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Israel bans access for non-Muslims to Jerusalem holy site

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 6:21am

Israeli police on Tuesday banned non-Muslims from a contentious Jerusalem holy site until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan following two days of clashes with Palestinian rioters at the site.

Retired pope thanks reigning pope for his focus on mercy

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 6:00am

Retired Pope Benedict XVI endorsed Pope Francis' mercy-filled ministry Tuesday during an unprecedented Vatican ceremony featuring a reigning pope honoring a retired one on the 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest.

Trump's Muslim ban: From simple clarity to plain confusion

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 1:22am

From the moment he first declared it, the plan has been a signature of his campaign for president: "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

Judge: Mississippi law creates inequality for gay marriage

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 11:40pm

Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, under a ruling a federal judge handed down Monday.

Bombings claimed by IS killed 43 in southern Yemen

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 5:20pm

An Islamic State affiliate carried out a series of attacks in Yemen's southern port city of Mukalla on Monday, killing at least 43 people and wounding several others, officials said.

Egyptian students stage rare protest in Tahrir Square

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 12:11pm

Hundreds of Egyptian high school students staged a rare protest in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square on Monday before security forces quickly moved in, dispersing them with tear gas and detaining several.

Palestinians clash with Israeli police at holy site

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 11:11am

Masked Palestinians threw stones and shot fireworks at Israeli police at a contentious Jerusalem holy site for a second day in a row on Monday, as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the resumption of peace efforts.

Duterte ready to clash with Catholic church on birth control

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 6:00am

The Philippine president-elect said Monday he would aggressively promote artificial birth control in the country even at the risk of getting in a fight with the dominant Catholic church, which staunchly opposes the use of contraceptives.

After Dalai Lama met Lady Gaga, China warns of his motives

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 3:50am

China warned people to be aware of what it said are nefarious motives of the Dalai Lama after he met with Lady Gaga on a trip to the U.S. and spoke about love and compassion.

Turkey: Pope's genocide remarks won't help peace efforts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 3:10am

Turkey says Pope Francis's recognition of the Ottoman-era killings of Armenians as genocide during his visit to Armenia won't help efforts to establish peace and stability in the Caucasus region.

AP PHOTOS: Iraqi special forces share treasured possessions

Susannah George and Maya Alleruzzo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 2:20am

Sgt. Ahmed Abdelaziz, with Iraq's special forces, has been almost continually deployed fighting the Islamic State group ever since the militants overran nearly a third of Iraq in the summer of 2014. Now he's on the front lines of Fallujah, a city that was declared "fully liberated" on Sunday by the commander leading the fight against IS.

Fake monks? Buddhist leaders warn NYC tourists to be wary

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 10:51pm

New York City Buddhist leaders are sounding the alarm to tourists: Beware the "fake monks."

Pope: Gays and others marginalized deserve an apology

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 5:51pm

Pope Francis says gays — and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited — deserve an apology.

Pope defends Armenia 'genocide' comment; no offense meant

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 2:41pm

Pope Francis defended using the term "genocide" to describe the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians, saying Sunday that's how he has always referred to the massacre, he didn't mean anything offensive by it and that it would have been "very strange" to have avoided it.

Supreme Court rejects pharmacists' religious rights appeal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 8:01am

The Supreme Court is allowing Washington state to require pharmacies to dispense Plan B or other emergency contraceptives, rejecting an appeal from pharmacists who said they have religious objections to providing the drugs.

Federal judge rules Mississippi clerks cannot cite religious beliefs to refuse issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 3:31pm

Federal judge rules Mississippi clerks cannot cite religious beliefs to refuse issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

Trial resumes for sister charged in fatal church beating

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 10:10pm

Testimony is scheduled to resume in the murder trial of a New York woman accused of taking part in a group attack during a church counseling session that killed her half brother and injured another.

Man who criticized church's Ramadan message goes to mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 1:41pm

A Pennsylvania politician who apologized for criticizing a church that posted a message wishing Muslims a "blessed Ramadan" attended a worship service and dined at a Harrisburg mosque.

Newport resident gives youth in Jackson County town hope

Kenneth Heard-Gazette, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 12:01pm

More than 80 volunteers from four Texas churches tore out walls, built a wooden stage and painted inside the old Calhoun Street Church of Christ building near the White River in Newport on June 13.

Vatican names Italian as acting Latin Patriarch

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 26th - 6:30am

The Vatican has put its longtime protector of Church holy sites in the Middle East in charge of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem — a sensitive position that serves as the chief clergyman to the local Catholic population.