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Judge blocks Mississippi law on objections to gay marriage

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 7:20am

A federal judge blocked a Mississippi law on religious objections to same-sex marriage moments before it was set to take effect Friday, ruling it unconstitutionally establishes preferred beliefs and creates unequal treatment for gay people.

UK Labour leader criticized for Israel, Islamic State remark

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:40am

Embattled Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has been harshly criticized for comments made Thursday during the release of an independent inquiry into anti-Semitism in the party ranks.

Malaysian opposition politician charged with graft

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:20pm

A Malaysian opposition politician, who has strongly criticized financial scandals involving Prime Minister Najib Razak, was charged Thursday with corruption.

The Latest: Erdogan says Turkey will overcome terror groups

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 2:01pm

The Latest on the explosions at Istanbul's Ataturk airport (all times local):

Breakaway Catholic group accuses pope of spreading errors

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 11:32am

A breakaway traditionalist Catholic group accused Pope Francis on Wednesday of spreading confusion and errors about the faith, joining a chorus of conservative criticism over his perceived lax doctrine and emphasis on mercy at the expense of morals.

Pennsylvania diocese changing offices due to abuse lawsuits

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 8:00am

A Roman Catholic diocese in central Pennsylvania is moving its offices to save money as it responds to lawsuits alleging child-sex abuse by its clergy.

Iranians hold annual anti-Israel rallies to mark al-Quds day

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 6:40am

Iranians staged anti-Israel rallies across the country on Friday, with protesters condemning the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and chanting "death to Israel."

NYPD to review beard policy after Muslim officer reinstated

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 6:00am

The New York Police Department says it will examine its policy banning beards after a federal class-action lawsuit was filed last week on behalf a Muslim officer who was suspended for violating the rule.

Pope appoints successor to German 'bling bishop'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 4:40am

Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop to lead Germany's Limburg diocese, ending a more than two-year hiatus after he removed the previous bishop amid an uproar over his costly new residence.

Man accused in Jewish Center bomb plot faces new charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 1st - 2:50am

A South Florida man accused of trying to detonate a bomb at a synagogue and Jewish school during Passover observances is facing a new charge.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 11:40pm

US judge blocks Mississippi law on religious objections to gay marriage.

Calif bill would extend LGBT rights at private schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:41pm

Legislation to let students charge Christian universities with LGBT discrimination is a step closer to becoming law in California.

Turkish government lawyer: US cleric had 'unlawful conduct'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 3:21pm

A lawyer representing the Turkish government says he'll continue exposing what he calls the "unlawful conduct" of a reclusive Muslim cleric in Pennsylvania whom Turkey's president accuses of orchestrating a coup attempt.

Federal judge sets July 18 hearing in church shooting case

Meg Kinnard, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 2:01pm

A hearing has been set for next month to sort out jury selection details for the federal trial of a white man accused of gunning down nine black parishioners at a historic South Carolina church.

Egypt marks new holiday amid violence in Sinai, near Libya

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 1:12pm

Egypt celebrated the army's 2013 overthrow of an Islamist president with a new national holiday on Thursday, a day that also saw a series of deadly militant attacks in Sinai and clashes with smugglers near the nation's porous border with Libya.

UN court upholds convictions, sentences of 2 Bosnian Serbs

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 9:10am

A United Nations war crimes court has rejected the appeals of two senior Bosnian Serbs against their convictions for playing key roles in a campaign of murder, torture and persecution against Muslims and Croats during the 1992-95 Bosnian war

5 held for planning attacks on Indian religious, other sites

Omer Farooq, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:30am

India's federal investigative agency has arrested five people for allegedly collecting weapons and explosive materials to attack religious sites and sensitive government buildings in various parts of the country.

Priest, 2 members of security forces killed in Egypt's Sinai

Ashraf Sweilam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:22am

Egyptian officials say a Christian priest and two members of the country's security forces have been killed by suspected Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula's turbulent north.

German court rules against headscarf curbs for law students

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:11am

A court in Bavaria has ruled against restrictions on wearing headscarves for law students who are undergoing practical training in the justice system in the German state.

Official: Over 50 people killed in new South Sudan fighting

Charlton Doki, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:10am

More than 50 people have been killed in fighting between a new rebel group and government troops in a remote town in South Sudan, and the "smell of dead bodies" is in residential areas, a church official said Wednesday.