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Mormon women's group founder faces excommunication

06/12/2014 5:41am
The founder of a Mormon women's group pushing for gender equality says the church is trying to excommunicate her.

Busy playwright Ayad Akhtar finds his groove

06/12/2014 6:21am
In a sun-splashed rehearsal room recently at Lincoln Center, the knives were out for Ayad Akhtar's new play.

Progressive banker now Islamic monarch in Nigeria

06/12/2014 10:01am
An outspoken former central bank governor who advocates education and economic opportunities for Nigeria's majority poor has become a key religious and traditional leader of the country's Muslims, a counterpoint to Islamic extremists who aim to destroy the Western system of education and who have slaughtered and kidnapped students.

Cuba Church magazine editors quit over 'divisions'

06/12/2014 10:51am
The former editors of an influential Roman Catholic magazine in Cuba resigned because its critical coverage caused controversy and tensions among the faithful, they said in a letter that circulated Thursday.

US: 'Serious concerns' over Myanmar marriage bill

06/12/2014 11:01am
The State Department has voiced serious concerns about proposals to criminalize interfaith marriage in Myanmar, while rights groups warned Thursday that passage of such discriminatory legislation could spark more violence against Muslims.

Fear, sectarianism behind Iraq army collapse

06/12/2014 2:52pm
The video, set to sweetly lilting religious hymns, is chilling. Islamic militants are shown knocking on the door of a Sunni police major in the dead of night in an Iraqi city. When he answers, they blindfold and cuff him. Then they carve off his head with a knife in his own bedroom.

Fear, sectarianism behind Iraq army collapse

06/12/2014 11:11pm
The video, set to sweetly lilting religious hymns, is chilling. Islamic militants are shown knocking on the door of a Sunni police major in the dead of night in an Iraqi city. When he answers, they blindfold and cuff him. Then they carve off his head with a knife in his own bedroom.