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Mormon school stops honor-code reviews of sex abuse victims

Brady McCombs and Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 6:01pm

Students at Brigham Young University who report sexual assault will no longer be investigated for possible violations of the strict honor code that bans drinking and premarital sex, the Mormon-owned school announced Wednesday in a major reversal to a practice that drew widespread scrutiny.

Top Vatican cardinal questioned over sex abuse allegations

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 7:50am

Australian police flew to Rome to interview a top Vatican cardinal about allegations of sexual assault dating back decades, officials said Wednesday.

Mormons preach love for LGBT members, but no doctrinal shift

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 4:30pm

Mormon leaders told gay and lesbian members Tuesday that attraction to people of the same sex is not a sin or a measure of their faithfulness and may never go away, but reminded them that having sex violates fundamental doctrinal beliefs that will not change.

Maduro meets pope as Vatican steps into Venezuela crisis

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:00pm

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met Monday with Pope Francis as the Vatican took a more active role trying to defuse a tense political standoff in the South American nation.

Witness: Officers in polygamous towns try to stop evictions

Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:30pm

A key witness in the federal government's effort to disband the police department in a polygamous community on the Arizona-Utah border told a judge Monday that officers routinely turn a blind eye to property crimes.

Poles protest plan to ban abortion of unviable fetuses

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 12:11pm

Polish women gathered Monday in cities across the country to protest a proposal to ban abortions in cases where fetuses are badly damaged or have no chance of survival after birth.

Egypt's security chief warns of scheme to incite chaos

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 11:00am

Egypt's interior minister warned in comments published Monday that the country faced "unprecedented challenges" that require a decisive response by security forces, accusing the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood of inciting chaos.

Pope gives marching orders to Jesuits and new superior

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 6:40am

Pope Francis is giving marching orders to members of his Jesuit order and their new superior. He wants them to go to the "peripheries" to serve freely and obediently.

Church drops lawsuit on transgender bathroom issue

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 2:41pm

An Iowa church is dropping its lawsuit against the state and the city of Des Moines over an antidiscrimination law that church officials believed could force them to abide by transgender bathroom rules.

Egypt upheld life sentence for Muslim Brotherhood leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 26th - 7:50am

An Egyptian court has upheld life sentences against the top leader of the country's now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group and 36 others, including former ministers, in murder and violence charges, and upheld death sentences against 10 others tried in absentia.

Muslim businessman accuses yacht club of discrimination

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 2:21pm

A Muslim businessman and his wife are suing a Connecticut yacht club on allegations club board members rejected their membership application because of their religion and falsely claimed they supported terrorism.

The Latest: Club denies racism claim by Muslim businessman

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 2:14pm

The Latest on a Muslim businessman suing a Connecticut yacht club for alleged discrimination after his membership application was rejected (all times local):

Vatican, Argentine church to open 'dirty war' archives

Nicole Winfield and Almudena Calatrava, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 1:02pm

The Vatican and Argentina's bishops have finished cataloguing their archives from the country's "dirty war" and will soon make them available to victims and their relatives who have long accused church members of complicity with the military dictatorship. The 3,000 files being released, though, are a fraction of the documentation believed to be in the possession of the Argentine church.

Muslim woman sues security company, alleging discrimination

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 10:41am

A converted Muslim's federal lawsuit accuses a private security company of discrimination by rejecting her for employment because of her faith and her traditional religious headscarf.

AP EXPLAINS: Why Pakistan still sees huge militant attacks

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 10:21am

Pakistan is reeling from yet another deadly assault, after militants wearing suicide vests rampaged through a police academy in the southwestern city of Quetta, battling for four hours before blowing themselves up and leaving more than 60 dead.

Turkey, US to discuss Muslim cleric wanted by Ankara

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 25th - 5:40am

Turkey's justice minister says the country has provided "more than sufficient" evidence to the United States for the extradition of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused by Turkey of orchestrating the July 15 failed coup attempt.

Baha'i minority says Iran is trying to crush the religion

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 10:13pm

The Baha'i International Community said Tuesday that Iran's effort to crush the religious minority has continued unabated and intensified on some fronts despite President Hassan Rouhani's promises to end religious discrimination.

Police: Man stabbed cousin in S. Carolina church over curse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 4:00pm

Authorities say a man stabbed his cousin during a church service in South Carolina because he thought the victim had put a curse on him.

Turkey-Iraq relations remain tense on Mosul

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 9:00am

Tensions between Turkey and Iraq showed no sign of subsiding on Monday with Turkish leaders saying the country was engaged in the offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State groups while Iraq denied the claim.

35 Turkish diplomats, family members seek asylum in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 24th - 5:00am

Officials say 35 Turkish diplomats and family members have applied for asylum in Germany since the failed military coup in Turkey.