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In Saudi prison, artist facing death says he's no atheist

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 7:20am

A Palestinian artist sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for apostasy has told a local news website in an interview from inside prison that he isn't an atheist and that his case centers around a personal dispute he had with someone.

Pope urges Kenyans to work for peace

Nicole Winfield and Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 11:01am

Brushing aside security concerns, Pope Francis arrived in Kenya on Wednesday on his first-ever trip to Africa and urged Kenyans to work for peace and forgiveness amid a wave of extremist violence on the continent that threatens to disrupt his trip.

Israel court allows transgender woman's cremation

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 9:31am

The body of an Israeli transgender woman who took her own life will be cremated despite her ultra-Orthodox family's wishes, Israel's Supreme Court ruled in documents obtained Wednesday.

Supreme leader says US using money, sex to infiltrate Iran

Ali Akbar Dareini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 8:02am

Iran's top leader said Wednesday the United States is using "money and sexual attractions" to try to infiltrate the Islamic Republic and warned Iranians not to fall into the "enemy's trap."

AP PHOTOS: Ancient Jewish community endures on Tunisian isle

Mosa'ab Elshamy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 1:00am

When school lets out, the streets around the ancient synagogue on this Tunisian island fill with rambunctious boys wearing Jewish kippahs and girls in long skirts, shouting to each other in Hebrew, Arabic and French.

Francis begins peace pilgrimage to 3 African countries

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 12:30am

Pope Francis has begun a pilgrimage to three African nations.

Popular Utah YouTube stars unite for Christmas music video

Ashley Kewish  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 10:30pm

What do you get when you combine the stars of 12 different popular YouTube channels in one place for one night? They hope their next viral video.

Pastor among 8 indicted in fatal New York church beating

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 7:02pm

The pastor of an insular New York church where a young man was beaten to death and his younger brother seriously injured was among seven people charged Tuesday with murder.

Vatican court rejects journalist's bid to drop leaks charges

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 9:11am

A Vatican tribunal on Tuesday rejected a journalist's request to dismiss charges against him for publishing confidential documents as a trial opened in the Holy See's latest leaks scandal.

Leader of religious forum attacked in Bangladesh

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 9:11am

Two men wielding kitchen knives attacked a religious forum leader in Bangladesh on Tuesday, police said.

Carson backs off claims of American Muslims cheering 9/11

Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 5:30pm

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is backing away from his Monday claim that he saw American Muslims celebrating the Sept. 11 attacks.

Rights court upholds French headscarf ban in hospital job

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 26th - 3:10am

Europe's top human rights court is upholding France's headscarf ban in the case of a Muslim social worker who lost her hospital job because she would not remove her scarf.

Not guilty pleas in fatal New York church beating

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 11:40am

Several members of an insular upstate New York church have pleaded not guilty to being part of a group that beat a young man to death and injured his younger brother.

UK court: non-religious views should be part of curriculum

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 25th - 5:30am

Britain's High Court has ruled that the nation's education secretary erred in failing to include non-religious views in the curriculum on religious studies.

Police: Newborn left in Christmas nativity manger at church

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 10:41pm

For a short time Monday afternoon, the Christmas manger at a New York City church might've been able to pass for the real thing: A newborn baby, with the umbilical cord still attached, was abandoned there. Now, New York City police are searching for whoever left the child.

Expert: Friends recruit most Islamic State fighters

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 10:00pm

A terrorism expert says three-quarters of those who become foreign fighters for the Islamic State extremist group are recruited through friends and about 20 percent through family members.

New Catholic high school to be built on 48 acres in Bismarck

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 4:50pm

A new Catholic high school will be built on a 48-acre plot in Bismarck thanks to a land donation.

Trial for church shooting suspect friend moved to Charleston

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 3:40pm

A federal judge has moved the trial of Joey Meek, a friend of the man charged in the Charleston church shootings, to the city where the shootings occurred.

N. Illinois University removes Bibles from campus hotel

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 24th - 3:11pm

Bibles can no longer be found in the rooms of Northern Illinois University's campus hotel after a secular group complained it had no place in nightstands.

Carson no longer claiming to have seen American Muslims celebrating on 9/11

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 23rd - 5:50pm

Ben Carson is now backing away from his claim that he saw American Muslims celebrating the 9/11 attacks.