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Travel ban, church-state case await action by Supreme Court

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:28am

Before taking their long summer break, the Supreme Court justices are poised to act on the Trump administration's travel ban and a separation of church and state dispute involving a Missouri church playground.

Attention on Supreme Court as justice weigh Trump travel ban

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 1:13am

The focus is on the Supreme Court as the high-stakes legal fight over President Donald Trump's travel ban awaits action by the justices.

Pakistan raises death toll to 157 from fuel truck fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 26th - 12:40am

Pakistani officials say the death toll from a massive fuel truck fire the previous day has risen to 157 as four more of the victims died overnight.

In about face, Israel freezes Western Wall mixed prayer plan

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 11:04am

The Israeli government froze a long-overdue plan Sunday to open a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem's Western Wall, a major policy reversal that infuriated the liberal streams of Judaism that represent most Jews in the United States.

Japan marks 75 years of Vatican ties with Noh theater show

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 7:40am

Japan has marked the 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties with the Holy See with a performance of ancient traditional Noh theater in Rome.

Options for Supreme Court on Trump travel ban

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 5:55am

The Supreme Court is expected to decide within days whether the Trump administration can enforce a ban on visitors to the U.S. from six mostly Muslim countries.

Syria releases hundreds of detainees ahead of Eid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 3:57pm

The Syrian government released Saturday hundreds of detainees including some who backed the insurgency against President Bashar Assad on the eve of a major Muslim holiday.

In Moscow, 1 million people visit relics of popular saint

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 1:50pm

Over a million people have visited the relics of Saint Nicholas, one of the Russian Orthodox Church's most revered figures, since they were brought to Moscow last month.

Turkey bans Istanbul Pride, organizers vow to march anyway

Bram Janssen and Neyran Elden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 10:14am

Turkish authorities announced Saturday they will not allow the Istanbul Pride march to take place on Sunday — the third year in a row the celebration has been banned. The move prompted criticism from rights groups and fears of possible violence, as Pride organizers said they would defy the ban.

Big cases, retirement rumors as Supreme Court nears finish

Mark Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 6:43am

The Supreme Court enters its final week of work before a long summer hiatus with action expected on the Trump administration's travel ban and a decision due in a separation of church and state case that arises from a Missouri church playground.

After demands aired, solution to Qatar crisis seems far off

Josh Lederman and Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 11:04pm

Faced with a sweeping set of demands, Qatar insisted Friday it can indefinitely survive the economic and diplomatic steps its neighbors have taken to try to pressure it into compliance, even as a top Emirati official warned the tiny country to brace for a long-term economic squeeze.

Microphone cut after Mormon girl reveals she's gay at church

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 6:43pm

A video of a young Mormon girl revealing to her congregation that she is lesbian and still loved by God — before her microphone is turned off by local church leaders — is sparking a new round of discussions about how the religion handles LGBT issues.

The Latest: Envoy says Qatar feeling no economic pressure

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:00pm

The latest on the crisis between Gulf Arab states and Qatar (all times local):

Pence visits Focus on Family amid change for religious right

Nicholas Riccardi and Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 3:40pm

Vice President Mike Pence's visit Friday to Colorado to celebrate the anniversary of Focus on the Family came at a time of change for the religious right during the age of President Donald Trump.

UK: 6 hurt as car strikes people at Muslim celebration

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 9:23am

Six people, including three children, were injured Sunday after a car ran into a large crowd gathered to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in the northern English city of Newcastle. Police said there was no information suggesting the incident was terror-related.

Assad decamps from Syrian capital for holiday prayers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 25th - 3:00am

Syrian President Bashar Assad has travelled to one of Syria's core cities to attend Eid al-Fitr prayers marking the end of Ramadan, in a rare departure from his capital stronghold.

Police investigate 2 possible hate crimes against mosques

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 8:40pm

Authorities in California are investigating two possible hate crimes against Islamic centers in Sacramento and Davis.

Egypt's president ratifies disputed Saudi islands pact

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 1:43pm

Egypt's president on Saturday ratified a disputed 2016 agreement under which his country would transfer control of two strategic Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, following through on his assertion earlier this week that the matter was closed.

Microphone cut after Mormon girl reveals she's gay at church

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 24th - 10:34am

A video of a young Mormon girl revealing to her congregation that she is lesbian and still loved by God — before her microphone is turned off by local church leaders — is sparking a new round of discussions about how the religion handles LGBT issues.

Fireworks explosion kills 1, injures 9 in central Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Jun 23rd - 4:25pm

One person was killed and nine more suffered injuries when fireworks being carried in a pickup truck exploded Friday in central Mexico.