts reach Israel

Daniel Estrin and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:41am

It's not quite Moses' 40 years in the desert, but for nine struggling Venezuelan converts to Judaism, their tortuous journey to a better life in the promised land finally brought them to Israel on Thursday.

A year later, 3 missionaries reflect on surviving Brussels attack

Sam Penrod  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:15pm

Wednesday marked one year since the terrorist bombings in Brussels. Among the Americans caught in the attack were three LDS missionaries. All three Utahns reflected on the one-year anniversary when their lives were nearly lost.

Brazil meat exports collapse in wake of inspection scandal

Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:57pm

Brazil's meat exports effectively collapsed this week, the agricultural minister said Wednesday, as several countries halted imports from the South American country in the wake of a meat inspection scandal.

UN rights council approves fact-finding mission in Myanmar

Jamey Keaten and Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:15am

The U.N.-backed Human Rights Council on Friday approved a resolution by consensus to "dispatch urgently" an international fact-finding mission to Myanmar to probe alleged abuses by military and security forces, particularly against the minority Rohingya Muslim community.

Pope's sex abuse adviser seeks to keep survivor voice heard

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:07pm

Pope Francis' top adviser on sex abuse insisted Thursday that the pontiff is "thoroughly committed" to rooting out abuse from the church but acknowledged his advisory commission must regroup following the clamorous resignation of Irish survivor Marie Collins.

Judge: man competent for Jewish center bomb plot trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:36am

A South Florida man has been ruled mentally competent to stand trial on charges of plotting to bomb a synagogue and Jewish school in support of the Islamic State terrorist group.

Cardinal William Keeler dies at age 86; helped ease Catholic-Jewish tensions, led Baltimore archdiocese

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:06am

Cardinal William Keeler dies at age 86; helped ease Catholic-Jewish tensions, led Baltimore archdiocese.

Mormon missionaries recovering 1 year after Brussels attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:50am

Four Mormon missionaries who were seriously injured in the Brussels airport bombing say they are still dealing with physical and emotional scars one year after the horrific event.