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#LighttheWorld participants share their experiences

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:44pm

As part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ “Light the World” campaign — a global initiative focused on service — LDS Church members performed small acts of service Thursday.

Russia's Putin warns artists against offending believers

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 8:30am

Top Russian cultural figures urged President Vladimir Putin on Friday to protect the freedom of artistic expression — something the Russian leader pledged to do, even as he warned artists to be careful not to offend religious believers.

Indonesian police: Treason suspects planned to incite chaos

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 5:51am

Indonesian police arrested 10 people including prominent citizens for suspected treason and other crimes and said they were planning to use a mass protest in the capital on Friday to cause chaos and overthrow the government.

Indonesia blasphemy protest draws 200,000; ends peacefully

Stephen Wright and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:40am

At least 200,000 conservative Muslims rallied peacefully in the Indonesian capital on Friday in the second major protest against its minority Christian governor, who is being prosecuted for alleged blasphemy.

Russian patriarch blesses new Paris church, a Putin project

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 4:10am

The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church consecrated a prominent new church Sunday near the Eiffel Tower seen as a controversial symbol of President Vladimir Putin's influence in Europe.

Uzbekistan votes in first election since Karimov's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 4th - 4:00am

Voters are casting ballots on Sunday in Uzbekistan's tightly controlled presidential election, the first vote since the death of authoritarian leader Islam Karimov who ruled the country for 27 years.

Malaysian PM leads protest against 'genocide' of Rohingya

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 10:22pm

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak led a protest rally Sunday against what he called a "genocide" of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority, as he urged Asian neighbors and the world to step up the pressure to stop the violence.

Malaysian PM leads protest against 'genocide' of Rohingya

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:31pm

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has led a protest rally against what he called a "genocide" of Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar.

Indonesians rally for tolerance after blasphemy protests

Ali Kotarumalos and Stephen Wright, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 9:30pm

Tens of thousands of Indonesians rallied in the center of the capital Jakarta on Sunday, calling for tolerance and unity after massive protests by conservative Muslims against the city's minority Christian governor.

Uzbekistan has first election since Soviet-era ruler's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 6:21pm

Voters in Uzbekistan are casting ballots Sunday in the tightly controlled, ex-Soviet nation's first presidential election since the death of Islam Karimov, the authoritarian leader who ruled for 27 years.

US cautions crackdown in Myanmar could radicalize Muslims

Matthew Pennington, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:20am

It's a scene straight out of Myanmar's dark past: a military offensive waged beyond world view that forces ethnic minority villagers from the smoldering ruins of their homes.

Muslim cleric heads back to court to fight off deportation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 11:00am

The leader of one of New Jersey's largest mosques is heading to court to fight from being deported after federal authorities say he lied on his green card application.

Ruins of homes in Kirkuk a sign of divisions to come in Iraq

Balint Szlanko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 3rd - 12:40am

All along the street, houses have been reduced to rubble in the central Iraqi city of Kirkuk. The work of Kurdish security forces retaliating against Sunni Arabs after a recent Islamic State group attack, residents say.

Malaysia defends rally against 'ethnic cleansing' in Myanmar

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 7:20pm

Malaysia's government on Saturday defended plans for a protest rally to condemn what it called "ethnic cleansing" of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority, saying it has an obligation to ensure that its neighbor takes steps to prevent the crisis from deteriorating.

Philadelphia to keep 'AMOR,' the bilingual 'LOVE' sculpture

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 3:01pm

Philadelphia is permanently putting the "amor" in the City of Brotherly Love.

Sex assault report casts shadow on SF Bay Area high school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:51pm

Accusations of an on-campus sex assault have pointed a negative light on a San Francisco Bay Area Catholic high school with a nationally recognized football program.

Court orders release of Nigeria's detained Shiite leader

Michelle Faul and Bashir Adigun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:21am

Nigeria's federal high court Friday ordered the intelligence agency and justice minister to free the country's detained Shiite leader and his wife, pay damages of 50 million naira (167,000 dollars) and provide a home to replace their bulldozed property.

Kofi Annan begins visit to Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 8:21am

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Friday began a fact-finding visit to Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state, where the army has been accused of large-scale violence against members of the Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority, resulting in destruction of villages, civilian casualties and an exodus of refugees to neighboring Bangladesh.

Empowered Shiite militias poised to dominate key Iraq town

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 8:00am

On the road to Tal Afar, an Iraqi city near Syria that's been key to sectarian catastrophes in both countries over the past decade, a mosaic of rag-tag troops advancing against Islamic State militants have one symbol in common.