06/17/2014 4:10amIn the more than 100 days since her husband disappeared along with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Zhang Qian's world has collapsed. She quit her job, sleeps rarely and prefers not to go out, except to the Buddhist temples where she has found some solace.
06/17/2014 5:20amThorny disputes can erupt when traditional religious beliefs are publicly questioned. Ayad Akhtar, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for drama for "Disgraced," has written a strong, colorful new play taking on fundamentalist reactions to questions about the role of women in Islam.
06/17/2014 8:11amPope Francis denounced corrupt politicians, businessmen and priests for the second day in a row Tuesday, scaling up his criticisms as prosecutors crack down on a series of bribery scandals afflicting several major public projects in Italy.
06/17/2014 12:11pmA homeless ex-convict is being held on $1 million bond, accused of beating a priest with a metal rod in his residence at a Phoenix church and then wrestling away a handgun owned by the clergyman before fatally shooting the man's assistant.
06/17/2014 12:31pmThe United States on Tuesday urged Sri Lanka's government to protect religious minorities and their places of worship after hard-line Buddhists launched deadly attacks on Muslims.
06/17/2014 1:51pmA top U.N. humanitarian official said Tuesday she witnessed "appalling conditions" and the worst human suffering she has ever seen in camps for stateless Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's violence-torn Rakhine State.
06/17/2014 2:21pmThe Iraqi soldiers tell of how they can hardly live with the shame of their rout under the onslaught of the Islamic militants. Their commanders disappeared. Pleas for more ammunition went unanswered. Troops ran from post to post only to find them already taken by gunmen, forcing them to flee.
06/17/2014 3:52pmThe social services arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will no longer handle adoptions and will instead shift its resources toward making referrals and counseling families about the process, officials said Tuesday.
06/17/2014 4:13pmA Roman Catholic priest responding to a break-in at his downtown Phoenix church grabbed a handgun that police say ended up in the burglar's hands — and was then used to kill a fellow priest who tried to help.
06/17/2014 5:51pmGov. Jan Brewer entered her sixth and final year as Arizona's chief executive in January with a goal of finishing her remake of the state's business-tax structure, overhauling its scandal-ridden child welfare system, enacting a budget that funded priorities while ensuring it became balanced in three years, and pushing a major expansion of broadband Internet service for public schools.
06/17/2014 6:01pmA proposal to divest stock in protest of Israel's treatment of Palestinians is moving forward at a national Presbyterian meeting.