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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.

IS struggles to retain grip as it loses ground in Iraq

Balint Szlanko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:11am

As the Islamic State group loses ground in Iraq, the militants are showing strains in their rule over areas they still control, growing more brutal, killing deserters and relying on younger and younger recruits, according to residents who fled battleground territories.

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.

Myanmar names Kofi Annan to head panel on Rohingya Muslims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 4:40am

Myanmar's government has set up an advisory panel headed by former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan to find "lasting solutions" to the conflict in Rakhine state, where human rights groups have documented widespread abuses against the minority Rohingya Muslims.

Baltimore Co. schools won't be closing for Muslim holidays

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 24th - 3:20am

Baltimore County officials narrowly voted to keep schools open on Muslim holidays, prompting shouts of "Injustice!" from some members of the public.

Claim: Doctor refused to remove IUD for religious reasons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 9:01pm

A Chicago woman claims a doctor for a Catholic health system refused to remove a dislodged intrauterine device because of religious restrictions on contraceptives.

The Latest: California Senate OKs anti-prostitution bills

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 7:50pm

The Latest on action by the California Legislature (all times local):

Inspector general: NYPD skirted rules for surveillance

Tom Hays, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 5:21pm

The New York Police Department chronically skirted rules intended to protect political groups from unwarranted government surveillance while investigating Muslims, the city's independent police monitor said in a report released Tuesday.

Civil rights groups defend mosque, cemetery outside Atlanta

Kathleen Foody, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 5:00pm

A proposal to build a mosque and Muslim cemetery has so angered some residents of Newton County outside Atlanta that their commissioners have temporarily banned all building permit approvals for religious institutions.

The Latest: Monitor says NYPD skirted surveillance rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 4:50pm

The Latest on a report by an independent police monitor on the NYPD surveillance practices (all times local):

Thousands of Yemenis stranded after Saudis close airport

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 10:20am

Yemen's Transportation Ministry says 7,600 Yemenis are unable to return home after a Saudi-led military coalition ordered the closure of the international airport amid stepped-up airstrikes against Shiite Houthi rebels.

Tehran renames street near Saudi Embassy for executed cleric

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 4:40am

A semi-official news agency in Iran is reporting that Tehran's City Council has voted to rename a street near the Saudi Embassy for a Shiite cleric executed by the Sunni-ruled kingdom in January.

Catholic school settles sex assault allegations for $1.9M

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 4:20am

A Catholic school in New Jersey has settled allegations of child sexual abuse for $1.9 million.

US commander skeptical of cooperation with Russia in Syria

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 22nd - 3:40pm

The top U.S. commander for the fight against the Islamic State group said Monday that he is skeptical of any additional military cooperation with Russia in Syria.

Evangelical leaders seek Haley's help on transgender issue

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 22nd - 2:40pm

Presidents of seven evangelical Christian colleges are asking South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to protect their institutions from mandates on the use of bathrooms by transgender students. They want the Republican to use her platform to "promote religious freedom."