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Japanese cult also used VX; survivor recounts how it felt

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:24am

A Japanese religious cult that carried out a deadly nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subways in 1995 also experimented with the VX nerve agent suspected in the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother in Malaysia.

Indonesian authorities shutter minority Ahmadiyah mosque

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:24am

An Ahmadiyah mosque has been shuttered by authorities in Indonesia after Muslim groups called for protests against the minority group they regard as heretical.

As president, Trump juggles loyalties on LGBT issues

Laurie Kellman and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:44am

There was candidate Donald Trump in Colorado, waving a rainbow flag emblazoned with a "LGBTs for Trump," a photo opportunity meant to signal he was a new brand of Republican when it comes to protecting LGBT Americans.

Older refugee students seek seats at mainstream high schools

Maryclaire Dale, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:07pm

The student handiwork posted outside a small classroom in the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish country hints at the ambition of the refugees studying at Phoenix Academy.

A look at the legal path ahead for the Trump travel ban

Eric Tucker and Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:00pm

President Donald Trump's travel ban has been frozen by the courts, but the White House has promised a new executive order that officials say will address concerns raised by judges that have put the policy on hold.

Supreme Court won't hear Ohio man's Amish hair-cutting case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:37pm

The U.S. Supreme Court won't review the case of the Ohio leader of a breakaway group that was accused in hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish.

Brazil's sexy Carnival puts Pentecostal mayor in tight spot

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:45am

While campaigning last year to become Rio de Janeiro's mayor, Marcelo Crivella, a retired Pentecostal bishop, insisted his faith would not get in the way of governing the nation's most famous city.

Dutch lawmaker suspends campaigning due to security scandal

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:48am

Anti-Islam Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders on Thursday suspended open campaigning for next month's parliamentary election in the wake of a scandal centering on a security official who is part of a the team giving him round-the-clock protection.

Egypt Christians flee Sinai after a spate of attacks

Ashraf Sweliam and Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:15am

Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian man and stabbed his daughter to death inside his home in northern Sinai, the seventh such killing in a month's time in the restive region, officials and a Christian priest said Friday, prompting hundreds of Christians to flee from the area for fear of being targeted next.

2 ex-Vatican bank execs convicted of minor offenses

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:17am

A Rome court has convicted two former top managers of the Vatican's scandal-marred bank for minor violations of anti-money laundering norms.

Israeli court rejects plea bargain in ex-Chief Rabbi case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:08am

A Jerusalem court rejected a plea bargain with a former chief rabbi of Israel over corruption charges, adding another year of prison time.

Building to be named for legislator slain in church shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:59am

The South Carolina senator and pastor who was slain during the Charleston church shootings will have a county building named in his honor.

Pope buys quake-zone produce to help farmers, donates food

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:55am

Pope Francis's chief alms-giver went on a shopping spree in quake-struck central Italy on Thursday, buying up prosciutto, cheese and local produce from struggling local businesses and donating the bounty to Roman soup kitchens.

Florence's Duomo encourages digital graffiti as deterrent

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:38am

Florence's famed Duomo is cleaning up its act, removing centuries of graffiti from the cathedral dome interior and letting new visitors leave their mark digitally instead.

Oklahoma court favors church in Syrian torture lawsuit

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:12pm

A man from Syria who says he was tortured in his home country after converting to Christianity has no legal recourse against an Oklahoma church that published his name and baptism online, the state's highest court ruled on Wednesday.

2 Amish men dump horse-poop lawsuit against Kentucky city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:45pm

Two Amish men from Kentucky who sued the city of Auburn's mayor and police chief over an ordinance requiring horses to wear excrement-catching bags within city limits have voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit.

Detroit suburb will allow mosque to settle lawsuits

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:58pm

A Detroit suburb that had denied a religious organization's proposal for a mosque in a residential neighborhood will allow construction to move forward to settle two lawsuits that alleged religious discrimination, U.S. authorities said Wednesday.

Vatican abuse probe of Guam archbishop heads to mainland US

Grace Garces Bordallo and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:06pm

Vatican officials prosecuting Guam's archbishop for alleged sex abuse have moved their investigation from the territory to Hawaii and now the mainland U.S. so they can interview potential witnesses.

Son of dissident cleric begins prison term

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:28am

Iran's semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that the son of late dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri has begun serving a six-year prison term.