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Catholic Church alleges smear campaign against slain priests

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 1:21pm

Mexico's Roman Catholic Church on Monday harshly criticized what it called a campaign to smear three priests murdered in less than a week by suggesting the victims had been involved in questionable behavior.

Minister: Extremism 'exported' to Kosovo from other regions

Alina Heineke, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 12:33pm

Kosovo's foreign minister said Monday that other nations have exported violent extremism to his country, which has seen a greater percentage of its citizens fight for the Islamic State group than any other nation in Europe.

Bomb case is latest hardship for NJ's large Muslim community

Deepti Hajela and Rachel Zoll, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 9:42am

At the Islamic Center of Passaic County, which draws about 2,000 people each Friday for communal prayers, the talk is about how this year is different.

Pope meets Congo's Kabila, but Vatican displeasure evident

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 6:50am

Pope Francis has met with Congolese President Joseph Kabila, with the Vatican insisting that Congo's government use respectful dialogue to end violent clashes with opposition forces over delayed elections.

Priest reported kidnapped found slain in western Mexico

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 3:43pm

A missing Mexican priest was found shot dead off the side of a highway in western Mexico days after he was kidnapped from his parish residence, state prosecutors said Sunday. He was the third Roman Catholic priest to be slain in Mexico in the last week.

Bosnian Serbs vote in referendum banned by top court

Radul Radovanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 2:41pm

Bosnian Serbs on Sunday voted in a referendum banned by the country's constitutional court, risking Western sanctions against their autonomous region and criminal charges against their leaders.

Lengthy jury selection in Charleston church shootings begins

Bruce Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 11:23am

The laborious process of jury selection is getting underway in the federal death penalty trial of Dylann Roof, the white man charged in the deaths of nine black parishioners gunned down during a Bible study at a Charleston church.

In battle for Iraq's Mosul, many forces with many motives

Susannah George and Lee Keath, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 25th - 10:50am

An unlikely array of forces is converging on the city of Mosul, lining up for a battle on the historic plains of northern Iraq that is likely to be decisive in the war against the Islamic State group.

General Women's Session: Latter-day Saints urged to be strong in their faith

Carole Mikita  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 10:29pm

Latter-day Saint women, young women and girls were urged to be strong in their faith during the General Women's Session of the 186th Semiannual General Conference.

Priests' murders rattle Mexican city gripped by violence

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 12:40pm

In this eastern Mexican oil town already weary of rising gangland violence and extortion, the abduction and murder of two priests this week sank many residents only deeper into despair.

War crimes tribunal for IS detainees lacks support

Desmond Butler and Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 10:20am

War crimes investigators collecting evidence of the Islamic State group's elaborate operation to kidnap thousands of women as sex slaves say they have a case to try IS leaders with crimes against humanity but cannot get the global backing to bring current detainees before an international tribunal.

War crimes tribunal for IS detainees lacks support

Desmond Butler and Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 10:00am

War crimes investigators collecting evidence of the Islamic State group's elaborate operation to kidnap thousands of women as sex slaves say they have a case to try IS leaders with crimes against humanity but cannot get the global backing to bring current detainees before an international tribunal.

Austrian leader: EU's outer borders must be better protected

Kiyoko Metzler and Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 9:00am

Austria's chancellor vowed Saturday to better protect the European Union's outer borders to curb illegal migration, as he held a summit with his German, Greek and west Balkans counterparts to debate strategies to deal with Europe's migrant crisis.

Pope receives relatives of Nice attack victims at Vatican

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 24th - 6:30am

Pope Francis met one by one with relatives of the victims of this summer's truck attack in Nice, France, at the Vatican Saturday, encouraging them to resist what he called the great temptation to "respond to hatred with hatred and to violence with violence."

Imam in bombing suspect's hometown speaks against violence

Megan Trimble and Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 23rd - 9:41pm

An imam spoke against violence and in support of law enforcement during the first Friday prayer service since a local man was charged in last weekend's New Jersey and New York City bombings.

Music director at Catholic church fired for gay marriage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 4:01pm

A music director at a Catholic church in Rhode Island says he has been fired because he married a man.

Hospital sued over firing of employees who refused flu shots

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 3:21pm

Federal authorities are suing a Pennsylvania hospital, alleging religious discrimination in the firing of six employees who refused to get flu shots.

The Latest: 320 potential jurors report in church slayings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 2:31pm

The Latest on the start of jury selection in the federal trial of Dylann Roof in the Charleston church shootings. (all times local):

Martin Bashir returning to BBC as religion correspondent

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Sep 26th - 11:21am

The BBC says journalist Martin Bashir is rejoining the broadcaster as religion correspondent after many years in the United States.