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The Dalai Lama says Buddhist culture most important to him

Ashwini Bhatia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 10th - 6:50am

The Dalai Lama said Saturday he considered it most important to preserve the Buddhist culture that has helped the Tibetan people live together even in exile.

Mormons gather to discuss race issues within faith

Brady McCombs, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 5:21pm

African-American Mormons discussed the ongoing challenges of belonging to a predominantly white religion Friday during a university conference designed to address the status of blacks in the faith.

LDS Church announces new presiding bishop

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 3:02pm

Bishop Gérald Caussé will serve as the new presiding bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Million Man March anniversary inspires memories

Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 12:42pm

The Million Man March is remembered by many who were there as a watershed event, despite the fact that its impact on the way America regards African-American men remains an open question 20 years later.

Pope turns bishops' attention to family crises in Mideast

Nicole Winfield and Daniela Petroff, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 11:41am

Pope Francis directed the attention of the world's bishops to real-world crises Friday by denouncing the escalation of conflicts in Syria and Iraq and urging greater diplomacy to end the "humanitarian crisis of enormous proportions."

Hindu hardliners block Pakistani singer's concert in Mumbai

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 5:40am

A local Hindu nationalist party has protested the presence of a Pakistani singer and forced organizers to cancel his concert in Mumbai, India's entertainment capital.

Israeli leader calls for calm amid spiraling attacks

Aron Heller and Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 1:41pm

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to calm Israelis Thursday as a wave of Palestinian stabbing attacks spread deeper into Israel and clashes erupted across the West Bank, vowing to combat the growing violence without alienating international allies.

Vatican defends reports of synod after pope's words disputed

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 1:03pm

The Vatican press office defended its reporting of a big meeting on family issues Thursday after a dispute arose over what Pope Francis told bishops behind closed doors about his hopes for a free and open debate.

Lawmakers in Kashmir punch colleague for serving beef

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 5:30am

Lawmakers from India's ruling Hindu nationalist party in Kashmir kicked and punched an independent member of the state assembly on Thursday for hosting a party where he served beef.

Woman memorialized in Temple Square statue recalls father's story

Megan Marsden Christensen  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 11:59pm

Standing on Temple Square for the last several decades is a large bronze statue of a man and a woman pulling two children in a handcart.

County endures after hubbub over God's mercy, gay marriage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 12:43pm

When commissioners in a Tennessee county scrapped an agenda that included a resolution asking for God's mercy despite ongoing gay marriages, they also effectively canceled their meeting, but officials have a workaround for that.

Right-to-die backers say California helps fight elsewhere

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 12:02pm

It will soon be legal for the terminally ill to end their own lives in the nation's most populous state, and right-to-die advocates expect other states to follow California's example.

Religious order reaches $300,000 settlement in abuse case

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 4:51pm

A Roman Catholic religious order has agreed to pay $300,000 to a former student at a suburban St. Louis high school to settle claims that a teacher at the school sexually abused him.

BYU sells 'ponderize' shirts after Mormon leader's apology

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 4:11pm

Brigham Young University is selling shirts emblazoned with a made-up word that landed a Mormon leader in hot water after his son attempted to capitalize on the expression.

Conservatives weigh in on transgender student athletes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 12:01pm

Representatives of religious and conservative groups say the Nebraska School Activities Association should develop a policy on transgender student athletes that protects the "privacy and safety" of all students.

Sweden thrown into political uncertainty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 10:41am

Sweden faces political uncertainty after the small Christian Democratic Party dropped out of a deal that has kept the minority left-wing government in power.

Saudi Arabia summons Czech ambassador over 'Satanic Verses'

Abdullah Al-Shihri, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 9:31am

Saudi Arabia has summoned the Czech ambassador over a coming translation of Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses."

Here is the latest Utah news from The Associated Press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 9th - 9:01am

A northern Utah city is considering restricting construction on some steep slopes after a landslide crushed a home there more than a year ago. A proposed ordinance in the city of North Salt Lake would prohibit mapping land for building lots on any slope with a grade steeper than 30 percent.

American Muslims protest Russia's Syrian intervention

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 8th - 6:31pm

American Muslim leaders say Russia's intervention in Syria threatens to prolong that country's civil war and strengthen the Islamic State group.

Right-to-die backers say California helps fight elsewhere

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Oct 7th - 12:24pm

It will soon be legal for the terminally ill to end their own lives in the most U.S. populous state, and right-to-die advocates expect other states to follow California's example.