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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.

Influential Malaysian opposition politician accused of graft

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 8:01am

An influential Malaysian opposition politician who has strongly criticized financial scandals involving Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested Wednesday on allegations of corruption.

Israel bans access for non-Muslims to Jerusalem holy site

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 1:01pm

Israeli police on Tuesday banned non-Muslims from a contentious Jerusalem holy site until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan following two days of clashes with Palestinians at the site.

'Lone wolf' terror attacks inspired by IS to persist in West

Richard Lardner, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 12:10pm

The threat of "lone wolf" acts of terrorism inspired by the Islamic State will persist in the West, a senior Obama administration official said Tuesday, even as the extremist group loses battles and territory in the Middle East.

Trump's shifting position Muslim ban causes confusion

Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 11:11am

From the moment he first declared it, the plan has been a signature of his campaign for president: "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

Retired pope thanks reigning pope for his focus on mercy

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 9:50am

Retired Pope Benedict XVI thanked Pope Francis and endorsed his mercy-filled ministry Tuesday during an unprecedented Vatican ceremony featuring the reigning pope honoring the retired one on the 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest.

Palestinians say Israel caused their summer water shortage

Mohammed Daraghmeh and Daniella Cheslow, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 8:10am

As Palestinians in the West Bank fast from dawn to dusk in scorching heat during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, tens of thousands of people have been affected by a drought that has greatly reduced the flow to their taps.

Judge: Mississippi law creates inequality for gay marriage

Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 11:40pm

Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, under a ruling a federal judge handed down Monday.

Bombings claimed by IS killed 43 in southern Yemen

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 5:20pm

An Islamic State affiliate carried out a series of attacks in Yemen's southern port city of Mukalla on Monday, killing at least 43 people and wounding several others, officials said.

Egyptian students stage rare protest in Tahrir Square

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 12:11pm

Hundreds of Egyptian high school students staged a rare protest in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square on Monday before security forces quickly moved in, dispersing them with tear gas and detaining several.

Palestinians clash with Israeli police at holy site

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 11:11am

Masked Palestinians threw stones and shot fireworks at Israeli police at a contentious Jerusalem holy site for a second day in a row on Monday, as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the resumption of peace efforts.

Duterte ready to clash with Catholic church on birth control

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 6:00am

The Philippine president-elect said Monday he would aggressively promote artificial birth control in the country even at the risk of getting in a fight with the dominant Catholic church, which staunchly opposes the use of contraceptives.

After Dalai Lama met Lady Gaga, China warns of his motives

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 3:50am

China warned people to be aware of what it said are nefarious motives of the Dalai Lama after he met with Lady Gaga on a trip to the U.S. and spoke about love and compassion.

Turkey: Pope's genocide remarks won't help peace efforts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 3:10am

Turkey says Pope Francis's recognition of the Ottoman-era killings of Armenians as genocide during his visit to Armenia won't help efforts to establish peace and stability in the Caucasus region.

AP PHOTOS: Iraqi special forces share treasured possessions

Susannah George and Maya Alleruzzo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 2:20am

Sgt. Ahmed Abdelaziz, with Iraq's special forces, has been almost continually deployed fighting the Islamic State group ever since the militants overran nearly a third of Iraq in the summer of 2014. Now he's on the front lines of Fallujah, a city that was declared "fully liberated" on Sunday by the commander leading the fight against IS.

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.

Moment of silence, not Lord's Prayer opens board meeting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 29th - 5:40am

The Lord's Prayer is no longer being recited at Berkeley County School Board meetings.

Ancient temple of Mexican Otomi Indians damaged

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 3:01pm

Assailants have damaged an ancient Otomi Indian religious site in Mexico, toppling stone structures used as altars, breaking carved stones and scattering offerings of flowers, fruit and paintings at the remote mountain shrine known as Mayonihka or Mexico Chiquito.

Supreme Court rejects pharmacists' religious rights appeal

Rachel By Corte, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 28th - 1:01pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal from Washington state pharmacists who said they have religious objections to dispensing Plan B or other emergency contraceptives.

Federal judge rules Mississippi clerks cannot cite religious beliefs to refuse issuing marriage licenses to gay couples

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 27th - 3:31pm

Federal judge rules Mississippi clerks cannot cite religious beliefs to refuse issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.