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Officials: Striking miners kill deputy minister in Bolivia

Carlos Valdez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 7:00am

Striking miners in Bolivia armed with dynamite seized highways in a protest over mining laws and then kidnapped, possibly tortured and beat to death the county's deputy interior minister in a killing President Evo Morales characterized Friday as a "political conspiracy," officials say.

Top French court to rule on legality of burkini bans

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 26th - 4:30am

France's highest administrative court is considering whether it's legal for towns to ban body-covering burkini swimsuits, which have become a symbol of tensions around the place of Islam in secular France.

Senegal clamps down on Quranic schools that exploit children

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:20pm

Twelve-year-old Boubacar was picked up from the streets of Senegal's capital at night by police, along with dozens of other children, in the latest crackdown on begging.

In El Salvador, 'gang pastor' alleged to be crime financier

Marcos Aleman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 10:20pm

Walking out of prison three years ago, Marvin Ramos Quintanilla seemed to turn over a new leaf after a life of crime and gangland violence.

US, Turkey at an impasse over extraditing Muslim cleric

Josh Lederman and Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:41pm

Turkey says the United States is legally bound by a treaty to immediately hand over Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric it accuses of plotting to overthrow Turkey's government.

AP EXPLAINS: Why burkini swimsuits are causing controversy

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 12:11pm

French mayors are drawing international anger for banning the burkini, an all-encompassing swimsuit worn by a small minority of Muslim women. The Associated Press explains the core of the controversy.

In Israel's religious press, Hillary Clinton is invisible

Daniella Cheslow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:20am

Hillary Clinton may become the president of Israel's most important ally, but her image is banished from a significant swath of the country's media: the ultra-Orthodox press whose deeply conservative readership chafes at images of women.

Mormon missionaries, members safe and well after major Italian earthquake

Tad Walch  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:58pm

LDS Church officials in Europe invited all to pray for those suffering after a powerful earthquake rocked a swath of mountains 100 miles from Rome, killing at least 38 people.

India plans surrogacy ban for foreigners, unmarried couples

Nirmala George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 6:40am

The Indian government plans to ban foreigners, single parents and gay couples from using India's surrogacy services under a proposed law intended to protect poor women from exploitation.

Nonbelievers sue over Pennsylvania House's opening prayers

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 7:01pm

A group of people who don't believe in God filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday seeking to change how prayers are handled before sessions of the state House of Representatives.

Chicago-area imam pleads guilty to sex abuse charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 4:11pm

A prominent Islamic scholar and longtime head of a suburban Chicago school accused of molesting an underage girl and a 23-year-old female school employee has pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 1:31pm

Authorities say 2 Catholic nuns have been found slain in a Mississippi home; motive unclear.

Walgreens clinics run by SSM to include birth control

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 12:52pm

The nonprofit Catholic organization SSM Health will provide birth control pills at the 26 clinics inside St. Louis-area Walgreens stores that it began operating Thursday, an SSM spokesman said.

Montenegro priest says Pokemons are demons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 25th - 5:00am

For a priest in Montenegro, Pokemons are no game.

Mississippi Islamic State recruit gets 8 years in prison

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 2:21pm

A Mississippi man who once tried to join the Islamic State group credited arresting FBI agents with saving his life as he was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday, telling a federal judge he didn't then understand what the Islamic State represented.

Police: Man charged in Texas mosque threat later apologized

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 11:31am

Police say a man accused of calling a Fort Worth-area mosque threatening to decapitate Muslims later called back to apologize.

Berkeley County school board gives final approval to prayer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 10:51am

The Berkeley County School Board has given final approval to opening its meetings with prayer, beginning next month.

Ex-school houseparent waives hearing in sex assault case

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 9:50am

A former houseparent at a Pennsylvania Catholic school who's accused of sexually assaulting two Chinese international students has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Islamic scholar has deadline to accept sex abuse plea deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 8:30am

A suburban Chicago judge has given an Islamic scholar until Sept. 12 to accept a plea deal on sexual abuse charges.

Attacker is killed after stabbing guard at Egypt church

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 5:12am

Egypt's state news agency says a knife-wielding attacker has been shot and killed after he stabbed a guard at a Coptic church.