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Mormon leader: Defend founder Joseph Smith's story

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 2:52pm

A Mormon leader urged members Saturday during a church conference not to be timid about defending church founder Joseph Smith's story and role as the faith's first prophet despite "erroneous" beliefs spread about him.

An LDS temple in Philadelphia, birthplace of American freedom

Sam Penrod  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 1:28pm

On the 229th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will dedicate a temple just a few blocks away from Independence Hall in downtown Philadelphia.

Supreme Court in holding pattern, awaiting ninth justice

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 12:51pm

The Supreme Court is set to begin its new term as it ended the last one, down one justice and ideologically deadlocked on a range of issues.

Pope presses Georgian Orthodox agenda despite Mass absence

Nicole Winfield and Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 12:31pm

Pope Francis' efforts to improve relations with the Georgian Orthodox Church suffered a setback Saturday after the patriarchate decided at the last minute not to send an official delegation to his Mass and reminded the Orthodox faithful they cannot participate in Catholic services.

Turkey renews OK for military operations in Syria, Iraq

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 10:50am

Turkey's state-run news agency says parliament has extended by another year a motion allowing cross-border military operations into Syria and Iraq against Kurdish militants and the Islamic State group.

Local Muslims wary of Hungary's anti-migrant referendum

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 1st - 7:40am

Muslims in Hungary say they are wary of the government's anti-migrant referendum this weekend, which polls suggest has boosted xenophobic feelings.

The Latest: Fourth night of protests of police shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 11:31pm

The Latest on a police shooting of an unarmed black man in a San Diego suburb (all times local):

Pope in Georgia: Vaguely Russia rebuke, warm Georgia welcome

Nicole Winfield and Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 12:41pm

Pope Francis issued a vague rebuke to Russia on Friday and received an unexpectedly warm welcome from the leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church as he mixed geopolitics with religion on the first day of a three-day trip to the Caucasus.

Opposition leader: Turkey is misusing its emergency powers

Suzan Fraser and Cinar Kiper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 10:03am

Turkey's opposition leader accused the government on Friday of using emergency powers from the aftermath of a failed coup to clamp down on dissenting voices, as authorities ordered 12 more news organizations to shut down for alleged threats to national security.

Cuba rejects Trump's call for negotiations on human rights

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 4:24pm

A top Cuban diplomat on Wednesday rejected Donald Trump's threat to undo detente with Cuba unless the single-party government meets the Republican presidential candidate's demands.

Connecticut's 1st Mormon temple to serve growing church

Emily Judd, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 2:50pm

The first Mormon temple in Connecticut opens to the public this week and will soon host services for thousands of the faithful from a four-state area.

Connecticut's 1st LDS temple to serve growing church

Emily Judd, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 10:47am

The first LDS temple in Connecticut opens to the public this week and will soon host services for thousands of the faithful from a four-state area.

Mormon conference kicks off as refugee concerns grow

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 1:31pm

Mormon leaders are set to deliver spiritual guidance at this weekend's twice-yearly conference as their members in the U.S. grapple with a testy presidential election and followers around the world try to respond to increasing needs of refugees.

Bulgarian lawmakers OK law banning women from wearing veils

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 7:21am

Bulgaria's Parliament has approved a law banning women from wearing veils that cover their faces in public.

Dutch man due in Myanmar court on insulting religion charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 30th - 3:00am

A Dutch citizen charged with insulting religion in Myanmar for allegedly unplugging an amplifier blasting a late-night Buddhist sermon near his hotel is to appear in court, local officials said Friday.

Pope visits Georgia, Azerbaijan with peace message

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 11:13am

Pope Francis is wrapping up a Caucasus pilgrimage that began in June in Armenia and ends this weekend with a visit to two other countries with tiny Catholic communities: the Orthodox Christian bastion of Georgia and the largely Shiite Muslim nation of Azerbaijan.

Imam: Pulse shooter prayed at mosque 4 days before attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 9:01am

An imam has released video footage of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen praying in a central Florida mosque four days before the attack that killed 49 people and injured 53 others on June 12.

Former altar boy supervisor denies sexual abuse charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 6:21am

A 79-year-old man who once supervised altar boys as a layman at a Roman Catholic church in Boston has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually abused a young boy decades ago.

Pope urges greater efforts for peace in the Middle East

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 29th - 5:20am

Pope Francis is urging the world not to look the other way from war and suffering in the Middle East and appealed to leaders "for greater and renewed efforts to achieve peace throughout the Middle East."

German officials probe alleged vote fraud in Jewish election

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 28th - 8:10am

German prosecutors have opened an investigation into allegations of vote-rigging in an election for Berlin's Jewish community parliament.